Palliative & Hospice Care

Hospice & Palliative Care

In Westchester County, NY, the Wartburg hospice team stands ready to provide dignified, gentle care.

Fear and uncertainty are very understandable emotions when a loved one faces the end of life. Unanswered questions spin around the heads of everyone involved. Multidisciplinary Hospice Care at Wartburg helps families move forward the best way possible.

Our supportive Hospice Care team includes:

  • Medical specialists. Caring physicians and nurses watch over loved ones. They help patients with pain and symptom management and administer medications.
  • Counselors and social workers. The professionals are trained to help families deal with the confusion and emotional challenges surrounding end-of-life issues.
  • Full-time chaplains. They help loved ones and families find a spiritual connection that allows them to move forward in the best manner possible.

We also offer Hospice Care services through a local community organization, if needed.

About Palliative and Hospice Care

If you or your loved ones are facing a serious illness, you’ve probably heard the terms “palliative care” or “hospice.” Both are meant to bring comfort and relief, but they differ in some important ways.

Palliative Care

The goal of palliative care is to help those with serious but not life-threating illnesses feel better. It prevents or treats symptoms and side effects of diseases and treats emotional, social, practical, and spiritual problems that illnesses can bring up. Palliative care may be given when the illness is diagnosed, throughout treatment, during follow-up, and at the end of life. It helps people live with the symptoms of long-running illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, dementia, ALS, and AIDS, or with the side effects of any current treatments.

Hospice Care

Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach which includes medical care, pain management, emotional support, and spiritual support specifically tailored to a patient’s needs and wishes. Hospice care is reserved for terminally ill patients when treatment is no longer curative during the last 6 months of life.

The Difference

Palliative and hospice care both offer compassionate care for patients with life-limiting illnesses, but palliative care — a component of hospice care — can be used as a separate area of practice while the patient is receiving treatment. Although both can provide patients with comfort, palliative care can begin at diagnosis while hospice care only begins after treatment of the disease is ceased and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness.

To find out more about our inpatient care and to see how we can help you, your family and loved one move forward during these difficult times, contact us. If you prefer, schedule a visit now. We proudly serve Mt. Vernon, New Rochelle, Eastchester, Riverdale, Scarsdale Larchmont, Pelham, Bronxville, NY and the surrounding areas.

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