Services

Our Services

Calvary@Home is comprised of our comprehensive home care and hospice services serving patients who live throughout the metropolitan New York area. Our Hospice Program features a dedicated team of registered nurses (RN), doctors, Social Workers, Pastoral Care staff members, Home Health aides, volunteers, and bereavement counselors.

Our Care

HOME HOSPICE
Hospice is a holistic philosophy of care. It is focused not on curing but rather about creating and fostering a supportive environment for end of life care. It is provided by a multidisciplinary team of trained health care professionals and volunteers; they give medical, psychological, and spiritual support.

Calvary@Home partners with patients’ families to promote the quality of life, address pain management and other symptoms, and help prepare both the patient and their loved ones for what to expect in the final days of life in the comfort of their own home.

Patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness with 6 months or less to live are eligible. If a patient decides they are no longer seeking curative treatments and would like to remain in their home setting, home hospice may be the perfect option to consider.

Hospice Services include:

  • Nursing care, as needed to maintain the patient at home
  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on-call nurse
  • Physician services
  • Medical social services
  • Pastoral care
  • Counseling services
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Short-term inpatient and respite care
  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the terminal illness
  • Personal care provided by Certified Home Health Aides
  • Therapies (e.g., physical, occupational and speech)
  • Medications for symptom management and pain control related to the terminal illness
  • Bereavement counseling for family members and significant others
  • Volunteer services
  • Whether a patient resides in a private residence, assisted living facility or nursing home; we take care of you wherever you call home.
INPATIENT HOSPICE
Inpatient care is provided at Calvary’s Bronx campus, Brooklyn campus, the Dawn Greene Hospice in Manhattan and at Ozanam Hall in Queens.

Inpatient level of care is available at these facilities to handle any new or worsening symptoms that cannot be intensively addressed at home. Intermittent, short-term respite care is also available at these sites in the event that a caregiver is absent or needs some relief.

The goal of inpatient hospice is to effectively manage acute symptoms so that individual can return home to their loved ones and preferred environment.

Home Hospice Services

Hospice services include but are not limited to:

  • Visits by nurses, physicians, medical social workers
  • Personal care provided by home health aides
  • 24-hour on-call Registered Nurse
  • Symptom and pain management
  • Pastoral care for all major faith traditions
  • Short-term inpatient care
  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the terminal illness
  • DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) is NOT required
  • Transition to inpatient hospitalization at Calvary Hospital or The Dawn Greene Hospice as needed
  • Ancillary services and therapies as needed

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Admissions

Over the years, Calvary has been recognized frequently for its outstanding and unique patient care. It consistently earns accreditation by the Joint Commission and has been spotlighted by Press Ganey for being in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization places Calvary@Home above state and national averages in important patient issues such as relief of pain and patient education.

  • Adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses for whom curative treatments are no longer feasible, may be eligible for CalvaryCareSM. To speak with a Calvary nurse, please call (718) 518-2300.
    • Referrals to Calvary can come from doctor, Social Worker, discharge planners, family members or the patients themselves.
    • Phone calls for information and requests for tours are welcome throughout the week.
    • Before a patient actually arrives at Calvary, our one-page admissions form can be started by a Social Worker or case worker. Once the patient arrives at any of our inpatient facilities, our goal is to get them into their room as quickly as possible and to introduce them to their caregiving team.
    • Upon request, Spanish-speaking staff is available to assist during the information gathering and admissions process.

    • For cases in which the patient’s pain and symptom management can be addressed adequately in the home setting, Calvary Hospice can bring our signature care to the person’s home, wherever that might be.
    • If the patient’s health requires an inpatient level of care, Calvary’s Bronx campus, Brooklyn campus, The Dawn Greene Hospice at Mary Manning Walsh Home, and Ozanam Hall of Queens Nursing Home are possible options.
    • Across our continuum of care, Calvary works hand-in-hand with families so that they are not making this journey alone.

    • Calvary accepts patients who participate in Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and other private insurance programs.
    • Under the NYS End-of-Life law passed in 2000, HMOs and insurance companies may not deny coverage to terminally ill people who choose Calvary as their provider for inpatient end-of-life care, as long as they meet our admissions criteria.
    • Some insurers do limit coverage. Calvary’s admitting staff can provide information about applying for Medicaid.

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