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Helping families during their time of greatest need We come into people's lives at the most difficult of times. With the help of our volunteers and donors, we are able to lift so many burdens and concerns from the shoulders of our hospice families, offering the compassionate care, guidance and supp..

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Florida Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities Please direct any questions regarding your rights and responsibilities to any Hospice Team member. Should questions arise after hours, please call your Hospice Team telephone number. You will reach a staff member in our call center w..

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Planning Ahead: The Physicians Advance Care Directive Kit

What is an advance directive? How can a patient set one up?  Your practice may also be reimbursed by Medicare for helping a patient to complete their directive. Click here to download "My Life Choices"  ..

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Who we are

  From hospice care to emotional and spiritual support, we are here for families. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with serious illness, you can rely on the compassionate professionals of Trustbridge.  As our name suggests, you can trust us to do what is necess..

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Volunteering

Our not-for-profit, community-based hospice is powered by hundreds of local volunteers.  They are involved in most of the operational aspects of our organization.  The benefits of volunteering can be enormous.  Volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest, and can..

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Veterans Guide to Hospice Care Services

Hospice is a benefit that the VA offers to qualified Veterans who are in the final phase of their lives, typically six months or less. Trustbridge works with the VA to provide respect, comfort and care to military veterans wherever they call home.   Click here to link to the VA Guide for Hosp..

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Patient Family Guide

For most, hospice care is a new experience and there can be many questions about the hospice benefit, what to expect during care and other patient care questions.  This is the comprehensive resource guide to hospice care at Trustbridge.  Starting with the admission of the patient and takin..

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Understanding Hospice Care

You may have heard about hospice care in the past, but many people aren’t aware of what hospice care means. There are many misconceptions about hospice care and the hospice benefit.  The initial hospice benefit period is six-month, and provides help for the patient and many of those aroun..

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How to Bill Services for Medicare Hospice Patients

This guide addresses billing by the Primary Attending Physician and the Consulting (Secondary) Physician.  You will also find information on where you can direct specific questions. Click here to download "How to Bill Services for Medicare Hospice Patients"..

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Hospice Contact

Trustbridge is here to provide a world of support for the whole family. Hospice is a special type of supportive care focused on comfort and quality of life. We are here to care, listen and comfort during a very personal and difficult time. Contact us anytime - 24/7 at 844.422.3648 If you prefer,..

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Helpful Resources in and around Your Community The following organizations are not affiliated with Trustbridge. This information is provided as a service to our patients and their families. ..

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You can depend on Trustbridge to find the pathway that enables you and your loved one to live every day to the fullest. Here’s what other families had to say about us!..

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Hospice Fellowship Program

Trustbridge is proud to partner with the University of Miami/JFK Medical Center Palm Beach Regional Graduate Medical Education Consortium in offering an ACGME- accredited Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. Participating institutions include JFK Medical Center, West Palm Beach Vete..

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Healthcare Partners

Putting Patients and Families First   With hospice care and palliative consultations, we offer support at any stage of illness. As healthcare professionals, we are partners in providing excellent care for your patients and their family members—compassionate care that provi..

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Accreditations, Licenses and Memberships

Trustbridge programs have earned the The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment..

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Officers and Management Team

Since 1978, we have cared for 200,000 families. Our dedicated and talented leadership team ensures that we can continue to provide innovative and compassionate care for everyone who needs us, now and in the future...

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Identifying Hospice-Eligible Patients

Patients qualify for hospice care when they have a diagnosis or combination of conditions that result in a 6-month prognosis if the terminal illness runs its normal course.  This guide also identifies some Common Indicators of Functional Decline which could indicate that hospice care may benefi..

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The benefits of Early Referral

Studies show that patients can live longer with hospice care, because as they feel better, their quality of life improves. They are able to reclaim their lives – to live each day to the fullest. Patients are entitled to the support and care of hospice for a full six months if they are medicall..

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Grief Support

Hospice care does not end with the passing of a loved one.  Trustbridge Bereavement Centers offer many different services and support to assist people facing life-changing events.  Coping with the difficulties surrounding these events may require new skills or just the ability to talk with..

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Frequently Asked Questions

For families struggling with serious illness, hospice care means that you are never alone. If you do not see the information you need here, you can call us with any question, 24 hours a day at 844.422.3648...

