Why Hospice of North Central Ohio?

Just as no two individuals are the same, no two hospice organizations are the same. You have the right to choose which hospice to use and you have the right to talk to as many hospice organizations as you would like. It is important that you feel comfortable with your hospice provider. We hope the information below helps you to better understand hospice care. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 800-952-2207 or through email.

What is Hospice?
Hospice is a service that provides pain relief and symptom management rather than treatment that cures. Generally, Hospice of North Central Ohio cares for those with a life expectancy of six months or less. With doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice aides, chaplains and companion volunteers, the longer a patient is in our care, the more our highly skilled team can help. Hospice care is for the final months of life, not just the final days.

Referrals by Families and Caregivers
You do not need to wait for your doctor to discuss hospice care. You can call Hospice of North Central Ohio to ask questions or to make a referral. We will work with your doctor to determine the appropriateness of hospice care and to streamline the admission process. Typically, hospice care is for those with a life expectancy of six months or less.

If you choose Hospice of North Central Ohio and our 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 the patient lives and how much assistance the patient needs 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 those 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,  the patient can stay at Hospice House for up to seven 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 for hospice patients only, we provide a higher level of intervention care than what hospitals may provide and are available to address all questions and concerns at your convenience.

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