Hospice helps patients and their families prepare physically, emotionally and spiritually for the end of life. Anyone with a life-limiting illness may qualify for hospice, including those with cancer, heart or lung disease, kidney or liver failure, AIDS, dementia or ALS.
Our focus is on providing comfort, not cure; on family, not just the patient; and on quality of life, not duration.
Cleveland Clinic’s hospice team includes physicians certified in hospice and palliative medicine, nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aides and volunteers who can help with errands and provide companionship and respite for caregivers. They work together to support patients at home or in a skilled nursing facility or hospital.
Hospice is designed for patients who:
- Have a terminal illness and life expectancy of six months or less
- No longer benefit from curative treatments
- Require treatment focused on comfort and symptom management
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- Routine home care.
Most patients receive hospice care at home, where they have the added comfort of a familiar environment. The hospice team makes routine visits but is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All necessary equipment and medications are delivered to the home.
- Respite care.
When caregivers need a short break, patients can be transferred to an inpatient facility for a short-term stay.
- General inpatient care.
For patients who require advanced care for symptoms that can’t be managed at home, there is 24-hour hospice care. Our team can continue to care for the patient at one of our Cleveland Clinic hospitals or a skilled nursing or community hospice facility in our network.
- Continuous home care.
Also called “crisis care,” this constant nursing care is available at home to help get a severe condition under control.
Why Choose Us
- Coordinated and compassionate care.
We’ll work with each patient’s physicians and specialists to continue their care and keep them updated on the patient’s progress. If a patient needs additional medical services, we can arrange them with other Cleveland Clinic providers.
- Dedicated physicians.
While other hospice programs may have “contracted” physicians, we have board-certified palliative or hospice Cleveland Clinic physicians who are solely dedicated to our program. The strength of our physician support and leadership sets us apart.
- Accredited and trusted.
Our hospice is Joint Commission accredited and a member of:
- National Association for Home Care & Hospice
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- Midwest Care Alliance
- Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers cover our hospice services, including medication, medical equipment and supplies, oxygen therapy and respite care.
Cleveland Clinic Hospice serves patients in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties.
- Patients, family members or physicians may request hospice services.
- Call 216.444.HOME (4663) or toll-free 800.263.0403.
- We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Services generally start within 24 hours of the initial call.
Cleveland Clinic Hospice believes no one facing a life-limiting illness needs to walk alone: volunteers are needed to provide comfort and support to patients and their loved ones. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Companionship and socialization for patients
- Vigil volunteers to provide support to loved ones as patients face the end of their journey
- Bereavement volunteers to provide caregivers support after the patient has passed
We serve patients in their homes, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living complexes.
To learn more or volunteer, call our volunteer coordinator at 216.636.7808.