Hospice and Palliative Care

Dedicated to Dr. Matthew S. Shwartz in recognition of his support and dedication to our organization.

Confronting a life limiting illness is one of the most difficult situations of all. At Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care, we consider it an honor and a privilege to care for our clients and their families each and every step of the way.

Throughout the end-of-life journey, our hospice team is dedicated to providing compassionate care while helping you or a loved one and family find the support, services, and resources you need. Serving the Greater Boston community, we focus on the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals and families.
Contact us at 617-889-0779 to learn more.


What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?

While both palliative care and hospice care offer comfort, palliative care can begin with a diagnosis and, if warranted, treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and all options have been explored. Hospice care and palliative care address an individual’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Hospice care can help with such daily activities as administering medications, bathing, and dressing.

What does the hospice admission process involve?

One of the first things the hospice program will do is contact the person’s physician to make sure he or she agrees that hospice care is appropriate for the patient. The client will be asked to sign consent and insurance forms. These are similar to the forms patients sign when they enter a hospital.

Why do individuals and families choose hospice care?

For seriously ill individuals, hospice and palliative care is a way to receive the most appropriate and compassionate care. It can help improve the quality of life, bringing a measure of comfort to all involved.

Does insurance pay for hospice care?

Chelsea Jewish Lifecare accepts Medicare and Medicaid as well as many third-party private insurance plans. Call our Admissions Department at 617-889-0779 to discuss your coverage. We can guide you through the process, making it as easy as possible.

A Special Way of Caring

Founding Principles

Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care was inspired by the compassionate caregiving of podiatrist Dr. Matthew S. Shwartz. For over two decades, Dr. Shwartz dedicated his medical expertise to serving each individual with kind and compassionate care.

Legacy of Compassionate Care

At Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care, proper healthcare means one simple thing: providing the best services for clients through the implementation of quality care combined with a strong sense of understanding, kindness and respect. Today, Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care Hospice endeavors to emulate Dr. Shwartz’s teachings and philosophy of care.

From Our Family to Yours

Specialized Services

Our expert staff focuses upon the following services: Skilled nursing, home health aide assistance, volunteer services, social and spiritual work, counseling referrals, spiritual care services, music therapy, and alternative therapies. We provide services in in Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop, Everett and East Boston as well as on Chelsea Jewish Lifecare’s Chelsea campus (two locations) and Peabody camp


“The Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care was extremely supportive, informative, and highly responsive at all times. I recommend them highly.”

Son of a Patient

“Calling your agency was the best call I ever made.”

Daughter of a Patient

“It would have been much more difficult for our family to lose our mother if it had not been for these wonderful women at Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care. They truly are angels.”

Daughter of a Patient

“Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care was incredibly helpful to me both during and after my husband’s death. Their presence allowed me to grieve and heal faster.”

Spouse of a Patient

“Thank you for everything you did for my son to help him have wonderful care and to ensure that he was able to accomplish some of his dreams before passing. Your compassion is unforgettable.”

Parent of a Patient

“My sincerest gratitude is extended to the speech therapists, physical therapists and entire rehab team who had my mother walking and working more in two weeks than she has in the last year. And to the nurses, your kindness and care were exemplary. Even the dietician helped make my mother’s stay delectable. Yes, it does take a village and Chelsea Jewish is an exceptional one.”

Child of a Patient