Beloved patients, families, and caregivers,
As together we navigate the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to take a moment to assure you LightBridge remains committed to our mission to care for you in the comfort and safety of your own home, wherever that may be.
Our leadership team is meeting daily to make sure we remain current and meticulously follow all state, federal and agency guidance, and regulations as they relate to the protection, evaluation, treatment, and containment of this virus. Our employees receive real-time updates of all new verified information. They are trained to screen themselves and their patients/families before every in-person visit according to the most current CDC guidelines and take actions required to comply with all precautions and/or restrictions to mitigate the spread of infection. You have likely already experienced some of those measures.
We also want to make sure we are providing the most current information and guidance available to us to help you care for and protect yourself and your loved ones. Advice from our Medical Director, Dr. Emmet Lee:
“… the best way to protect yourselves is still avoidance of people with signs of illness and handwashing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or using a 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer … we also recommend that you keep the number of visitors limited and even consider discouraging visitors from coming. Certainly, anyone with cold-like symptoms should not be visiting.”
As you know, this continues to be an evolving battle, but we want to assure you we are here for you! Please never hesitate to reach out to your RN Case Manager or other members of your care team if you have any questions or concerns. Some of our patients reside in facilities where our onsite access may have been limited so it becomes even more important to remember we are never more than a phone call away (24 hours/day, 7 days/week).
In addition, we are grateful for the decision at the federal level to allow more “virtual” visits. LightBridge has already been providing telehealth visits, as allowed, but in light of the federal decision to expand access and allow us to more easily make those available, we are actively increasing our capacity to do so. If you would be open to allowing televisits and wish to pursue (or at least learn more about) that benefit, please talk to your RN Case Manager.
We hope this update has been helpful. More than anything, we simply wanted to reaffirm our unwavering commitment to your comfort, safety, and peace of mind. We remain dedicated to that mission and hope you will feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have.
Your LightBridge Leadership Team
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Hospice is a specialized area of medical care that supports individuals and families in the final stages of a life-limiting illness. It also includes emotional, spiritual, and psychological support for the patient and the patient’s family members. As a provider of hospice in San Diego, CA, LightBridge creates an experience embodying grace, strength, and hope, and believes that families and patients can experience some of their closest memories together during this time. In addition to providing medical care and pain management, LightBridge Hospice in San Diego also empowers the entire family through informative and loving care.
As a registered nurse, I created LightBridge Hospice to help patients and their families move through the last stages of life with grace, strength, hope and comfort. I have learned through my work that Hospice is really about living. At LightBridge Hospice in San Diego, we believe that each day can be filled with comfort, peace of mind and precious moments that can be transformed into memories to be treasured. We are here to help make this possible. We will assist you with all of your individual needs and support the loved ones around you so that you might have more time to discover the joy and intimacy that comes from living life to its fullest.
I am blessed to work with an incredible team of skilled professionals and volunteers who are fully committed to this purpose and dedicated to providing a personalized program of care and support for each patient and family we are privileged to serve. Although facing a life-limiting illness is never easy, we are truly honored to walk this very important journey with you.
Jill Mendlen, RN
Our San Diego hospice team consists of Medical Directors, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Therapists, Spiritual Care Counselors, and Hospice Aides, all with the mission of creating a more positive experience navigating the end of a life-limiting illness, allowing patients and families to create more beautiful memories together in these last days.
LightBridge Hospice in San Diego also offers ongoing bereavement services for families of our patients for up to a year after the loss of their loved one.
We encourage families and patients to consider hospice as soon as a life-limiting diagnosis is received. Having a plan in place can reduce stress in later phases and can help families and patients better navigate the progression of the illness. In fact, LightBridge Hospice in San Diego has found that planning early can help families actually enjoy their time together and create more joyful memories.
Although it can be beneficial to consider Hospice early on, patients qualify for Hospice services once:
Hospice is covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare, and most private insurance. Contact LightBridge Hospice in San Diego for assistance in determining specific benefits.
You can reach us at 858.458.2992 or through our free app, LightBridge Connect.