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TRU Community Care

As one of the first hospices in Colorado and the oldest nonprofit hospice in our area, TRU Community Care (TRU) has always been a community effort - owned by the community, supported by the community, and shaped by the community - since its founding in 1976 as Boulder County Hospice.

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Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
General population
People/Families of People with Cancer
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

With extensive training and experience in medical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of dying, death, loss, and grief, TRU Community Care is the best place to find the educational resources and support you need - and most are available free of charge. Whether you're looking for information on a specific topic, need workplace support for a difficult loss, or want us to tailor a presentation to your organization's unique needs, let us know how we can help.

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Evidence of Program's Success

PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

TRU PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) launched in March 2017, coordinates and provides all needed preventive, primary, acute, and long-term care services so that older individuals can continue living safely in their community. TRU PACE is an innovative model that enables individuals who are 55 years old or older and certified by the state to need nursing-home-level care to live as independently as possible. TRU PACE will help participants and their family members navigate the complicated issues associated with aging.

To participate with TRU PACE, an individual must live in Boulder County or Southwestern Weld County (see our map of TRU PACE service areas) and live safely in the community. At the heart of TRU PACE is our Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) who will manage each participant's plan of care. Our PACE site is where our IDT is located as well as our medical clinic, rehabilitation services, home health coordination, social work, recreational therapies, social activities, and much more. To learn more or to enroll in the TRU PACE program, call (303) 665-0115.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Like most seniors, residents of Boulder and southwest Weld Counties prefer to age in place rather than move into nursing facilities. According to research by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), www.aarp.org:
• Nearly 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, often referred to as "aging in place."
• Even if they need day-to-day assistance health care during retirement, most elders (82 percent) would prefer to stay in their homes. Only a few express a preference for moving to a facility where care is provided (9 percent) or for moving to a relative's home (4 percent).
Despite residents' preferences for remaining in their homes, southwest Weld County lacks adequate senior housing. Specifically, there are no independent living units, assisted living communities, or skilled nursing facilities, which might allow people to remain in their home community as their needs change, rather than be forced to leave their community to find housing appropriate to their care needs. The population of Weld County is just under 300,000 according to 2015 US Census Data, 11.4% of whom are over 65 years of age. The exception is Fort Lupton, in southern Weld County (not southwest Weld County, which TRU PACE will serve), which has two assisted living facilities, both of which are already at capacity.

In Boulder County, the issue is similar, but also compounded by the extreme cost of senior housing, with limited options for people on Medicare/Medicaid. Further, there are no options available in either southwest Weld County or Boulder County for people in need of a memory care center who also rely on Medicare/Medicaid.

Launched in March 2017, TRU PACE is a "Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly" and endeavors to help frail seniors, who are nursing home eligible, to age in place. TRU PACE will serve up to 200 unique individuals with care that will include transportation to and from day services focused on recreational therapies in a social setting and a variety of medical services. Participants in PACE enjoy a sense of community, personal care assistance (meals, laundry, showers), rehabilitation with our licensed therapists, medical care through our in-house clinic or in their home, and much more.

TRU PACE will serve participants from Boulder and southwest Weld Counties; people in this area have not previously had access to a PACE program. With PACE now offered in our area, frail seniors will have a new option for "aging in place." PACE enables frail elders, who are nursing home eligible, to remain safely in their residence, wherever that may be-a house or an apartment, or an assisted living facility. PACE uses a model of care that addresses every area of health, medical and social, using an interdisciplinary team of eleven providers. The providers create and manage individualized care plans associated with each participant. The interdisciplinary team oversees care that includes: adult day care with nursing, physical/ occupational/recreational therapies, nutritional counseling and meals, and recreational and social services. Medical specialties in areas such as audiology, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, and speech therapy are offered onsite; home health care, prescription medications, and caregiver information and support are also available. Additionally, if a participant needs a nursing home stay or hospitalization, PACE provides for that. Transportation to and from the PACE center and to medical appointments is included, as are inpatient and outpatient hospital and emergency services. Mental health support and preventative services are likewise provided by PACE.

Hospice

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

General Public
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
People/Families of People with Cancer
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Compassionate medical, emotional, and spiritual care is available to people of all ages with any diagnosis and a prognosis of 6 months or less, regardless of ability to pay. Interdisciplinary care teams work closely with each patient and family to develop an individualized care plan to meet specific needs and preferences. Exceptional care is based on the plan to help patients celebrate and complete life at home, in comfort, surrounded by the people they love. Specialized hospice options include:

-Disease-specific treatment for terminally ill cardiac patients
-Neurodegenerative disease program for individuals with
Parkinson's, Lewy Body, Huntington's, ALS, Alzheimer's
and other neurodegenerative diseases
-Family-centered care and guidance tailored to the special
needs of critically ill infants, children and young adults
-One-to-one professional nursing care in patients' homes as
needed to manage acute medical symptoms
-Short-term, round-the-clock, hospice intensive inpatient
care and symptom management for patients with complex
medical needs
-Special recognition for those who have served in the military
and end-of-life care that is sensitive to their unique medical
and emotional needs
-TRU family members receive up to 13 months of
individual or family grief counseling and access to a wide
variety of age-appropriate grief support groups for as long
as needed

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Evidence of Program's Success

During 2016:

1,097 patients and families received individualized medical, emotional and spiritual care and support for patients with a prognosis of 6 months or less, wherever they reside.

417 patients and families received short-term, around-the-clock hospice intensive inpatient care and symptom management for patients with complex medical needs at our TRU Hospice Care Center.

59% of patients received care for 30 days or fewer--many families told us they wish they had contacted us sooner in the disease trajectory.

Palliative Home Health Care

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

An option for homebound individuals with advanced illnesses who are not yet ready for hospice care, Palliative Home Health enables patients to continue pursuing life-prolonging treatments while also receiving all the benefits of TRU's expert physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support. Interdisciplinary care teams work closely with patients and families to effectively manage pain and symptoms and provide information about the disease process, preventative care, and crisis management, which helps reduce the need for hospitalization and improves overall quality of life.

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Evidence of Program's Success

TRU introduced Palliative Home Health Care in 2007 to help patients who are receiving curative treatments live more comfortably and to support management of complex palliative care issues.

In 2016, 255 individuals received palliative home health services with social work counseling.

Grief Support

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

Anyone in the community can participate in TRU's wide variety of age-appropriate grief support groups free of charge. Groups are offered in multiple locations and include drop-in, structured, and loss-specific gatherings.

For children, teens, and their families, TRU offers Healing Circles, Healing with Horses, and school-based support groups. These groups are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe environment for participants to integrate grief into their lives at their own pace.

TRU's experienced masters-level counselors and highly trained volunteers also offer guidance for families anticipating a death as well as consultations, presentations, and training for schools and other community organizations.

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Evidence of Program's Success

During 2016:
1,454 TRU Hospice families received up to 13 months of individual or family counseling

1,241 adults participated in TRU grief support groups

213 children and teens participated in Healing Circles groups

Hundreds of children, teens, and adults participated in enriching educational presentations that were led by TRU physicians, nurses, social workers, community liaisons, counselors, and volunteers in schools, medical and care facilities, faith communities, businesses, and other organizations throughout the communities we serve.

"Many who have suffered a loss walk away angry at the world, and then just alienate others throughout their lives because of their anger and fear of future loss. The grief counselors at TRU Community Care have been invaluable in leading all four of us on our journey of acceptance, love and hope for the future. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for me personally, and for my children." Nancy Mulligan

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