At David's Path, Schoellkopf Health Center and Niagara Hospice have collaborated to provide specialized services dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of seriously ill individuals requiring both 24-hour skilled nursing care and the unique services that only Niagara Hospice can provide. Residents benefit from the combined care that focuses on providing relief from pain and other symptoms, as well as the stress of a serious illness. Improving the quality of life for both the resident and the family is our goal.

Hospice care brings many advantages to residents nearing the end of life. They are more comfortable, enjoy a higher quality of life and often live longer as a result of the specialized services they receive. David's Path includes ten private dedicated rooms for residents in need of hospice care. The newly renovated wing at Schoellkopf that houses the hospice unit is located on the second floor. Residents there receive specialized hospice services from combined Schoellkopf and Niagara Hospice staff that include physicians, pharmacists, nurses, medical social workers and spiritual care providers as well as massage and  music therapists, support staff, volunteers and bereavement counselors.

Hospice Services

  • Increased nursing and social work visits
  • Consultations with specialists in pain and symptom management
  • Spiritual care visits
  • Massage & Music therapy
  • Activities programs
  • Pet visits
  • Video visits with out-of-town family and friends
  • Legacy Audio Recordings
  • Hospice volunteer visits and other services
  • Vigil services
  • Grief support for family members and facility staff

Several studies have found that people with serious, incurable illness who choose hospice care live longer and with better quality of life than those who do not elect the hospice care benefit that is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance.

In most cases, hospice services are covered by Medicare. Fees associated with room and board and/or services provided for care of the resident's unrelated terminal diagnosis will be charged.

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Hospice care is appropriate for individuals when the prognosis is approximately six months or less to live if the disease were to run its normal course. Patients who live longer than six months can often continue on hospice. For more information about David's Path or to schedule a tour, call Schoellkopf Health Center at 278-4578. For more information about hospice care, call Niagara Hospice at 439-4417.

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