Het Joods Hospice Immanuel
Jewish Hospice Immanuel is a place for people to spend their final weeks and to die amid safe and familiar surroundings.
Jewish Hospice Immanuel is situated in a new building, complete with a garden and veranda, in Amsterdam Buitenveldert. The hospice opened its doors in May 2007.
Jewish Hospice Immanuel, which accommodates up to six terminally ill individuals, is the first Jewish hospice in Europe.
Ensuring the best possible quality of life is of primary importance in the hospice.
Traditional Jewish practices are observed in the common areas of the hospice. In their own room the guests are free to live in the manner in which they are accustomed to living at home.
In the event that the primary care physician is unable to supervise the medical care, for example because their practice is too far away from the hospice, the hospice physician (who is specialized in palliative care) will be responsible for the guest’s medical care.
Guests receive assistance from home care workers (most of the time nurses) several times a day.
At night a nurse is on duty continuously. Both guests and their family members receive support from the home care workers, as well as from a well-trained team of volunteers.
The Jewish Hospice Immanuel is part of the regional network for palliative care and is affiliated with Volunteers Palliative Terminal Care of the Netherlands (VPTZ).