Happy Labor Day!

Did you ever wonder what’s behind Labor Day and how it earned its place as a federal holiday? Enjoy a fun read about this by clicking the link below to gain more knowledge about the history, importance and traditions of Labor Day.“National Today” Labor Day 2019 – Everything You Need to Know

Honoring Veterans – A Mission to Serve

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America’s hospice 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.

Bristol Hospice is proud to be hospice partners the We Honor Veterans program. Developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the We Honor Veterans program aims to invite hospices to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment in the care of veterans.

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, the Bristol Hospice staff is better to:

Also, the keepsake book, “One Who Served: A Memorial Tribute to Your Veteran.” is presented as a gift from Bristol Hospice for the family when their Veteran passes away. The book was written to celebrate military service, recognize the family, define the grieving process and provide resources for assistance. Learn more.

Helpful links

The VA provides a full range of benefits to all enrolled Veterans. Click the links below for a broad overview of the benefits administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).

Contact us for more information about how Bristol Hospice delivers services for our Veterans.

Celebrate Those at the Heart of Caring

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June 9 – 16 is the 39th Annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week, celebrating the vital supporting role Nursing Assistants play in the delivery of quality care. It is reported that each day, more than 4.5 million caregivers provide hands-on care to our nation’s frail, elderly, or chronically challenged citizens. Visit cna-network.org to find out how you can thank Nursing Assistants this week.

This week especially, Bristol Hospice would like to commend all of the CNAs who provide comfort, care and support of those receiving hospice services. Thank you for all you do for Bristol Hospice’s patients and families. You are at the heart of caring!

National Safety Month – Are You Prepared?

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June is National Safety Month, reminding us of the importance of being prepared, educated and understand the leading causes of preventable injuries. Visit NSC.org to learn more.

As caregivers, it is important to be on the watch for unforeseen hazards around the home. Consider the following:

1. Safe Disposal of Medications: Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, especially when receiving hospice services. When they are no longer needed, it is important to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse. Consider safely disposing of medications through drug take-back programs, mail-back programs or collection receptacles. Visit the DEA’s website for more information about drug disposal, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events and to locate a DEA-authorized collector in your area. You may also call the DEA Office of Diversion Control’s Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 to find an authorized collector in your community.

2. Prevent Falls: The CDC reports that each year, one in every three adults ages 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. To prevent falls, consider the following:

  • Remove things you can trip over from stairs and places where you walk.
  • Install handrails and lights on all staircases and grab bars in bathrooms.
  • Remove or secure small throw rugs.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
  • Improve the lighting in your home.

3. Be Emergency Ready: The best way to be ready for the possibility of a public health emergency such as a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or disease outbreak is to have a plan. You can take steps now to help you prepare for an emergency and cope if an emergency happens. The CDC recommends it is important to know how you will contact family members and friends and understand the special steps you will take in different types of emergency situations. Click here to view information from the CDC to help you be prepared!

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.

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!

We Appreciate Those Who Support!

Today is National Administrative Professionals Day and Bristol Hospice would like to pay tribute to the Administrative Professionals who help “behind the scenes” as we serve our patients. Thank you for all you do to support our team!

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Interested in career as an Administrative Professional? Bristol Hospice can help. Apply now for an opportunity to work for Bristol Hospice.