“The approach that we
embrace here is wellness,” said
Marcia Brenowitz, NHA, North
Star’s administrator. “BridgePoint
Supportive Care, a program of
Colorado Community Hospice,
provides a social worker who
works with people who live here
on everything from their physi-
cal pain to figuring out exactly
what they need to feel more in
“People typically tend to find
us and consult us very late in the
trajectory of illness, when it really
is time for hospice,” Dr. Bereskin
said. “But palliative care should
be initiated at the onset of a life-
limiting diagnosis and be con-
tinued throughout the course of
the illness. You may have limited
contact with the palliative-care
team at the onset of diagnosis,
but as physical, spiritual and
emotional needs change, an
ensues—especially if there’s a new
functional impairment or a recent
There are several ways to find
a palliative-care program:
Gina Shaw is a freelance writer who
has specialized in health, medical
and science topics for more than 10
years. She lives in Montclair, N.J.
*Not her real name.
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