Frequently Asked Questions
At Brighton Bridge Hospice we are here to help our patients and their loved ones. Below are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions of patients and their loved ones about hospice.
What is Hospice?
Hospice is end-of-life care that provides comfort and support for a person with life-limiting conditions as well as the family. Hospice care aims to make the person comfortable and relieve symptoms and pain for the entire length of the illness. To receive hospice, the person must get a referral from his/her physician stating that if the person’s disease follows its normal course, death may be expected in six months. This does not mean that care will only be provided for six months; hospice can be provided as long as the person’s physician and hospice team certifies that the condition remains life-limiting. The goal of Brighton Bridge Hospice is to “Ensure The Patient’s Comfort.”
Who provides these services?
Hospice care is a family-centered approach that includes, at a minimum, a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, chaplains, hospice aides and trained volunteers. They work together focusing on the dying person’s needs— physical, psychological, social and spiritual. The goal is to help keep the person as pain-free as possible, with loved ones nearby until death. The hospice team works with the person and family to develop a care plan that meets the person’s needs for pain management and symptom control.
Where is Hospice provided?
Hospice services are provided in the home, hospital, assisted living, or long-term care facilities in the manner chosen by the patient.
What individual rights do I have?
You have the right to choose the type of medical care you desire. In the event that you can no longer verbalize your wishes, you can have detailed written instructions to inform your healthcare professionals about your choices. Brighton Bridge will provide you with the information concerning Advanced Directives and the tools that you will need to make those decisions. Advanced Directives are your choice and have no bearing on you being admitted to hospice care. Brighton Bridge Hospice takes the privacy of your health information seriously. We are required by law to maintain your privacy and to provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices.
Who will provide Hospice care?
Hospice care is provided by the following Hospice Interdisciplinary Team: Brighton Bridge Medical Director, The Patient’s Physician, Skilled Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Social Worker, Spiritual Counselor, Bereavement Counselor, Certified Nurse Assistant, Volunteers, Dietitian, Physical, Occupational or Speech Therapy, Pharmacy Consultation, and Patient and Family Involvement.
What equipment and supplies does Hospice provide?
Brighton Bridge Hospice will provide all medications, medical supplies and medical equipment that directly manage pain and/or symptoms related to the primary diagnosis.
What are Brighton Bridge's hours of operation?
Brighton Bridge Hospice is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for admissions and patient care. Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8am to 4:30pm.