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As the first hospice in the state of Massachusetts, Good Shepherd Community Hospice has provided thousands of terminally ill patients and their families with vital emotional and practical support, leading Good Shepherd to be one of the most trusted providers of compassionate hospice care in the Greater Boston area.
Massachusetts’ original not-for-profit hospice, Good Shepherd Community Hospice is dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with comfort, reassurance, and peace of mind and to helping you navigate a life-limiting illness. Good Shepherd will be there to care for you and your loved ones and will continue to offer support and deliver quality care as your needs change.
Good Shepherd is committed to providing access to skilled, comprehensive care to all people in our service area with life-limiting illnesses living in their homes, nursing homes, and in assisted living facilities, while also providing support to their families.
Our hospice team consists of caring professionals, including nurses, social workers, medical directors, spiritual care coordinators, a bereavement coordinator, a volunteer coordinator, home health aides, and dedicated community volunteers who provide medical, emotional, and spiritual support to those with a prognosis of six months or less. We are committed to each person’s right to live with dignity and die in peace.
While we are committed to ensuring no-one dies alone – or in pain, we are also committed to ensuring that no-one mourns uncomforted. Knowing that the grieving process can often be complicated and lonely, we remain connected with our clients’ families/caregivers for one year following the death of their loved ones. We also remain largely committed to providing bereavement support to all members of our community.
Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts (HFM)
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI)
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans. A sliding scale is available for people without insurance.
Core services include but are not limited to nursing, social work, medical consultation, home health aide, bereavement, spiritual care coordination, assessments, volunteer, community education (including CEU workshops) and training, support groups and speaker's bureau.
A nurse is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – to answer questions, and respond immediately to changing situations.
One of the great things that our hospice is known for is how quickly we respond to referrals. During non-business hours, our On-Call team is able to respond to referrals.
The core team includes the Hospice Medical Director, each client’s primary physician, the Hospice Nurse and Social Worker. Additional team members are available upon request including clergy persons and/or spiritual coordinators, volunteers, home health aids and other therapists as needed.
The patient, family, and caregiver(s) participate in all aspects of decision making regarding hospice care and are involved in developing the plan of care to the extent of their ability and desire to do so. Each patient's physician works in collaboration with the hospice team as needed, and as frequently as possible.
Patients have the right to discharge from hospice services at any time. If hospice services are no longer medically appropriate, the patient chooses to pursue curative treatment, or chooses to withdraw from services, he/she may revoke his/her insurance benefit at any time.
During the year following a death, bereavement services are offered to family members and loved ones. Good Shepherd also hosts an Evening of Remembrance twice a year for family members and community members and offers a wide variety of support groups.
Yes. Good Shepherd Community Hospice provides care to people living in private homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Yes. Good Shepherd works closely with the patients' physicians to ensure that we are working as a team to provide the best possible care.
"Thank you for taking good care of our family. The nurses and social worker showed so much understanding and compassion while under your care. He passed away comfortably and peacefully at home." - Family member of a patient
"We all wish to express our sincere, heartfelt appreciation to you and all the staff involved in helping us be able to keep mom at home. Without the support and caring shown by all of you, we would not have been able to honor her wishes." -Family member of a patient
"Everyone treated our dad with kindness, knowledge and respect. And, most importantly, the help and advice were provided in a timely way, which made it possible for us to make intelligent decisions in difficult and painful circumstances." - Family member of a patient
"On behalf of our mother, we would like to thank you all so very much for all the love, support and expert help we received. Everyone we encountered was supportive to our family." - Family member of a patient
"Thank you for all you did for our father. You are all amazing and compassionate! We admire your commitment to all of those patients and families who you touch every day!" - Family member
"The Good Shepherd team helped my mom to live her best life. Everyone was so caring, compassionate and knowledgeable - it was a pleasure to work with them to help her through some difficult times. They were there every step of the way to answer questions, offer comfort and advice, and care for her physically, emotionally and spiritually." - Family member of a patient
"We never could have gotten through the last month without the incredible support, kind words and guidance from Good Shepherd. You made my mom’s end of life the best it could possibly have been." - Family member
"We are very grateful for the loving care you gave to our sister. The comfort and communication you also provided us was very appreciated. Your community is very impressive and we were so relieved that you were involved and loving to her in her final days." - Family member