WHAT IS HOSPICE?
Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support compassionately to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatment. Hospice care neither prolongs, nor hastens death, but rather focuses on the quality of life’s possibilities. The goal of Hospice is to improve the quality of the patient’s remaining days by delivering exceptional care with an emphasis on comfort, dignity, and compassion. [Learn More button]>>>
Hospice Specialty Programs – California
The Bridge Hospice team is trained to manage all symptoms especially related to end-stage illnesses, including pain, wound, and respiratory management while attending to the patient’s nutritional and safety concerns as well. With an interdisciplinary team approach. Bridge Hospice’s team cares for the patient as if they were part of our family with total respect for all physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs.
CONTINUOUS CARE HOSPICE
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations state: “Continuous home care may only be provided during a period of crisis as necessary to maintain an individual at home. A period of crisis is a period in which a patient requires continuous care that is predominantly nursing care to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms.”
This type of care may be provided in the patient’s home or a long-term-care facility. It is not applicable for patients in an in-patient hospice unit, a hospital, or skilled nursing facility.
WHAT TYPES OF SYMPTOMS REQUIRE CONTINUOUS CARE?
Hospice continuous care is designed to quickly alleviate uncontrolled symptoms in a time of crisis. These symptoms might include:
• Severe pain
• Acute respiratory distress
• Unrelenting nausea and vomiting
• Terminal agitation or restlessness
At Bridge Hospice, we understand the amount of stress the end of life can be on our families. We have built a specialized team to manage these types of situations. Our team will make you and your loved ones feel comforted in the absolute most difficult of times. Our team is comprised of very skilled nurses with extensive experience in end of life care when the time comes – we will be right there by your side every step of the way.
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THE BRIDGE HOSPICE PROGRAM
Continuum of Care Every Step of the Way. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a program of care that is centered around your needs and concerns, to respect all patients’ individuality, dignity, values, privacy and unique response to their illness, allowing you to live with dignity, free of pain and other distressing symptoms. Our decision-making is guided by evidence and expertise.
WHAT IS THE BRIDGE PROGRAM?
The Bridge Program provides continuity of care while you, your family, and caregiver are being educated by our team regarding hospice care, home health care, private duty nursing, and companion care. Our highly trained staff will share the benefits of all the services we can offer. The Program focuses on easing pain and other discomfort associated with serious illness. The Bridge Program is designed to reduce stress by addressing your emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Our goal is to make sure you and your family maintain a better quality of life.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE BRIDGE PROGRAM?
• Those who need additional care and support in the home.
• Those who have a life-limiting illness.
• Those who are not receiving curative methodology.
• Those who are open to learning how hospice can benefit the individual, family, and caregiver.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE BRIDGE PROGRAM?
Our multi-disciplinary team will provide clinical, emotional, spiritual, and social support while you and your family make an informed decision regarding home health care, home care, and hospice care. Our team offers holistic, competent, medically supportive care focused on the whole person-addressing the physical, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and social needs that you and your family may have. Our professionals focus particularly on relieving suffering and promoting your quality of life, whether your goal is curative care or comfort care.
WHAT HOSPICE CARE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?
A team of skilled healthcare professionals, including your personal physician, are available to help with decisions about treatment or changes in the direction of care. Expertise in pain and symptom management with nursing staff, home health aides, social workers, spiritual advisors, and therapists available.
HOW DO I ENROLL?
Call for a consult at ########## the phone and make a visit to your home if that is what you prefer.
In the most difficult of times, Bridge Hospice will be there to support you clinically and emotionally in life’s most sacred moments as we stay true to our mission statement each day.