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Internships

Trustbridge is proud to offer these internship programs...

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Social Work and Chaplain Internships

Trustbridge offers a variety of clinical internships for students pursuing degrees in social work, music therapy, and divinity/pastoral education. Interns have opportunities to work with patients and families in a wide range of settings, from inpatient units, to homes, to our Bereavement Centers&nbs..

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About Us

From hospice care to emotional and spiritual support, we are here for families. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with serious illness, you can rely on the compassionate professionals of Trustbridge. As our name suggests, you can trust us to do what is necessary to guide you and your fa..

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How Trustbridge Can Help

From hospice care to emotional and spiritual support, we are here for families. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with serious illness, you can rely on the compassionate professionals of Trustbridge.  As our name suggests, you can trust us to do what is necessary to guide..

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Board of Directors

At Trustbridge, the lives of our patients and families are of the utmost importance.  We are here to ease their burden and support them so they can share more life moments together. Our experienced and dedicated team ensures that each of our patients and their families get the support and care ..

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Difficult Conversations: A Physicians Guide

Developed by Faustino Gonzalez, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer of Trustbridge specifically for medical professionals.  This quick guide outlines the six steps for effective communication when talking to patients and families about hospice care. Click here to download "Difficult Conver..

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In-Service Presentations

Hospice of Palm Beach County has expert educators in the field who can tailor a palliative care, pain management, or end-of-life in-service to meet your specific needs. To schedule a presentation at your facility or practice, use our online in-service registration form, contact your Business R..

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Circle of Care Physicians The Benefits of Early Referral Difficult Conversations:  A Physician’s Guide How to Bill Services for Medicare Hospice Patients Identifying Hospice Eligible Patients We Make Referrals Easy 10 Myths of Morphine ..

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Volunteers Support

Hospice Volunteer Support Our caring hospice volunteers can help your family in so many ways, including: Patient-visiting volunteers Our volunteers will visit with your loved one so you can get a break. They unselfishly give of their time to liste..

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Our Hospice Volunteers

Volunteers are in indispensable part of our hospice family and we are inspired by their example. Out of kindness and compassion, they help us care for families during their time of greatest need. That's why we call them our Hospice Heroes. Some volunteers work directly with patients and families w..

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Addison Hines Music Therapy Internship Program

The music internship program is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation. It is sponsored by the Addison Hines Charitable Trust. Through the internship, graduates from approved music therapy programs can get the clinical experience required for board certification as they help..

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Addison Hines Music Therapy Program AMTA National Roster Music Therapy

Internship Application Checklist Thank you for taking the time to apply to our AMTA National Roster Internship program. We are very excited about our program, and welcome the opportunity to work with emerging music therapy clinicians. Please review the checklist below before submitting your applica..

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Addison Hines Music Therapy Internship Program Experiences

The internship program at Trustbridge provides many unique learning opportunities for music therapy students. We currently provide a six-month, 1040-hour clinical placement to six interns per year, starting in February, June, and October. Trustbridge is a National Roster internship site an..

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Addison Hines Music Therapy Internship Program Teamwork

Hospice care is an interdisciplinary, team approach to care. Teams at Trustbridge are organized geographically across the county. Services are provided to patients in their homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and at inpatient units. The members of the hospice team con..

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Addison Hines Music Therapy Internship Program Resources

Equipment available for the intern includes: • Fake books • Yamaha upright piano • Xylophones • Paddle drums • Child's Conga drums • Bass guitar • Q-chord • Lap Harp • Sensory Stimulation Kits • Yamaha electronic keyboards • Mallophon..

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Addison Hines Music Therapy Internship Program Opportunities

The Gerstenberg Hospice Center is the headquarters for Trustbridge.  It is located in West Palm Beach, FL. Two miles away is the John J. Brogan Bereavement Center, which houses our bereavement department and our Integrative Therapies Department. Integrative Therapies includes licensed prof..

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Patient Visitors

Patient-visiting volunteers are the heart of our hospice family. No special skills are required, just the desire to help others.  When you visit with a patient (at home, in a caregiving facility or one of our hospice care centers), it means the world to him or her. Visits in the home also allow..

