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.
Our goal is to help you get settled and feel comfortable as quickly as possible. On the day you arrive at Hackensack University Medical Center, you will be greeted by an Admissions and Registration receptionist.
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Hospice Myths and Truths
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 certified 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 benefit 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 recertifies 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
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