Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley provides comfort for people living with advanced illness, and for their families.
Our services are available through two programs: Hospice Care and Palliative Care.
Hospice Care is provided for people who are expected to live no more than six months if their disease runs its normal course. Care will continue longer than six months as long as the person is still appropriate for hospice care. Hospice is a full range of care, including:
- Expert nursing management of pain and other physical problems.
- Support and education for family members so they can feel confident caring for the patient.
- Staff to provide personal care for the patient.
- Counseling for the emotional distress of the patient and family.
- Spiritual support.
- Volunteers to provide companionship and practical help to the patient and family during the illness.
- Help in obtaining other needed resources, from obtaining hospital beds to preparing wills.
Through our on-call service, Hospice nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hospice is a Medicare benefit which includes full payment of the medications needed for the terminal illness. Most insurance plans include hospice coverage.
Hospice services are available at home, in hospitals, and nursing homes, throughout St. Lawrence County.
Palliative Care is for people who have an advanced illness that is getting worse, but who are expected to live longer than six months, and who are continuing medical treatment to combat their illness.
Many of the same services available to hospice patients can be provided to patients of our Palliative Care program, except for medications and medical equipment. Some insurance programs pay for palliative care. For other patients, we would arrange payment based on ability to pay, backed up by funding, as it is available, from our fundraising efforts.