At Atlantic Hospice, we believe that those dying of advanced illnesses should spend their final days in comfort and peace. Our compassionate, end-of-life care is designed to minimize patient suffering and support families and caregivers in their time of loss. As one of the first hospices in New Jersey and the United States, we have more than 40 years’ experience serving private homes, nursing facilities and assisted living facilities in Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties.
When patients and their primary care physicians agree that aggressive, curative treatment is no longer appropriate or desired, a referral to Atlantic Hospice may be appropriate. Our hospice team works with referring doctors to develop individualized care plans that manage pain, control symptoms and ensure dignity and respect in the final days of life. We also have nurse liaisons at Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Newton Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, and Hackettstown Medical Center, as well as other health care facilities in the area, to answer questions and ease the transition to end-of-life care.
Hospice Levels of Care
The most frequently used type of hospice, home hospice provides care in the comfort of the patient’s residence or assisted living facility. Our specialized hospice team helps arrange the necessary medical equipment, such as a hospital bed and oxygen, so that symptoms can be managed effectively without having to return to a hospital. Home hospice is recommended for patients who have a life expectancy of six months or less and want to spend that time in the comfort of their own home, surrounded and supported by family.
General Inpatient (GIP) Hospice
GIP hospice is required for patients with symptoms that cannot be treated outside of the hospital or need intravenous medications. Atlantic Hospice offers inpatient hospice at Chilton Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center. If a patient doesn’t qualify for GIP care, they may still be eligible for home hospice.
Atlantic Hospice Certifications
Atlantic Home Care and Hospice is certified by Medicare for home care and hospice services, licensed by the New Jersey State Department of Health and accredited by The Joint Commission. We are also a member of both the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association.
Atlantic Hospice accepts medical insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, and we will verify eligibility for the convenience of our patients. Thanks to generous donations to our hospice fund, which directly supports end-of-life care, no one is ever denied hospice because of an inability to pay.
Atlantic Home Care and Hospice sponsors a free, bereavement day camp that helps children and teens cope with the loss of someone close to them.
Volunteering at Atlantic Home Care & Hospice
Atlantic Home Care and Hospice provides comfort and support to people with life-threatening illness as well as support to their families. Volunteers are key to providing this support and enhancing quality of life.
Donate to Atlantic Hospice
The Foundation for Morristown Medical Center and the Overlook Foundation accept donations to hospice and palliative care programs. Your support helps ensure that underinsured patients have access to high quality, end-of-life care.