While hospice care is frequently provided in the comfort of the patient’s home or long-term care community, there are times when another alternative best meets the changing needs of the patient and family. If your loved one were experiencing severe pain and symptoms, for example, your hospice nurse might recommend advancing to an inpatient level of hospice care at one of our two NJ inpatient hospice facilities:
Voorhees inpatient hospice facility – 265 S. Route 73, Voorhees, NJ 08043,
Mount Holly inpatient hospice facility – 175 Madison Ave., Mount Holly, NJ 08060,
This inpatient care – one of four hospice care levels with admission criteria and coverage determined by the Medicare Hospice Benefit — is provided in an inpatient hospice facility. The services at these facilities include the comprehensive hospice care that the patient was receiving at home (trained hospice team, medications, medical equipment, etc.) but with 24/7 clinical supervision to provide the more intensive comfort care you or your loved one now need.
Our South Jersey inpatient hospice facilities in Mt. Holly and Voorhees aren’t places to live long-term; they are places predominantly designed for the short stays required by most patients needing an inpatient level of hospice care. The inpatient centers also offer and additional private-pay option. Learn more about private pay.
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The Inpatient level of hospice care is the best choice when severe pain or other symptoms require an advanced level of care that is more safely and effectively provided during a short stay in an inpatient hospice facility.
If your loved one’s needs intensify at home, the hospice team may recommend transferring him or her to the inpatient level of hospice care. If your loved one is in a hospital because of intense pain or symptoms due to serious illness, and meets the inpatient-hospice criteria, the hospital staff may recommend hospice admission and transfer to an inpatient hospice facility.
Your hospice nurse works with you to decide if the inpatient level of hospice care is best for your loved one. If severe pain or other symptoms are becoming too difficult to manage at home, or if your loved one could benefit from the Center’s other services, the hospice nurse may recommend a transfer to one of Samaritan’s inpatient hospice centers. At our South Jersey inpatient hospice facilities, your loved one will receive 24/7 care to increase their comfort level.
Samaritan’s two inpatient centers feature peaceful, home-like environments. The inpatient staff provides round-the-clock symptom relief for the comfort of your loved one. Your hospice nurse will work with you and your family to determine which inpatient hospice facility best meets your needs.
Gerry is 74-years-old and lived alone. He was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago that has spread to his liver and spine. On a recent visit, Gerry’s adult children, Robin and David, were alarmed to find him on the floor unable to stand after a fall four days before. The family discussed Gerry’s declining health, his safety, and his healthcare wishes. Robin arranged to move in with him to be his primary caregiver. They decided he would forego rehab and other aggressive treatment, so his primary care physician referred him to Samaritan’s hospice care at home. Robin and David were relieved that he’d be getting comfort care to address his physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as his illness progressed.
After several weeks, however, Gerry’s pain got worse, and the hospice team found it increasingly difficult to keep him comfortable at home. His hospice nurse proposed to Gerry and his family that he consider transferring from home to Samaritan’s inpatient hospice center in Mount Holly, NJ. The team’s goal was to bring his pain under control and then transfer him back home where he most wanted to be.
Over the course of a four-day stay, Gerry received care from Samaritan’s inpatient hospice team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and home health aides. Robin and David felt comfortable visiting with their children. They welcomed the opportunity to discuss their care planning questions with the team’s doctors and nurses. They appreciated how the spiritual support counselor was available to support them as well, as their dad went through this stage of his illness.
Gerry’s pain medication was increased at specific intervals and monitored around the clock until he again felt comfortable. Gerry was happy to return home with assistance from his children, to resume routine hospice care once again.
To meet Medicare’s criteria for the inpatient level of hospice care at our New Jersey facilities, your loved one requires a more intense level of care than can be safely provided at home. Your hospice nurse will work with you and your family to determine the requirement. However, in general, one or more of the following should be met:
In addition, Samaritan also offers the option of respite care services and a private-pay routine level of care within our two inpatient facilities, depending on individual circumstances and bed availability.
Samaritan is proud to offer these services from locations in Mount Holly and Voorhees. These two inpatient hospice facilities serve the needs of hospice patients in South NJ in a comfortable and warm environment.
Do you believe that your patient or loved one can benefit from inpatient hospice care in NJ? We encourage you to speak directly with our nurses about how we can help with your loved one’s needs, or to arrange an assessment visit. Call us 24/7 at (800) 229-8183.