samaritan Hospice & palliative Care Services

Samaritan is South Jersey's Largest Hospice

end of life care discussionFounded more than 30 years ago as South Jersey’s first hospice, Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice is the leading provider of hospice and palliative care services for our region. As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to fulfilling our charitable mission of providing exceptional care that promotes comfort, support, and quality of life for those living with serious illness or grief.

Samaritan can provide hospice care wherever you live, including your home, assisted living facility or nursing home. When needed, we can also serve patients in our inpatient hospice centers.

What are Samaritan Hospice's Services?

Samaritan Hospice offers a number of hospice and palliative services that set us apart:

Hospice CareHospice care, which provides comfort and quality of life at the end of life, rather than seeking to cure terminal illness. Hospice provides a team of professionals to address each patient’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, and offers support to the family both before and after their loved one’s death.

Some of our hospice & palliative care services are . . .

Palliative Medical Partners, Samaritan’s board-certified physician practice, which focuses on enhancing patients’ comfort and quality of life. Palliative care services are available at any point during illness, and can help patients tolerate curative or life-lengthening treatments.

Transitions, an array of support services to help patients during and after medical treatments, including telephone check-ins, volunteer companions, help in understanding medical information, and other communication and social services.

Grief support groups and counseling. Samaritan offers more than a dozen support groups for different ages and situations – from young children to those grieving a suicide, from adult daughters without mothers to men-only groups. One-on-one bereavement counseling is also available.

We Honor Veterans program, a groundbreaking national initiative to honor and support military veterans receiving hospice care. Veterans receive a range of customized hospice care services at Samaritan -- one of only six N.J. hospice providers to earn 4 stars, the program’s highest rating.

Samaritan Jewish Hospice ProgramCatholic and Jewish hospice programs. These programs provide support from a culturally sensitive team, including clergy, that respects and emphasizes the religion’s traditions, rituals and customs.   

Educational programs. Samaritan offers an array of free seminars for community groups, healthcare professionals, funeral directors, financial planners, attorneys, and accountants. We also provide extensive educational materials and resources on end-of-life planning, hospice care and more.

RESPONSE TIME & AVAILABILITY

People coping with serious illness require rapid responses to their needs. Samaritan is always just a phone call away, whether you need admission to hospice care, or are an existing Samaritan patient with an urgent need or question.

To meet the needs of our hospice patients and families, Samaritan provides:benefits of hospice care

♦ Same-day and evening admissions 7 days per week
♦ 24-hour phone access to registered nurses
♦ Dedicated on-call staff available evenings, weekends, and holidays

For an immediate response, please call Samaritan’s 24/7 phone line at (800) 229-8183.

ADVANCED CLINICAL EXPERTISE

Samaritan’s staff includes a team of medical experts who oversee each patient’s care and provide direct consultation and treatment to patients, in partnership with family caregivers. Our clinical experts and hospice care services include:

♦ 5 board-certified Hospice & Palliative Medicine physicians
♦ 4 palliative-trained advance practice nurses
♦ NJ’s first hospice-based fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine in collaboration with the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
♦ Board-certified wound-care specialist and team
♦ Home infusion therapy

Samarita also employs 275 direct-care staff members, including nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, and other practitioners who provide hands-on care and support to patients and families.

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES

Complementary therapies are an additional way to nurture a person’s body, mind, and spirt, and to enhance quality of life for both patients and families.

These therapies are used alongside (complementary to) conventional medical care. Samaritan offers the following complementary therapies, which provide a range of proven benefits -- from reducing anxiety to enhancing feelings of well-being:

Massage TherapyMassage Therapy. Licensed massage therapists apply therapeutic strokes to the patient’s body, which lessen stress and pain, improve circulation, and promote better sleep, among other benefits. Each session is tailored to the patient’s needs.

Music Therapy. Samaritan’s board-certified music therapists combine the patient’s and family's goals and their musical preferences to design a course of therapy featuring live music. Music therapy can include more than a dozen services -- from music-assisted relaxation, to singing or songwriting, to reminiscing with music, and much more.
 
Aroma Therapy. This ancient technique uses the scent of natural plant oils to promote well-being. Samaritan therapists bring a small, perfumed bag (sachet) to diffuse the fragrance into the room. They primarily use lavender oil or orange oil, which bring different benefits, such as calming anxiety or increasing appetite.

Pet Therapy. Trained volunteers bring certified therapy dogs to visit with patients and families. Interacting with these calm, friendly animals can provide a range of benefits, from reducing loneliness to lowering blood pressure to encouraging laughter and communication.

INPATIENT HOSPICE CENTERS

Most people prefer to remain at home -- in comfortable, familiar surroundings -- at the end of life. But sometimes, severe pain or other challenging symptoms require a brief stay in an inpatient hospice facility.

Samaritan operates two inpatient hospice centers -- in Mount Holly and Voorhees, N.J. The new Samaritan Center at Voorhees is South Jersey’s first and only free-standing inpatient hospice center.

12-bed center in Mount Holly
18-bed center in Voorhees 

Do you have questions about our hospice and palliative services? Contact us now.

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Hospice vs.
Palliative Care

Palliative care means comfort. Its goal is to reduce the pain and symptoms of your serious illness or the treatments you’re receiving for your serious illness. This care helps at any stage of illness, including as soon as you’re diagnosed.

Hospice care is palliative (comfort) care that is given at the end of life, when you or your loved one has been given a life expectancy of six months or less (by your physician). You’ve decided to stop curative or aggressive treatments.

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