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    What is Hospice?

    Hospice is a medical specialty that allows you and your family to focus on quality of life. We care for people in our community who are dying by providing physical, emotional and spiritual comfort.

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    Who is Hospice for?

    Hospice uses an interdisciplinary team approach to respond to the variety of needs you and your family may have and to provide the best care possible. Hospice focuses on the patient and patient’s family.

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    Where is Hospice?

    Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. Hospice comes to you, wherever you are and wherever you need us. We provide care throughout Tompkins and Cortland counties. See our coverage area for more details.

  • Upcoming Events

    Jun 01

    Bereaved Parents Support Group

    June 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Jun 06

    Morning Support Group for All Bereaved

    June 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Jun 06

    Women Singin’

    June 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Dryden Barber Shop Fundraiser: “Everyone Loves Hospicare”

    The Dryden Barber Shop has been in business 30 years, and Sylvia Short, the shop’s owner, wanted to throw an anniversary party. In keeping with the shop’s tenth, twentieth and twenty-fifth anniversaries, this party would be a fundraiser for a charity, but which one? “I thought, everyone loves Hospicare,” she says. “There’s not one person… Learn More

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    Books Help Grieving Children & Teens

    by Laura Ward, LMFT As part of my work with grieving children and teens, I’m always looking for new ways to talk about grief that feel both safe and interesting. One of the ways to accomplish this is by reading books to children that explain death and grief. Some books, especially those for children, focus… Learn More

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    Advance Directives Communicate Your Wishes at the End of Life

    Advance directives provide a road map to future healthcare and are important documents everyone should have. They can include a healthcare proxy (someone you designate to make decisions about your healthcare if you are incapacitated); a living will (guidelines about the type of care you want or do not want); and a Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) form (a document signed by your doctor outlining the type of care you want and who can make decisions for you). But how do you make the important decisions necessary to fill out these forms? The following are some suggestions you may find helpful as you think about your own advance directives.

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  • For Volunteers »


    Hospicare volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest. Volunteers are an integral part of the team who can offer companionship, reading aloud, running errands or simply sitting with patients so family members can take a break.

  • For Patients »


    As a hospice patient (or caregiver of a hospice patient), you are in control. We’re here to support you in doing what you love and spending time with the people you love.

  • Anyone can contact Hospicare to begin the referral process; the referral does not have to begin with a physician. If you’re ready to make a referral, call our admissions team at 607-272-0212.

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  • Are you wondering if it’s time to call Hospicare? Click the button to learn more, or call us at 607-272-0212 and ask about having an informational session with our staff.

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