Hospice and End-of-Life Resources

Bridge Palliative Home Health Service

In Cooperation with TRU CARE FORMERLY Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties 

REFERRAL LINE: 303-442-0961

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Primary life-limiting illness
  • 12 month life expectancy or less Homebound per Medicare definition
  • Deteriorating medical condition at risk for needing symptom management
  • Recent emergency department or hospital stay, or at risk for such
  • Consent to emphasis on care in the home setting

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Receiving a hospice benefit Nursing home resident requires more care than can be provided in the home

REFERRAL PROCESS

How to Refer:

  • Call 303.604.5272 to refer a patient or to request an optional visit from a HospiceCare palliative care physician to determine patient appropriateness

Purpose of Service:

  • To address symptoms related to physical, emotional, spiritual concerns
  • To decrease need for emergency department visits or hospitalization
  • To explore and document goals of care
  • To educate patient and family re: disease process, preventative care, medication management, and crisis management in home
  • To anticipate changes in condition and have appropriate plan in place
  • To help seriously ill patients transition to hospice program of choice if appropriate
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Site of Service:

  • Home

Who Delivers Care:

  • Interdisciplinary Team (physician, nurse, nursing assistant, social worker, chaplain) provides home visits for pain and symptom management and helps with planning or the end of life
  • Team collaborates with primary physician

Ideal referral:

  • Patient who is strongly symptomatic related to primary illness
  • Patient who is homebound per Medicare definition
  • Recent emergency department visit or hospitalization
  • Care provider available
  • Increasing burden vs. benefit of treatments
  • Until stabilization, admission to hospice

Length of Service:

  • Until stabilization, admission to hospice

General Hospice and End-of-Life Resources

Links to Resources
General Hospice and End-of-Life Resources:

Aging with Dignity
http://www.agingwithdignity.org/

Provides practical information, advice and legal tools needed to ensure your end-of-life wishes and those of your loved ones will be respected.

Colorado Hospice Organization
http://www.coloradohospice.org/

The Colorado Hospice Organization (CHO) is a statewide, not-for-profit organization that advocates for palliative and hospice care through professional and lay education, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and technical assistance.

Colorado Palliative Care Partners 
http://www.coloradopalliativecare.org/

The Colorado Palliative Care Partnership (CPCP) works to advance high quality palliative care for Coloradans living with serious illness who are approaching the end of life.

Comfort Touch
http://www.comforttouch.com/

Shares a nurturing, encompassing form of massage providing comfort to the elderly and the chronically ill.

Innovations in End-of-Life-Care
http://www2.edc.org/lastacts/

Features peer-reviewed promising practices in end-of-life care in this bimonthly online journal.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
http://www.nhpco.org/templates/1/homepage.cfm

Seeks to improve end of life care and expand access to hospice care, profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

Partnership for Caring: America's Voices for the Dying
http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

Offers extensive end-of-life resources and operates the only national crisis and informational hotline dealing with end-of-life issues and provides state-specific living wills and medical powers of attorney.