Hospice Care Information

Criteria

Criteria for admission to the Continuum Care Hospice program include: experiencing a serious, life-threatening illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the illness runs its normal course; desire for comfort-oriented care; approval of both the primary care physician and the hospice medical director, and reside in our service area.

Admitting Diagnoses

Listed below are common diagnoses of patients receiving hospice care:

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Alzheimers
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA – Stroke)
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • End Stage Dementia
  • End Stage Degenerative Neurological Diseases (Parkinson’s, Huntington's, etc.)
  • End Stage Renal Disease
  • General Debility/Failure to Thrive
  • Liver Disease
  • HIV/AIDs
  • Renal Failure

Hospice Services include:

  • Education for the patient and family on care needs, the disease process, nutrition, medications, physical changes, and emotions.
  • Regular assessment of the patient’s condition and comfort.
  • Addressing pain and other symptoms and recommending adjusting medications when necessary to maximize comfort, conserve energy, and enhance quality of life.
  • Coordinating care and communicating with the patient’s physician, family, and caregivers.
  • Hospice Aides to assist with bathing, dressing, and other personal care.
  • Providing support to ease emotional and spiritual distress for the patient, family, and caregivers.
  • Providing on-call nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for questions and visits.
  • Helping arrange additional resources if needed.
  • Respite for family caregivers if needed.
  • Medical equipment and supplies as related to the terminal diagnosis.
  • Trained Volunteers are available as visitors, friends, and support to the patient and family/caregiver.
  • Bereavement support prior to and following the patient’s death.
  • Other services provided as needs are identified by the IDG: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Dietary Counseling.

Counties We Service

Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Wayne

Payment for Hospice Services

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans and HMOs provide coverage for hospice services. Costs related to the hospice diagnosis, as determined by the hospice IDG members, are covered at 100%. We will not refuse admission to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Referrals

A member of Continuum Care Hospice is available to speak or meet with the patient and family members/caregivers to discuss Hospice services and provide Hospice resources if needed. Please contact us at 216-898-8444.