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Admission to Hospice

The Bridge Hospice offers an alternative option for end-of-life care. We provide a tranquil, personal setting where people near end of life and their loved ones can share precious time when it matters most.

Our professional healthcare team provides around-the-clock bedside care to help alleviate caregiver burden and anxiety while our extraordinary team of volunteers offer everyone compassion, kindness and the comforts of home.

All of our services are provided free of charge.

The Bridge Hospice understands how caring for a loved one who is terminally ill can be very difficult, especially as end of life nears. In those final days, around-the-clock physical and emotional needs increase, just as caregivers are beginning to feel they are running on empty.

This is where The Bridge Hospice can help. Each resident that comes to us is cared for by a team of physicians, nurses, personal care workers and volunteers, all in the comfort of a beautiful private room with a pastoral view. Care is personal, private, and tailored to individual needs.

If you are wondering if you or your loved one is ready for hospice, consider the following questions:

  1. Do you/they have a terminal or life-limiting condition?
  2. Have you/they stopped active treatments and chosen to have a natural death (e.g.: do not want CPR)?
  3. Are you/they no longer able to perform normal activities (e.g.: walking, bathing, dressing)?
  4. Do you/they require total care and support (e.g.: feeding, toileting, etc.)?

If you answered yes to these questions; are finding it difficult to manage care at home; do not wish to spend your/their final days in hospital; and would like to learn more about hospice please contact us at 705-924-9222

Potential residents and their loved ones are encouraged to come for a tour of the hospice.

A hospice tour provides you with an opportunity to meet some of our dedicated staff and volunteers and to learn more about our services.

Our goal is to relieve any anxieties you may have about transferring to a new or unfamiliar space and to answer any questions that you may have about hospice palliative care.

Resident/Family Information

Resident Rooms

We have three (3) uniquely decorated, private rooms designed to help everyone feel the comforts of home. Each room has a memory box for family photos, a small fridge for drinks and snacks, and a cosy sleeper chair that opens into a twin bed for family members who want to stay with their loved ones.

Shared Spaces

Our kitchen, dining room, living room and family room are all designed to help put family and friends at ease. We encourage everyone to make themselves at home, and to make full use of our shared spaces. We also have a shower on the lower level for family members who stay overnight and would like to refresh in the morning.

Meals

Our home has a fully functional kitchen available for family and staff use.

It is important to understand that we do not have a commercial kitchen and that generally speaking, our residents are not able to safely manage eating full meals when they come to us, so we do not prepare meals for our residents. We do however, keep a small supply of soft foods (e.g.: pudding, yogurt and applesauce) and beverages on hand for our residents.

Family are encouraged to bring and prepare any favorite foods for their loved ones. Our staff are happy to assist you in determining which foods are safe and manageable and provide support with feeding.

Family are welcome to bring in food items to prepare their own meals in our fully equipped kitchen, or are invited to visit one of our local restaurants.

A supply of teas and coffee and condiments are kept at TBH for family use.

Care Provision

Our goal is to provide compassionate end-of-life care in accordance with resident wishes Consistency and continuity in care are also very important to us – our dedicated team of hospice palliative care physicians, nurses, personal support workers and volunteers provide resident care around the clock.

Medications

Upon admission to hospice, TBH will assume full responsibility for the safe storage, handling and disposal of medications in accordance with current legislation and TBH Policy.

Our qualified team of Registered Nurses and Personal Support Workers are fully responsible for the administration of medications. Should family wish to participate in medication administration, our staff will provide appropriate guidance and support them in doing so.

Linens/Laundry

All linens (bedding, towels, etc.) are provided for resident and family use and are laundered on-site by our volunteers. Family are welcome to bring in a favorite blanket or quilt for their loved one to use while here.

Phone/Internet/Music/TV

Residents and their families/friends have access to our phone and internet services at no cost.

We have a portable TV, DVD, Blue Ray Player, and radio/CD players available as well as a selection of CDs, DVDs and Blue Ray discs for resident/family use. If family choose to bring in additional CDs/DVDs/etc. please ensure that discs are clearly labelled so they do not get mixed in with our selections.

