The Vi and Milton Weinstein Hospice reflects the traditional Jewish concern for the dignity and uniqueness of each human life. Our mission is to provide comfort and the highest quality of care to individuals confronting life limiting illnesses by offering them and their families spiritual, emotional and physical support.
The goal is to provide comfort and care, not cure...Who We Are
Weinstein Hospice is a not-for-profit organization offering a comprehensive array of services for adults who wish to manage their end-of-life health care needs in their homes. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals and trained volunteers are dedicated to alleviating pain and managing symptoms that interfere with the quality of living.
Atlanta is one of very few communities to have a home-based not-for-profit Jewish hospice. Since 1999, Weinstein Hospice has served over 1,300 families in our community with individualized homecare so patients can be among the people and things they love.
Why A Jewish Hospice?
Federal law requires all hospices to provide the same set of services. How then, does one identify the qualitative differences between hospices, and why would one want a Jewish Hospice?
Weinstein Hospice is a small, not-for-profit organization whose entire 20 person staff has the privilege of becoming familiar with each of the approximately 30+ patients and families we care for on any given day. This very low staff to patient ratio has a profound impact on the amount of time and individual attention we give to our patients. Our non-profit status enables us to keep our caseload small and serve families other hospices would turn away.
As a Jewish Hospice, we possess a built-in recognition of the cultural nuances, collective histories, and sensibilities many Jewish people share. We know the Jewish calendar, traditions, and rituals, and have Russian and Hebrew-speaking staff. While we have no preference, agenda, or beliefs about any particular Jewish practice or lack thereof, we appreciate that secular and non-secular Jews have often sought out Jewish-identified community, providers, and businesses. We believe that end-of-life care should include that same cultural comfort zone and institutional support.
Every hospice will provide the required hospice services and Weinstein Hospice cares for people of all races, religions, and sexual preferences. Jewish families, however, can benefit from and be comforted by the unspoken familiarity and understanding afforded by a Hospice that was created by and for Atlanta’s Jewish Community. We value our privilege to serve this community by(caring for the sick) bikkur cholim, (bringing comfort to the bereaved) nichum avelim, and (celebrating life) l’chaim.
What We Offer
- Physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to each patient and family
- Individualized service within the context of Jewish traditions and values
- Bereavement support for families following the death of their loved ones
- Coordinated care among staff, volunteers, patients and families
- Staff availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- A collaborative partnership in care
Services will be provided where patient resides, whether in their own home, apartment, assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility.
The Hospice Team Includes...
- The patient's attending physician who remains responsible for medical decisions
- The Hospice Medical Director who offers medical consultation for symptom control
- The Hospice Director who manages staff and daily program operations
- Registered nurses who provide symptom control and manage the patient's medical needs
- Certified nursing assistants who provide personal care
- Social workers who provide emotional and family support including counseling, financial guidance and access to community resources
- Bereavement counselors who provide support for 13 months following the death of a loved one
- Compassionate trained volunteers who provide companionship, practical assistance and respite to caregivers
- A chaplain who is available to provide spiritual support
- Other consultants as needed
Referrals may come from any source. The patient’s physician must approve and sign the hospice admission. Acceptance into hospice is based on the patient’s medical eligibility and the understanding, desire and need of the patient/family for hospice care as reviewed and determined by the hospice admission team.
In the event Weinstein Hospice does not best meet the patient’s need, referral to the appropriate agency will be suggested.
For more information, please call 404.352.4308 or visit our Referrals & Admissions page.
Medicare and most private insurance plans have a hospice benefit. However, we will provide care regardless of ability to pay.
The Vi and Milton Weinstein Hospice, Inc. cares for individuals regardless of age, sex, religion, race, national origin, mental or physical disability. We are a not-for-profit organization. All financial contributions are applied in full to provide patient care. We are affiliated with The William Breman Jewish Home, a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.