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Affiliations, Accreditation, Awards & Recognition

Affiliations

Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Facilities

While most hospice care is delivered to people at home in the community, residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities are also eligible to receive hospice care.

Hospice delivers a set of well recognized, high quality services at the end of life to patients and families which builds on the care provided by the nursing facility staff. Hospice adds its expertise to help address physical and emotional symptoms, and provides additional personal care necessary because of a patient's advanced illness.

For more information on our skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and to get in touch with facilites in your area, please select the appropriate county below.

Memberships

The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS)

HPCANYS is a not-for-profit organization representing hospice and palliative care programs, allied organizations and individuals that are interested in the development and growth of quality, comprehensive end-of-life services.

Founded in 1978 as the New York State Hospice Association, HPCANYS changed its name to Hospice and Palliative Care Association in 2000 to better reflect its role in fostering accessible, quality end-of-life care. The Association is headquartered in Albany, New York and serves members statewide.

Member services include advocacy, education, research, public engagement, database development, communications, peer groups, and technical assistance:

  • The Association provides a strong, active voice for patients and their families. We advocate for public policy-both state and federal, and legislative and regulatory-that promotes accessible, quality end-of-life care.
  • Professional education is a priority for the Association, and we offer a wide variety educational programs to meet the needs of our members (click on upcoming events).
  • The Association promotes research and supports public engagement activities that bring the hospice and palliative care message to the public.
  • Communication is provided through our quarterly newsletter, "The Reporter," the weekly electronic newsletter, "Hospice News Network," as well as Provider Memos.
  • Peer group meetings provide members an opportunity to share information and ideas.
  • To effectively represent our members, it is imperative that we form partnerships and engage in collaborative efforts. HPCANYS is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the National Association for Home Care, the Hospice Association of America, the Partnership for Caring, and the Home Care Association of New York State, and the Workforce Investment Now (WIN) Coalition.
  • The Association offers its members technical assistance on a broad range of topics and issues.

For more information, please visit the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS) website.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's wishes. Emotional and spiritual support also is extended to the family and loved ones. Generally, this care is provided in the patient's home or in a home-like setting operated by a hospice program. Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid in most states cover hospice care for patients who meet certain criteria.

With headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization advocates for the terminally ill and their families. It also develops public and professional educational programs and materials to enhance understanding and availability of hospice and palliative care; convenes frequent meetings and symposia on emerging issues; provides technical informational resources to its membership; conducts research; monitors Congressional and regulatory activities; and works closely with other organizations that share an interest in end of life care.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization was founded in 1978 as the National Hospice Organization. The organization changed its name in February 2000 to include palliative care. Many hospice care programs added palliative care to their names to reflect the range of care and services they provide, as hospice care and palliative care share the same core values and philosophies. Defined by the World Health Organization in 1990, palliative care seeks to address not only physical pain, but also emotional, social, and spiritual pain to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care extends the principles of hospice care to a broader population that could benefit from receiving this type of care earlier in their illness or disease process. To better serve individuals who have advanced illness or are terminally ill and their families, many hospice programs encourage access to care earlier in the illness or disease process. Health care professionals who specialize in hospice and palliative care work closely with staff and volunteers to address all the symptoms of illness, with the aim of promoting comfort and dignity.

For more information, please visit the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization's website.