The Denver Hospice is the only hospice in Colorado accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospices (NIJH) to meet end-of-life needs.
We have been caring for those of the Jewish faith from our start. A Jewish oncology nurse, Carolyn Jaffe, founded us. We have been accredited by the NIJH since 2007 and are the only provider in Colorado to merit this accreditation.
As a not-for-profit, mission-based hospice, we work with patients in the manner most respectful of their religious and personal beliefs.
What advantages does this offer Jewish patients and their family?
Our NIJH accreditation – awarded and received annually – speaks both to the quality of care we provide and our attention to the special requirements of our Jewish patients and families. We are trained, aware and sensitive to the traditions that make Judaism unique and special.
NIJH works with its hospices to better understand:
- Jewish medical ethics and end-of-life care
- Jewish practices
- Jewish holidays – the what and why
- And many more Jewish focused aspects of care
What steps does The Denver Hospice take to assure appropriate care?
Our staff is sensitive to the wide range of Jewish practices and culture. Every hospice team member participates in orientation and in-service sessions that build awareness and respect. Direct caregivers participate in faith-specific classes addressing care of the body at the time of death and family support. We honor any existing relationships with your congregational Rabbis and we have Rabbis trained to support the very specific needs of end-of-life care.