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.
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.
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.
Most of Us Want to Die at Home
by Dr. Pat Hayes Home is where my heart is. When I’m home, I’m comfortable. I get satisfaction out of sitting in my favorite chair, looking out the window at my backyard, even eating off the plates my wife picked out. I imagine if I were dealing with a terminal illness, little things like that… Learn More
“I’m Grateful for the Many Ways Hospicare Serves Our Community”
“Facing the end of life takes courage, perhaps especially for the family members of patients,” says Pamela Goddard, Hospicare volunteer. “Facing that approaching loss is a difficult thing. But, we don’t have to face it alone. This is the real gift of hospice services—support for both patients and their family members at every step of… Learn More
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.
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.
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.