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Know Your Healthcare Options Before a Crisis Strikes

This year’s theme, “Know Your Options,” stresses the Importance of Advance Care Planning and talking with loved ones.

(Buffalo, New York) – November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness. In honor of this month and to raise awareness, Hospice Buffalo is lighting the Peace Bridge purple on November 1st.

“As you have known about other resources in our community for the special, tender and unforgettable times of your life – you should know about Hospice Buffalo. You should also know that the single most frequent regret we hear from the families we serve is that they come to us for care and support too late…far too late,” said Patricia Ahern, president and CEO of Hospice Buffalo. “The best time to learn about hospice and palliative care is before you are facing a medical crisis.”

Hospice and palliative care combines high-quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious or terminal illness. Palliative care offers comfort and support earlier in the course of a serious illness. Hospice brings patients and family caregivers high-quality, compassionate care and support when a cure is not possible. Together, palliative care and hospice can help people live each moment of life to the fullest.

Advance care planning involves talking about the care you would and would not want – and then completing an advance directive to document and share those wishes with others. 

Learn more! Throughout the month of November, Hospice Buffalo Chaplains, Outreach and Education Teams will be raising awareness and educating our community about the importance of hospice and palliative care.  To request a speaker for your organization, please call Clarice Otminski at (716) 989-2072 or email  More information is available at


Hospice Buffalo is one of the nation’s largest hospice and palliative (comfort) care programs, and serves more than 500 patients a day in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and the Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Hospice Inpatient Unit in Cheektowaga. Hospice Buffalo serves individuals with serious illness and their families and caregivers through a continuum of care spanning the course of illness and bereavement. Hospice Buffalo helps patients make choices about their care, supports those who are grieving, and educates the professional and lay communities on end-of-life issues.



Clarice Otminski, Director of PR & Community Marketing, Hospice Buffalo