Home Alone: Hospice Program Helps Elderly Who Don't Have Resident Caregivers

From 1996 to 1999, Samaritan Hospice, located in Moorestown, N.J., started the SOLO Live Alone Program to provide in-home services to elderly patients without resident caregivers in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester and Mercer counties.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program.

Key Results

  • The program's social worker coordinated in-home services by working with the patient's own physician and an interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals to provide medical assistance, housekeeping and companionship to allow the patient to remain at home.
  • SOLO provided daily in-home care to 189 patients in its first year, 248 patients in the second year, and 138 in the third year, with a daily census of between 26 and 52 patients.