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Patients / Families

"You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can,
not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die." 

- Dame Cicely Saunders

Please do not hesitate to contact Samaritan
should you have a problem or concern.

A Registered Nurse is available at the Samaritan Hospice office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the evenings, weekends or holidays, our answering service will connect you with our After-Hours Nurse. The Nurse will advise you over the phone or make a home visit if necessary.

Please call these numbers instead of 9-1-1 for any needs or questions:
1-800-229-8183 or 856-596-1600.


A Message to our Hospice Patients and Families

On behalf of Samaritan's staff and volunteers, we thank you for allowing us the privilege of working with you and your family at this time in your lives. We value the trust you have placed in us and are committed to providing you with the highest quality of care and support.

Please know that Samaritan will support you with an experienced team of dedicated, caring professionals guided by a hospice physician. You and your family or caregivers are the hub of our care team; your needs and wishes become the heart of your plan of care. We encourage you to communicate openly with members of your family and with members of your Samaritan care team so that we all can work together to follow your wishes and meet your needs.

We recognize that the days ahead may be difficult for you. In choosing Samaritan Hospice, however, you do not have to face this time alone and unsupported. We are here for you, your family and friends.

Handy Resources

> At the time that you began receiving services from Samaritan, you received a Patient and Family Education Book. This useful guide provides clearly outlines your Bill of Rights and Responsibilities as a hospice patient, provides information on creating or executing an advance directive, as well as notice of Samaritan's Privacy Policy. In addition, your Patient and Family Education Book details the role of each care team member, provides helpful tips on pharmacy services, home safety guidelines, information to prevent food and drug interactions, guidelines for how to manage common symptoms of advanced illness and when to call our nurse during business hours, after-hours and weekends. Please ask members of your Samaritan care team to answer any questions you may have about the information.

> Samaritan provides a wealth of information on our Resources page including:
Government agencies and senior services
Links for hospice, grief and caregiving topics
Resources by medical diagnosis
Special section for healthcare professionals

> Samaritan Hospice’s specialized programs meet the specific needs of particular groups of patients, such as:
Assisted Living and Nursing Home Care
Inpatient Hospice Care
Jewish Hospice Program
Ministry for Catholic Patients & Families
Pediatric Palliative Care
Veterans Hospice Outreach

> When a friend or family member asks “What can I do?” you can now give them an answer. Lotsa Helping Hands is a website that allows you to list specific tasks and assignments that need attention. Friends, family and fellow caregivers can sign in to the private site and volunteer for the days, times and jobs where they are able to help. You can customize the calendar to meet your family’s needs: Sit with mom from 2-4; Give Kevin a ride to soccer practice at 3:00; Make or bring a meal; etc.   

Bedside Education and Demonstration

Taking on the care of a seriously ill loved one is a labor of love. If you are a family member or friend with no medical or nursing background, you may be deeply committed to caring for your loved one at home, but wish that you had a crash course - a Caregiving 101 -  to help you feel less anxious and overwhelmed. You may be unsure about the best way to provide personal care, change sheets, understand a medication schedule or provide satisfying nutrition as your loved one's illness progresses and his/her needs change.

A new Samaritan program will provide bedside education visits by our skilled nurses to teach the caregivers of currently enrolled hospice patients safe, effective techniques — including hands-on demonstrations. Providing this knowledge will help ease many anxieties and allow caregivers to provide the loving care their family member or friend deserves.


Visit our section created specially for Caregivers (click here)