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Musician Volunteers

Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Do you enjoy sharing the gift of music with others? Music is such a powerful way to connect and uplift. It is particularly meaningful for hospice patients. You don't have to be an expert on an instrument or have perfect pitch to be a musician volunteer. Al..

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Administrative and Resale Volunteers

Our volunteers are the heart of our caring community. Unselfishly giving their time and themselves, they help in so many ways! When you volunteer in our offices, resale shops and at fundraising events, you have a meaningful impact on the lives of others. And, you meet the nicest people! Helping in..

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Pet-loving Volunteers

Whether you’re helping to care for someone’s pet or spreading joy with your own, your kindness and love for animals can make a big difference in the lives of our hospice patients. Pet Therapy The companionship and unconditional love we receive from a loving pet touches our he..

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Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteers

Helping veterans and service families at their time of greatest need Near the end of life, many vets want to tell their stories to someone. Who can understand their experiences better than another vet? We are honored to care for veterans with advanced illness, wherever they live - in their family..

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Volunteer Opportunities for Professionals

Hospice of Palm Beach County volunteers perform a variety of vital functions assisting our staff, patients and family members. We welcome experts in these specialized areas: Pharmacists Chaplains (Masters degree in Divinity or equivalent required)  Nurses with current Florida nursing ..

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Accreditations, Licenses and Memberships

Trustbridge programs have earned the The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment..

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The Sea Star Program

Grief support for children and teens Trustbridge Bereavement Centers’ Sea Star Program is designed to meet the unique needs of children and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one. Grieving children ages 5-17 in need in Palm Beach and Broward County are welcome to any activity, free o..

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Why Race Matters In End-of-life Discussions

"When I first joined IHI’s Conversation Project (TCP) team as a project coordinator, I thought I had a firm grasp of its mission: to ensure that everyone, everywhere expresses their end-of-life care wishes with their loved ones and health care providers to increase the likelihood of getting th..

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We Value Nurses!

Nurses are the heart of our care and we show it. $4,000 Sign-on Bonus for Admissions RNs (New external hires only - $1,000 after a 90-day probation period; and $3,0700 upon completion of 1 year) $5,000 Sign-on Bonus for Admissions Manager and Senior Admissions Director (New external hires only -..

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Hurricane - Hospice FAQ And Guide

Download the Patient and Caregiver Severe Weather and Hurricane Guide by clicking here » Hospice Care During a Severe Weather Event FAQOur hospice care is received at home; when should we evacuate? Follow the evacuation plan and any orders which are issued for your area. If you are planning..

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Does A Hospice Patient Need To Be "homebound?"

No. Our mission is to help you feel better and live every day to the fullest. When we first meet with you, we will ask you what your hopes are. Together, we will design your care goals to enable you to live the way you want and do the things that are important to you with the people you love. For O..

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Can A Hospice Patient Who Shows Signs Of Recovery Be Returned To Regular Medical Treatment?

Hospice patients and families can benefit from the world of support that we provide for a full 6 months (or longer if you continue to meet the medical criteria). You are free to leave hospice care at any time, for any reason, and return later on if you are medically eligible. For Our Families We'r..

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Why Are Hospice Volunteers Needed And What Do They Do?

Volunteers are in indispensable part of our hospice family and we are inspired by their example. Out of kindness and compassion, they help us care for families during their time of greatest need. That's why we call them our Hospice Heroes. Some Trustbridge volunteers work directly with patients and..

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Who Can Receive Hospice Care?

Hospice is a special type of supportive care that is devoted to people who have end-stage illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less if their disease follows its normal course. Some people have multiple conditions that contribute to a limited life expectancy, rather than a single illness. F..

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How Does Hospice Work With My Insurance?

How is hospice care paid for? The compassionate care and support of hospice care is a benefit you are entitled to under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. As a not-for-profit hospice, we make sure that everyone who needs hospice care receives it, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to..

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Who Pays For Hospice?

The compassionate care and support of hospice is covered under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. As a not-for-profit hospice, Trustbridge provides care for everyone who needs hospice care, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. For Our Families We're here to help Contact Us An..

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What Is Hospice In The Home?

The skilled and compassionate professionals of Trustbridge provide hospice care wherever you reside—in your own home, in a residence of your choice, in a caregiving facility or in one of our hospice inpatient care centers. Our mission is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to hel..

