Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Ideally, an admission into a hospice program occurs where the individual lives. Unfortunately, many referrals for hospice care still come so late in the disease process that the patient is too ill to return home from the hospital. Contracts between hospice providers and hospitals within the same service area ensure that those patients and their family members receive skilled hospice services and the support they need. Hospice services include physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and bereavement care.
Niagara Hospice services and expertise in end-of-life care are provided by physicians, pharmacists, nurses, medical social workers, massage therapists, spiritual and bereavement counselors. Services are also provided by hospice aides, homemakers and volunteers that perform a variety of tasks.
Additionally, Niagara Hospice Assistant Medical Director Dr. Sarina Bax DeBiaso holds board certification in both hospice and palliative medicine and general surgery. Hospice and palliative medicine is a subspecialty that places increased attention on end of life care.