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Pre-Admission Consultation

We provide consulation to individuals who are in the process of considering or making a decision about the need to move out of his or her home in order to receive the help they need to remain independent and safe. Sometimes people are unaware that there are services and supports that can be provided right in their own home, often making a move unnecessary. Those who want to move into a nursing home or assisted living facility (such as a community based residential facility or residential care apartment complex), can find it difficult to know which facility would be the best for them or a loved one.

Through pre-admission consultation provided by BRIDGE Hospice, patients have a conversation with our knowledgeable professionals about the options available to him or her and the costs of different options. BRIDGE Hospice staff can help individuals consider how long personal funds will last and discuss what may happen if money runs out so people can best plan for their future. The conversation can also include information about the sources of government funding that may be available and how people can be eligible. The pre-admission consultation will provide individuals with an opportunity to discuss important factors to consider when choosing among long term care programs, settings and benefits.

Hospice Aides for Personal Care

Home health aides (HHA) are trained to provide personal care to patients in their own home environment.

Home health aides from hospice and home health agencies may visit patients one to three days a week to provide thorough care.1 They interact with the patient and perform some variation of the above services during such visits. The home health aide may educate family members and other caregivers on patient care so that the families will feel comfortable providing day to day care to the patient between home health aide visits. Considering the frequency with which a home health aide and a patient interact, a strong bond between the two often develops.

  • Shower, tub bath, or bed bath
  • Shaving of the patient
  • Dressing of the patient
  • Washing hair of the patient
  • Combing hair of the patient
  • Oral care or denture care for the patient
  • Help with toileting or incontinent care
  • Care and cleaning of foley catheters
  • Nail care for the patient
  • Back rub/massage car
  • Turning and repositioning bed bound patients
  • Transferring from bed to chair or chair to bed
  • Assistance with ambulating (walking)
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Changing bed sheets
  • Light housekeeping
Trained Volunteers

Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team, filling roles that range from direct contact with patients to providing clerical and fundraising support for the organization. Hospices that participate with Medicare are required to utilize volunteers alongside their paid clinical and administrative staff. Hospice volunteers describe their work as gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful. Hospices require a lot from their volunteers and value them greatly.

  • Support for patients

    This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, interpreting for those who do not speak English, bringing in music, and supervising therapeutic visits with pets. Volunteers with necessary certification can also provide massage therapy. Some hospices also utilize volunteers who offer complementary therapies such as aroma therapy or therapeutic touch.

  • Respite and support for family members

    Volunteers can assist with shopping or light household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands, exercise, or simply have some time alone. Volunteers can also help care for a family pet.

  • Child care assistance

    This can include help with babysitting, picking up children from school or providing necessary transportation to club meetings or sporting events and practices.

  • Bereavement support programs

    Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice’s bereavement staff. Duties may include assisting a support group facilitator, serving refreshments, or helping with mailings to families.

  • Fundraising and administrative work

    A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank-you letters to organizing fundraising events and contacting potential donors.

  • Special skills and interests

    Many hospices utilize volunteers to maintain their grounds and landscaping. Notaries, barbers and beauticians often volunteer their services to patients. Musicians often volunteer to play at hospice inpatient facilitie

Medical Equipment and Supplies

BRIDGE Hospice provides all hospice medical equipment, supplies, and medication needed to treat the patient's diagnosis.

The BRIDGE Hospice staff will look at a diagnosis and order the proper all neccessary medication, equipment, and supplies. When they arrive our staff will deliver the supplies and set up the equipment. This allows the patient and their family to focus on their time together and reduce trips to the pharmacy and medical supply stores. BRIDGE Hospice strives to connect the patient with their family and loved ones.

    Common Medical Equipment
  • Oxygen Equipment & Ventilators

  • Hospital Beds

  • Lifts

  • Crutches, Wheelchairs & Walkers

  • Bi-Pap & C-Pap Machines

  • Blood Pressure Monitors

    Common Medical Supplies
  • Needles and syringes

  • Catheters

  • Gauze

  • Central line dressing change kits

  • Feeding tubes

  • Bedpans

Continuous Home Care Requiring Intense Intervention

Continuous Care is a period of crisis is a period in which a patient requires continuous care, of which more than half is nursing care, to achieve palliation or management of acute medical symptoms and only as necessary to maintain the patient at home or the following.

    Where can Continuous Care be provided?
  • Private Residence

  • Assisted Living Facility

  • Group Home

  • Hospice Residential Facility

Hospice Nursing Care

BRIDGE Hospice nurses provide a wide range of services that assist patients such as: admissions, case management, and visitation.

    How do our nurses care for patients?
  • Administering Medication & Managing Symptoms

  • Education Family Caregivers

  • Psychosocial Support & Spiritual Support

  • Helping Dur Crisis Situations

  • Monitoring and Documenting Patient Vital Signs

Social Work and Pastoral Care

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Pain and Symptom Management

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Available 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

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Respite or Inpatient Care if needed*

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Hospice Physician/Medical Director

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Therapists and Counseling

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Pharmacy Consultation/Services

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Bereavement Program offered for 13 months after death

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