What is Hospice Care?

True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.
                                            Daniel Goleman

“What does Hospice do?” Simply put…Hospice is in the business of compassion. One of the main tenets of Hospice is relief of pain and debilitating symptoms. Our objective is to make life bearable so patients can pursue what they love in their final months of life. Sometimes that can be easily achieved, many times it’s much harder. Hospice of Central New York has a pretty good report card. Surveys conducted with families following a patients death indicate that about 98% of them would recommend our services to others.

Many times the problems facing patients and families are more than skin deep. We have social workers, chaplains and bereavement counselors that can help patients cope with problems associated with stress, death, loss and spiritual anguish. A terminal diagnosis no matter how anticipated throws a family into crisis. Hospice hopes to relieve the chaos with the help of healthcare professionals who know the hurdles and challenges. Our Patient Care teams design a healthcare plan specifically for each patient.

There are tools to our trade: medications, therapies, programs and services that Hospice uses to accomplish the goals our patients and their families want to achieve at end-of-life. It’s through this “compassionate” care that we can make the last few months of a loved-ones life more than it can be.