Hospice care is compassionate, comfort care for patients at the end of life. Our medical doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, therapists and volunteers provide home-based care and assistance that empower the patient, caregiver and family to have the fullest and most meaningful end-of-life experience.
When a new patient comes to us, an interview with our medical and social work staff establishes a care plan that meets the patient and family’s unique goals and circumstances. Hospice staff, volunteers and community resources are configured to provide patient comfort, ease care-giver responsibilities and guide the family through the many details that arise.
Most often hospice care is provided at the patient’s home where they are most comfortable. When circumstances dictate, hospice care can be provided in a hospital or nursing home.
Hospice services are fully paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurers. A medical opinion that the patient has 6 months or less to live is required from the patient’s primary care or specialized physician. This does not mean that our care is limited to 6 months; with proper approval, coverage can be extended based on changing patient prognosis.
To an overwhelming degree, patients and families we serve say that they waited too long before calling us. Many patients thrive under our timely and loving care. This is because hospice care is not a last resort, but a last earthly reward. It allows families to step back from the complexities of legal, insurance and other matters and focus on a bucket list and creating more memories.
Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care is the only Medicare-certified hospice provider in Chautauqua County. No other healthcare provider can provide the gold standard Medicare hospice benefit in Chautauqua County.
If you or a loved one is in the late stages of life, please speak with us about the services we offer.