Bonner General Health Community Hospice


Your Only Nonprofit Hospice Provider in Northern Idaho

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a promise of hope and comfort for those in our community with an ongoing illness or injury that have reached the point of no longer seeking aggressive or curative treatment. We are a team of skilled professionals and volunteers working in partnership with our patients’ doctors providing physical, emotional and spiritual services, as well as support for the whole family.

Family members and loved ones receive counseling and bereavement care to help them cope with the many losses they face during the illness and with the grief they experience afterward.

Hospice services are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans and HMOs.

Bonner General Health Community Hospice partners with our patients to walk with them on their personal journey with hope, support and the very highest quality of life.
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Call our team at (208) 265-1179 for more information.

Who is Eligible for Hospice Care?

Patients are eligible for hospice if they have an ongoing injury or illness and they have reached the point of no longer seeking aggressive or curative treatment. The focus of hospice care is on comfort and supporting quality of life when treatments aimed at cure or extending life are no longer desirable. Hospice care is provided when a physician determines it is appropriate. We care for people of all ages and diagnoses who reside in Bonner or Boundary counties.

Anyone can refer a patient and should do so as soon as they believe the person could benefit from support in their home. An early referral provides a terminally ill person and their family time to receive the full benefit of hospice care.

How Can Hospice Help?

Our hospice teams offer patients choices, support and comfort. Our team of physicians, registered nurses, social workers, chaplains and volunteers are available to respond to our patients’ needs. We work with each individual to make sure their wishes come first. Together the team helps each patient live their best possible quality of life surrounded and supported by loved ones, friends, and committed caregivers.

Registered Nurses visit patients regularly to assess your medical needs, communicate with their doctor, and implement their treatment orders. They also provide the patients’ caregivers training regarding patient daily care.

Medical Social Workers help patients and their loved ones with grief counseling and end-of-life planning. They also assist with financial issues and accessing other community resources.

Chaplains provide spiritual care as patients and their loved ones struggle with meaning, purpose and sustaining hope at this time of life. Chaplain services are offered to all patients regardless of their personal spiritual beliefs.

Nurse Aides assist with personal care, such as bathing, hair care, and other needs.

Volunteers assist with respite care for the caregiver, errands, transportation, grocery shopping, and more.

Bereavement Counselors provide counseling for patients, their family and friends, and for any community member experiencing grief from the death of a loved one.

Prescription medications, medical equipment and medical supplies related to the terminal illness are provided, usually at no cost to the patient.

Dietary Counseling and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy are also available.

Inherent in hospice care is the ongoing education about caregiving, the disease process, and the options and interventions to help relieve pain and other discomforts.

Call our team at (208) 265-1179 for more information about our services and how we can help.

Make a Donation

Bonner General Health Community Hospice is a nonprofit organization. We rely on BGH and members of the community for our funding. The funds we receive from individual and corporate donations are used to provide much needed services in our health network. These dollars all stay in Bonner and Boundary counties. Your donation is much appreciated and, of course, tax deductible.

Become a Volunteer

There are many ways volunteers can help. Our volunteers provide direct client support, respite care for the caregivers, they provide companionship, practical support, bedside vigil assistance, clerical/administration support, bereavement and more. If you are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer please call our Volunteer Coordinator at (208) 265-1185.

Bereavement Counseling

butterfly_handshutterstock_2520802 compressedThe loss of a loved one is devastating. Learning how to cope with that loss is imperative for the health of the grieving family and friends.
Bonner General Community Hospice offers classes, support groups and individual counseling to help with the grieving process.

Coping with Grief Class

This eight-week program provides a forum for education and discussion in a supportive and safe environment.  Class participants, at various stages of the bereavement process, have all experienced the death of a loved one at least four months prior to the class.  Goals of the class are to express feelings, understand the process and stresses of grief, to assist in developing coping skills and social support, and how to adapt to necessary role changes.  Grief Acceptance Class is offered twice a year during the spring and fall.  Space is limited and advance application is required. Classes are held at the Brown House just north of the hospital. Call (208) 265-1179 to reserve your spot.

Adult Grief Support Group

Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Brown House just north of the hospital. This group, facilitated by trained bereavement counselors, is primarily comprised of those who’ve lost a spouse or parent. Anyone grieving is invited to attend. Call (208) 265-1179 for more information.

Parent’s Grief Support Group

Starting in January 2016 meetings will be held the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the BGH Classroom at the hospital, to the right of the Latte Stand in the lobby. Parents who have lost children, regardless of their age, get together under the guidance of a trained bereavement counselor. Call (208) 265-1179 for more information.

Kid’s Camp

Provides children with the tools to cope with the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling, or close friend. Held every summer, this three-day camp is facilitated by trained hospice volunteers. Call (208) 265-1179 to reserve your spot.

Lending Library

Bonner Community Hospice is your resource for books containing information about death, dying and bereavement.  Please visit the library, located in the Brown House just north of the hospital, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Bonner General Health Community Hospice
520 N. Third Avenue, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
Phone: 208-265-1179
Fax: 208-265-1085