General In-patient Hospice Program

Hospice is one of the most underutilized and misunderstood services, our main objective is to afford you and your family precious time together in a warm, dignified environment. Hospice care has a significant, positive impact on patients and your loved ones.

Hospice Services

Note: Hospice care is covered by Medicare as well as most Medicaid and commercial insurance plans.
Hospice services include:
  • All medicines, medical equipment, and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis
  • Medication management to control pain and symptoms
  • Physician services to manage medications
  • Nursing and home health aide visits to provide direct care
  • Social work, counseling, and chaplain services to provide support
  • Volunteer services to provide companionship
  • Bereavement services for a minimum of 13 months following a loss
Patients may choose to receive hospice care at Hackensack University Medical Center, at a care facility (long-term, nursing care, or other location), or in the comfort of their home. Our hospice care services are provided by Visiting Health Services (VHS) Hospice Services of New Jersey, which is part of the Hackensack University Medical Center care network. To learn more about hospice services speak with your physician, or call VHS Hospice Services of NJ at 844-777-0711.

Hospice Levels of Care

Hospice patients may require differing intensities of care during the course of their disease. The Medicare Hospice Benefit affords patients four levels of care to meet their clinical needs: Routine Home Care, General Inpatient Care, Continuous Home Care, and Inpatient Respite Care.
  • Routine Hospice Care is the most common level of hospice care. With this level of care, a individual receives hospice care at their residence, which can include a private residence, assisted living facility or nursing facility.
  • General Inpatient Care is provided for pain control or other acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided in any other setting. General Inpatient Care begins when other efforts to manage symptoms have been ineffective.
  • General Inpatient Care can be provided in a Medicare certified hospital, hospice inpatient facility, or nursing facility that has a registered nursing available 24 hours a day to provide direct patient care.
  • Continuous Home Care is care provided for between 8 and 24 hours a day to manage pain and other acute medical symptoms. Continuous home care services must be predominately nursing care, supplemented with –caregiver and hospice aide services and are intended to maintain the terminally ill patient at home during a pain or symptom crisis.
  • Inpatient Respite Care is available to provide temporary relief to the patient’s primary caregiver. Respite care can be provided in a hospital, hospice facility, or a long term care facility that has sufficient 24 hour nursing personnel present on all shifts to guarantee that patient’s needs are met. Respite care is provided for a maximum of 5 consecutive days.
Most patients and families miss the true gift of hospice. Hospice is much more than care that is limited to the last few days of life or to a specifi¬c illness. Hospice helps anyone facing a terminal illness live out all the days of their lives with comfort and dignity, and helps their loved ones deal with grief, sadness, and meaning.
Hospice is one of the most misunderstood and underused Medicare benefi¬ts.
Read more to find out the accurate truths of Hospice programs...
Myth: Hospice means giving up hope.
Truth: Hospice helps people focus on what matters to them: living the best quality of life possible, sharing time and creating memories with loved ones, planning for a special trip or other goals. Hospice helps people with terminal illness and their families work through the emotions of pain, sadness and other feelings so they can make the most of all the days of their lives.
Myth:  Hospice is only for patients who have a few days to live or are actively dying.
Truth: Hospice benefits are generally for anyone expected to live six months or less as certifi¬ed by a physician. Receiving hospice services early offers time to coordinate care, stabilize the patient’s medical condition, attend to emotional and spiritual issues, and take care of other needs. 
Myth: Hospice patients are automatically discharged if they live beyond six months.
Truth: The Medicare hospice benefi¬t requires that patients are expected to live six months or less – but VHS Hospice Services of NJ can continue to serve patients as long as they remain eligible and the attending physician recertifi¬es that the patient is terminally ill.
Myth: Hospice patients must stop all current treatments and cannot return to medical treatment designed to cure their disease.
Truth: VHS Hospice Services of NJ accepts clinically eligible patients who are continuing medical treatments when these treatments are not intended to be curative or life-prolonging. A patient can be discharged from hospice if their health improves or their disease goes into remission. Patients have the right to choose to return to traditional care at any time and for any reason. Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies and HMOs allow readmission if a patient wants to later return to hospice care.
VHS Hospice Services of NJ are part of the Hackensack University Medical Center care network.
For more information about hospice or to refer a patient call VHS Hospice Services of NJ at 844-777-0711.

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