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's typical life expectancy is 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

Sep 17, 2019

Bristol Health Spine Surgeon Performs First Radiofrequency Ablation

Bristol Health's Dr. Upadhyay is pleased to inform you that Bristol Health performed it first Radiofrequency Ablation of the metastatic spine tumor using a minimally invasive technique in September, 2019

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Aug 14, 2019

Bristol wants fresh start for old factory

City seeks candidates to rehabilitate113-year-old J.H. Sessions building

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Aug 09, 2019

A safer place to treat mental health crises

Bristol Hospital opens emergency center for patients in mental health crises

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Aug 09, 2019

Bristol Health Celebrates The Opening Of Its New 10-Bed Emergency Center Behavioral Health Unit

On Friday, Bristol Health celebrated the opening of its new outpatient behavioral health unit which is housed in the Bristol Hospital Emergency Center. Bristol Health is in the midst of a major renovation and expansion of its Emergency Center as part of the Operation Ergency Campaign which is being coordinated by the Bristol Hospital Development Foundation.

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Jul 30, 2019

Mid-summer is the time for fall sports physicals

Even though we are in the middle of summer, now is the time to start thinking about those required physicals for the fall and even the winter sports seasons.

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Jul 19, 2019

Law meant to stop young adults from smoking

Everyone knows the dangers of smoking. But those dangers can be mitigated by delaying the age that people start smoking. Doctors agree that reducing access to smoking products for young people can prevent them from becoming chronic smokers, or prevent them from ever smoking at all.

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Jul 18, 2019

Local smoke shops react after law change

Effective Oct. 1, Connecticut’s smoking age will rise from 18 to 21, encompassing tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping. It falls on businesses to enforce the law by checking IDs. Shops that sell to underage customers could face fines and could even have their cigarette selling license revoked. People under 21 who attempt to buy products could also face a fine.

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Jul 15, 2019

Palliative care is important for those with serious illness

Battling serious illness can take a toll physically, mentally and spiritually on not only the patient, but on family members as well. The Bristol Health Palliative Care team always has the patient’s comfort in mind. The team treats the patient with kindness and compassion, listens to concerns, and involves the patient and family in the decisions when mapping out goal-directed care.

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