Hospice is a concept of caring for terminally ill people of all ages when the patient’s disease can no longer be reversed or cured. Patients must have a life expectancy measured in months or weeks. The patient and his family are considered the unit of care. The patient receives medical care and relief from pain. Both patient and family receive psychological, social, and spiritual treatment and support before the patient’s death, and family members continue to receive help after the death of a loved one. Doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy, pharmacists, dieticians, and trained volunteers usually comprise the treatment team.

Places for providing hospice care are varied. A hospice building may be available, but usually it is a special service provided in a general hospital setting or in the patient’s home. While a physician usually makes the referral for hospice care, it can also be requested by the family, friends, clergy, health professionals, or the patient.

Medicare hospital insurance (Part A) can help pay for hospice care under the following conditions:

  1. Doctor certifies that the patient is terminally ill;
  2. Patient chooses to receive care from hospice;
  3. Care is provided by a Medicare-certified hospice program.

The following Medicare-certified hospice programs serve residents of Nassau County.

Calvary Hospital Hospice  
1740 Eastchester Road  
Bronx, NY 10461  
www.calvaryhospital.org 1-718-518-2465
Good Shepherd Hospice  
110 Bi-County Blvd, Suite 114  
Farmingdale, NY 11735  
http://goodshepherdhospice.chsli.org 1-631-465-6300
Hospice Care Network  
14 Shore Lane  
Bay Shore, NY 11706 1-631-666-6863
Hospice Care Network  
99 Sunnyside Boulevard  
Woodbury, NY 11797  
www.hospicecarenetwork.org (516) 832-7100
Hospice of New York  
45-18 Court Square  
Suite 500  
Long Island City, NY 11101  
www.hospiceny.com 1-718-472-1999

MJHS Hospice


39 Broadway - Room 200


New York, NY 10006-3039



1-212- 649-5555
Metropolitan Jewish Hospice  
6323 7th Avenue #3  
Brooklyn, NY 11220
www.metropolitan.org 1-718-921-7900
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation  
Comprehensive Community Hospice Program  
1 Delaware Drive  
Lake Success, NY 11042  
www.parkerinstitute.org/hospice.html (516) 586-1575


Friends of Hospice (516) 627-6376

This advocacy organization provides information and educational materials about hospice, palliative care and bereavement services.