Journey Hospice: Exceptional hospice and palliative care

Hospice Care

Hospice care provides support to individuals and their loved ones during an advanced illness, ensuring that every person’s journey of life is allowed to end with dignity, compassion, and comfort.

When a family is faced with a serious illness and a devastating diagnosis, there are many decisions to be made throughout the process. As a person’s needs change, or an illness progresses, one may decide that comfort and quality of life matter most—and it’s time to consider hospice care.

Our compassionate team empowers the patient to make every moment on their journey count—providing the ability to embrace life and to cherish moments with loved ones.

Each plan of care is personally tailored and is designed to nurture the individual based on their needs. Services can include symptom and pain management, family support, education, access to therapies, spiritual guidance, and bereavement counseling.

Palliative Care

Journey Hospice recently expanded its services to provide palliative care to all patients in need. Palliative care is a comprehensive treatment plan to help patients living with a serious, chronic, or life-threatening illness manage their symptoms more comfortably. It is implemented in tandem with a patient’s primary medical treatment to help keep them as comfortable as possible, and improve their quality of life.

Journey Hospice has developed a palliative care team of experts who provide treatment for relief from: pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, anxiety, problems with sleep, depression and a number of other ailments. Palliative care is appropriate for those who have difficulty managing their care resulting in frequent hospital stays. Patients do not have to be in hospice or end-of-life care to receive palliative care services. Patients of all ages are able to receive care whether their medical condition can or cannot be cured.

Providing palliative care to the New Jersey area and to patients in nursing homes and assisted living communities fulfills Journey Hospice’s mission of providing the best care for each patient and their family. Our palliative care experts can meet each patient’s individual needs at any particular point of their journey, with both a skilled medical, and holistic caring approach, providing the interventions and support needed.

Our Team

Our program consists of a team of exceptional professionals dedicated to providing compassionate and dignified care focusing on the physical, social, and spiritual needs of all persons experiencing loss and life-limiting illness. Team members include:

  • Highly experienced medical director
  • Hospice nurses skilled in symptom assessment and pain management
  • Social workers experienced in emotional support and planning
  • Spiritual coordinator
  • Specially-trained home health aide
  • Bereavement counselors
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • Hospice care team to coordinate medication, therapies, equipment, or supplies necessary to maintain patient comfort

Who We Serve

As with all Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey programs and services, Journey Hospice provides compassionate care to people—together. Journey Hospice serves people of all backgrounds, faiths, and ages experiencing loss and life-limiting illness. Journey Hospice serves patients throughout southern New Jersey in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties, in northern New Jersey in Essex and Morris counties, and in Pennsylvania in the greater Philadelphia area.

Care Settings

Hospice care can be provided wherever a patient resides, whether in a private home, assisted living or nursing care residence, or a community-based hospice residence. This decision is typically made by the family with the guidance of the hospice care team and is based on their wishes and preferences. Discussions between the family may reveal the patient’s wish to remain at home to receive end-of-life care or that limitations may be present and prevent care to be managed well at home. Whatever the choice, we are able to accommodate each request.

Together we are partners in this journey. Our purpose is to provide comfort, relieve physical, emotional and spiritual suffering, and promote the dignity our patients throughout their end-of-life journey.

Quality of Care

Journey Hospice has been named a Hospice Honors Elite recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys, and advanced analytics. This prestigious annual review recognizes agencies that continuously provide the highest level of quality care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. It acknowledges the highest performing agencies by analyzing the performance of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) hospice survey satisfaction measures. Journey Hospice is proud to report it met 100% of the 22 Hospice Quality Indicators.