What is Hospice?

LIFE… Making each day count.
CHOICE… You have a voice in all decisions.
FAMILY
… Care and support for those who mean the most to you.
SUPPORT
… A specialized team dedicated to meeting your needs.
COMPASSION
… We care about you.
DIGNITY
… Respect for you and your values.
COMFORT
… Relief from your pain and other symptoms.
HOPE
… There’s always HOPE in HOsPicE..

Click here for the Hospice General Brochure

United Hospice of Rockland, Inc., provides specialized care for people facing a serious illness. Together, we develop a personalized plan of care to help you live each day to the fullest. We will provide you and your family members with the support and guidance that you need. Our services include:

  • Nursing care, including on-call nurses who are available 24 hours/day
  • Home health aides
  • Social workers
  • Physician care
  • Spiritual support
  • Nutritionist
  • Therapies (physical, respiratory, occupational, speech, music and massage)
  • Volunteers
  • Medications
  • Medical equipment and supplies

When is the Right Time to Call?

The sooner we become involved, the sooner we can help. Others who have benefited from our services often tell us, "I wish I had come to Hospice sooner." If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you  or your loved one may be eligible for hospice services:

  • Is treatment no longer helping, working or desired?
  • Has the patient experienced one or more life threatening infections during the past six months?  ex: pneumonia, sepsis, etc.
  • Have there been multiple admissions to the hospital or trips to the emergency room during the past year?
  • Has there been unintentional weight loss and/or decreased food intake?  Is there difficulty swallowing? Has a physician suggested placement of a feeding tube?
  • Has there been a continued decline in ability to function?
  • Have you been told that there is no further treatment available and care should focus on providing comfort or relieving distressing symtpoms as opposed to disease directed/life extending interventions?
  • Is it becoming increasingly difficult for the caregiver to care for the patient?
  • Has a medical professional professional provided information that leads you to believe the patient has a limited life expectancy?

The above list is by no means a complete list.  Please call us now to discuss your personal situtation.  We will contact your doctor and meet with you to help determine the right time for services to begin.  Our phone number is 845-634-4974.

Why Should I Choose Hospice?

Hospice offers the best possible care for people facing serious illness. We will offer you choices about your care and help you to maintain control over decisions that affect you. Our expert staff will make every effort possible to keep you comfortable in surroundings that can best meet your needs. We will provide the emotional and practical support you and your family need during this time. We will help to preserve your dignity.

Who Can Receive Services?

If you live in Rockland County or lower Orange County, have a serious illness and are in agreement with the goal of comfort care, we are here to help you. We serve people of all ages from infants to seniors. Hospice provides an enhanced quality of life for people with illnesses that include: AIDS, Cancer, Diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys and liver, Neurological disease including Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and Alzheimer’s/Dementia and many others.

Where Can I Receive Services?

Our specialized and highly skilled comfort care is provided primarily in patients' homes. We are also able to provide assistance in our local hospitals, most skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, group homes and other residential settings. Our Joe Raso Hospice Residence is an option for those individuals who cannot/do not want to be cared for in their own home. 

Who Pays for Services?

Most insurance carriers (including Medicare and Medicaid) cover hospice care. Our staff can work with your insurer to inquire about coverage and obtain necessary authorizaions. If you do not have health insurance, you may qualify for charity care or reduced fees. No one is ever turned away from receiving community based hospice care because they cannot pay for care.