Healthcare Beyond the Hospital

Hospice Services

Dedicated to providing care and support to you or your loved one suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

Hospice Care

Hospice of Bristol Health is a specialized healthcare program focused on patient comfort, emotional and spiritual support, and improving overall quality of life. Our multidisciplinary team provides hospice services in the patient's home or, if appropriate, a similar homelike setting such as assisted living, a skilled nursing facility or Bristol Hospital. 

We are also dedicated to supporting family and friends in their experience of caregiving.

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a specialized healthcare program dedicated to providing care and support to you or your loved one suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Hospice care is primarily provided to persons at home but is also available in skilled facilities or, if medically appropriate, in the hospital.

Hospice care centers on providing relief of trouble symptoms and giving social support for the family, taking all measures to ensure a comfortable death experience is had for not only the patient but their loved ones as well.

A person using hospice care has a typical life expectancy of 6 months or less.

Services Provided by Hospice

Hospice services are provided by a medically supervised team of professionals and volunteers. The hospice team works together with you to care for your physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. You may utilize all or part of the available services:
  • Medical care focused on providing comfort
  • Pain management and symptom control program
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support for the patient and family
  • Bereavement support for family members and significant others
  • Hospice volunteers are available for socialization and emotional support
  • Registered nurses, social workers, therapists, homemaker/aide services

Coverage of Services

Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance plans cover hospice services.  Events such as Lights of Love are used to assist Hospice and Special Touch patients as needed.  Donations are used to directly support services for patients who are uninsured or under-insured.

Bereavement Program

Hospice care continues into the bereavement period with support for your family. Hospice offers a Bereavement Support Program to help the bereaved realize that they are not alone in their grief and to support them through the grieving process by providing the following:

  • A comprehensive packet of bereavement information and resources
  • Follow-up correspondence at specific intervals throughout the first year after a loss
  • Short-term grief support via telephone or office visit (assessment and outside professional referral if needed)
  • Referral to "Coping with Grief" support group and other community resources

News, Advice & Stories

Nov 18, 2019

HEALTHY LIVING: Deciding when it's time for hospice

November is Home Care and Hospice month and it’s a good time to discuss hospice care and when it is appropriate. People often wonder when or if they should call hospice for help with a loved one.

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Nov 14, 2019

Bristol firefighters find another way to save lives through fundraiser

BRISTOL - As if saving people from burning buildings wasn’t enough, local firefighters have found another way to save lives in the community.

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Nov 08, 2019

Newest medical director at Bristol Hospital brings experience, veteran savvy

Bristol Hospital’s newest medical director brings with him over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and 11 years in the Army Special Forces.

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Nov 07, 2019

Bristol Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety For The Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Bristol Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Bristol Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

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Nov 01, 2019

Back to Moving Pain Free

After three successful joint replacement surgeries, Maria Cianchetti was able to get back to moving pain-free with help from a Bristol Health physical therapist.

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Oct 22, 2019

Back to Active, Back to Life

Sandi has always been active. When a torn bicep and rotator cuff threatened her lifestyle, she trusted Bristol Health to help.

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Oct 22, 2019

Strong Woman. Strong Heart.

With the help and support of her Bristol Health team, Linda Murdock strengthened her heart and overcame mitral valve regurgitation.

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Oct 15, 2019

Lymphedema Can't Hold Her Down

Sally Bain-Picard was weighed down by lymphedema in her legs. With the help of a Bristol Health physical therapist, her legs returned to normal size, giving her more freedom.

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