Hospice care is special kind of care that provides comfort, support, and dignity at the end of life. It’s the right choice when your doctor determines that you or your loved one have six months or less to live and have decided to forgo curative treatments. When you call a hospice organization, you are getting expert help during the end-of-life journey.
A comprehensive hospice program cares for the whole person and their family. Hospice focuses on physical, emotional, and spiritual quality of life with the help of a team of experts, including a board-certified physician, nurse practitioner, nurse, social worker, spiritual support counselor, certified home health aide, and volunteer. The care is provided in your home, nursing home, assisted living, or inpatient hospice facility.
Hospice offers four levels of care, as defined by Medicare, to meet the varying needs of patients and their families. The four levels of hospice include routine home care, continuous home care, general inpatient care, and respite care.
Samaritan is a Medicare-certified hospice provider, and every Medicare-certified hospice provider must provide four levels of hospice care. The four levels of hospice care to are available for anyone who is eligible for Medicare.
The appropriate level of hospice care is determined by your physician/specialist, or a hospice physician or nurse visiting you or your loved one in the home, hospital, or assisted living/nursing home. The healthcare provider will do an assessment to determine which level of hospice care is right for you. If you have any questions, please ask your healthcare provide or hospice nurse.
The goal of hospice care is to help you live in peace, comfort, and dignity up to and including the moment of death. Samaritan is the oldest and largest hospice care provider in New Jersey, and the only NJ-hospice working in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation to provide an advanced cardiac care hospice program.