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Bridge to Hospice Program

The Bridge to Hospice program offers coordination of care for patients
and families coping with an advanced or life-limiting illness. The program
provides the home care support that is needed now with preparation for
support from hospice in the future. The focus is on improving the quality
of life for patients by anticipating and managing changing needs and
clarifying goals of care.
The Bridge to Hospice program is provided by Partners HealthCare
at Home and Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston.
This collaboration ensures a smooth, timely and seamless transition from
home health to hospice care. Patients receive a full spectrum of services
from Partners HealthCare at Home clinicians who monitor and address the
changing needs of each patient and family, and seek consultation from
Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston staff as needed.

The Bridge to Hospice program offers coordination of care for patients and families coping with an advanced or life-limiting illness. The program provides the home care support that is needed now with preparation for support from hospice in the future. The focus is on improving the quality of life for patients by anticipating and managing changing needs and clarifying goals of care.

The Bridge to Hospice program is provided by Partners HealthCare at Home and Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. This collaboration ensures a smooth, timely and seamless transition from home health to hospice care. Patients receive a full spectrum of services from Partners HealthCare at Home clinicians who monitor and address the changing needs of each patient and family, and seek consultation from Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston staff as needed.

Who can Benefit from the Bridge Program

  • Patients diagnosed with an advanced/life-limiting illness.
  • Patients at advanced stages of illness such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, COPD, pneumonia, MI and other life-limiting conditions.
  • Patients with uncontrolled or hard to control pain and symptoms.
  • Patients who are receiving disease-modifying treatment, as well as those who desire only palliative or comfort care.

The Bridge to Hospice Program Offers

  • A full scope of medical services at home for patients with serious illness.
  • Management of the transition from curative care to palliative care when the focus includes both disease-modifying and comfort care.

Benefits to Patients and Families

  • Provides continuity of care for patients by offering a bridge between the last phases of disease-modifying therapy and the palliative focus of hospice.
  • Improves quality of life through pain and symptom management, emotional, social and spiritual support, and bereavement and counseling services before and after the patient’s death.
  • Maximizes appropriate services for patients while increasing patient and caregiver satisfaction.
  • Reduces trips to the emergency room or hospitalizations, leading to a more stable quality of life and helping patients better manage their disease and symptoms at home.