Qualified Hospice Patients Can Stay at Hospice Residence at No Cost; Short-Term Stays Provide Respite Relief for Caregivers Who Need a Break or Will Be Away

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care offers respite services for caregivers of loved ones who require hospice care. Respite stays at the Center for Hope’s unique facilities are available to qualified individuals at no cost due to recent changes in the Medicare benefit.

Respite offers caregivers time off for a few days to attend to tasks, appointments or engagements that they otherwise could not have done due to the daily care they need to provide. This barrier of responsibility is replaced by professional around-the-clock care with short-term stays for the terminally ill at the Center’s facilities in Elizabeth and Scotch Plains.

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These stays of three to five days in one of the Center’s private suites are completely covered by the Medicare hospice benefit. Similar and longer-term stays for those not covered by the benefit can be arranged at the Center’s prevailing rates.

“Through this respite program, caregivers who need a break or who will be unavailable in order to attend to other matters need not worry about who will take care of their loved ones during that time,” said Frank Brady, president of the Center for Hope. “Patients will be looked after by our team, enjoy visits from volunteers, and be in comfortable, home-like surroundings.”

The Center for Hope Hospice provides in-patient hospice and palliative care in Scotch Plains and Elizabeth, as well as hospice care for the terminally ill where they reside in Union County and surrounding areas. For more information, call (908) 889-7780 or visit www.cfhh.org.

Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care (Center for Hope) is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides terminally ill patients with hospice care, and their families or loved ones with physical, emotional, and spiritual support during their time of need. The Center actively supports the individual's right to live out the remainder of their life with dignity and in comfort, surrounded by the love of family and friends, and eased from the burdens of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial or social distress.​

Center for Hope welcomes all terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones without concern for race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or ability to pay. It also offers pain and symptom management for chronically ill and seriously ill patients through its palliative care program. Center for Hope operates two facilities in Scotch Plains and Elizabeth; the latter provides nearly $3.5 million a year in charity care. For more information, visit www.cfhh.org.

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