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Here with Options – Learn When to Call Hospice

How do I know when it's time to call Hospice?

If you are on this page and thinking about contacting Hospice, then the time to call Hospice Buffalo is now.

Simply researching the stages of hospice care for yourself or your loved one means that you’re already at the point when you should be speaking to a trained Hospice healthcare professional to answer your questions and evaluate if you or your loved one is ready for Hospice Buffalo.

When patients and family members are asked what they would advise others, the most common response is, “I wish I would have called sooner!”

So if someone you love has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, now is the right time to call us to learn about Hospice Buffalo’s benefits and services and to understand all your options when it comes to starting hospice care. Because making an educated decision about end-of-life care is the best thing you can do for someone you love.

Take Our Hospice Readiness Assessment

PATIENT                                   CAREGIVER  

Have you been diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness that may end your life in less than 1 year?

Are you spending the majority of your day or week taking care of your loved one?  

Do you need help with pain and symptom management?

Do you feel overwhelmed or isolated?

Have you unintentionally lost more than 10 lbs. in the past month?

Do you feel that you are not getting enough help from others?

Have you been to the Emergency Room or urgent care facility more than three times in the last six months?

Are you irritable, weepy or having trouble sleeping?

Do you have chronic infections or wounds that won’t heal?

Is the situation taking a toll on your personal or professional life?

Do you need help with your personal care, hygiene or getting dressed?

Is caregiving causing financial strain or stress on your personal relationships?

If you answered yes to three or more of the questions above, you may be ready for Palliative Care or Hospice. Call 716-686-8000 for a free consultation today.


You don’t need to be a doctor to refer your loved one.

Anyone can recommend a patient for our no-cost, in-home, confidential consultation and evaluation:

  • Caregiver or family member
  • Patient
  • Doctor, nurse or any healthcare provider

Refer Your
Loved One 


 “Imagine the miracle of someone saying to you, ‘Don’t worry about anything. If you need a doctor’s appointment or something from the grocery store, call me and I will have a volunteer pick it up for you. If you need somebody to help you with anything, call me. We are here for you.’ Such comforting words from my Social Worker.”

 ~Shirley Rosenthal, Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo Patient

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