Beauty in the moment, comfort alwaysHospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties is proud to have provided Generations of Care for almost thirty-three years. A milestone in caring for 25,000 patients and families in Orange and Sullivan Counties and over a million days of care ensures the best care possible for patients and families.

During this special time of year, we are pleased to share a wonderful testimonial from Mrs. Patricia Larkin, wife of the late state senator and community icon Senator William J. Larkin,

Her candid words reveal her need for emotional support as she cared for her husband at home. She describes the emotional support she received from Hospice while her husband received exceptional end-of-life care.

“I decided I needed emotional support,” says Pat at the beginning of the video. “[William] was concerned that this was getting too much for me, and he said, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t stay at home,’ she continues, referring to the at-home care her husband planned to receive, even prior to the couple’s decision to utilize Hospice services. She remembers the reply she gave, which led them to Hospice. “I said… You’re not going anywhere but here.”

Beyond the support given to her and her children by hospice nurses, aides, and volunteers, who she considered “part of the family,” Pat discusses the spiritual care received by Bill in conjunction with physical symptom management. She describes his regular talks with a spiritual caregiver and how engaged he became in those conversations.

“It was good for him to hear someone talk spiritually,” she says. “It was interesting to see how he…got into it, and it was okay. He enjoyed that.”

Each day, Hospice patients and their families receive comfort, compassion, and wisdom from the social workers, and spiritual caregivers that are a part the Hospice interdisciplinary care team. For families, this care extends beyond end of life in the form of grief counseling and bereavement services that can continue for more than a year after a loved one’s passing.

Beauty in the Moment, with Comfort Always. Hospice helps memories to be made with patients and their loved ones that will last a lifetime. 

Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc. was incorporated in 1988 as an outgrowth of an initial effort in 1981 by three community nurses to provide much-needed support to individuals with terminal illnesses. In 1993, what was then Hospice of Orange in the Hudson Valley began serving patients in Sullivan County, subsequently becoming Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc. The organization is certified by the NYS Department of Health and The Joint Commission. To view video click image above.