Hospice care centers around a holistic approach addressing the needs of the patient and extends services to include family members and caregivers, typically within the last six months of a patient’s life. Patient care staff includes a team of doctors, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, home health aides, social workers, bereavement counselors, physical therapists, spiritual care advisors and trained volunteers. Hospice care is a benefit covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. Generous community donations support additional care that improves quality of life, but is not completely covered by insurance. No one is denied care due to inability to pay. While most patients served prefer to remain in their home, care is also provided by Hospice staff in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities throughout St. Lawrence County. Since its inception, Hospice has focused on bringing care to patients and families, no matter their location. Under the care of Hospice, the needs of the patient, caregiver and family unit are addressed as they navigate life with a serious illness.
What can you expect while on service?
- Visits from staff to assess the patient’s condition and changing needs
- Management of pain and other difficult symptoms
- Assistance with bathing, personal grooming and other needs
- Medications, equipment and supplies to keep the patient comfortable
- Assistance from social workers and spiritual care staff to address the emotional needs of the patient and family
- Case management services to link families with additional programs and services
- Education and support for the family and caregiver
- Support for those left behind