"The people we dealt with were wonderful and helped my mother die at home which was our family's wish for her."
Hospice works with the patient and family to help alleviate the emotional stress that can be experienced during this very difficult time. This is done through:
- Social workers who provide individual and/or family counseling, as well as supportive health teaching
- Professionally facilitated support groups that are available to family members and friends
- Patient advocacy and helping to facilitate goals
- Assistance navigating paper work involved with insurance information and future planning
Our number one goal is to make this stage of a patient's life, and that of their loved ones, better than if we weren't there - to act as a guide for their final journey. We find that most people can do what needs to be done if they know they won't have to do it alone.
Niagara Hospice continues to serve family members after the loss of their loved one. Our goal is to be there for those who are left behind as they move through the grieving process. Our counselors are trained to do this through supportive visits, phone calls, support groups, memorial events, and mailings.
Bereavement support services begin after the death of a loved one and continue for a period of thirteen months. Additionally, Niagara Hospice provides bereavement care to address the special needs of children. (Camp Hope.)