Hospice and Palliative Care Fund
Your support of the Hospice and Palliative Care fund allows us to continue providing care that goes above and beyond for our patients that are dealing with a terminal or advanced illness.
Serving more than 1,200 individuals daily, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care is one of the largest and most respected not-for-profit hospice and palliative care programs in the region. We are committed to delivering compassionate, expert care, offering peace of mind, and providing comfort when medical treatment can no longer change the course of an illness.
Funds raised ensure the continuation of hospice programs and services such as:
The MJHS Pediatric Care program attends to the unique needs of children with life-limiting, advanced and terminal illness. Today, as one of the largest and most respected pediatric programs in Greater New York, we focus on the clinical aspects of easing discomfort for young and illness-weakened bodies and provide our pediatric patients with emotional, spiritual and psychosocial support tailored to fit the needs of each family.
Palliative care gives specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress and mental stress of a serious illness.
MJHS has the largest community home-based palliative care program in Greater New York, allowing our patients to receive services at home. Our program is nationally recognized for being innovative and for offering a wide range of specialty services to meet your loved one’s specific needs.
Patient Care Fund
The MJHS Patient Care Fund is dedicated to meeting the health and quality-of-life care needs for the patients and families of MJHS. Supported solely by charitable contributions, the fund is able to assist in the purchase of items and services deemed appropriate by the patient, patient’s family and MJHS caregivers, such as wheel chairs, walkers and grab bars. Each patient is eligible for up to $500 of assistance annually through the fund.
Culturally Sensitive Care
MJHS hires and trains staff members to provide tailored, culturally competent care to the Jewish, Asian, Hispanic, Russian, LGBT and other communities with unique needs when facing advanced illness.
MJHS remains an innovator in providing culturally sensitive end-of-life care across the broad spectrum of Jewish observance. Patients may elect to have a rabbinic advisor participate in their medical decision-making. Many of our facilities offer kosher meals, observe Jewish holidays and hold regular Jewish services. Additionally, MJHS offers specialized end-of-life care for Holocaust survivors and their families, addressing the unique emotional and psychological needs of the first, second and third generation survivor population.
Although receiving care at home is an ideal choice for many patients, there are times when this is not possible. Each of our inpatient residences welcomes patients, families and visiting loved ones in a homelike setting. An interdisciplinary clinical team supports the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their family members, respecting their privacy and individuality. Our residences include:
- MJHS Hospice Inpatient Residence at Menorah Center
- MJHS Hospice, Muriel and Harold Block Residence
- MJHS Hospice, Mollie and Jack Zicklin Residence
- MJHS Hospice, Inpatient Unit at Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care
- MJHS Hospice, Inpatient Unit at Beth Israel
Art & Soul™ Creative Arts Therapy
Art & Soul™ Creative Arts Therapy employs specially trained and licensed music and art therapists to meet the psychological and emotional needs of patients and their families. Using music, art and other creative approaches, our team creates a safe space for patients, families and children in the family unit to engage in a variety of activities:
- Create legacy projects
- Work through and express their emotions
- Receive grief and loss support
- Get counseling to develop healthy coping skills
- Lay the groundwork for bereavement
Grief and loss can impact our lives physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually. Because of the support of our donors, our trained MJHS counselors provide bereavement education and support to family of all ages at no cost to them for thirteen months after the death of a loved one.
Caregiver Support Groups
Caring for a sick family member can be physically and emotionally draining. We offer support groups to provide an important opportunity to take a break from the arduous tasks. These groups enable devoted family members and friends to meet alongside other caregivers and share information, strategies and encouragement.
Transportation Services for Families
Families with a loved one at one of our hospice inpatient residences do not have to worry about distance from the facility or access to transportation. These no longer pose an obstacle for families to share meaningful and loving moments together. With the help of charitable support, MJHS Hospice now offers transportation services, so families can visit their loved ones at the inpatient residence and have meaningful moments together.
Center for Jewish End-of-Life Care
The Center for Jewish End-of-Life Care is a Web-based community dedicated to facilitating conversations about the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish people affected by any advanced or terminal illness. The Center raises awareness through education and outreach and provides those confronting end-of-life issues with knowledge of and access to resources.