The Hospice program at Holy Name Medical Center provides individualized and compassionate care for terminal patients whose illness is no longer responsive to cure-oriented treatments. The care provided is designed to not only provide pain relief and management of physical symptoms but emotional and spiritual support as well. This concept of caring helps patients - and their loved ones - live each day to the fullest while enhancing comfort and quality of life all within the comforts of the caregiver or patient’s home. Additionally, supports services are available to the patient’s family, caregivers and loved ones during illness and into bereavement.
The core of Hospice is a cooperative effort by family, friends, and a team of professional and volunteer caregivers working together to meet the multiple needs of the patient. The role of the family or caregiver is vital to the foundation of hospice. The primary caregiver, typically a family member or someone close to the patient, assumes the responsibility for the patient's care with the guidance and support of the hospice team members.
The Hospice team includes highly skilled and trained professionals, including: the medical director, visiting registered nurses, the social worker, the inter-faith clergy, the bereavement counselor, home health aids and volunteers. Through their collective efforts, the Hospice team provides clinical expertise and respite for the primary caregivers.
The Hospice team will meet regularly to help ensure that the needs of the patient and caregivers are being considered fully. The patient's primary physician is an integral part of the team and will remain responsible of the patient's general medical care for the duration of hospice services.
Holy Name Hospice Program
725 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
The Hospice Nurse is:
The Hospice Social Worker
- knowledgeable in pain and symptom management
- the nurse case manager is responsible for the coordination of all services
- on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- visits the family as needed to help the patient and family members cope with the terminal disease process
- provides emotional support and counseling to the patient and caregivers
- assists the caregiver with alternative options for care and community resources
Home Health Aides
- a non-denominational pastoral counselor facilitates the spiritual life of the patient and caregivers
- identifies caregivers at risk for complicated grieving
- offers bereavement support and grief counseling
- assist patients with personal care needs; bathing, dressing, meal preparation and feeding
- provide care of personal clothing and linens and light housekeeping of patients room
- provide companionship for patients, assist with household tasks, and offer needed respite for the primary caregivers
The Hospice program focuses on the care and needs of the terminally ill patient. However, we recognize that there are many related needs of the caregiver. Death of a loved one may result in a range of physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual needs. Hospice offers a bereavement program that can help surviving adults and children cope with the grief suffered at the loss of a loved one.
Bereavement services include:
- spiritual/grief counseling
- support groups for caregivers
- follow-up for one year
- referrals to community resources
Hospice accepts Medicare, HMO managed care and commercial health insurance plans. Other payment options are available upon request.
Although hospice services may be covered by insurance, some plans may not cover the full cost of care provided. For this reason, community support is vital to the Hospice program so that services can be provided based on need rather than ability to pay.
Hospice gratefully accepts tax-deductible contributions, which assist the program in a number of ways. For more information, contact the Holy Name Health Care Foundation