Healthy Aging

Palliative Care

Our team treats you with kindness and compassion, listens to your concerns and involves you in the decisions when mapping out your goal-directed care.

Goal-Directed Care for Your Golden Years

Battling a serious illness can take a toll physically, mentally and spiritually, not only on you but the entire family. With your comfort always in mind, our Palliative Care team treats you with kindness and compassion, listens to your concerns and involves you in the decisions when mapping out your goal-directed care. Our focus is on relieving your symptoms and the stress related to your illness and improving the quality of life for you and your family.

Meeting Your Goals is Our Goal

We define your overall path of care based on your goals, therefore focusing more directly on the outcomes that are truly meaningful to you and your loved ones. Through our approach to Palliative Care, some of the results you can expert are:
  • Keep pain to a minimum, using clinical methods.
  • Treat symptoms and improve health where possible.
  • Assist with mobility and safety.
  • Allow meaningful interactions between patients and their friends, family, and community.
  • Improve spiritual and emotional well-being.
  • Provide support for both patients and caregivers, allowing each to understand and express their feelings and keep them informed on treatment options.
  • Reduce the burden on caregivers through training and assistance.

Dr. Margarita Reyes

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Can You Be Benefit from Palliative Care?

Palliative Care can help patients dealing with a wide range of medical challenges. You or your loved one could benefit from Palliative if they are dealing with one or more of the following:

  • Chronic and/or progressive illness
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
  • Recurrent hospitalizations
  • Uncontrolled symptoms
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Stroke

40
Million
Globally, an estimated 40 million people are in need of palliative care each year.
14
Percent
Currently only about 14% of those who need it actually receive palliative care.
6+
Million
People living in the United States could benefit from palliative care.

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

Our palliative care team works in partnership with primary care physicians, hospitalists, surgeons and other specialties to provide care for the elderly that is individualized, goal-directed and aids in the patient’s independence and quality of life. As a community geriatricians, Bristol Health practices in multiple settings including the hospital, clinic, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and patients’ homes.

Our Location

  1. Bristol Health Medical Group Beleden Gardens

    85 Beleden Gardens Drive

    Bristol, CT 06010

News, Advice & Stories

Sep 16, 2020

Experts Say Routine Medical Care Is Important Amid Pandemic

Andrew Lim, MD, medical director of emergency medicine at Bristol Health, discusses on NBC Connecticut how COVID-19 affected hospital emergency departments across the state and why continuing to receive your routine care is important during the pandemic.

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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

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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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