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Local Hospice to Offer Palliative Care

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People with terminal illness are eligible for hospice care. Hospice patients usually live at home, sometimes in nursing homes. Hospice organizations give nursing care, pain management and counseling. But New York State will only reimburse hospice expenses for people with six months or less to live.
A local hospice organization is starting to offer what's known as palliative care to patients with longer life expectancy. Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley received a $25,000 grant from The Alcoa Foundation to help launch a two-year pilot program. They'll be offering palliative care to outpatients at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.
Gregory Warner spoke with hospice executive director Brian Gardam.

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