Good Shepherd Hospice provides the comfort, care and compassion needed by patients with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones.
Good Shepherd Hospice is accessible to all individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, lifestyle or economic status.
Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a specific place. Care is most often given in the patient’s or family member’s home, although it may take place in a hospital, skilled nursing facility or a facility dedicated to hospice services. Care is focused on patient comfort in an environment that affirms life and dignity, while providing additional support to family members. It includes a whole network of professionals and services coordinated by a team of caregivers working in conjunction with the patient’s primary care physician.
Hospice services are reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and most health insurance plans for both home care and in-patient care. We rely on donations and memorial gifts from organizations and individuals to continue to provide care to those in our communities with little or no economic resources.
Good Shepherd Hospice is a non-profit organization that was created in 2001 with the merger of Good Samaritan, St. Charles and Mercy Hospices and represents a combined thirty years of experience serving the community. Our mission is to expand and enhance healthcare at the end-of-life for all individuals and their families living throughout Long Island, and to educate the community about hospice services. Good Shepherd Hospice helps patients and their families live each day fully, focusing on quality of life, control of symptoms and the things that matter to them the most. Good Shepherd Hospice employs more than 200 staff members and has a volunteer core of over 100 dedicated people. Good Shepherd Hospice is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island and an integral part the healthcare ministry of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
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- Medication management - medication regimes are monitored and managed, while ensuring the utmost in comfort for the patient, allowing them to be alert and engaged with their loved ones adding to their quality of life.
- Prescription medication coverage - as a hospice patient, medications used to treat your hospice diagnosis may be covered as part of the hospice benefit - no more costly co-payments for these costly drugs.
- Skilled nursing visits to your home by professionals experienced in the unique symptom management needed at the end of life.
- Medical supplies and equipment - hospice provides equipment that may be needed in the patient's home to ensure the comfort and quality care of the patient, such as a hospital bed, with no additional cost to the patient.
- If a hospice patient decides to pursue curative treatment, the patient is welcome to leave hospice and pursue other curative options with our full encouragement.
What can hospice do for me?
Hospice provides medical, emotional and spiritual care for people whose life expectancy is less than 6 months, as well support for their families. Hospice care focuses on quality of life and symptom management rather than treatments aimed at curing advanced illness. Through the care and support of our expert staff, Good Shepherd Hospice helps people meet their goals while living with advanced illness.
If I join hospice, won't I be giving up hope?
Hospice is not about dying or losing hope; it’s about living each day fully, with the highest quality of life possible. Through control of physical symptoms and the emotional and spiritual support of the hospice team, patients and families are able to spend their time meaningfully
How will hospice be paid?
Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurances. For those without insurance, Good Shepherd Hospice may be able to provide care at reduced rates, based on financial need.
Where can I receive hospice services?
Hospice is a program of care, available wherever the patient lives. Most patients receive hospice services in their home, but patients who live in nursing facilities and assisted living facilities may also receive hospice services. Additionally, patients with complex medical needs that require inpatient care can receive services in the hospital or the Good Shepherd Hospice Inpatient Center.
Do I have to have cancer to receive hospice services?
NO. Eligibility for hospice care is based on life expectancy as determined by your doctor and the hospice medical staff, not by a specific diagnosis.
Do I need a "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) Order to receive hospice services?
NO. While most people choose not to have resuscitation at the end of life, this choice is not required to receive hospice services. Good Shepherd recommends a discussion with your physician, loved ones, and the hospice team about the benefits and burdens of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) based on your individual circumstances.
What medications and equipment will be provided with hospice services?
Services provided by hospice staff, medications, and equipment related to the terminal illness are covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit and most insurances.
Do you offer Pediatric Care Services?
Yes we do--please call our offices for further information: (631) 465-6363 or (516) 586-1420
How can I support the mission of Good Shepherd Hospice?
A main source of financial support for hospice comes from donations given by patients, their families, and our community. These contributions help us continue to provide hospice care to all Long Islanders, and to provide specialized services not covered by traditional insurance benefits. Often, families will request memorial donations to Good Shepherd Hospice in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made by check, payable to Good Shepherd Hospice, 110 Bi-County Blvd, Farmingdale, NY 11735.