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Last month, the Office of the Inspector General released two new reports following its investigation into hospice care in the U.S. the NHPCO responded to New OIG Reports on Hospice Care with a press release stating that, “NHPCO welcomes the opportunity to shed a light on high quality providers as well as those that fall short in providing appropriate care.”
At Bristol Hospice, compliance forms the backbone of the company and in light of these reports from OIG and NHPCO, we want to take this opportunity to share some of these compliance aspects which we consider makes us one of the “high quality providers”.
Honored to get the opportunity to be active in our local community. Leanne, Harold, Joe and Danny had a great time at the Oregon Health Care Association event, representing Bristol Hospice – Oregon.
It is incredibly fulfilling to do the work that we have the honor to do, day in, and day out. To receive such notes like this from a patient’s family, reminds us just how important it is to keep on doing our very best, in every day.
What a compliment: “You run like NASA with the heart of the Lord”.
Our mission – after all – is ‘that all patients and families entrusted to our care will be treated with the highest level of compassion, respect, and quality of care.’
Thank you for giving us the honor to serve you.
Throughout March is National Social Work Month!
The Bristol Hospice team is celebrating our nation’s more than 680,000 social workers.
They confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and find solutions that help empower, support and advocate for those in need.
Thank you for all you do!
Happy President’s Day
This weekend, we will be celebrating and honoring all U.S. presidents past and present.
Abraham Lincoln said it best – “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”
Bristol Hospice is graciously committed to our mission that all patients and families entrusted to our care will be treated with the highest level of compassion, respect and quality of care.
This past year we have had the privilege to care for many patients and families. We appreciate all of you for putting faith in us to assist and care for your loved ones.
As we transition to a new year, we recognize all of the feelings that we have all experienced as our loved ones have transitioned to a better place.
We honor and love all of you and look forward to a 2019 filled with prosperity, health and good fortune.
Your Bristol Hospice Staff and Family
The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal.
Every person grieves differently, and typically experience five stages of normal grief. Many do not experience the stages in order. In Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross book, “On Death and Dying” she identified the stages as denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. (source: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation.)
Loved ones that are terminally ill or aging appear to go through a final period of withdrawal. Those coping with loss spend different lengths of time working through each step and express each stage with different levels of intensity.
Bristol Hospice is here to support. Our trained volunteers, Chaplains and Bereavement Counselors provide grief counseling and support groups for those who have experienced loss.
Bristol Hospice ~ Oregon hosts several support programs and resources established specifically for the local community, such as the “Build a Bridge of Hope” Support Group, Grief Release Classes and Hospice Hikers.
Contact us to learn how our experts provide support for those coping with loss and grief.
At Bristol Hospice ~Oregon, we are graciously committed to our mission that all patients and families entrusted to our care will be treated with the highest level of compassion, respect, and quality of care. Thank you for the wonderful comments from those we serve.
Here are just a few of the kinds words we receive.
“I felt that everyone I dealt with was great. They were all very caring individuals and they made my aunt’s last days more comfortable for her. Thank you to everyone on your staff that helped my aunt.”
It is not surprising that most people associate hospice with cancer. In the mid-1970s when hospice came to the U.S., most hospice patients had cancer. Today, more than half of hospice patients in the U.S. have other illnesses for which they are medically eligible for hospice services, such as late-stage heart, lung or kidney disease, and advanced Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. (source: Hospice Foundation of America). Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, VA and most insurance plans cover hospice services.
Hospice is not a place, because Hospice is a plan of care. Patients may receive Hospice services wherever they call home, which may be a private residence or that of a loved one, hospital, assisted living center, or nursing home.
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life.”
~Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of modern hospice.
Hospice is considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.
Typically, in order to receive hospice services:
- A hospice physician and a second physician (often the individual’s attending physician or specialist) must certify that the patient meets specific medical eligibility criteria;
- The patient’s life expectancy is 6 months or less if the illness, disease or condition