Frequently Asked Questions
We do not do housekeeping but do have great partnerships in the local community that can support these needs in the home. We only provide cleanup regarding the skilled services we offer.
We do not provide caregivers who spend time and visit while errands or chores are done. We do provide skilled services, and other needs can be covered by local partnerships we have.
We work with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) to obtain orders for any equipment needed to maintain safety. Any equipment not covered by insurance will need to be purchased privately. We work with you to determine what is needed to maintain independence and safety in the home environment.
Hospice will cover room and board as long as this is verified through your insurance. This is something we check prior to getting you set up with our hospice team, call us at 720-900-3505 for more details.
Our entire team will make visits and work with you. While we do not have 24-hour staffing, we will ensure you receive the right support. If 24-hour nursing care is needed, we have local partners and contracts with facilities that provide these services. Our team can help make arrangements for additional care and assist with placement, if it is ever needed.
As a skilled home health agency, we do not provide these services, but can assist in making arrangements for them.
No, you do not need to be homebound to receive the benefit of hospice services.
Can my primary physician stay when I decide to switch over to hospice or do I need to find another physician?
Absolutely, they can stay involved. Bridges would need to be aware and would keep them involved as much as they would want to be.
Any physician can make a referral for hospice services.
Hospice is a home-based program—we will come directly to you. If you are wanting to visit a family member in town, we can come visit you there as well. You are not required to be homebound to receive hospice care.
If this is a concern for you there are many different medications and options available and even avoidance of certain medications if it makes the patient more comfortable. We are a patient-centered hospice; our focus is listening to patients and doing what is right for them.
No, we respect the choice of the patient, always. We do provide education to ensure appropriate understanding and philosophy is understood to achieve appropriate outcomes. Once everyone is in agreement, tougher decisions like these can be revisited when the timing is right, if at all.
No, you can only receive one service at a time. For example, if you are going to outpatient cardiac rehab, you cannot be home receiving wound care from home health at the same time.
Yes, you can receive palliative services in combination with home health services! These are considered combination services that actually support each other and will help reduce the likelihood of hospitalizations. They can also help patients who have serious co-morbidities (i.e. COPD, CHF, diabetes, and cancer). Please contact us today if you are interested in learning more about our palliative services and how they can help you.
Our palliative team is overseen by a Palliative Nurse Practitioner (NP) who visits every 4 to 6 weeks. We also provide occasional visits from a social worker who can assist with long-term planning. Palliative care is meant for patients suffering from chronic conditions (i.e. COPD, CHF, diabetes, and cancer).