Not something you want to hear about until absolutely necessary, right? Well, I can't blame you. It's just that life doesn't always give us advance notice of what we're going to need to know tomorrow. Especially not the really hard stuff.
Since knowledge is power-in this case the power to make the end of our life as good as it can possibly be - a clear understanding of our options makes a lot of sense. This column is designed to help you understand what hospice can do for you if you are facing a terminal diagnosis, or for you as a relative, caregiver or friend of someone in that situation.
In coming weeks, we'll talk about specifics of hospice support for both the patient and his or her family, as well as insurance coverage and the Medicare Hospice Benefit, counseling, advanced directives, healthcare proxies and end of life issues in general.
For more information contact High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care at 891-0606 (Saranac Lake), 743-1672 (Queensbury), or 546-9850 (Port Henry) or online at www.highpeakshospice.com.