The Denver Hospice is Accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice.

Carolyn Jaffe, an oncology nurse, founded The Denver Hospice. Carolyn believed in a denominational approach to hospice care and was passionate about ensuring exceptional end-of-life care for all in our community. That passion continues today, reflected in our accreditation by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH). NIJH serves as a resource and educational center to support issues and challenges of serving the Jewish terminally ill. Their accreditation is an honor accorded only a select few care providers in the nation, and we are the first hospice in Colorado so recognized and the only along the front range.

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

NIJH accreditation speaks to the quality of care we provide those who are Jewish in our community. Our attention to the special requirements that will ensure end-of-life care abides by Jewish traditions and the wishes of Jewish individuals and their families in our hospice is critically important to all of us. Our staff is trained, aware and sensitive to the traditions that make Judaism unique and special.

In addition to our trained staff, we have existing relationships with the area’s congregational rabbis and other spiritual leaders in the Jewish community to meet the needs of their congregants. Additionally, The Denver Hospice has two ordained rabbis, Rabbi Sara Gilbert and Rabbi Steven Foster, on our Chaplaincy staff. The Denver Hospice supports the full range of Jewish worship from the very orthodox to the very reform. We also have a strong relationship with Shalom Park.

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