Hospice is a supportive program for people of all ages with an advanced illness that is life limiting.
Through the years Hospice has expanded to serve not only patients with cancer, but patients with other diagnoses such as end stage Heart Disease, end stage Lung Disease, Liver Disease, end stage Alzheimer’s, end stage renal, AIDS, and Neurological disease. Hospice can also provide services for patients who have required multiple hospitalizations in the past year and no longer wish to be hospitalized for their medical care. At Hospice of Central New York, we served more than 1,000 patients and their families a year.
Mostly, Hospice services are provided in a patient or family home allowing the patient to die surrounded by all that is loved; family, friends, favorite books, music, pets.
Hospice services are provided in a patient’s or family’s home allowing the patient to be cared for while being surrounded by all that is loved; family, friends, favorite books, music, pets.
Hospice services are also available in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities, such as Francis House.
Hospice services are available through Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. No one is ever turned away for inability to pay
A physician referral is needed but inquiries about hospice care may be made by anyone such as a family member, a friend, or the patient.
In Hospice care, the focus of the patient’s care is to promote the patient’s comfort and provide support to the patient’s caregivers. Hospice professionals are known for their expertise in pain and symptom management at end of life. Hospice social workers and grief counselors offer the patient’s family and therapies to aid family/friends during this highly stressful time.
After the death of a loved one, family and friends are entitled under the Hospice benefit to 13 months of Bereavement care through the Hospice Grief Center. These highly trained counselors know the challenges of shouldering grief and have the tools to lighten the load.
Above all, Hospice is about making these last months of life the best they can be…offering hope for comfort when care is no longer feasible. It’s about taking time to be together, sharing memories and saying the things you always wanted to say.