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The Philosophy of Hospice: Providing Comfort and Dignity at the End of Life

The Philosophy of Hospice: Providing Comfort and Dignity at the End of Life

At Jansen Hospice, we believe that every person deserves to live their final days with comfort, dignity, and respect. This is the foundation of our hospice philosophy, which guides our team in providing comprehensive and compassionate care to our patients and their families.

What exactly is the philosophy of hospice, and how does it differ from other forms of end-of-life care?

Hospice care is a specialized form of healthcare that focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients who are facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Unlike traditional medical treatments, which aim to cure or manage a condition, hospice care is designed to provide comfort and quality of life to patients in their final days.

At Jansen Hospice, we believe that hospice care should be personalized to meet the unique needs of each patient and their family. This means taking a holistic approach to care, addressing not just physical symptoms but also emotional and spiritual needs.

One of the key components of our hospice philosophy is the belief that every patient deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

We recognize that our patients are not defined by their illness or condition but rather by their humanity and individuality. Our team works to create an environment that is supportive, compassionate, and non-judgmental, where patients and families feel empowered to make their own choices about their care.

Another important aspect of our hospice philosophy is the recognition that end-of-life care is not just about the patient, but also about their loved ones.

We understand that the end of life can be a difficult and emotional time for families, and we provide support and resources to help them navigate this process.

We believe that hospice care should be a collaborative effort between the patient, their family, and the hospice team. We work closely with patients and families to develop a care plan that addresses their unique needs and preferences, and we are always available to answer questions and provide support.

Here are some of the services we offer:

Young women and an older man taking a selfie

  • 24-hour on-call services and assistance, so we are always available for our patients and their families
  • A medical director who is responsible for overall medical care and planning, with an emphasis on symptom control and pain management
  • Spiritual counseling for faith communities
  • Counseling/therapies for individuals, groups, and family members
  • Medications for pain and symptom management
  • Acoustic/Music Relaxation
  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki

Why should you trust Jansen Hospice’s philosophy of hospice?

The reality is this is not going to be an easy experience, our goal is to make it as easy and comfortable for you and your family as possible. Here are some testimonials from past clients.

Jansen made an unbearable experience somewhat bearable. My wife of 52 years went into hospice at home on August 4 and died on August 29 from metastatic breast cancer. The moment we agreed with the doctors to end chemo and move to hospice, Jansen took over. Social Worker Deb Hanley organized everything. Nurse Marcia Roberts was available at all times and made sure that we had all the necessary medicines and equipment before we knew that we needed them. The aides who came to our home every day were all both kind and competent. I had never heard of Jansen before the staff at Lawrence Hospital introduced us. I do not know how to say thank you any better than writing this 5-star review.” – William

” This place changed everything for my family. We struggled with caring for my mom at home for 5 years and when they arrived it was like angels singing… Our social worker – Jody and our RN Violeta – made my mom comfortable and cared not only for her, but for our family as if we were their own. They were kind, compassionate and knowledgeable. I HIGHLY recommend them!!!” – Jody

Do you have more questions about our philosophy of hospice? Please call us at 914-787-6158 and we will answer all the questions you have.

FAQ’s about Inpatient Hospice: Westchester NY

Making sure you are comfortable for end of life is the most important thing we do. Understanding what the inpatient hospice in Westchester NY experience will help you decide what is best for you.

What is an inpatient hospice in Westchester NY?

Inpatient hospice is administered in a hospice care facility or hospital. Inpatient hospice combines in-person care by professionals, emotional support, and other activities that prioritize comfort for people coping with a terminal illness.

At Jansen Hospice, we define hospice as:

“Hospice is a special way of caring that emphasizes comfort and dignity for people coping with terminal illness. The hospice philosophy accepts death as the final stage of life; it affirms life, but does not try to hasten or postpone death, nor cure an underlying disease.”

What does inpatient hospice in Westchester, NY look like?Man sitting on a swing at inpatient hospice in Westchester NY

Inpatient hospice care facilities offer a variety of different services. Jansen Hospice, for example, offers emotional, physical, and spiritual support.

  • Medical support: Having certified doctors and nurses who are there to help monitor pain and your illness is extremely important to have a good inpatient hospice experience.
  • Certified volunteers: Volunteers help plan your schedule, support you within the care center, and help to make you comfortable.
  • Spiritual and emotional counseling: Hospice is very dramatic for both you and your family. A good inpatient hospice provides both spiritual guidance for those who seek it and therapy for both you and your family to help with accepting the future.
  • Medical supplies and pain medication: When in hospice, you are still battling a servere illness, and you may need help managing that. Good medical support aims to make this a less stressful experience for you.
  • Other types of activities and therapies: This is up to the inpatient hospice provider, but having activities to help make you more comfortable and peaceful. At Jansen Hospice, we offer:
    • Acoustic/Music Relaxation
    • Acupuncture
    • Aromatherapy
    • Art Therapy
    • Massage Therapy
    • Pet Therapy
    • Reflexology
    • Reiki
    • Therapeutic

What is the difference between at-home hospice and inpatient hospice in Westchester NY?

The main difference between at-home hospice and inpatient hospice is the location of the hospice. At-home hospice is hospice that is provided in your home, while inpatient hospice is in a hospice care center or a hospital.

Depending on the hospice provider, they might have different services at-home rather than inpatient. However, either way, you should have medical support, access to medication, and support from the hospice provider.

Why should you choose inpatient hospice?

Most people choose inpatient hospice for one of three reasons:

  1. Your illness needs continuous medical monitoring.
  2. You don’t have the support necessary at home.
  3. You have a rapidly progressing illness and no one to support you.

One of the most common reasons that individuals pick inpatient hospice is for memory care.

Interested in learning more about in-patient hospice in Westchester NY?

Contact us at 914-787-6158, and we will walk you through your options.

This place changed everything for my family. We struggled with caring for my mom at home for 5 years and when they arrived it was like angels singing... Our social worker - Jody and our RN Violeta - made my mom comfortable and cared not only for her, but for our family as if we were their own. They were kind, compassionate and knowledgeable. I HIGHLY recommend them!!!

— Jody