Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Westchester End-of-Life Coalition has prepared answers to your frequently asked questions. If you do not find the answer to your question on our Web site, contact us and we will try to help.

Questions about Hospice and Palliative Care

What is Hospice?
When should a decision about entering a Hospice program be made — and who should make it?
What if our physician doesn’t know about Hospice?
Where can Hospice be provided?
Is Hospice affiliated with any religious organization?
Who is eligible for …READ MORE…

Questions about NY State Health Care Proxies

The source for the information below is the New York State Department of Health page.

The New York Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust – for example, a family member or close friend – to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. By appointing a health care agent, you can make sure that health care providers follow your wishes. Your agent can also decide how your wishes apply as your medical condition changes. Hospitals, doctors and other health care providers must follow your agent’s decisions as if they were your own. You may give the person you select as your health care agent as little or as much authority as you want. You may allow your agent to make all health care decisions or only certain ones. You may also give your agent instructions that he or she has to follow. This form can also be used to document your wishes or …READ MORE…

Questions about Pain and Symptom Management

What is meant by “pain”?
How can a patient get relief from suffering and pain?
If pain continues despite treatment, where can we turn?
What are common physical symptoms at the end …READ MORE…