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Understanding Hospice

Hospice care is considered for patients who have a terminal illness with life expectancy of six months or less and addresses pain and symptom control. Earlier referrals to the program allow time to experience the full range of services and focus on enhancing quality of life. Once on hospice, if a patient shows improvement, the patient’s physician can release him from the hospice program.

Patients and families can make a self-referral for hospice care. If you are talking with your doctor about end-of-life care options, ask for HMC by name. Hospice care is typically covered in full by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. No one is turned away from HMC due to inability to pay.

Hospice services

Services provided by our experienced staff include:
• Regular visits by a registered nurse
• Nurse available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week
• Pain and symptom management
• Massage therapy
• Art Therapy
• Medical equipment and supplies for your home
• Individual and family counseling (for all ages)
• Bereavement support for up to one year following death
• Medical social worker services
• Chaplain services

Where care is provided

Hospice and palliative care services are provided wherever patients call home, whether it is a private residence, assisted living facility or nursing home. We find that patients have the best end of life experience when they can remain in their home environment and we always strive to honor that need.

If the situation calls for more skilled care or advanced symptom management, our new 16-bed inpatient hospice care center is available, where round-the-clock care, comfort and hospitality are available for patients and families. Our hospice care center is located at the corner of Route 18 & Windfall Road, just 1/2 mile East of I-71 in Medina.

Support for family

In many cases, families want to care for their loved ones at home. HMC recognizes the special needs of caregivers and provides the knowledge, expertise and support to enable families to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible. The HMC team provides unsurpassed support to the entire family by:
• Offering emotional support
• Providing needed medications, medical supplies and equipment
• Coaching families to provide basic care for their loved one
• Coordinating volunteer services as needed
• Offering short-term inpatient care for caregiver respite time

How to pay for hospice care

If you are talking with your doctor about end-of-life care options, ask for HMC by name. Hospice care is typically covered in full by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. No one is turned away from HMC due to inability to pay.

Related Information:
Expressive Therapies