Hospice is end-of-life care. We provide comfort and support for those with life-limiting illnesses, and for their families, by attending to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our team of professionals includes doctors, nurses’ aides, social workers, chaplains, volunteers and grief counselors who empower and educate families during this time. We coordinate care between team members and family members to best meet patients’ and families’ needs.
We are privileged to serve patients in many settings: their own homes, the Siegenthaler Center, nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and many other places people consider home. Your hospice team comes to you no matter where you are in Oneida, Herkimer and eastern Madison counties.
Care is provided for anyone who has a life expectancy of six months or less, based on their physician’s best judgment. This includes, but is not limited to, Alzheimer’s, heart and liver diseases, cancer, COPD, ALS, Parkinson’s and other conditions related to aging and end of life.
Some people live longer than their original prognosis once their pain and symptoms are under control. We continue to provide the same care for you as long as you meet the criteria for hospice services.
Our nurses specialize in pain control and symptom management and will promptly address your concerns to meet your unique needs.
Our care and services are available to anyone who needs them, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. Hospice services, including medical equipment and medication related to your diagnosis, are covered under the Medicare and Medicaid Hospice Benefits. Most private insurance plans also offer a hospice benefit.
We can visit with you to determine if hospice care will benefit you. If the time is right for hospice services, we can contact your doctor. However, you should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with your doctor, other health care professionals, clergy, or loved ones. Anyone can call hospice for information or make a referral.
Yes, you and your family are in charge of your care.
Many people, especially if they are receiving hospice care early in their illness, are able to continue to live independently. However, as your illness progresses, you may need more assistance. We will help you identify a plan to get the help you need.