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Care for them. Comfort for you. Hospice Buffalo provides more than you expect.

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a compassionate approach to end-of-life care. Our collaborative team of care providers is here to help people with serious illness live life fully, maintain their dignity, and ensure his or her quality of life is the best it can possibly be. In medieval times, hospices were inns of rest which “lodged, cherished and refreshed” the crusader, the sick and the dying. Today, hospice provides comfort-focused medical care, social support, and emotional and spiritual guidance for patients and families facing any end-of-life or long-term illness.

Who uses Hospice?

Hospice is available to anyone, from children to elderly adults, whose life expectancy is measured in months, rather than years. Some of the common diagnoses our patients have had are cancer, cardiac disease, renal disease, neurological illnesses, Lou Gehrig’s disease, AIDS, cirrhosis, leukemia, and even dementia. Whether providing care for pediatric, adult or elderly patients, hospice is here so you can worry less with the care they need.

How can Hospice help?

Often, people who are very ill stop eating, lose weight, experience pain, or show other signs of declining health. Hospice Buffalo providers can help you understand how a disease progresses and help you decide on the best options for care through the various stages of dying. Through hospice care symptoms are managed so that people can live a full life with the support of family and friends.

Why Hospice Buffalo?

Unique physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial needs often occur during the final phases of a terminal illness. Hospice Buffalo is comprised of a collaborative team of experienced, skilled, compassionate specialists who are here to help. Hospice is here to manage more than just pain and other symptoms. Our social workers, nurses, aides, and volunteers can address the current and approaching needs of you and your family members during any stage of terminal illness or dying. Your team of care providers is here to comfort, guide and support you, every step of the way. Our Hospice Buffalo team works with your attending physician and family to provide care that meets the patients’ wishes for treatment and lifestyle. Your hospice care providers are truly here for you and your family before, during and after any end-of-life illness.

What services does Hospice Buffalo provide?

  • Hospice offers professional medical, home health aide, social services, expressive therapies, pastoral and spiritual care, bereavement counseling, and assistance with legal and other issues. Inpatient care for acute pain and symptom management is also provided. In addition, more than 1,000 volunteers contribute vital services and support to patients and families.
  • Hospice also provides prescription medications, medical supplies and equipment related to the patient’s illness.
  • Respite care (short-term care providing caregivers a temporary break) is provided at our inpatient unit.

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Facts About Hospice Care

  • Studies show hospice patients live longer, on average, than those receiving standard care.*
  • Hospice patients experience fewer hospitalizations and fewer uncomfortable, invasive procedures.
  • You can keep your regular doctor.
  • You can opt out at any time.

*2010 study by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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My mother, Peg Scanlon, passed away on September 26th of 2016 and I do not think we could have taken such good care of her without the Hospice Team 6 people that helped us. They were kind, caring, professional, friendly, helpful, available whenever we needed them and most of all, a comfort to my mom. They answered all our questions, whether silly or not and were very patient with us. Some of the team even attended my mom's wake/funeral. My mother was a Hospice Volunteer and never said a bad thing about any of the people she worked with or cared for. She was a wonderful woman and we miss her terribly but the fact that Hospice prepared us and helped us makes losing her a tiny bit easier. I cannot name all the names of the people that were there for us, but from the nurses, the doctor, the chaplain and the aide, please know that my family and I appreciated every second of every day that you were there for us. I cannot say enough good things about Hospice but I am trying! Than k you, thank you thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

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