Care Options

Resources for Patients & Family Caregivers

Goals of Care Coalition of NJ strives to bring patients & family caregivers resources and information on care options.

Hospice involves a team of professionals to care for, guide and support terminally ill patients. Hospice can be provided at home or in a nursing facility and may be considered when a person has a life expectancy of six months or less.

Hospice provides supportive services to patients and their loved ones by addressing a patient’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs in addition to assisting loved ones throughout this time. Hospice is specifically for those with 6 months or less of life.

A memory care center is a specific type of long-term care facility designed to meet the particular needs of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other types of memory problems.

A long-term care facility provides care to help with a persons tasks of everyday life (bathing, dressing, using the bathroom), but not more involved medical care. A skilled nursing facility is also a residential setting but also can provide a higher level of medical care.

Assisted living facilities offer housing options for older adults who need help with daily activities (dressing, bathing, eating, using the bathroom) but do not require the medical and nursing care provided in nursing homes.

The Visiting Nurse Association Health Group provides care at home and collaborates with healthcare providers and family to help patients maintain their independence as much as possible.

The goal behind home care is to support an individual so he or she can remain at home. Home care services also benefit loved ones by ensuring a loved one is in good hands while receiving quality care.

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4Step iCare Plan

An Individualized End of Life Care Plan

Our 4Step iCare Plan is a simple, 4-step approach that helps patients, families, and healthcare providers navigate through challenging medical decisions.
Learn more with our video series and helpful tools


A NJ POLST form will inform your healthcare providers about the types of medical treatment you’d like to receive.
Watch our video series about the NJ POLST
Learn more and download a NJ POLST form

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GOCC Resources:

NJ POLST Form Videos and Documents
NJ POLST Form Videos and Documents