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Hospice Care

Hospice is a compassionate, specialized healthcare service designed to provide comfort and support to patients with a life-limiting illness.

Our hospice care team is comprised of physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains and therapists as needed for safety. We also have a team of qualified volunteers who can provide respite care and emotional support for patients, families and caregivers at any time an individual is on hospice care, including end-of-life.

Colorado Hospice Care | Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs

Physicians

While receiving hospice care through Bridges, patients have the option of continuing to work with their existing primary physician or working with one of our hospice physicians. For many, the benefit of choosing a specialist through Bridges is knowing that our physicians specialize in hospice care and can consistently recommend care that meets individual goals.

Hospice Care

Hospice is a compassionate, specialized healthcare service designed to provide comfort and support to patients with a life-limiting illness.

Hospice provides support to the patient and family by caring for physical, psychological and spiritual needs, with an emphasis on comfort and caring rather than curing and treating. We use integrated therapies and expert medical services to provide dignity for patients and peace of mind for their loved ones.

Colorado Hospice Care | Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs

Our hospice care team is comprised of physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains and therapists as needed for safety. We also have a team of qualified volunteers who can provide respite care and emotional support for patients, families and caregivers at any time an individual is on hospice care, including end-of-life.

Our multi-disciplinary team of professionals and specialists can identify and support a full range of medical and caregiving services that support overall goals, comfort and safety. Physicians regularly visit each patient to evaluate changing conditions and adjust care services as needed.

Over time, care services may need to be adjusted to keep you on track with your hospice goals. We advocate for your highest quality of life and coordinate treatment with your entire care team, including medical providers, adjacent providers, caregivers and loved ones.

Nurses

Hospice provides support to the patient and family by caring for physical, psychological and spiritual needs, with an emphasis on comfort and caring rather than curing and treating. Hospice nurses are expertly trained in a variety of therapies to provide dignity for patients and peace of mind for their loved ones.

Our nurses can help you safely manage symptoms of pain and causes of discomfort as part of your overall hospice care plan. Not all patients experience pain, and those that do have options—if you’re unsure of how aggressively you want to treat pain, our specialists can work with you on the right approach.

The decision to start hospice can be an emotional time for patients and their loved ones. Our expert hospice nurses help ease this transition by providing the appropriate resources and emotional support for entire families under our care.

While hospice focuses on the comfort, not treatment, of life-limiting illness, there are still many cases where an individual may continue to take multiple prescriptions, supplements and medications to extend comfort and safety. We can help you stay organized on dosing, refilling, and administering medications.

Certified Nursing Assistants

Some conditions can make personal care very challenging. For those who need in-home assistance with certain activities of daily living (ADLs) or could benefit from additional monitoring services, our certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are available to provide expert nursing care, companionship and supervision.

All CNAs assigned through Bridges have completed specialized training in certified nursing assistant schools, have passed state exams, and have cleared background checks. Above all else, we’ve hand-selected them to join our team because they’re responsible, caring, smart and compassionate.

Do you need help bathing, showering, getting dressed or fixing your hair? Our CNAs are there to help you. They’ve been specifically trained to help you transfer safely from your bed to a wheelchair, in and out of a shower, and to help you with dressing and grooming. They know how to make the entire experience pleasant and comfortable—and they know their role is to anticipate your needs and make life simpler.

Our CNAs have had specialized healthcare training and represent another “set of eyes” to watch for changes in health before they develop into problems or lead to more serious complications. If your home health aide notices a health need that isn’t being addressed by your current treatment and care plan, they can bring it to the attention of your care team and help coordinate the services you need.

Medical Social Services

Along with the care services and support provided through your professional care team, our healthcare social workers provide additional coordination to help you understand your treatment plan and the options available to you beyond your health needs.

Our healthcare social workers coordinate the various services you may need to stay healthy and happy, such as finding medical equipment like a hospital bed, wheelchair or shower bench, or other healthcare options, like transitioning to assisted living or coordinating with an inpatient facility after a surgery.

Are you worried about how you’ll pay for the care you need? Maybe you’re worried by the costs of assisted living or wonder how you’ll pay for a rehab stay in a skilled nursing facility. The social workers at Bridges Community Care are experts in understanding sources of funding and can help you find ways to pay for your healthcare.

Let’s face it: there can be a lot of hoops to jump through when you need healthcare. That’s another reason you need an advocate. Bridges social workers can help you fill out paperwork and make sure that all the I’s are dotted and the T’s crossed.

We know it can be overwhelming to be a primary caregiver, but that’s why we’re here—to help make it easier. There are many services available through insurance and some services are offered free by the community. Make an appointment with one of our healthcare social workers and let us make life easier.

Body and mind, mind and spirit. At Bridges we’re not only concerned with your physical health—we’re concerned with your mental and social health too. Our social workers can provide assessments that give important insights into your mental and social health—and they can help you find resources for additional support.

Chaplain

No matter what religion or belief our chaplains are available to support the patient and the family through the hospice experience.

Whatever your beliefs, there is much to be gained from a spiritual advisor and confidant. In addition to helping patients feel connected to their personal belief system, faith community or higher power, chaplains can provide direction and guidance for those navigating grief at end-of-life.

Families can benefit from professional support and relief as they navigate complex emotions at the end-stages of a loved one’s condition. For those who need spiritual support as a loved one progresses through hospice, our chaplains offer ongoing visits that can provide clarity and better ways to cope with terminal illness.

Watching a loved one decline at their end-of-life can be frustrating, saddening and perplexing. For many people, it can be difficult to transition from handling daily care needs to returning to life as it was before. Chaplains help by listening to and respecting your personal process, while offering spiritual counsel that does not seek to provide answers but can help achieve acceptance.

After a loved one has passed, there are still many arrangements to be finalized so that they may be mourned and celebrated. Even if you do not plan on following religious traditions, chaplains can provide direction and guidance on the decisions that best meet your loved one’s wishes.

Volunteers

We currently have multiple volunteers who undergo specialized training to provide emotional support for patients and their loved ones.

Your support network is an integral part of your care team. Our volunteers provide friendship and emotional support separately from medical care providers—they are there to help you feel less alone during your hospice experience.

Our compassionate volunteers can provide emotional relief for family members who need time away from their caregiving responsibilities. Like all members of your care team, emotional support volunteers take a person-centered approach.

Watching a loved one decline at their end-of-life can be frustrating, saddening and perplexing. For many people, it can be difficult to transition from handling daily care needs to returning to life as it was before. Chaplains help by listening to and respecting your personal process, while offering spiritual counsel that does not seek to provide answers but can help achieve acceptance.

Because hospice is about comforting rather than curing, certain non-medical services may fit into each patient’s overall goals. Connect with our team today to learn about holistic care through our volunteers and community partners, including massage, aromatherapy, music therapy and therapeutic touch.

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