About Hospice

The term "hospice" dates back to medieval times when it referred to a place to rest for weary or ill travelers. Today, hospice care is about increasing an individual's quality of life by providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families as they face the challenges associated with a life-limiting illness. The focus of care is on pain management or palliative care.

The Center for Hope, along with its team of qualified professionals, is ready to assist you as your needs change. Below are some questions we find are asked most frequently. Call us today at (908) 889-7780...and let us answer any other questions you may have.


When is an individual ready for hospice care?

When all active treatment is complete and an individual is facing the challenges of a life-limited illness.

What services does hospice provide?

Medical services, skilled nursing, home health aide services, social workers, spiritual support, volunteer services and bereavement support.

How does hospice philosophy differ from standard medical proactive?

Hospice is about an individual's right to choose how they wish to be cared for in the final phase of their life. Hospice believes that all persons have the right to live in dignity and free from pain until the natural event of death occurs.

What area does the Center For Hope Hospice & Palliative Care serve?

Union County and neighboring communities of Morris, Essex, Somerset, Middlesex and Hudson counties are the primary areas served by the Center For Hope Hospice & Palliative Care.

Where do I go for a referral?

Your physician, a community agency, friend, or relative may refer you or your loved ones to the Center For Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, or you may call the office yourself. Our number is (908) 889-7780. A member of our staff is available to answer your questions.

What are the criteria for admission?

Criteria for admission include:

  • The patient and family understanding and agreeing with the hospice concept of "palliative" versus "curative" care.
  • The patient's diagnosis being consistent with a life-limiting illness.
  • The attending physician's finding the patient appropriate for hospice and agreeing to work with our hospice team.

For additional information about admission, please call (908) 889-7780.

How is the Center For Hope Hospice & Palliative Care paid for its services?

Hospice care is provided based upon your need. Many of our services are covered under the home health benefits of your insurance policy. The Center For Hope Hospice & Palliative Care receives reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurance and many HMO's. No patient is ever denied Hospice service because of inability to pay.

How are services paid for that are not reimbursed by insurance?

Memorial contributions and charitable donations provide partial coverage of services provided without reimbursement.

How do I make a donation?

Donations can be made either by check or credit card (Master Card or Visa). Please send checks to the Center For Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. If you would like to make donation by credit card, please click here.

How do I obtain a copy of the Center's HIPAA Policy?

Patient privacy is something we take very seriously. To view a copy of our HIPAA policy, please click here.