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What Is The Difference Between Palliative Care And Hospice Care?

Palliative medicine is a specialty focused on relieving the symptoms that often accompany a serious illness to provide comfort and the best possible quality of life. Palliative care can bring comfort at any stage of illness—offering symptom relief, both while curative measures are being pursu..

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What Is A Palliative Care Doctor?

Palliative medicine is a specialty focused on relieving the symptoms that often accompany a serious illness or condition, providing the best possible quality of life for you and your loved ones. Our physicians have special training and expertise in relieving pain and other symptoms caused by illnes..

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Hospice Care Linked To Higher Family Satisfaction

Hospice was associated with better symptom relief, attainment of pain-management goals, and quality of end-of-life care, the study found. Families of patients who received at least 30 days of hospice care reported the highest quality of life outcomes...

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Trustbridge To Host The Annual Angel Candlelight Ceremony

Event provides hope and healing in memory of children WEST PALM BEACH, FL – In honor of National Day of the Child, Trustbridge will hold its annual candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, at the Christmas Box Angel Statue in Kelsey Park, Lake Park. The angel monument honors chi..

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Inaugural Holiday Shopping Event Benefits Hospice

October 26, 2016 - Goddesses invited to shop in support of local charity BOCA RATON, FL – Shop in style at the Gathering of the Goddesses, a shopping extravaganza to help jump-start the season while supporting Hospice by the Sea Foundation and Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. Just in..

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Voter Registration Available At Hospice Heart Luncheon

September 26, 2016 Fundraiser Will Feature Political Satirist, Journalist P.J. O’Rourke West Palm Beach, FL - With Florida’s voter registration deadline fast-approaching, attendees of the Hospice Heart Luncheon will have the opportunity to register to vote at the event itself, schedule..

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Inaugural Hospice Heart Luncheon To Feature American Political Satirist Journalist PJ ORourke

September 8, 2016 West Palm Beach, FL - Inaugural Hospice Heart Luncheon to Feature American Political Satirist Journalist PJ ORourke Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Named Honorary Chairman Inaugural Hospice HeartAmerican political satirist and journalist P.J. O’Rourke will be the featured speaker..

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Winners Crowned At Horizons Fishing Tournament

Riviera Beach, FL - Event Benefited the Children’s Bereavement Programs of Hospice of Palm Beach County, Hospice by the Sea Foundations Winners Crowned at Horizons Fishing Tournament Angler Kevin Wheat (center) and the team aboard the Miss Bella, which brought in the winning catch of the Hori..

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Horizons Fishing Tournament Supports Various Childrens Grief Support Programs

West Palm Beach, FL - For Alicia Braaf, April 29, 2013, is a day that will be forever seared into her mind. The young mother of two had sent her husband, David, on a dinner mission to pick up pizza for the family on a quiet Monday evening. He never returned, only to be found in a car in the parking ..

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Sixth Annual Hospice Regatta To Set Sail In Fort Lauderdale

West Palm Beach, FL - Brenda Duvall knows all too well what it is like to lose a loved one to cancer. Over the last ten years, Duvall has lost her father, mother, family members and friends to the disease, which killed an estimated 589,000 Americans in 2015. “Cancer is a painful, debilitating..

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Hospice Foundations Host Mimosas And Mallets Brunch At International Polo Club

Wellington, FL - Polo and Philanthropy were the stars of the afternoon as Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation recently hosted the 3rd Annual Mimosas & Mallets Brunch at the International Polo Club in Wellington. Jennifer Schnipper, Monty and Christine Lambe..

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Hospice Of Palm Beach County Foundation Hospice By The Sea Foundation Honor Major Donors

Palm Beach, FL - The Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and Hospice by the Sea Foundation recently held the annual Chairman’s Reception to honor major donors. Bill & Kathy Quinn Ellen & Ed Wolf Marian Nease, Bishop W. Oshea Granger The invitation-only event was again graciousl..

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TrustBridge Health Sea Star Childrens Program To Offer High School Bereavement Support Group

Pembroke Pines Resident Cathy Balenovic to Lead Effort Pembroke Pines, FL - Cathy Balenovic remembers that tragic day in August of 2012 as if it were yesterday. “Our lives were indelibly changed when we suddenly lost our son, Luka,” said Balenovic. “He was only 25-years-old with ..

