Q&A to Find Care
Do you know someone who has...
- Been hospitalized or visited the ER several times in the past 6 months?
- Been making more frequent calls to their physicians office or struggles to leave home for medical appointments?
- Started taking medication to lessen physical pain?
- Fallen several times over the past 6 months?
- Started feeling weaker, sleeping more or tires easily with minimal activity?
- Experienced weight loss of 10%, loss of appetite or state their clothes are fitting looser?
- Noticed a shortness of breath, even while resting?
- Started needing help from others with 3 or more of the following activities of daily living: bathing, dressing, getting out of bed, walking, eating?
- Experienced frequent upper respiratory or urinary tract infections in the past 3-6 months?
- A caregiver or family member who is feeling overwhelmed and in need of help?
- Been diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness where life expectancy is limited?
If you answered yes to some of these symptoms or have seen an increase in the frequency of the symptoms, you or your loved one may qualify for skilled nursing, palliative care, hospice care or other services. Learn more about the services within our Circle of Care or request a phone call from HMC Hospice of Medina County using this form.
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a special program of caring for people who are terminally ill, as well as their families. This care includes physical, emotional, and spiritual care. It is for all age groups – children, adults, and the elderly – during their final stages of life.
How does Hospice work?
An interdisciplinary team of professionals will help care for you. This team includes your family, a doctor, a registered nurse, a social worker, a chaplain, a home health aide, volunteers, and grief counselors.
What type of care is given on the Hospice program?
The care that Hospice provides is designed to help you make the most of the last months of life by giving you comfort and relief from pain. The focus is on caring, not curing.
Is Hospice care for cancer patients only?
No. Hospice care is for any person who has a terminal diagnosis.
Who pays for Hospice?
Hospice care is covered under Medicare Part A, Medicaid, and most health insurance policies.
Where can I receive Hospice care?
Hospice care can be provided wherever the patient is – at home, assisted living facility, nursing home, hospital…anywhere.
What if I get better?
Sometimes, a terminally-ill patient’s health improves or their illness goes into remission. If that occurs, your doctor may recommend that you are no longer in need of Hospice care and may discharge you from the Hospice program. If your health should decline again, your doctor may readmit you into Hospice care.