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Family Hospice

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When you or a loved one is faced with a terminal illness, you need expertise you can trust. Family Hospice has the experience and qualifications you want and deserve during this difficult time.

We provide all levels of care required by terminally ill patients and their families.

Our Hospice Services

Family Hospice brings care to you, allowing you to be where you are most comfortable.

You can receive care:

  • In your home (must be adequate for safe and effective care)
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Contracted extended care facilities

The hospice philosophy promotes a plan for living that provides you with measures to improve your quality of life. The trained and compassionate staff at Family Hospice will coordinate the care you receive with those whom you know and trust.

You can feel confident that we strive to ensure that the same quality care you receive from your physician will continue at home through care planning, management, and evaluation.

Other hospice services include:

  • Medications for symptom management.
  • Education and assistance so your family can take a more active role in your care.
  • Access to Medical supplies and equipment.

Download the Family Hospice Overview brochure (PDF).


Threshold Choir

Family Hospice works with the Great Lakes Erie Chapter of Threshold Choir. Founded by Kate Munger in 2000, the group's mission is to sing a cappella in small groups at the bedsides of people at the thresholds of life. Groups of two to four singers visit bedsides by invitation to provide comfort to hospice patients.

For more information about Great Lakes Erie Threshold Choir, call Cathy McKenzie at 814-877-6527.



Choosing Family Hospice for Hospice Care

Did you know the law guarantees you the right to choose your hospice provider? Be sure to share your hospice choice with your physician and other health care providers. Ask for Family Hospice by name.

When you choose Family Hospice, our promise to you and your family is to help:

  • Maintain dignity and self-respect throughout your illness.
  • Control pain and other symptoms.
  • Involve and support your loved ones.

Eligibility Requirements

A licensed physician must first authorize hospice care and agree to participate in planning of care. Support person(s) are identified and agree to participate in planning of care.

To receive care from Family Hospice, patients must live within Erie County and:

  • Have a life expectancy of six months or less.
  • Prefer comfort measures instead of aggressive treatment.
  • Desire hospice service and be aware of diagnosis and prognosis.

Our service attends to all patients, regardless of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Religious creed
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • Ability to pay

Our Team at Great Lakes Hospice

The Great Lakes Hospice team of trained professionals and volunteers includes:

  • Physicians
  • Registered nurses
  • Medical social workers
  • Clinical pharmacologists
  • Bereavement counselors
  • Dieticians
  • Volunteers
  • Home health aides
  • Clergy
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapists

Become a Hospice Volunteer

Volunteers are an important component to hospice care. They provide patients and family members with much needed support, comfort, and companionship.

To learn more about becoming a hospice volunteer, contact our volunteer coordinator at 814-877-6120.