JHC Hospice’s deeply committed team provides coordinated, compassionate care, wherever the patient calls home. Our team includes the following services:
Physician: The Hospice Medical Director, along with your attending physician, are responsible for the palliation and management of your life-limiting illness and any conditions related to this illness. If your attending physician is not available, the hospice medical director is responsible for ensuring that your medical needs are met. The hospice medical director also acts as a consultant to the hospice team and attends weekly interdisciplinary team meetings.
Hospice Trained Nurse: The Hospice Trained Nurses Provide expert Pain and Symptom Management with the goal of keeping patients as comfortable and alert as possible. Our nurses are available on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for concerns or emergencies at any time. Our Hospice nurses provide consultation, education and guidance, will coordinate all physical, medication, therapy, and equipment needs.
Certified Nursing Assistant: Hospice Aides provide care in your home or wherever you call home.
Social Worker: Provide counsel and support to patients and their families who may need help exploring the complex emotions that often arise at the end of life’s journey.
Chaplain: Spiritual support for the patient and the family by trained hospice chaplains who serve people of all faiths or of no religious tradition at all. They also facilitate contact with one’s faith community. They are also available for funeral/memorial services and for sacramental or ritual needs
Music Therapist: Music Therapy is an established healthcare profession that uses music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs for individuals of all ages. For the hospice patient, music is a wonderful aid to highlight the important aspects of an individual’s life. The hospice music therapist supports each patient’s comfort, spirituality, family connections and overall quality of life with both live and recorded music.
Volunteers that can help provide a number of services including companionship, running errands or offer respite for the caregiver. The volunteer can walk the dog, reach a book, reminisce with patients, pray with patients in their faith tradition or hold a hand to provide comfort. All volunteers are required to complete comprehensive hospice training.
Massage Therapist can offer the healing powers of touch. Our trained massage therapist uses different modalities that include Reflexology and Reiki.
Reiki Master Practitioner: Energy healing practice that provides comfort. Often patients experience a sense of calm, reduction of anxiety, relief from pain or other physical symptoms and an overall sense of wellbeing.
Bereavement Social Worker: Bereavement is provided to family/loved ones for 13 months after the patient’s death and offers a multitude of services to maximize coping. This includes mailings, outreach calls, individual visits and support groups.
Life Stories Project
An individual’s personal life story can be a precious memory to their loves ones, family and friends. At JHC Hospice we are able to provide a service to our patients and their families to share and preserve their personal Life Story. Our specially trained volunteers will interview and ask the thought provoking questions that make it easy for our patients to recall the important people, places, memories, experiences and events that have shaped their lives. They then assemble a personal Life Story to be shared and passed along for generations.
Quilt of Dignity at the Jewish Healthcare Center
JHC Hospice strongly believes that each person should leave the facility after death with a sense of dignity. Created to be part of this process of transporting the body, the Quilt of Dignity is a beautifully crafted quilt used to cover the patient at the time of death. Family and friends are offered to join the funeral director and caregivers as they escort the body through the lobby and out the front door to a waiting hearse, completing this important ritual. This sense of connection and community is a final way of honoring your loved one.
The quilt was developed by the Good and Welfare Committee compromised of Toby Richmond, Lois Singer and Bernice Dworman. The quilt was created by Cornelia Goldsmith and designed to be non-denominational, while at the same time reflect the tapestry which hangs in the JHC Chapel.