November 2, 2020
In recognition of National Hospice Month, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice invites you to watch “In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan.” This movie depicts the poignant and true story of our Co-Founders, Julia and Joseph Quinlan and their legal battle to let Karen Ann die with dignity. With proceeds from this movie and the book “Karen Ann – The Quinlan Tell their Story,” the Quinlan’s opened a hospice and memorial foundation in 1980 to honor their daughter’s memory. Her court case is linked to legal changes and hospital practices around the right of people to refuse extraordinary means of treatment, even if cessation of treatment could end a life.
Every year, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country. These highly trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect and love during a most difficult journey.
This type of care does not happen by accident—at Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, our professionals, including registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, certified home health aides, chaplains, licensed social workers, bereavement counselors, nurse practitioners and medical director, are true experts.
At Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, hospice care is our specialty. Our staff members are truly experts in end-of-life care. Most of us want the best when we have a serious ailment (the best oncologist, the best eye surgeon, etc.). For over 40 years we continue to be pioneers in end-of-life care and education.
Our staff provides the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.
As hospice providers, we receive many gifts from those we care for too—we are able to witness the love of families and friends as they come together to care for one of their own in need. We are taught valuable lessons in faith, dignity, compassion, care and love. As care providers, our lives are changed and touched by those families we serve in hospice care.
Please visit our website at KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.org to learn more about the services that we offer. If you or someone you know is in need of the extra support we can offer please call 973-383-0115 to speak to a hospice specialists. When it’s time for Hospice care, sooner is better.