Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, serving North and Northwest, NJ and Northeast PA, has been a regional leader in Hospice care for over 30 years.
Our non-profit mission is dedicated to meeting the needs of all patients and their families who are facing the terminal illness of a loved one.
Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a certified Medicare and Medicaid Hospice; Accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP); Members of the National Hospice Organization and NJ and PA Hospice Organizations. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice accepts all insurance and The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation assures all are served regardless of the ability to pay. All nursing care and services are provided by or under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Our nursing staff, consisting of full time nurses and on call nurses, are available to patients and families 24 hours a day. All health care staff are provided with required and elective training programs throughout the year to maintain their knowledge and skill level. The goal is to assure an optimal level of service be reached and upheld.
To further insure the best possible patient care and response, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has a contingency of medical doctors serving as medical directors meeting the needs of the palliation and management of the terminal disease and related conditions of the patient to the extent that those needs are not met by the attending physician.
Thanks to the generous support of our community and grants, we are able to serve anyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
What does Hospice do?
When is it time for Hospice?
The right time to call is when you or your family need guidance and support when facing a loved one’s illness. The last days of life are precious and should be peaceful and comfortable. The sooner you call, the greater the benefit to you and your family. Our hospice staff is trained to offer peace of mind in addition to medical care.
How does Hospice work with my Doctor?
How is Hospice paid for?
Medicare, Medicaid, HMO’s and other insurance plans cover hospice care. When patients have no insurance coverage, Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation makes hospice care available and is always there to help.
What if extra help is needed?
Hospice can arrange extra relief for caregivers who must work, travel or rest for a period of time. The special help includes extended hours of home health aide care or the temporary placement of the patient in a respite care facility.
What if a loved one is in a Nursing home or Assisted Living Center? Can Hospice still help?
We know for some people a nursing home or assisted living center is home. And for others it may not be possible to stay in their own homes. Hospice can help. We can enhance the care for the terminally ill, and offer their families the same care and peace of mind when facing the loss of a loved one at these facilities.
What other services are provided by Hospice?
In addition to registered nurses who are specialized in symptom management and pain control. Hospice offers social workers and counselors to help the family make emotional adjustments to the illness and its progression. Chaplains offer spiritual support as requested. Certified home health aides help by providing patient physical care and hygiene. Trained volunteers offer assistance and companionship for the patient and the family. Therapists, dieticians, and pharmacists are available.
How are patients and families supported?
- All Nursing Care and services are provided by or under the supervision of a registered nurse. See Patient Privacy Rights.
- Medical Social Service is provided by a qualified social worker under the direction of a physician.
- The hospice Medical Director meets the general needs of the patient to the extent that those needs are not met by the attending physician. The Medical Director also meets the needs of the palliation and management of the terminal disease and related conditions.
- Home Health Aides provide personal care services. Aides’ services are provided under the general supervision of a registered nurse.
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology services are available to provide symptom control or to enable the patient to maintain activities of daily living and basic functional skills.
- Registered dietician services are available for consultation on tube feeding or nutrition/hydration related issues.
- Chaplain services are available to provide/facilitate spiritual counseling.
- Volunteer services are available to assist the patient/caregiver in any one of a multitude of ways from providing comfort and respite to the family, an avenue of socialization for the patient; assistance with shopping, etc. All volunteers have completed a Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice training course.
- Bereavement Services are provided for 13 months following the patient’s death to family and significant others. Additionally, Hospice sponsors bereavement and grief recovery support groups in all the communities served by our agency. A teen bereavement camp and children’s art therapy groups are also available.