Niagara Hospice will hold several programs throughout Niagara County beginning next week where the public is invited to learn the benefits of early hospice referrals.
"The time to learn about all that Niagara Hospice can offer is before a person receives a potentially terminal diagnosis," said Niagara Hospice Director of Marketing and Public Relations Patricia Degan. "Far too often, families are faced with a health care crisis before they explore their options - and making decisions at that time can be very difficult.
"The 'Live Longer and Better with Hospice' program is an excellent resource that can help families make informed decisions now and in the future."
The program will be held Wednesday, May 14, at Schoellkopf Health Center in Niagara Falls; Thursday, May 15, at Northgate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda; and Tuesday, May 20, at Odd Fellow & Rebekah Rehab and Health Care Center in Lockport. All three programs will start at 3 p.m. and last approximately one hour. Attendees will learn:
•How hospice supports help reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations;
•That choosing hospice care is not giving up, but getting help; and
•How more care, more comfort and more visits improve quality of life for individuals with serious illness
Degan said the programs are held at Niagara Hospice's three collaborative skilled-nursing facility sites throughout the county to allow more people an opportunity to learn and ask questions about how they want to live when faced with terminal illness.
"Our partners in care at Northgate, Odd Fellows and Schoellkopf have embraced hospice care for their residents," she said. "We appreciate their support as we reach out to the communities we serve in a joint effort to make sure people know end-of-life care options available to them and their loved ones."
No registration is needed for the programs. For more information, call Niagara Hospice at 7I6-439-4417 or visit www.NiagaraHospice.org.