Blog Ready to learn more about hospice care?

We are here to help patients and loved ones understand hospice care and the support services available.

The East End Hospice care team can help ensure that our patients’ end-of-life wishes are honored and give patients, caregivers and families, the support they need.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

Who refers patients to hospice and how does the process work?

Anyone can make a referral to East End Hospice by calling 631-288-8400. Once the referral is made an Intake Coordinator gathers the necessary paperwork from the patient’s healthcare provider. A nurse or social worker will then schedule an admission visit in the patient’s home or make arrangements for the patient to be transferred to East End Hospice’s Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Westhampton Beach.

Who is eligible for hospice care?

When a cure is not an option, patients can choose Hospice to shift the focus of their care to quality of life and symptom management. The physician will certify that the patient’s anticipated life expectancy is six months or less. Hospice diagnoses include cancer, heart failure, COPD, Parkinson’s Disease ALS, Kidney failure Alzheimer’s and more.

Who pays for hospice and bereavement services?

Hospice care is reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. East End Hospice accepts all patients regardless of their insurance status and does not bill for copays, deductibles or other expenses. Bereavement services are offered free of charge.

Where do you provide care?

East End Hospice provides hospice care across 450 square miles of Eastern Long Island, NY  including the North and South Forks, The Hamptons, Eastern Brookhaven and Riverhead.

We serve the following towns:

Baiting Hollow

Center Moriches
East Hampton
East Marion
East Moriches
East Quogue

East Patchogue
Fisher’s Island
Hampton Bays
Mastic Beach
New Suffolk
Orient Point

Sag Harbor
Shelter Island
Shelter Island Heights
South Jamesport
Wading River
Water Mill
Westhampton Beach


Can a hospice patient receive curative treatment?.

The goal of hospice is to keep people comfortable by managing pain and symptoms and offering emotional support. Should a patient wish to go to the hospital or pursue treatment, they can revoke hospice at any time.

Philosophy of Care

Hospice is life-affirming with a focus on quality of life.

Hospice does not hasten death. It prioritizes comfort and dignity for the dying.

Hospice care is multi-disciplinary and involves a team approach to provide an array of services for patients and families.

Hospice care is individualized to meet patients’ and caregivers’ needs.

EEH offers home hospice and bereavement services to people living on Eastern Long Island.

The EEH Kanas Center for Hospice Care provides inpatient services to any individual whose pain or symptoms cannot be managed at home, regardless of where they live.


Esat End Hospice stands out

The region’s only independent, nonprofit hospice provider for more than three decades

A New York State Top Ten Hospice Provider according to the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State (2021)

Awarded Hospice Honors by HEALTHCAREfirst (2016-present)

Caregiver satisfaction rating greater than 98.5%

Innovative programs, including We Honor Veterans and Equine Therapy

Great staff and volunteer recruitment and retention

Extraordinary community support

New York State Department of Health certified since 1991 and Joint Commission Accredited since 1997


How can I support your work?

Charitable donations sustain East End Hospice. Philanthropy improves lives across the East End through programs and services that would otherwise not be possible. These include East End Hospice’s Charity Care Program, all programs offered through the Zinberg Family Bereavement Center and Camp Good Grief. Insurance covers around 80% of the cost of caring for our patients, your donation makes our work possible.

East End Hospice is a registered 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, tax ID number 11-2878502. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more about opportunities to support East End Hospice call 631.288.7080. Donate online at

How do I get in touch?

To make a referral or inquire about hospice or bereavement services, call 631.288.8400.

To speak with a patient or family member at the East End Hospice Kanas Center for Hospice Care, call 631.288.8100.

To inquire about Camp Good Grief, call 631.288.8400.

To inquire about Volunteer Services, call the Volunteer Coordinator at 631.288.8400.

To find out more about philanthropy, call the Development Office at 631.288.7080.

To contact our Thrift Shop, call 631.288.3268.


Proud to serve the Eastern End of Long Island.