Hospice in Assisted Living & Nursing Facilities and Adult Homes
Niagara Hospice services are a Medicare covered benefit available to seriously
ill residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult homes. The
goal of the service is to bring comfort to residents - and peace of mind to
Click here to make a secure on-line referral to Niagara Hospice.
In addition to the individualized care
received from the nursing or adult home facility, Niagara Hospice complements that care by providing
hospice resources and services to the residents and families receiving our care.
Each resident in the hospice program has an individual plan of care, coordinated
with the nursing home's staff, developed to meet the resident's physical,
spiritual, and psychosocial needs as well as maximize their quality of life.
"Niagara Hospice has given our family great
peace of mind - knowing that mom has more visits from more people is very
Click here to see a video of families who experienced hospice care for their loved one in one of our contracted nursing homes.
With hospice care,
a resident and their family have the benefit of more visits from health care professionals such
as nurses, social workers, spiritual care coordinators, and hospice aides as well as pharmacists who work with the resident's physician to ensure comfort. Hospice
volunteers provide the resident with additional companionship and services
including pet visits, reading, vigil support and Legacy Videos.
"Our dad has enjoyed both pet and music
visits. I truly believe they have helped him communicate more when we are able
nursing and social work visits
with specialists in pain and symptom management
* Hospice Volunteer
visits and other services
and Music therapies
visits with out-of-town family and friends
* Legacy Recording coordination
support for family members - adults and children
"The grief support we received from Niagara
Hospice after mom passed was amazing. The counselors there really helped our
son cope with losing his grandma."
Collaboration with Nursing Facilities
care within a nursing facility is not a substitute to the facility's care, but
brings extra hands and hospice expertise to the resident and their loved ones. We provide specialized
care for the terminally ill to allow nursing facilities to focus on their
specialties, which include rehabilitation and geriatrics. Our staff and
volunteers bring additional help to the facility staff, the patient and the
Hospice services extend to a variety of locations throughout Niagara County. Click here for a list of our contracted Niagara County Partners in Care.
Patient Driven Care
As a resident's needs change, our hospice staff will adjust their services and visits
accordingly, regularly communicating with the facility staff. When needed the most,
residents and families find support though our Vigil Team Volunteers who provide
a comforting presence to patients who are in their final hours of life.
Families unable to be at their loved one's bedside take comfort in knowing they
are not alone.
How Care Begins
begins with a single phone call and referral from anybody - the resident's
physician, a nursing facility or adult home staff member, hospital staff member, a family
member or friend. Call 716-439-4417 for a free consultation or for more
information on services to see if hospice is the right choice for your
Click here to download a brochure.
Payment for hospice services not provided in the patient's home
is specialized care for the terminally ill. In most cases, hospice services are
covered by Medicare. Niagara Hospice maintains service care contracts with many hospitals,
nursing homes, intermediate care facilities and adult care facilities. While
the services of Niagara Hospice typically involve no expense to the patient,
each contract provider may charge fees associated with room and board and/or
services provided for care of the patient's unrelated terminal diagnosis. Each
contract and setting is unique. Medicare
and Medicaid regulations prevent hospice providers from providing care in
Patients considering hospice care should ask their respective
insurance carriers about the impact of accessing hospice either through
Medicare and Medicaid, or through private insurance. Each carrier may have
limitations of care and/or out-of-pocket expenses. Niagara Hospice personnel
will make every effort to ensure all patients are fully informed about their
options prior to making a decision about hospice care.