Little Falls, NY – Hospice & Palliative Care has opened a satellite office on the first floor at the Community Outreach Center located at 16 Jackson Street, Little Falls in an effort to better serve patients in Herkimer County. By opening a new satellite office, the organization is now more visible in Herkimer County.
“Some people see Hospice & Palliative Care and they say, ‘I live in Herkimer County so you can’t help me,’ but actually if you look at our service area, we serve all of Herkimer and Oneida counties, as well as eastern Madison County,” said Shannon Cayea, Chief Executive Officer at Hospice & Palliative Care. “With this new office in Little Falls, it will allow us to increase our presence, and to show the community that we’re here to serve them.” In 2017 Hospice & Palliative Care served 789 patients and their families.
The primary purpose of the office is to provide hospice physicians, nurses, social workers, volunteers and our spiritual care coordinator a place to work that is closer to the patients they serve.
“It’s a place for staff to go and do their documentation, Cayea said. “It really helps when we have someone who is interested in hospice services and would prefer to meet at another location other than their home and a space to host bereavement groups.”
Hospice care is typically provided in a patient’s own home. Hospice services are also provided in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Hospice & Palliative Care has contracts with Alpine Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, The Grand, Foltsbrook Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Hospice also has a contract with Little Falls Hospital.
Hospice care can be provided wherever the patient calls “home”. The mission of Hospice & Palliative Care is quality, compassionate end-of-life care. The goal is to help patients achieve and maintain independence and the best quality of life possible, and to live their remaining time with comfort and dignity.
Tamara Razzano, Executive Director of the Community Outreach Center, said “this partnership is beneficial for the residents of the communities we serve who are dealing with a serious illness and their families.”
“It’s important to have a presence here.” Cayea said. “You need to be in a location where you can readily meet the needs of patients at any time.” Hospice & Palliative Care has been serving Hospice patients in Herkimer County since 2002 when they assumed the program from Herkimer County, when the County could no longer offer the program.
For more information about Hospice & Palliative Care call 315-735-6484 or 1-800-317-5661 or go to the website www.hospicecareinc.org.