Hospice - Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I ...

  • Become a volunteer?

    Visit the volunteer section of our website for more information.
  • Ask for a speaker?

    Hospice is a philosophy and a multidisciplinary approach to caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice is a special way of caring that increasing numbers of people are chosing as a treatment option.

    In response to community requests for information about Hospice care and topics related to loss and bereavement, University Hospice has developed a series of presentations, given by memebers of the Hospice Speaker's Bureau, for interested groups free of charge.

    To schedule a presentation, please complete and return the associated form. You will be contacted by phone to confirm arrangements.

    Find out more about Hospice care?
    for more information, please contact us

    University Hospice
    78 Meisner Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10306
    Phone: (718) 226-6450
    Fax: (718) 226-6607
  • Make a donation?

    Hospice care is reimbursed at a per diem rate. Frequently the actual cost of a patient's care far exceeds the per diem reimbursement. Funds donated to University Hospice are used to help our patients and families by providing for Home Health Aide Hours and helping to pay for expensive medications. We thank you for your contribution. It is only through the support of our community that Hospice can provide care to all, regardless of their ability to pay

  • How Does University Hospice Help the Patient and the Family at Home?

    Hospice services are designed to provide support to patients, their families and loved ones. The goal is to maximize quality of life while providing for a peaceful death. An individual plan of care is developed utilizing team members as follows:
    • Physicians provide medical management of the patient. The Hospice physician makes home visits as needed.
    • Hospice nurses coordinate care by making home visits to monitor the patient, teach caregivers and provide skilled care, comfort and support.
    • Social Workers help the family understand and cope with the related emotional and financial stress and provide counseling.
    • Pastoral Care Staff are on hand to offer spiritual support for patients and their families.
    • Volunteers provide a variety of care: companionship, support, light housekeeping tasks, errands, and offering temporary relief to the family.
    • Bereavement services include short term counseling, support groups for adults and children, a lending library, grief classes and memorial services.
    • RN On-Call Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week to deal with crisis situations, answer questions and visit when necessary.
    • Home Health Aides provide personal care for the patient.
    • Prescribed medications for pain and symptom management.
    • Medical equipment and supplies.
    • Hospice in-patient care for short term symptom management.
    • Respite care for temporary relief to caregivers.
    • Oxygen Therapy
    • Music Therapy.
    • Pet Therapy.
  • Who Qualifies as a Hospice Patient?

    Patients with a medical prognosis of six months or less, as certified by their physician, and who are no longer receiving curative or experimental treatment, qualify for Hospice. These patients include, but are not limited to, those having diagnoses such as cancer, AIDS, end stage lung disease, hepatic, renal, cardiac or neurological diseases.
  • Who Pays for Hospice?

    Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers. Payment plans or charity care can be established for the uninsured based on income. Admission to University Hospice is based on the patient's needs rather than the ability to pay.
  • When Should the Hospice be Contacted and How are Services Initiated?

    Hospice care is an appropriate and compassionate treatment choice when someone you love is terminally ill. Hospice offers the patients the choice to complete their lives with dignity, purpose, and peace. Our admission criteria is as follows:

    • The patient has an end stage illness as certified by their physician.
    • The patient and family make a choice for palliative (comfort) care rather than curative treatment.
    • The patient has a primary caregiver.
    Referals to University Hospice may be initiated by anyone, including the patient and family, by calling University Hospice at 718-226-6450. The Intake Nurse Coordinator will consult with the physician, the patient, and the family to assess whether Hospice is an appropriate treatment choice.

    Staff of University Hospice are available to make presentations to your group. Topics include Hospice services, admission criteria, and related subjects. To schedule a presentation, contact Hospice at 718-226-6450.