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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

    Wed 29

    Spring Volunteer Training

    March 29 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thu 30

    Spring Volunteer Training

    March 30 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Apr 01

    Stitching Through Grief

    April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • “Volunteering for Hospice Is So Rewarding”

    by Dr. Pat Hayes Those of you who know me may have heard me talk about how important volunteers are to hospice. They provide crucial help to patients and their families, especially to family members who are in need of respite. Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, our hospice provider, offers patients and their families the… 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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    Talking About Hospice

    by Dr. Pat Hayes Talking to an ill loved one about hospice can be hard. It’s awkward and uncomfortable for most of us. We fear offending the other person, or worse, causing them emotional pain. I’ve seen this huge reluctance to even mention the word “hospice” in both family members and in physicians. But if… Learn More

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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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