Hospice Care

Hospice is for patients whose illness no longer responds to aggressive, cure-oriented treatments. Hospice provides pain and symptom relief, as well as emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families. Hospice patients typically are in their last six months of life.  The hospice staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

While many hospice patients are diagnosed with cancer, hospice services are also available to patients with

  • pulmonary disease
  • heart disease
  • neurological disorders
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • AIDS

A multi-disciplinary team supports the patient and the family. This team consists of:

  • physicians, nurses, and aides
  • social workers and spiritual care givers
  • counselors and therapists
  • volunteers
  • bereavement services

Patients and families who choose hospice are the core of the hospice team and are at the center of all decision making. The hospice nurse manages all aspects of care.

A primary caregiver may be a life partner, relative, or friend. He or she is trained to work closely with staff to help with feeding, bathing, turning, administering medications, and monitoring changes in a patient’s condition.

Important qualities of our hospice services include:

  • The hospice staff is specially trained to provide medical assistance and to deal with the loneliness and fears experienced by both the patient and his or her loved ones.
  • The hospice team works with the patient and his or her family to develop a personalized care plan. Hospice staff respect patient wishes and help foster communication amongst family members.
  • The hospice staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The hospice staff also offers bereavement services to families after their loved one has died.
  • NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, the Community Hospice of Bergen County does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the ground of race, color, or national origin, or on the basis of disability or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits of any of its programs and activities or in employment therein, whether carried out by Community Hospice of Bergen County directly or through a contractor or any other entity with whom the Community Hospice of Bergen County arranges to carry out its programs and activities.This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to the Acts, Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 80, 84, and 91. (Other Federal Laws and Regulations provide similar protection against discrimination on grounds of sex and creed.)In case of questions concerning this policy, or in the event of a desire to file a complaint alleging violations of the above, please contact:
  • Provider Name:            Community Hospice of Bergen Couny
  • Coordinator:                 Paula Pedersen, Executive Director
  • Telephone number:      201/664-0212
  • TDD:                            711