Palliative and Hospice Care

Palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of illness and the side effects of its treatment. Our interdisciplinary team works to provide symptom and pain management as well as emotional, psychological and spiritual support. Our goal is to help you live as well and comfortably as possible with your illness. Palliative care serves as a complement to your overall treatment plan and can be provided alongside curative treatments.

Hospice is specialized care you may receive when your prognosis is measured in months instead of years, and comfort rather than cure is the primary goal. Hospice can help you prepare physically, emotionally and spiritually as you near the end of life. The aim of hospice is to allow people to maintain control over their lives, live with comfort and dignity, and feel supported as they prepare for death their own way. Our hospice team has expertise in managing symptoms, so you can feel comfortable and spend your final days in ways that are important to you. You and your family are surrounded with an extra layer of support from the hospice team, including a hospice nurse, social worker, chaplain and health aide.

Bereavement Support is available to all residents and families. Support is provided both individually and in group settings.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?
While the overall philosophy is similar, palliative care and hospice are different services. Palliative care can be offered at any stage of an illness and provided alongside curative treatments. Hospice is end of life care for residents with a life expectancy of six months or less who can no longer benefit from curative treatments.

Where do residents receive palliative care and hospice?
Both palliative care and hospice are provided in the resident’s room. There is no special floor for residents receiving palliative care or hospice.

Does insurance cover palliative care and hospice?
At Hebrew Home, palliative care is provided at no cost. Medicare covers the cost of hospice.

Do I have to give up my own doctor?
No. Both palliative care and hospice provide an extra layer of support and work in partnership with your regular care team.

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