MJHS Palliative Care
At MJHS, palliative care is a medical specialty.
Each of our physicians and nurse practitioners is board-eligible or certified in palliative medicine for either adults or children. They have extensive expertise in treating patients with a wide range of diagnoses including, but not limited to, cancer, HIV, COPD, advanced renal failure and neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.
Learn More about Palliative Care
Palliative care is the treatment of the pain, symptoms and stress associated with a serious illness. A patient can receive palliative care at any age and any stage of an illness, whether the illness is terminal or not. Palliative care is not dependent on prognosis and it does not replace a patient’s primary treatment. Rather, it works together with the treatment the patient is already receiving.
The goal of palliative care is to ease physical and emotional suffering and improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family.
Although hospice care has the same principles of comfort and support, palliative care is offered earlier in the disease process and can occur while the patient is still receiving curative treatment.
When is Palliative Care the Right Care?
Palliative care may be the right option for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness, and are still receiving curative treatment for your diagnosis.
Serious illnesses may include cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis and more. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness and can be provided in conjunction with treatment meant to cure you.
You will be cared for by an interdisciplinary team of highly trained medical and clinical professionals. They will work together with you, your family, and your physician to develop a plan of care that provides comprehensive and compassionate care to help ease complex symptoms so you can feel confident about living each day to the fullest.
Members of Your Interdisciplinary Team
The medical director provides medical guidance for your interdisciplinary care team and participates in care planning. They may make home visits as needed, and upon request can assume the role of primary care physician.
Your RN case manager coordinates all aspects of your care, working closely with you and all other members of your care team. They will evaluate your physical needs and work with you and your physician to implement all necessary and covered services to meet those needs. Our RNs provide expert teaching in skilled procedures to help caregivers feel confident in their ability to care for you at home.
Your social worker offers emotional support through counseling one-on-one or in groups. They can also help you navigate personal, social and financial matters and are available to assist patients and families with advance care planning.
A minister / chaplain / rabbi will provide emotional and spiritual support to families of all faiths through visits, prayer and counseling.
Depending on your care needs, a physical, occupational or speech therapist may provide additional specialized care for optimal function and safety.
Our deep understanding of different cultures allows us to tailor a plan of care for every patient and family. In addition to your interdisciplinary care team, we can also provide a wide range of supportive and specialty care services based on your needs.
Many of our support and specialty care programs are not covered by insurance, but we provide them because of the difference they make in the lives of our patients. To support the continuation of these programs, visit MJHS Foundation.
Our support programs include:
Creative Arts Therapy
Includes music and art therapy that helps reduce stress and anxiety, elevates mood and allows patients and families a creative outlet for expression.
Ethics Review Committee
Provides extra support in understanding the different approaches to caring and how these choices fit with family values and beliefs.
Home Health Aide
Provides personal care such as bathing, dressing and meals.
Provide support through companionship and respite for your caregivers.
We care for Jewish patients in accordance with their individual, spiritual and religious beliefs. Our Jewish Program includes:
If elected, assures that a patient’s family and chosen rabbinic advisor, or Posek, can be included in the medical decision-making process.
Holocaust Survivor Care
Provides survivors and their families with staff who are educated about the unique needs of Holocaust survivors.
Center for Jewish End of Life Care
A web-based resource and knowledge center that raises awareness and educates others on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish people affected by advanced and terminal illness.
When and Where You Need It
We can provide our palliative care services in the comfort of your home, an assisted living community, in nursing homes, in hospitals across the greater New York area or in one of our inpatient residences.
No matter where you choose to receive your care, you can count on MJHS Palliative Care to provide a team of care specialists that patients and families can go to, not only for care, but for answers. We are here to provide the support and care you need.
In cases where care at home is not the best option, a specialized residence may better meet your medical needs in a home-like setting where you and your family can spend quality time together. Currently, we operate three residences with private accommodations that include a kitchenette and welcoming common areas, including family lounges and dining rooms.
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There are some circumstances when the patient’s symptoms cannot be controlled at home and there is a need to have a specialized team provide a General Inpatient Level of Care in an inpatient unit. This setting provides the patient with 24/7 support to help stabilize their condition and optimize symptom management. Inpatient units can be located within a hospital or dedicated hospice setting. Once your symptoms are under control, you will return to your residence.
Skilled or Assisted Living Facility
For our patients who are already living in a skilled or assisted living facility, our team can work with the facility to coordinate the best plan of care. Providing care at a skilled or assisted living facility does not take the place of the facility’s existing staff. We supplement the facility’s care and coordinate between doctors, nursing staff, the patient, family and others to ensure you are always comfortable and your needs are being met. For a list of facilities that we can provide care in, click here.
Patients who are extremely ill may receive care in a hospital setting. Our team will work with the hospital staff to ensure your comfort. When your condition stabilizes, our team will work with the hospital discharge planner to assure a smooth transition to the appropriate setting.
In order to continue to receive services from MJHS Palliative Care, you must be at one of our contracted facilities.
To view a current list of facilities that we contract with near you, click here.
Getting Started with Palliative Care
Palliative care may be given at any time during a person’s illness, from diagnosis on. The first step is to speak to your primary care physician. Once you have communicated your wishes, they may make a referral for services to begin.
Who Pays for Palliative Care?
If you have Medicare Part B (medical insurance), it may cover some medications and treatments that provide palliative care, including visits from doctors, nurse practitioners and social workers. If you are covered by Medicaid, a health insurance plan for people with low income and few assets, it may cover some palliative care treatments and medications, including visits from doctors. Medicaid does not use the term palliative, so coverage is provided by standard Medicaid benefits.
Private insurance, HMOs, managed care programs
Many private health insurance plans provide some coverage for palliative care as part of their hospice or chronic care benefits. If you own a long-term care policy, there may be palliative care benefits provided by that policy. Check with your health insurance or long-term care insurance representative.
If You Are a Physician
and would like to request a palliative care evaluation for your patient, we are happy to assist. You can call us at 212-420-3370 or fill out our form and we will be in touch right away.