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Where Care is Provided

Hospice is not a place. It is a philosophy of care that can be provided wherever patients live — in their own homes, nursing facilities, assisted living communities or at our two hospice centers. Most patients choose — and are able — to stay wherever they call home.

This is possible because Hospice or Northwest Ohio provides a team of experts who give care, support and education that enable families to meet their loved ones’ needs at the end of life. Services that are provided in the home include:

  • Medical and nursing care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Aide services
  • Drugs, medical supplies and equipment related to the terminal illness
  • Extended nurse visits for symptom management
  • Family education
  • Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family
  • Occupational, physical and speech therapy, if needed to enhance quality of life
  • Massage and music therapy; art expression, Reiki and aroma therapy
  • Volunteer support for the patient and/or family
  • Assistance at the time of death
  • Bereavement support

As care needs change, arrangements can be made for care in a nursing or assisted living facility or at one of our specially designed hospice centers.

Patients in a nursing home have access to the same services as those living in private homes. The hospice care team oversees the patient’s plan of care, while relying on the facility staff to provide the round-the-clock care the family would provide in a private home.

Our hospice centers are an ideal option when patients have acute or fluctuating medical issues that require constant monitoring and/or intensive pain and symptom management.

Your hospice care team will work with you to determine the care setting that best fits your needs, and will explain fully if a change in care setting becomes necessary.

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Winter Grief, Summer Grace: Returning to Life After a Loved One Dies

By James Miller

The Comfort of Home: An Illustrated Step-By-Step Guide for Caregivers

By Paula Derr and Maria Meyer

Into the Shadows: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Adult Child

By Patricia Ringos Beach and Beth E. White

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"Hospice of Northwest Ohio was an incredible group of people. The RNs, LPNs, and the aides couldn't have been kinder or more compassionate with my mother. "