Coping with Loss.

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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.

Bristol Hospice Thanks you.

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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.”

Hospice Care. A Model for Quality, Compassionate Care.

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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

Click here for resources for end-of-life caregiving resources from Hospice Foundation of America. Or for further information from our Hospice experts, contact us.

A Million Thanks!

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Bristol Hospice Oregon is honored to be the first Oregon drop site for A Million Thanks. A Million Thanks is a non-profit organization that collects letters and cards for military personnel and veterans- written by members of the community- and then mails the letters out for distribution.

You can participate in this wonderful program by writing letters or cards of thanks, encouragement, and support and then dropping them off at our office during business hours. If you would like to host a card writing party at a retirement community, school classroom, or other group, please contact our office at 503-698-8911!

We love our troops!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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Memorial Day honors America ’s fallen heroes and celebrates their sacrifice so they are never forgotten. Cities throughout the U.S. celebrate those who have bravely served our country. America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country.

Hospice-Veteran Partnerships (HVP) are coalitions of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, community hospices and others working together to ensure that excellent care at the end of life is available for our nation’s Veterans and their families.

Bristol Hospice’s professionals are on a mission to learn how to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience. We proudly support our Veterans by being a Hospice Partner and receiving certification through the We Honor Veterans program. We Honor Veterans a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) invites hospices to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment.

By becoming a We Honor Veteran Partner, our staff is better prepared to:

There are four levels of certification in the program. Bristol Hospice programs are proud to have achieved the following We Honor Veterans certification levels:

  • Level 1 Certification (Provide Veteran-centric education for staff and volunteers, and identify patients with military experience): Bristol Hospice~Stockton; Bristol Hospice~Pathways; Judith Karman Bristol Hospice
  • Level 3 Certification (Develop and strengthen relationships with VA medical centers and other Veteran organizations): Bristol Hospice~Texas; Bristol Hospice~Georgia; Bristol Hospice~Oregon
  • Level 4 (The highest level of certification. Increase access and improve quality of care for Veterans in your community): Bristol Hospice~California; Bristol Hospice~Hawaii, Bristol Hospice~Sacramento; Bristol Hospice~Utah

We are proud to honor our Veterans and support increasing access to quality care. Our locations are available for admissions during the holiday weekend and offer the following:

  • Special care of Veterans
  • Pinning ceremonies attendance
  • Providing flags to each Veteran

Learn more about our program and how we support locally, please contact us at 503-698-8911.

We are graciously committed to serving

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Hospice care, centers on the patient and family. The goal of the professionals at Bristol Hospice is to empower to make choices regarding care and assistance. The team serves as an advocate, helping to access the information and resources needed during this very challenging time.

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“I am very grateful and thankful for the wonderful services provided by the Bristol Hospice representatives. They were all so helpful.”
~ A surviving family member

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve with the highest level of compassion, respect and quality of care. Contact us to learn more about our services.

Bristol Hospice Honors Our Nursing Home & Care Center Partners

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Bristol Hospice recognizes that every care center is a small, vibrant world. Care centers are sharing, welcoming communities and an integral part of the delivery of care across the continuum. We are pleased to work with so many wonderful providers across the U.S. as we work together to support residents who are receiving hospice care in the final months and weeks of life in a nursing home or care center.

 

Hospice is a service, not a place. Hospice care can and does take place in nursing homes with specially trained hospice workers coming to the facility to provide palliative care to terminal residents who have elected, or whose families have elected, hospice care which focuses on end-of-life comfort rather than cure.

 

The 2016 National Nursing Home Week’s theme is “It’s a Small World, with a Big Heart” underscores the bond between staff and those in their care. Staff and residents view each other in the spirit of family. For staff, this reality is often a calling to a special mission and a life’s work. During this special week celebrating our partners, we extend our utmost gratitude for all you do!

Celebrating National Nurses Week

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National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Especially during this year’s National Nurses Week, we would like to extend a special thanks to our nurses as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients and families.

You deserve special recognition for your efforts in being 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. You are sincerely appreciated!

Bristol Hospice is Proud to Support NHPCO and NHF!

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The Bristol Hospice team from across the U.S. is attending NHPCO’s 31st Management and Leadership Conference this week, in Washington, D.C.

We look forward to connecting with our colleagues during this full week of activities that will continue to spark the Bristol Hospice team with innovative ideas, strategies and tools to lead with great vision and creativity as we continue to transform hospice and palliative care for the future.

Also, we are proud to support the National Hospice Foundation as a Tanzanite Sponsor for this year’s Gala. During the Gala, Bristol Hospice will join industry leaders in honoring Don Schumacher, as he retires from his position at NHPCO at the end of 2016 and raise funds to support Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice national engagement campaign.

We are looking forward to connecting!

National Volunteer Week

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National Volunteer Week is April 10 – 16. Supported by Points of Light since 1974, this week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

At Bristol Hospice, we recognize that volunteers are an integral part of hospice care. Whether it is providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, or offering support to their family members and caregivers, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the hospice team.

Being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made a difference in another person’s life. Some examples of volunteer duties are:

  • Providing companionship to a patient and their family
  • Being a comforting and supportive presence
  • Providing respite time for the patient’s caregivers
  • Running errands or doing light housekeeping for the patient and family
  • Community outreach
  • Office Support

Especially during National Volunteer Week, we’d like to extend our utmost gratitude to all who serve as Bristol Hospice volunteers. You are our heroes!

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Contact us.