Expert care and personalized support from the specialists in symptom management and comfort for end-of-life situations.

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Niagara Hospice began its grassroots movement in 1980 when the Reverend Robert Cook of the Town of Tonawanda gathered a group of concerned citizens, including co-founder and current Niagara Hospice board member Patricia Evans, to discuss the feasibility of developing a hospice program for Niagara County.

As a result of that first meeting the first board of directors was formed in 1984 and the organization became incorporated as an Educational Association. In 1986 a Certificate of Need was presented to the New York State Department of Health by then board president Patricia Evans and in June 1988, Niagara Hospice, Inc. was licensed to serve its first home care patients. 

Since then, Niagara Hospice has been privileged to serve more than 25,000 Niagara County residents and their families. Thanks to a dedicated and hard-working staff, volunteer corps and partners in care, Niagara Hospice has evolved to meet the increasing needs of the seriously ill and their families.

Niagara Hospice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving all of Niagara County, New York. We are the only ACHC (Accreditation Commission for Health Care) accredited hospice in Western New York.

Hospice care is appropriate for people with any advanced stage illness, not just cancer, where the prognosis is a life expectancy of approximately 6 months or less - if the illness were to run its normal course. Some patients receive hospice care beyond 6 months. In fact, studies show that people with end-of-life illnesses who choose hospice care often live longer than patients who do not elect hospice services.*

How Niagara County residents benefit when they call Niagara Hospice:

1. We care for patients, families and caregivers in Niagara County faced with any type of illness prognosis of 6 months or less; or up to 12 months for strictly Medicaid recipients.

2. Our goal is to admit patients earlier in the illness process to provide care, comfort and quality of life. We want to maximize the time left for the whole family by addressing physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

3. Our services are provided in patients’ and caregivers’ homes, our partner facilities and contracted facilities in Niagara County.

4. Anyone, including a family member, relative, friend, health care provider or patients themselves, can refer a patient for an evaluation of eligibility. 

5. Once someone calls with a referral, we will respond that date with an evaluation for eligibility. Even if a patient is not eligible, we can refer to other community resources and will continue to follow up with the family.

The hospice team consists of:  


  • Physicians

  • Clinical Pharmacists

  • Nurses 

  • Medical Social Workers

  • Spiritual Care Coordinators

  • Massage Therapists 

  • Hospice Aides

  • Homemakers

  • Trained Volunteers

  • Allied Therapists and Support Staff

  • Bereavement Counselors

  • Pet Peace of Mind

* Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2007;33:238-246 

Hospice programs serving WNY

Niagara Hospice's dedication to providing the highest level of care is recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). The ACHC has awarded Niagara Hospice with its accreditation for hospice care for demonstrating a commitment to providing quality care and services to consumers through compliance with ACHC's nationally recognized standards for accreditation. Niagara Hospice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by New York State and the Internal Revenue Service.

Hope and Hospice

Hospice gives hope for comfort when a cure is no longer feasible; hope that a secure, familiar care setting can be enjoyed; hope for personal dignity and freedom from unwanted procedures. Additionally, Hospice gives hope that the family will be nurtured and supported, even after the death of their loved one. Many of our families have told us that choosing Hospice allowed them more time to be together.

"There are no words that I can say to thank each and everyone at Hospice. You gave me not only peace of mind, you gave my heart peace. I was able to be a daughter to my father and not a caregiver before his death. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." 

Every family's situation is unique. You do not have to face this illness alone - we are only a phone call away. When medical science can't add more days to life, Hospice adds more life to every day.

Let our family help yours.

Call today at 716-HOSPICE or (716) 439-4417.



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