Mission: Samaritan is the preeminent provider of hospice and palliative (comfort) care, grief support, education, advocacy, and other life-enhancing services. We provide unparalleled services with respect, dignity and compassion for all people affected by serious, progressive illness or grief, contributing to the health and well-being of our patients, their families and our community. Guided by a deep sense of commitment and the ethic of human service, we provide care that is both life-giving and live-receiving through the incorporation of the philosophy, art and science of caring. Samaritan is an independent not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization serving people in atlantic, burlington, camden, gloucester and mercer counties who are coping with serious illness or grief.
Programs: Home/community care - people confronting a serious progressive illness are often plunged into unfamiliar, confusing and stressful situations. Spouses, adult children, and other caregivers are suddenly faced with medical decisions and financial and legal responsibilities for which they are often untrained and unprepared. These stresses can deprive them of the one thing they need most: time together. Samaritan home/community hospice care helps people find the time they need to focus on what's most important at this stage of life: the friends and family they want to be with, the feelings they want to share, and the words they need to say. The goal of samaritan's care is not to cure the disease, but to control its effects so that patients can spend their last days with dignity in the place where they live (home, assisted living or nursing home) and remain as comfortable, alert and pain-free as possible. Considered the compassionate model for people facing life-limiting illness or injury, the hospice philosophy offers a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to each patient's and family's needs and family needs and wishes.
inpatient - the samaritan inpatient hospice center provides the comfort of short-term continuous samaritan care in a home-like setting for paitents whose pain, symptoms and special needs require a more acute level of hospice care than is recommended within the home. While in the inpatient center, you and your loved one will receive from samaritan staff the same services that you would in a home setting - plus the more acute 24-hour care your loved one now requires. The center's welcoming environment encourages families and friends to feel "at home" while spending quality time - whenever and for as long as they wish. Family members of all ages may visit 24 hours a day; family pets are welcome by appointment. A sleeper recliner in each bedroom allows a family member to spend the night at bedside comfortably.
as stated in samaritan's mission summary and our respective exempt purpose achievements, an important part of our comprehensive service to our community is the compassionate support for the grief that our patients and families experience. Samaritan provides such support on a regular basis through its center for grief support, where we provide bereavement, counseling, crisis intervention/debriefing, support groups and community outreach programs - all offering hope for tomorrow for those grieving today. Samaritan similarly serves the community through its transitions program, which serves community members who are coping with life-changes caused by their advanced illness but who are not yet ready for hospice care.
My father Angelo Caruso - was dignosed with advanced dementia in 2002 and he lived to age 92. In 1997 he went to live in an assisted living home in Pennsauken, NJ called 'The Fountains'. I was unable to visit him on the weekdays but my role as a daughter was covered by the care of his visitor from Samaritan Hospice. The man who visited with my Dad in the last months of my Dad's life would talk with him about old times in the Italian neighborhoods which my father knew well. At the end of his life, my father grew unresponsive but the man from Samaritan Hospice sat with him and spoke with him anyway. I can't ever thank Samaritan Hospice and their visitor enough for covering for me while I was at work to earn a living. Thanks! Carol Caruso Caruthers