The Bridge Program

Our Bridge Program is available to anyone who is facing all of the decisions associated with life-limiting diagnoses, including those who are still receiving either curative or palliative treatments. We are here to help guide you through your goals for care, connect you with any community resources you may need to assist you along the way, and provide informational and educational visits and phone support to explain your hospice benefits.

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Members of our specialty care team can provide an in-home assessment of your needs and goals and communicate them with your physician. They will update your doctor on any changes in condition or your desire to alter plans. There is no cost for this program … it is our commitment to empower you to make informed decisions and choices.

How many times in your life have you said …
“I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it”?
We support your journey.

Our Goal

To support patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses, educate them about end-of-life care and options and offer community resources.

Who is Eligible

Patients with terminal diagnoses, who do not yet meet criteria for hospice, but want to prepare for future end-of-life care.

Patients with terminal prognoses of six months or less who meet criteria for hospice, but are not ready to begin a hospice program.

Services Provided

  • Initial clinical assessment by hospice RN and Social Worker
  • Follow up by assigned Social Worker on an as needed basis, either by phone or visit
  • Social Worker will provide support materials regarding end-of-life care, literature (Care Notes), handbooks provided by NIH and community resource list
  • Various members of the hospice team may be available by phone for support
  • Communication with primary physician regarding our support and the desires of the patient and family

Spiritual Services

Acacia Hospice’s Spiritual Counselors/Chaplains focus on individual spiritual needs as directed by patients’ and families’ spiritual values.

Our team of trained and experienced spiritual counselors are available to all patients in order to provide comfort and support, as requested.

In addition, our spiritual counselors also offer the following services:

  • Conducting individual Memorial Services/funerals
  • Honoring end-of-life rituals of patients and families
  • Providing companionship
  • Offering grief support

Bereavement Services

After the death of a loved one, we journey through a time of bereavement when we mourn and process our grief. Grief is our natural response to our loss and is unique for each of us. There is no one way to grieve and no timetable to resolve our grief. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.

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Grief can result in physical reactions such as interruptions in sleep patterns, changes in appetite, and loss of focus. Some emotional reactions include sadness and anger. A desire to be alone may emerge early on as we grieve. Often sharing our experiences with others can help to lighten our burden. Support from family and friends and our spiritual community can provide comfort following loss.

When our grieving seems overwhelming, professional help may be the answer. Acacia Hospice Services offers individual support for those feeling one-to-one attention best meets their needs. A monthly bereavement support group can provide an opportunity to develop new relationships through shared experiences. Our bereavement letters provide comfort and encouragement during the grief journey. Our Memorial Service conducted every six months is available for all of our families and friends to attend.

Respite Care

In order to support you as you care for your loved one, it is important to ensure that your health and well-being are maintained by obtaining adequate assistance and rest. Caregiving can cause emotional and physical stress, which  in turn, may interfere with your ability to care for your loved one.

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Respite is designed to provide a brief period of rest and recovery for you while your loved one receives care. It is available to you for free under the Medicare and Medicaid Hospice benefit in addition to other private insurances.

Respite provides around the clock nursing care in a long-term care facility. Transport costs to and from the facility are covered by the hospice benefit. While under hospice respite care, the patient continues to receive visits from the hospice team, including nurses, licensed social workers, certified home health aides, volunteers and chaplain, just as the patient would at home.

Respite care is available on a planned basis or on an emergency basis.

Please discuss the use of respite care with your hospice team to determine if it would benefit you and your loved one.