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Meet The Winemaker Reception At Mortons

West Palm Beach, FL - Meet the Winemaker Reception at Mortons The Steakhouse Raises Funds for Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation Hospice by the Sea Foundation Brewer-Clifton Winemaker Greg Brewer Morton’s The Steakhouse in West Palm Beach recently hosted a “Meet the Winemaker&rdqu..

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2016 Press Release Archive

Find Trustbridge press releases listed below for 2016. December 6, 2016 - Trustbridge to Host the Annual Angel Candlelight Ceremony October 26, 2016 - Inaugural Holiday Shopping Event Benefits Hospice September 26, 2016 - Voter Registration Available at Hospice Heart Luncheon September 8, 2016 -..

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From Pulse Nightclub Shooting To Local Library, Therapy Bulldog Helps

Our beloved Pet Therapy volunteers, Pearl and her owner Cathy Dash, made the news for the many ways they help people. Thank you for all you do!..

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One Last Visit To See My Patient

“In some ways, hospice care struck me as the original 'concierge medicine,' where a whole team of players dedicated itself to the patient’s every need. This was the closest we could get to ideal medical care.” Read this compelling article about a last visit to a hospice patient &r..

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AAMC: The Important Conversation We’re Not Having

Can we talk for a minute? When you hear this question, you wonder, what is this going to be about? You might fear the worst. But one conversation about a very important, albeit uncomfortable, subject can make all the difference. I’m talking about sharing your wishes for end-of-life care. I&..

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Death Is A Fact Of Life. How Do I Tell My Children About It?

In this article, a Georgia hospice chaplain advises a plain-speaking approach when answering children's questions.www.postandcourier.com/columnists/death-is-a-fact-of-life-how-do-i-tell/article_aaeee844-f63b-11e7-a85b-674acba14ad4.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-sha..

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Boca Raton Teenage Caregiver's Story Spreads Around Country

Sometimes, the family caregiver is a child. Support is available once they are identified. Here’s one local boy’s story. Read the story »..

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Comforting Children After A Trauma

In light of the mass shootings in schools, children have been exposed to trauma, which may result in them feeling confused, frightened and helpless. These feelings may be overlooked or minimized. For this reason, it’s important for adults to respond with comfort and support. It can b..

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Trustbridge Receives Grief Reach Grant For The New York Life Foundation

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (April 2, 2018) – Trustbridge is pleased to announce that the not-for-profit, end-of-life care provider has been selected to receive a $50,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support the Sea Star children’s grief support program, which brings va..

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‘Death Is Not A Failure’: Medical Schools Adapt End-of-life Lessons

The extent of his end-of-life training amounted to an hour of discussion in the first two years of medical school, explained Atul Gawande, renown author and surgeon.“You go in focusing on wanting to be a hero and fix things. Teaching people in med school what it means to be an effective clinic..

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Alzheimer’s? Your Paperwork May Not Be In Order

“With dementia, by the time you get to the point of having to decide what you want done, you’ve largely lost the capacity to do so....Interviews with families have shown that 90 percent want comfort care at the end of life. Only 10 percent would opt for longevity.”..

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Trustbridge Grateful For Receiving Grief Reach Grant From New York Life Insurance Company Foundation

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Trustbridge announced that the not-for-profit, end-of-life care provider was the grateful recipient of a $50,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Insurance Company Foundation, presented to Trustbridge in a check presentation ceremony held this week.     T..

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Five Health Benefits Of Being Outside

The average American spends 93 percent of their lives indoors - in enclosed buildings and automobiles. The good news is that spending time outdoors has benefits for physical and mental health – and it’s free! Your Vitamin D levels will increase in sunlight. Vitamin D protects you from ..

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The Prisoners Who Care For The Dying And Get Another Chance At Life

"Most prisons were never built to be nursing homes. Correctional officers often aren’t equipped with the necessary training, and medical staff can be spread thin. Here at the California Medical Facility, that’s where men like Lyman, Saephanh and Murillo come in. They are part of a cohort..

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A Special Message From Our Foundation

For more than 40 years, Trustbridge has made a difference in the lives of countless families in our community. When caring for our families, relationships are formed, bonds are created a