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Who is eligible for Samaritan hospice care?

Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice care is open to people of all age groups, including children, who live within Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester or Mercer counties and meet the following eligibility criteria:

The patient has a serious and progressive illness*

The patient is no longer receiving aggressive care to cure his/her disease or unnaturally postpone death

The patient has received a prognosis of six months or less –  if, in a doctor's best judgment, the disease follows its normal course

The prognosis is certified by the patient's personal physician and Samaritan's Medical Director

The patient and family/caregivers understand, agree with, and accept the Hospice concept and method of care

For Medicare beneficiary patients: They are covered by Medicare Part A

*Samaritan's goal is to care for you and your family if you have a life-limiting illness and are seeking comfort care. The type of life-limiting illness does not matter.

Samaritan serves people living with:


ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia


Cirrhosis and other Liver Diseases

COPD and other Lung Diseases

Heart Disease

Infant Congenital Disorders

Multiple Sclerosis

Renal (Kidney) Disease

Stroke or Coma

Failure to Thrive

Any other life-limiting illness

Please note that:

Patients who live alone are eligible to enroll in Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice.

A comatose or incompetent patient may be admitted to Samaritan's hospice program if there is a legal guardian to sign for the patient, a durable power of attorney for medical purposes or other evidence that the patient desires palliative services as opposed to aggressive treatment in the end stage of his/her disease.

Samaritan accepts patients who live in nursing homes and has existing contracts with many of the area nursing homes to provide hospice services. If a patient or family requests hospice services in a nursing home where we have no established contract, Samaritan will try to negotiate a contract.

No one is refused Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice services on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, sex, ethnic background, sexual orientation, type of illness, ancestry, handicap or financial resources.