What is Hospice

What is Hospice Care? 

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. The focus of hospice is to support the highest quality of life for whatever time remains at a patient’s “home”, whether it is a private residence, skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility.

Hospice provides palliative care for patients to manage their symptoms, thereby reducing suffering and pain, managing emotional needs and providing comfort to enhance quality of life.

Hospice care not only supports patients who have a life limiting illness, but also provides assistance to family members and care givers. Caring for a loved one on hospice can be an incredible honor and joy, and can also be very challenging. To ease the burden, hospice offers support, education, respite care and counseling to reduce stress and anxiety.

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.

 

Why Jansen Hospice? 

At Jansen we believe life should not be defined by illness. We make sure each patient lives life to the fullest until the very end. To make this possible we use an interdisciplinary approach to hospice care and customize programs for our patients to meet their unique medical, physical, emotional, spiritual, and cultural needs. Each Jansen patient becomes the focus of a dedicated hospice “team” – the patient’s physician, our medical director, our nurses, social workers, home health aides, clergy, bereavement specialists, therapists and volunteers – who all work together to ensure a coordination of services and continuity of care during the final stages of life.

Jansen has served Westchester and Northern Bronx communities since 1984, and is affiliated with New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. Through this affiliation, we have access to superb resources for end-of-life care. Jansen offers the most advanced treatments and medications available to keep patients as physically comfortable as possible so they can enjoy life every day.

Unlike many hospice programs, Jansen has a committed Board of Directors with an unwavering commitment to Jansen’s goals. The Board consistently raises capital for unique programs that help Jansen patients and their families. Their ongoing efforts have enhanced home heath aide services for those who demonstrate a need, instituted 11th hour home health aid support in the last few days of life, extended bereavement services for family members and caregivers, and created our complementary care program that provides a wide range of therapeutic services from massage, guided imagery, art therapy, reiki, music, acupuncture, and pet therapy. Moreover, the Board actively supports our hospice professionals with educational funding that enables our staff to get certifications and enroll in learning programs that help us grow and reinforce our commitment to providing excellent end of life care.

The hospice staff of Jansen recognizes and respects the fact that we are guests in the lives of our patients and their families at a very vulnerable time. We work with you to ensure plans are carried out on your own terms and enable patients and their families to take back some control in the face of terminal illness. We are here to help.

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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