Hospice is specialized care that meets the needs and desires of people living with terminal illness and those who care for them.
Hospice provides the information, expertise and added care needed to have the highest quality of life possible. It is meant to allow someone to live as fully and comfortably as possible every day. Hospice care focuses not only on the person who is living with the illness but also on their family – however they define it – and provides support that continues through the illness and after. Hospice is not about dying, it's about how you live – in comfort and with dignity.
Patients are asked to articulate their desires and needs and to participate in choices about their care giving them back control. With the hospice emphasis on pain control management patients are given comfort so they may enjoy the time they have with those they love. Whenever possible, care is given in the location where the patient feels most comfortable, most often in the familiar surroundings of their home. Hospice staff provides the medical, spiritual, emotional and practical support to allow the patient to live their lives to the fullest.
Hospice care includes visits, assessment, planning and teaching by nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, support volunteers and others. It also provides needed medications, equipment, supplies and materials related to the hospice illness and needed to address or prevent symptoms or discomfort.
Hospice is community based, compassionate end-of-life care which is a gift to those on their final journey.
QUESTIONS OR EMERGENCIES - AFTER HOURS CARE – HOW TO REACH US
Always call High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care first if you have a concern. An on-call nurse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer your questions and to visit if necessary. The nurse is skilled in handling many situations so that hospitalization may not be Anecessary.
Remember, calling an ambulance or going to an emergency room might result in unnecessary procedures on the patient. Decisions about possible hospitalization and its' goal should be made in conjunction with the patient and family, hospice nurses and physicians.
The same number you call during regular office hours will put you in contact with the answering service after hours.
Office Telephone Numbers
Northern Office in Saranac Lake
(518) 891.0606 or toll free 877.324.1686
Central Office in Mineville
(518) 942-6513 or toll free 800.639.8045
Southern Office in Queensbury
(518) 743.1672 or toll free 800.730.9477
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL CONCERNS PLEASE ASK THE NURSE TO REFER YOU TO THE HOSPICE PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR.