Villa Marie Claire, Holy Name Medical Centers residential hospice in Saddle River, N.J., has received reaccreditation by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice, the national accrediting organization for hospice programs that care for the Jewish terminally ill.
Accreditation provides Villa Marie Claire with materials, support and assistance from NIJH, which was founded by Rabbi Maurice Lamm, noted authority on Jewish observances related to dying and bereavement, in 1985 to help alleviate suffering in serious and terminal illness, according to a news release.
Accreditation provides the nurse with knowledge of the Jewish faith regarding medical ethics and end-of-life care, as well as important information regarding expectations of Jewish family members, Lauren Van Saders, APN-C, RN, administrative director of post-acute services at Villa Marie Claire, said in the release. Accreditation teaches the nurse common Jewish practices and holidays that are important to patients of the Jewish faith and helps connect the nurse with the patient even if the nurse is of a different religion. The accreditation also provides guidance regarding the Jewish patient and appropriate practices at the time of death, enabling the nurse to be sensitive to the needs of the patient and family during all phases of care.
Villa Marie Claire staff members joined representatives from hospice programs across the country in November 2014 at the NIJH annual Accreditation and Training Conference. The staff members included Clinical Supervisor Julie McGaffin, RN, Liaison Tracey Arnauer, Social Worker Michelle Gardiner and Community Social Worker Sandra Guzman.
Attendees participated in sessions focusing on Jewish Medical Ethics End-of-Life Care; Understanding the Jewish Home; Getting the Most Out of Jewish Hospice Caregivers, Families, Patients; and Giving Dignity Until the Soul Reaches Heaven; as well as workshops related to observances of Jewish life, customs and laws.