Respected healthcare organizations work to achieve industry accreditation to demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of learning, best practices and patient care. Bridges Community Home Health and Hospice is proud to be accredited by some of the nation’s top accreditation agencies as we continually strive for excellence in our staff training, the services we offer and our goal to provide superior patient care and support.
Medicare accreditation for a home health or hospice agency is a process that entails a complete review of the health care agency’s organization and agency operations. The home health or hospice agency must demonstrate the ability to meet predetermined criteria and standards of accreditation established by a professional accrediting agency. The goal of home health or hospice accreditation is to ensure that the agency is credible, reputable and is dedicated to ongoing and continuous compliance with the highest standard of quality. Medicare accreditation surveys review medical records and are performed at the agency over the course of several days to weeks.
Accreditation Commission for Health Care
Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is a nonprofit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. Accreditation is a process of review that allows healthcare organizations to demonstrate their ability to meet regulatory requirements and standards established by a recognized accreditation organization such as ACHC. Accreditation reflects an agency’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that demonstrate a higher level of performance and patient care. ACHC Accreditation Standards were created by industry experts with providers’ needs in mind.
On-site accreditation surveys are conducted every three years by ACHC Surveyors who possess industry-specific experience. They follow a comprehensive review process that looks at organizational structure, policies and procedures, and compliance with state and federal laws.
National Institute for Jewish Hospices Accreditation
Bridges Hospice and Palliative Care is proud to be accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospices. The NIJH Accreditation testifies to a hospice’s desire and their ability to serve their Jewish clients in a culturally sensitive way. Over the past 34 years, NIJH has accredited hundreds of hospices and trained thousands of hospice professionals across the country.
What is NIJH Accreditation?
NIJH trains and sensitizes a hospice staff with knowledge of Jewish culture, values and traditions. A hospice team attends the annual NIJH Accreditation Conference, which is a conference focused on learning and exploring issues related to caring for the Jewish terminally ill. At the Conference, experts address issues in many fields related to Jewish hospice: Jewish medical ethics, burial practices, Jewish mourning customs, etc.
The NIJH Staff Training Program has three sections:
- Jewish Heritage and Culture- Heritage, Holidays and Prayer
- Medical Ethics- Principles and Case Studies
- The Final Journey- Concepts, Funeral Customs, Grief and Mourning
- “The Living Will,” a six-page legal instrument designed to convey the patient’s wishes while conforming to Jewish tradition and following all Federal & State laws.
- “The Jewish Hospice Manual,” a thorough guide to all aspects of Jewish hospice.
- NIJH also publishes many booklets on important topics for the client, family and the hospice professional.
- The Prayer Before Death – The “Vidui”
- What to do at the moment of death
- Preparing the body
- The funeral
- The Kaddish Card, with the traditional prayer for the dead
An information sheet is given to all staff before all Jewish holidays. It explains the history and significance of each holiday, the customs, and areas of hospice concerns. This allows the staff to be sensitive to the patient’s holiday needs and bring an extra level of comfort.
- At Bedside, Realities of the Dying
- Implementing Empathy at the End of Life
- Jewish Mourning Customs
- Comforting the Bereaved
- Death is a Night Between Two Days