Gilchrist has created a comprehensive Jewish Hospice Program, in an effort to enhance our Jewish families’ experience. Through the program, individuals receive care and services that are sensitive to the rich tapestry of customs, rituals and laws around which they have built meaningful and fulfilling lives.
What is the Jewish Hospice Program?
Gilchrist’s Jewish Hospice includes all of the components of our hospice care, plus enhancements to ensure that our care of individuals and families is compatible with their religious and cultural beliefs. Each family’s care team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors or rabbis, certified hospice aides and volunteers. Each of these team members has received special training in Jewish customs, rituals and practices. They are also trained in health care decision-making issues that may arise due to concerns with following Jewish law.
Enhancements for Jewish Hospice:
- A program manager with deep roots in the Jewish community and understanding of Jewish law and customs
- Newly constructed space, including a Jewish chapel and family area, at Gilchrist Center Towson
- Oversight by a specially selected advisory committee that includes community members and volunteers invested in the program’s success, as well as specially selected Gilchrist staff
- Grief services, including one-on-one counseling and support groups, offered both through Gilchrist and through a collaboration with Jewish Community Services, an agency of The Associated
How Can Gilchrist Help?
The realization that an illness or condition cannot be cured and that the remaining time is limited often causes great confusion and anxiety. The new reality is often emotionally painful and fraught with questions and concerns about what the last months, weeks and days will look like. At Gilchrist, we are committed to:
- Educating families about the realities of the illness and guiding them through decision-making
- Ensuring that individuals are comfortable and their care wants and needs are met
- Supporting caregivers
- Shouldering some of the burden of care, so families are able to spend quality time just being a family