I would like to clear up some incorrect information that appeared in an article in the Dec. 18 issue of The Jewish Standard about the Jewish Community Hospice program, a newly created, joint venture between Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.
The program – open to all Bergen County residents – is run under the direction of the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s Home Health Services department. Rabbi Nathan Langer, who is on the staff of Jewish Home at Rockleigh, is certified in hospice care and works with the program’s staff to make sure that Jewish tradition and laws are understood and respected. Participants in the program can take part, if eligible, in adult medical day care, transportation in Bergen County, and a kosher meal program for homebound patients and their families. These are provided by the Jewish Home at Rockleigh.
Skilled nursing care at home is available on a part-time basis, and a 24-hour on-call service for questions will be available, as will hospice aides’ and medication services. Those patients no longer able to manage in the home setting will be able to have hospice services provided at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. In addition, Rabbi Langer will provide bereavement follow-up in the community to family members.
This program is in concert with the Jewish Home’s mission to keep seniors in their homes for as long as possible.