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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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Steve talks about his experience with Trustbridge.

- Steve's Experience With Trustbridge

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- How Hospice Can Help With Ellen

Hospice care from Trustbridge was just so wonderful to my father and our entire family. I don’t know what we would have done without them.

- Anita M.

Bruce Lewis - As her illness progressed, Trustbridge cared for Bruce's mother in her own home, an assisted living facility and a skilled nursing facility. Where ever she resided, she received compassionate care that adapted to her changing needs. And, her family got the education, preparation and support they needed.

"Our hospice team was always responsive and so kind - whenever we needed support, whenever we had questions. It's as though they put cushions around us and our hearts, holding us up. They were a shining light in a difficult time."

- Bruce Lewis - Video Message

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- Holiday Greetings - Video Message

You may have heard about hospice care in the past, but many people aren’t aware of what hospice care means. At its most basic purpose, hospice care exists to provide specialized attention and patient-driven care to people who want it.

Essentially, hospice care offers people comfort, so that they may have the best life possible they can have at a difficult time when they are likely feeling overwhelmed, and when their health and wishes have long been beyond their control.

The design and purpose behind hospice care helps patients regain their autonomy through patient-driven and people-focused care. This usually contrasts with previous experiences in a patient’s journey that focused on symptoms and treatments and not their desires and needs.

Types of care

In general, patients that elect to have hospice care have been through a long and difficult journey of medical care already, and so are looking for a different focus in their health care — care that focuses on patients as people, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization explains.

It’s for this reason that every hospice treatment or care plan is driven by the needs and desires of the patient and, in some instances, the patient’s family. Thus, the day-to-day care given by the hospice care team is based on a simple premise: Ask the patient about their immediate needs and wants, and then meet those needs and wants.

How hospice helps

Supporting the family of the patient is also crucial in hospice care. Family members have special insight into what actions are necessary, so hospice care takes extra time to include the family support system in the provided care plan.

This simple process is accomplished through the help of a comprehensive team of caregivers, according to hospice provider, Trustbridge:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses and advanced nurse practitioners
  • Certified hospice aides
  • Music therapists
  • Bereavement counselors
  • Social workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Volunteers

The members of this group give their time, skills and compassion to offer up the best combination of specialized care and attention for every patient. While caregivers understand the importance of medical training and skills, they are also emotionally present to offer patients and families their love and consideration.

Unique aspects

One of the great things about hospice care is that patients can continue seeing their primary care physician when desired. There is nothing stopping the interdisciplinary group or hospice care team from collaborating with the primary care doctor to provide a comprehensive experience for the patient.

Many patients develop a relationship with the primary care doctor that they don’t want to give up but, with hospice care, they can maintain this relationship while getting the help they need in all forms.

Locally, Trustbridge provides many unique services, such as the Pet Peace of Mind Program, where patients who are seriously ill can have access to pet care to ease their burdens. Knowing a beloved family pet is taken care of can be a source of relief and peace for someone who is physically ill.

Music therapy is also available from trained therapists to help patients continue to connect with others. Research shows that such types of therapy increase overall happiness and mental wellness, which is something every person — the patient and family members — can benefit from, pharmacist Catherine Ulbricht writes for Psychology Today.

Location makes hospice unique

If you’re worried about whether you or a loved one could receive hospice care where you live, know that it comes to you. Regardless of location, hospice care providers make the effort to be in whatever place you feel the most comfortable.

Some patients prefer to remain at home, while others want to receive care in a hospital, nursing home or other residence. This aspect of hospice care offers a vital benefit to patients who want to feel comfortable where they receive care.

As long as your loved one is eligible, hospice care is available for as long as the patient and family need or want it, again letting patients ultimately make choices about their care.

For more information about how hospice care works, visit trustbridge.com, where you can get a free copy of Understanding Hospice Care.

Trustbridge is a local nonprofit hospice committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families who are facing serious illness in Palm Beach County.

Contact them on the web here: www.trustbridge.com/contact

Telephone: Admissions and Referrals: 844.422.3648

- Comfort And Care On Your Terms

 

When patients reach the end of their lives, hospice care plays an important role in their plan.

