Caring for a terminally ill loved one presents many challenges. When families seek comfort and symptom management during end-of-life care, they can always turn to Niagara Hospice.
Niagara Hospice staff and volunteers don’t want to see families and caregivers struggling to manage the daily care of their loved one. We are ready to support your needs at any time to help keep patients comfortable at home.
The hospice care teams provides specialized care, personalized support and comprehensive guidance to patients, families and caregivers. Families benefit from extensive support from our dedicated, compassionate team of doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors and aides. They work with family physicians to alleviate pain, symptoms and caregiver stress. Our goal is to admit patients earlier in the illness process to provide care, comfort and quality of life. Patients and families receive the full attention of our team that manages symptoms and eases pain.
Our cross-disciplinary care team helps keep Niagara County residents with late-stage illnesses comfortable wherever home is. Care and support services are provided in patients’ and caregivers’ homes, our partner facilities and contracted facilities in Niagara County. You can see the list of locations here.
Each year, we care for more than 750 patients who are faced with a prognosis of six months or less; and we can provide services for up to 12 months for strictly Medicaid recipients. We care for many different late-stage diagnoses, including the following:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Renal disease
There are numerous symptoms, or “triggers,” that can lead to an evaluation for hospice care eligibility. Common signs that can prompt a call to a Niagara Hospice admissions nurse are:
- Frequent falls or infections
- Frequent hospitalizations or emergency room visits
- Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Requiring more assistance with daily living activities
Hospice is a benefit every patient deserves. No one is denied access to care due to ability to pay. If you have a loved one with a terminal illness, contact us sooner so our care team can come to you and help maximize quality of life. We take great pride in delivering expert, compassionate care and personalized support so that there are never any regrets.
Most referrals start with a call from family members. Anyone from a relative to health care provider or patients themselves, can refer a patient by calling our admissions nurses at 439-4417 or filling out a form at NiagaraHospice.org. When we receive a referral, our nurses respond promptly to set up an evaluation and determine eligibility. Even if a patient is not eligible, we can refer to other community resources and will continue to follow up with the family.