Is Hospice Right For You?

Is Hospice Right For You?

CareFirst provides care to Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler county residents whose prognosis is approximately six months or less, if the disease runs its normal course, regardless of the diagnosis. If curative treatment is no longer effective or you desire palliative comfort measures, hospice and palliative care may be appropriate for you.

If you have been diagnosed with a serious illness, it’s time to find out about CareFirst services so that you can have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your care. It is never too early to get this information, and receiving this information does not make you obligated in any way to elect our services. You can ask your physician about hospice care or call us directly at 607.962.3100 or 1.800.734.1570.

Using hospice services is not a one-way street. If further treatments become available after you are receiving our services, you may cancel your hospice benefit and continue with your treatment as you and your physician see appropriate.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information, or call us at 607.962.3100.

Hospice in Residential Facilities

If you or a loved one live in a nursing home or other residential facility, the CareFirst Hospice Team can bring specialized medical care directly to you, to supplement the care already available.

Our services include:

  • 24 hour on-call service, bringing care to the facility at times of crisis and preventing unwanted hospital stays
  • Nurse case managers
  • Personal care nurses
  • Social workers
  • Spiritual care counselors
  • Volunteers
  • Grief counselors
  • Physicians available to consult

CareFirst works with the residential facility to bring a team approach to care. As with hospice care provided directly in your own home, you and your doctor remain in control of your care at all times. CareFirst Hospice partners with facility staff to focus on keeping you comfortable and out of the hospital.

The CareFirst Hospice Team provides medical care aimed at controlling symptoms and promoting comfort. This additional level of support is known as palliative care.

For more information, please download our Hospice in Residential Facilities brochure.

Diagnostic-Specific Programs

At CareFirst we are pleased to offer three specific Hospice programs that are tailored to patients facing the unique challenges associated with heart failure, lung disease, and dementia.

LifeBeat
Excellent cardiac care aimed at minimizing the symptoms of advanced heart disease and reducing unwanted hospital admissions.

Living with Dementia
Care focused on meeting the many challenges dementia brings, as well as providing support and respite to often over-burdened families.

Breath
Expert disease management allowing those with respiratory disease to regain control and maximize functioning.