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What is Hospice Care?

Caregiver holding hand of senior womanHospice care is quality, compassionate care delivered by a team of experts for people facing a serious or life-limiting illness. The team provides comfort, support, and dignity, typically when you or your loved one’s life expectancy is six months or less. Hospice treatment is your choice if you want to spend more time at home, rather than in the hospital, surrounded by those you love.

Hospice treatment experts are available 24/7 to answer your questions at no charge.

Hospice experts are available 24/7 to answer your questions at no charge.

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What are the Goals & Benefits of Hospice Treatment?

“I wish we called sooner” is one of the most common statements we hear from family members. The goals and benefits of hospice care provide such comfort and support to both the patient and their families.

What are the goals of hospice care?

  • Caring for the whole person, not just the disease.
  • Addressing your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
  • Focusing on you and your family.
  • Providing the best possible quality of life for whatever time remains.

What are the benefits of hospice care?

  • Hospice treatment is provided where you live – at home, or in an assisted living or nursing home.
  • You will have peace of mind – on-call staff available 24-hours a day to answer questions and guide you.
  • You will receive personalized support based on your wishes.
  • Expert care is provided by a team of trained professionals.
  • You will have regular visits based on your needs.
  • Related medications and equipment are delivered to your home.
  • There is open communication with your current physician and/or specialist.
  • You will receive bereavement counseling, if desired, after the loss of your loved one.
  • Services are usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or VA.

When to Start Hospice Care

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Time is precious. During the end-of-life journey, it is essential for patients and their families to embrace each moment. Choosing hospice treatment sooner than later helps. In fact, it is a decision families say they often wish they made sooner, because of all the benefits hospice treatment offers.

Read more: When hospice care is appropriate?

Get Help Now

To get started, call Samaritan to speak with a nurse coordinator at (800) 229-8183, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You do not need to wait until your primary care physician or specialist suggest hospice care to receive an evaluation.

Our hospice admission’s team can provide you and your loved ones with invaluable knowledge and can help you determine if it is time for hospice.

What to Expect During Evaluation

During the evaluation, a hospice admission nurse will ask for information about your loved one’s diagnosis, symptoms or discomfort, medications, and a brief health history. They will ask about other physicians and specialists. They will also explain hospice services, the goals of these services, and answer any of your questions.

Samaritan provides hospice care treatment for our South Jersey community, allowing patients and families to enjoy the benefits of time that hospice treatment can provide.

Additionally, Samaritan offers specialized hospice programs, including the only advanced cardiac care hospice program in New Jersey that is built in collaboration with  the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation. Click here to learn more 

Please know that you can reach out to us at any time and we will help you assess when hospice may be right for you and your loved one. We are ready to help make sure that your end-of-life journey is full of good days. 

Finding Hospice Near You in South NJ

Now that you know what hospice care is, as well as the benefits of treatment, the next step is exploring your options. We recommend the following steps for finding care: 

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Ask Your Healthcare Professionals
Ask your primary care physician or specialist about hospices near you in South NJ. Your hospital discharge planner or case manager can also identify hospice providers.

Ask Your Friends and Family
Ask your friends, neighbors, or colleagues about hands-on experiences they have had with hospice providers. They can provide recommendations.

Ask Your Local Government
Ask your local government offices that provide senior or health services which hospice providers are in your area.

Ask the Right Questions
Consumer Reports recommends key criteria to look for in a hospice, including not-for-profit status, more than 20 years’ experience serving the community, hospice-certified staff on-call 24/7, and the availability of inpatient care. Read Samaritan’s blog article for more information on what to look for in a South NJ hospice.

Hospice experts are available 24/7 to answer your questions at no charge.
Call Samaritan today. (800) 229-8183

Here for You and Those You Love

Samaritan provides this special care for the South Jersey community. We’re here for you and those you love. We provide hospice treatment for the patient and also offer education, advice, and grief support for loved ones.  

 Samaritan’s hospice care program provides you peace of mind knowing that not only will you be cared for with dignity through the end of life, but you will also be giving the gift of hospice care to your loved ones. This gift means that your loved one will have access to the support they need through your care and after. 

 You Matter to the Last Moment  

As Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement, said, “You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”   

Samaritan is here to help you have good days with those you love through the final months of life. Your Samaritan team of expert caregivers bring their warmth and love into your home where we provide dedicated hospice care. Each expert on your team provides hospice treatment personalized for your individual needs. 

Learn more: Hospice frequently asked questions. 

More Information & Resources on Hospice Care in South NJ

Hospice Team Members
Eligibility Requirements
Who pays for hospice care?
Hospice Medical Equipment
Frequently Asked Questions
Veteran-specific Hospice Care
What is Active Dying?