Hospicare & Palliative Care Services serves residents of Tompkins and Cortland counties.
Our palliative care program provides specialized medical care that focuses on relieving symptoms and stress at any stage of a serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
Our hospice team makes people comfortable in the last six months of their lives by honoring the patient’s wishes and by providing far more than medical care. We take into consideration patients' medical, emotional and spiritual needs so they can more fully enjoy time with loved ones. We provide these services in homes, in acute and chronic care facilities, and at our six-bed residence. Following a patient’s death, we also support the family with 13 months of bereavement services.
Finally, as a part of our commitment to the community, we provide bereavement support services to anyone in our service area who is grieving the death of a loved one, whether or not they died on hospice.
As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, Hospicare remains open to those in our community who require palliative or end-of-life care. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, patients, families, volunteers, and visitors.
Hospicare is so grateful for the support of our community. Year after year, you come together to cover costs not met by insurance reimbursements and to ensure exceptional care to every patient and family in Cortland and Tompkins counties.
Just in the month of March, Hospicare expects $25,000 in new expenses directly related to our response to the pandemic. Will you consider helping us meet our emerging needs for personal protective equipment for staff, soaps/sanitizers, technology that will enable us to provide support to patients remotely, and more? If you can help, please click the “Donate Now” button to the right. And please consider sharing this info with your networks of friends and loved ones. We are all in this together!
Did you know? Charitable giving is once again tax deductible! The COVID-19 stimulus package makes charitable donations up to $300 tax deductible on 2020 taxes and going forward. The incentive applies to individuals who do not itemize their returns.
With this new crisis, Hospicare has had to make many difficult decisions, including suspending all events, support groups and activities until further notice. We did not make these decisions lightly. Support groups are critical for many in our community who are suffering a loss. Hospicare has a list of online grief resources that may be of assistance and has launched a Facebook Live series on Grief and Wellness in Uncertain Times.