Planning for end-of-life care can be such a difficult process — particularly for family members — many people delay needed care that could relieve painful symptoms that allow patients to spend their final days more peacefully.

In fact, one study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that only 43 percent of participants were admitted to hospice in their last year of life, with a median duration of only 12.5 days in hospice.

However, as Dr. Thomas M. Gill noted in an article published by Consumer Reports, "When folks are referred to hospice only in the last days of their life, it’s difficult to have a meaningful benefit."

So how can patients and their families know when it's the right time to begin hospice care? Consider the following tips for how and when to make end-of-life care plans to ensure the best quality of life for you and your family.

Talk about hospice care early

It is never too early to open a discussion on end-of-life care for yourself or family members. Even if you are healthy now, talking about your wishes before hospice care becomes a concern can reduce stress and confusion down the road and help family members better cope with the transition.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization suggests ways to prepare an advance care plan:

  • Share your beliefs and values with family
  • Outline your wishes concerning treatment and care

Additionally, by beginning these conversations in advance, you'll have the opportunity to educate yourself on your options and the types of care available to you and your family.

Take advantage of medical staff recommendations

Even if you have had discussions with family about possible end-of-life care plans, it can still be hard to know when to implement them. If you have been diagnosed with a serious and terminal illness, talk to your doctor about your options, and don't be afraid to ask follow-up questions, even if you've already asked them.

Your doctor is a valuable resource and should keep you informed about what to expect through treatment, the care options available to you, and any recommendations for maintaining the best quality of life, including if and when hospice care is right for you.

The doctor should also be able to offer a realistic estimate of the progression of the illness and recommend a hospice care timeline. If you haven't already, inform your family about your wishes. Your doctor can help explain your treatment and care plan as well as the benefits of hospice care.

Recognize the signs

Even with careful planning and communication, it can be difficult to know exactly when it is time to move from treatment to hospice care. Often the family or the patient wants to fight for recovery. Unfortunately, this is not always a possible outcome. Here are a few signs it is time for hospice care:

  • Treatments are no longer working, or are causing more pain and suffering than the illness itself
  • The patient is struggling to manage pain or other serious symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue or personal care
  • The patient wants to focus solely on quality of life
  • The patient made a care plan in advance that specifies when hospice care should be implemented
  • The family is feeling overwhelmed physically or emotionally, caring for their loved one

Typically, patients and their families should plan for hospice care following a terminal prognosis of six months or less under the direction of their physician. Exactly how long patients will spend in hospice will depend on their prognosis, overall quality of life and their personal desires for care.

While hospice care is sometimes a reality people prefer to ignore, planning for care now and learning about options will make the process easier for you and your family.

For more information about how hospice care works, click here or call our admissions and referrals line at  844.422.3648.

 

- When Is The Right Time To Begin Hospice Care?

Some people see a need, rise up and create a way to meet it. Trustbridge hosted an awards event 7/18 to celebrate these “Everyday Heroes” of Palm Beach County and the important work they do. Meet the winners in this WPTV News Channel 5 video of the event! Congratulations to the winners and the nominees. Many thanks to our community partners, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Palm Beach County, Black Chamber of Commerce Palm Beach County and Guardians Credit Union.

- Everyday Heroes

Our Hospice Hearts are powered by the smiles of more than 1,500 employees and volunteers in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Let our smiles bring some happiness into your day! And we challenge other South Florida healthcare organizations to do the same!

- Trustbridge Lip Sync Challenge

Fay talks about her experience with Trustbridge.

- Fay - Video Message

The Suites at Trustbridge offers hospice patients the option of private, world-class accommodations within the Boca Care Center. Patients who choose this service receive the same high-quality care unique to all Trustbridge hospice patients, while enjoying special amenities and services.

Each suite provides guests and their caregivers with the utmost in privacy and comfort. Together, the staff coordinates patients' medical care with careful consideration of personal preferences.

- The Suites At Trustbridge - Video Message

Martha talks about her experience with Trustbridge.

- Martha - Video Message