Please note that TBH is unable to provide access to cable TV or Internet streaming (e.g.: Netflicks) at this time, but we can support you in connecting with distant friends/family through Skype.

Visiting

Families and friends are welcome at any hour.

When a visit is planned for a large group, it is helpful for hospice staff to be informed ahead of time.

The Bridge Hospice reserves the right to refuse entrance and/or to remove visitors from the hospice at any time to protect the safety and comfort of our residents.

Smoking

The Bridge Hospice is a “smoke-free” environment. Smoking is only permitted in the parking lot area.

We ask that everyone keep our outdoor spaces clean and utilize the disposal can at the picnic table.

Children’s Play Area

We have a generous supply of toys, books, puzzles, games and DVDs for children of all ages. Our children’s play area is designed to give children the opportunity to “just be kids”, in spite of the difficult circumstances they are going through. Because the play area is located on the lower level, we do ask that children are supervised at all times.

Pets

The Bridge Hospice acknowledges the significant bond that occurs between people and their pets, as such, we are happy to arrange visiting privileges for family pets. To ensure safety and to avoid disruption of other residents, we ask that pets remain under close supervision and be kept within the resident’s room when visiting. We ask that family ensure pets are appropriately cared for (e.g.: food/water/toileting) and that they remain fully responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Additional Support & Services

The following services are available through The Bridge Hospice at no cost. If you are interested in receiving one of these services, please speak to any of our staff or volunteers.

Massage Therapy Program

TBH has a Registered Massage Therapist who graciously donates her time to provide 30-45min massage therapy sessions to our residents, their families, our care providers, and our active TBH volunteers – free of charge. Appointments are typically available twice per month. Please speak to one of our staff or volunteers if you are interested in scheduling an appointment.

Therapy Dog Program

Walter is our visiting St. John’s Ambulance Therapy dog; he comes to the hospice every Monday with his handler Leslie to offer friendship and canine comfort to our residents, families, volunteers and staff. Check out Walter’s business card (posted on our Family Board) for more details!

Spiritual Care/Support

We have several contacts in our local communities who are willing to come and support our residents and their family members while at TBH. Please speak to one of our staff or volunteers if you would like us to reach out on your behalf. If you already have an advisor/support person, they are of course, more than welcome to visit.

If you require an additional service/support not listed above, please speak any of our staff or volunteers and we will do our very best to accommodate your request.

To read a copy of our handbook please click here

Healthcare Providers

Admission Criteria

In order to be eligible for admission, a patient must meet the following criteria:

  • Valid DNR in place
  • Identified POA or SDM named
  • Valid Ontario Health Card
  • Currently in receipt of CCAC services
  • PPS of 30% or less
  • Estimated prognosis of 1 month or less

Priority is given to residents of and/or those with family residing in Northumberland County.

Making a Referral

Referrals are accepted during normal office hours of Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Referring providers must complete the Trent Hills Common Palliative Referral Form and fax to (705) 924-9916.

The Bridge Hospice will review the referral and determine if the patient is eligible for admission.

Associated Costs

The Bridge Hospice does not charge for our services.

Patients/Families are, however, responsible for transportation costs to the hospice and for any prescriptions that are not covered by CCAC (e.g., some oral medications).

Care Provision

The Bridge Hospice provides onsite professional care 24 hours per day/7 days per week.

Bed Availability

If a referred patient is deemed eligible for admission and a hospice bed is not available, the individual will be placed on a wait list.

The Director of Clinical Services & Operations (or delegate) monitors and co-ordinates the wait list, triages and prioritizes access to hospice beds, and co-ordinates admissions.

If you would like to inquire about bed availability please contact us directly at 705-924-9222.

MAID Inquiries

Please contact the Director of Clinical Services & Operations for all inquiries about MAID.

Contact Us

The Bridge Hospice
137 Old Hastings Road, Box 354
Warkworth, ON, K0K 3K0
Phone: 705-924-9222
Fax: 705-924-9916
info@thebridgehospice.com