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

Apr 15, 2020

Lisa Coates Featured on "Face of Connecticut"

Lisa Coates, LCSW, operations manager of the Bristol Health Counseling Center, was the featured guest on this Sunday's WTIC Face Connecticut public affairs program. Listen to her interview here.

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Mar 31, 2020

HEALTHY LIVING: Make emotional health a priority during these trying times

During times of increased stress, we have to consider our emotional immune system. Our emotions play a significant role in how our body responds to stressful situations. To care for our family members and all those in our lives, we have to take care of ourselves as well.

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Mar 30, 2020

Bristol Health launches telemedicine program to limit in-person contact and help flatten the curve

Bristol Health Medical Group doctors have begun seeing many patients using a telemedicine video service that helps limit person-to-person contact and cut down on possible exposures to the coronavirus.

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Mar 18, 2020

ESPN: How to make mental health a priority during the coronavirus pandemic

ESPN spoke with Rebecca Colasanto, LCSW, the system director of behavioral health for Bristol Health, about how to manage and respond to the anxiety and stress that come with these rare times.

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Feb 04, 2020

HEALTHY LIVING: Learn the signs of heart disease

February is American Heart Month and there is no better time to discuss and raise awareness about heart disease.

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Jan 21, 2020

Healthy Living: Set some health goals you can stick to for 2020

Every year millions around the world see the New Year as a fresh start and an opportunity to accomplish big goals in the upcoming year. Many of us have started previous years with the resolve to lose 20 pounds, run a 5K, meditate more or eat less sugar, only to be exhausted and frustrated by February. So how do we create a plan for 2020 (and beyond) that we can actually stick to?

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Dec 16, 2019

Bristol Health to move its Southington location, expand its services

SOUTHINGTON – Bristol Health Medical Group has announced that it will be moving its Southington location into the former Rite-Aid building on Main Street, expanding its services as it aims for a January 2020 opening.

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Dec 04, 2019

Please contribute to the Lights of Love campaign

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I’m not just talking about the holiday sea-son. It’s the roll out of the Bristol Health Homecare and Hospice’s Annual Lights of Love campaign.

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