Palliative Care

Caring for a loved one with a serious illness is more difficult than you imagined. You are not alone. Call us at 716-338-0033 and let us help. 

How Can We Help?

CHPC's Palliative Care

Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care provides an extra layer of support to your loved one’s medical care, at any stage in a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. Our home-based care is focused on relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of the illness – and works together with your loved one’s curative treatments. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family by keeping your loved one comfortable and out of the hospital.

Here’s what you can expect from Palliative Care:

  • Fewer unplanned hospitalizations and emergency room visits
  • In-home care
  • Caregiver support and training
  • Improved quality of life
  • Greater understanding of the illness, symptoms and care options
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Visit our Resources page where we’ve posted two videos explaining our community-base palliative care program.

The John A. and Oscar Johnson Palliative Care Program of Chautauqua County has been made possible through the support of the Johnson Foundation and it is dedicated in memory of John A. and Oscar Johnson.

Palliative or Hospice

Understanding hospice and palliative care can be confusing. The main focus of each is providing comfort and easing symptoms of serious illnesses. The main difference is that hospice care is typically reserved for those with less than six months to live.

Palliative vs Hospice

It helps to understand that hospice care is actually a part of palliative care. So hospice care is always palliative, but palliative care isn’t always hospice.

Symptom Control

Physical discomfort. Shortness of breath. Nausea. Emotional and spiritual distress. Anxiety. The symptoms of serious illness can take a variety of forms, and each can take a toll on your loved one and family.

Our doctors and nurses make house calls to assess your loved one’s symptoms, follow up with the right medical treatment, and help manage pain and other symptoms. 

Managing Symptoms

  • RN case manager visits
  • Social work visits
  • 24/7 RN on call services
  • Chaplain services
  • Hospice physician

Social workers and chaplains can help your loved one and your family cope with emotional and spiritual pain. In addition, CHPC offers a variety of therapies providing physical and emotional relief.

If your loved one is receiving curative treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation or drug therapies, side effects often can be as challenging as symptoms of the disease. Chautauqua Palliative Care professionals provide relief from symptoms and side effects of any illness, at any stage, and at any age.

Personal Care

Serious illness can make even routine activities difficult for your loved one and their caregivers. Our experienced  Chautauqua Palliative Care professionals can help you perform many activities or do them for you, depending on your condition and situation.

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  • Assistance with eating or feeding
  • Bathing, grooming and dressing
  • Skin care and hair care

Emotional & Spiritual Support

Confronting a serious illness triggers emotional and spiritual challenges for patients, their families, and caregivers. The stress, anxiety, and uncertainty of an illness can unleash a range of emotions – fear, anger, depression, guilt, grief and many other feelings. But you don’t have to face these challenges alone. Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care is beside you.

Our expert team of social workers and counselors provide education and counseling for a range of needs. They also can help you understand your care options and connect you to other community resources, such as disease-specific support groups.

To help your family sort through spiritual issues to find peace and comfort, our team includes experienced Chaplains. Matters of faith and spirituality are often magnified during a serious or terminal illness. Our Chaplains are specially trained to help you connect with your faith according to your individual preferences, beliefs and traditions, regardless of the faith you practice.

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Together on your Journey


 When a loved one receiving palliative services dies, all family members and caregivers can be affected by the loss. CHPC provides bereavement services for hospice AND palliative caregivers through our comprehensive Bereavement Care program. You are not alone.

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Contact Us

The sooner you call 716-338-0033 the more we can do to fulfill your wishes and make your journey easier. If you’d rather we contact you, fill out our contact form, and we’ll be in touch soon!