A referral program to help you and your family deal with life-limiting illness while you remain in the comfort of your home. Duke’s Home Health Care members help you manage pain and symptoms, create a plan for end-of-life care, and discuss advance directives and health care options.
Who Can Be Covered
The Bridge Program is ideal if you or your loved one suffers from:
- Physical decline despite treatment
- Cognitive decline
- Progressive weight loss
- Recurrent hospitalizations (three or more in six months)
If you aren’t ready to transition to hospice or outpatient palliative care, but need treatment for your illness, the Bridge Program offers pain and symptom management care to enhance your quality of life. A request to be evaluated for the Bridge Program must be made to Home Health by you or your doctor. The Bridge Program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most major insurance carriers. View the full list of insurance plans that Duke Health accepts.
As part of your referral process, a Home Health nurse will visit you in your home to best understand your health and wellness needs, which includes a physical assessment to identify your pain management, safety, and medical needs. The evaluation typically takes up to two hours.
Your team of doctors, nurses, and a social worker create individualized plans that include:
- Family meetings and caregiver support
- Disease management education
- Infusion services
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Telehealth services
- Support for end of life decision making and transitions to hospice care
For more information about the Bridge Program, call 919-620-3853 or 800-599-9339.