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Who pays for hospice care?

Paying for hospice care can be more affordable than you may think. In fact, hospice is a fully covered Medicare benefit. Also, most health insurance plans, including Medicaid and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), include hospice services. No one is refused care by Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo because of inability to pay.

Eligibility to receive hospice care under Medicare?

  • Medicare Part A
  • Prognosis of 6 months or less by a physician

Your Hospice Medicare Benefit covers care for your terminal illness and related conditions. After your hospice benefit starts, you still have coverage for illnesses unrelated to your hospice diagnosis. The Hospice Medicare Benefit is available through all Medicare Managed Care Plans in Western New York.

Services Covered by the Medicare Benefit

Depending on Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo’s personalized plan of care, patient and family services may include:

  • Nurses and doctors who are specially trained in pain- and symptom- management to make routine and emergency visits
  • Home Health Aides who provide bathing and personal care
  • Social Workers to provide emotional support for you and your family and to assist with coordination of other services (schedule appointments and additional Hospice Services, etc.)
  • Spiritual Care Councelors for guidance and understanding
  • Expressive therapies (music, massage)
  • Volunteer visits and assistance
  • Dietary counseling
  • Medical equipment (such as oxygen, wheelchairs, etc.)
  • Medical supplies (such as bandages and incontinence supplies)
  • Prescription drugs related to the illness
  • Grief counseling for family

Will I lose Medicare coverage if I choose hospice care?

No. Medicare continues to pay for medical care that is unrelated to the condition for which Hospice Buffalo is providing care. There is no loss of coverage.

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Where can I receive hospice care?

Anywhere you call home! Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo cares for seriously ill individuals throughout Erie County, NY, in private homes, assisted living, nursing and developmentally disabled facilities, and some hospitals.

Can I keep my own doctor?

Yes. Hospice physicians and nurses consult with your doctor on all aspects of your care.

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  • "Mom lost her battle with cancer today. The beautiful people and facilities that comprise Hospice made her last days full of love and dignity. I cannot properly express what it meant to our family. I'll never forget it."
    – Rebecca Richter Bonk
  • "Hospice Buffalo is amazing! The in-home care and now the acute care my grandfather is receiving is the best. They are so supportive and such special people. Not only are they taking care of my sick grandfather but also taking care of us, the family, and checking in to make sure we ate too and be there for us to ask any questions. So thankful for Hospice Buffalo."
    – Ashley Marcantonio
  • "Not coming here but if you need the care this is a great place! The staff is unreal! They show in every way they are not robots they truly care! The facility is very comforting!"
    – Joe Caulfield Sr.
  • I admire all the people involved in Hospice. They are very strong and very tender...I know...had them for my wonderful husband Nick.
    – Evelyn, Buffalo
  • "Been a volunteer since my grandfather passed in Hospice due to the phenomenal care from Hospice. 100%."
    – Audra Hollander
  • "Wonderful staff! They made the process so much easier for me and my family. I couldn’t thank them any more for taking great care of my mother. Thank you all!"
    – Sissy Driscoll
  • "Hospice made my dad’s last days more comfortable. But more importantly, they made things easier for my mother."
    – Rick Mahoney
  • “We are so thankful for the angels sent to our family through Essential Care, for Matthew's wonderful, loving personality,
    the time we have as a family, and our faith.”
    – Linda Evans
  • "I absolutely love Hospice! The people that help us are all amazing. I've never been able to rely on people like I do with the group that is helping us. Everyone is on top of everything. The nicest people to deal with! I can't thank them enough."
    – Debbie M. Rich
  • “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
  • 'Hospice in its entirety is a wonderful organization. Once my dad had stopped chemo, he had hospice coming to the house for 3 months or so. All of the people, from nurses to social workers to the chaplain, were so caring of him and the family. Once things got too bad, he was admitted to the hospice facility and everyone there was just as wonderful. They were caring and respectful of my dad and of our family. I want to thank all involved with them for making the end a little easier."
    – Michael John
  • It was nice to know I could finally relax and trust a group of really caring folks.
    – Nancy, Buffalo
  • "What an amazing place to trust the end-of-life care of a loved one."
    – James Kelly
  • "A very attentive staff that is non- intrusive, yet extremely attentive. The staff really goes out of their way to make sure you have everything you need for this transition. My mother passed on July 23rd. The final prayer was comforting and very well spoken. I really think highly of this place because I've never seen a group of people that really tend to your loved ones so delicate. Thank you Hospice Buffalo for doing so much for my family."
    – Pubg Hero
  • "The help we received while my husband was sick at home was terrific and the counseling I received for the last 13 months after his passing was wonderful. I miss you all very much."
    – Lois, Tonawanda
  • "My sister and my friends have been at Hospice and passed there. It is the most peaceful, compassionate place to be for the last days! You are welcome to visit at any hour! When I have seen others pass recently I thought ‘Why weren’t they at Hospice?’ They have a special staff there uniquely qualified for a special calling. God bless them and let us keep it going!"
    – Cindy Trojanowsky
  • “I really didn’t think anyone could help me until Home Connections became involved. Dr. Kerr visited me and gave his undivided attention, focusing on my symptoms and less on my disease. I finally feel like I will get back to normal one day. When the nurse from Home Connections came in, I felt so much relief that she was able to help communicate with all of my doctors. It’s very stressful to have to do all of that on my own. I cannot thank Home Connections enough for working to get me a new mattress. I can't believe someone would do this for me!”
    – Kim, Home Connections patient
  • "A wonderful place! The staff is very caring and compassionate, not only to the patient but their families too. I can’t thank them enough."
    – Janice Marie
  • I wish I could personally thank each person that helped us with my dad (if you knew him when he was well, you would have enjoyed his humor and zest for life)
    – Deborah
  • "I can’t say enough good things about Hospice Care! The care my mother was given was actually loving care. They did not treat her differently because she was in her 80s; they still took care of her. They all were wonderful, making sure she was turned when she was supposed to be, always made sure she was comfortable, talked to her as she was, a human being, even though she couldn’t talk anymore. Mom knew she was now in good care and so did we. They always made sure the family was doing OK also. I call them angels on Earth! Thank you for caring!"
    – Bernadette Spinnegan