How Can Hospice Help?

Hospice is a philosophy of care that provides end-of-life services. These services focus on symptom management for comfort, which includes physical, emotional and spiritual care, versus what is known as “curative treatment.” Curative treatment refers to medications or therapies that are used to cure a disease or illness. Patients in hospice care cannot use curative treatment. However, a patient can be discharged from hospice if their condition stabilizes or if they choose to resume aggressive curative treatments. Typically, hospice care is for those with a life expectancy of six months or less.

If you feel you may benefit from hospice care, call us for more information. We will work with your doctor to determine the appropriateness of hospice care and to streamline the admission process.

Once Hospice of North Central Ohio services are engaged, we customize a plan of care to meet your needs and the needs of your family. Many circumstances influence the customized plan, with the two most important being where you live and how much assistance you need with daily living functions.

Living Arrangements
Hospice care can be provided in the home, in a nursing home, in an assisted living facility, or in the hospital. While it is best to have a caregiver in the home, we can provide care to those who live alone. For these patients, we will establish a plan upon admission, preparing for the time when it is no longer safe or appropriate for them to be alone.

Frequency of Visits
If a patient enters Hospice of North Central Ohio in the early stages of disease progression, a home visit by a hospice nurse may only be needed once every two weeks, with a visit by a chaplain or social worker once a month or as needed. Hospice aides will also visit. Patients who are still relatively active appreciate knowing services are just a phone call away with little disruption to their familiar lifestyle.

As the disease progresses and more care is needed to maintain the patient’s comfort, the visits increase. If the patient lives at home with a caregiver and the caregiver needs a break, then the patient can stay at Hospice House for up to 7 days every 30 days. This is known as “respite care” and can be requested by the family, the caregiver, the patient, or recommended by someone from Hospice of North Central Ohio.

The frequency of visits is much the same for hospice patients living in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Continuous Care
Continuous care is a level of service provided to patients in a period of crisis when continuous, primary nursing care is needed to achieve comfort or to manage acute medical symptoms. It is provided in the home, in the nursing home, or in an extended care facility.

Staying at Hospice House
Your hospice caregivers may suggest an inpatient stay at Hospice House for one of the following reasons:
• Assistance with pain or symptom management
• Medication adjustment, observation or other stabilizing treatment
• Short-term respite care for caregiver relief
• Transitional care from the hospital to home
Since Hospice House is only for Hospice patients, we can provide a higher level of intervention than what hospitals can provide and we are available to answer any questions or address any concerns at your convenience.

Contacting Us
Please feel free to contact us if we can be of further assistance. We can be reached at 419-281-7017 or 800-952-2207 or through email.