Compassionate and supportive supplemental care focusing on comfort and quality of life

Purpose

O’Neill Healthcare Hospice provides extra care and comfort to the residents of our facilities and the surrounding area, when they are near the end stages of life. The hospice staff, working closely with the facility staff, becomes part of the team to deliver care and enhance the quality of life of the resident.

Our Mission

O’Neill Healthcare Hospice’s mission is to help residents achieve the highest level of comfort and quality of life possible while remaining in the security of their own environment.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is a specialized service focusing on alleviating physical, emotional, and spiritual symptoms of discomfort due to a life-limiting illness. Comfort care addresses the symptoms of an illness rather than employ aggressive treatments for curative measures. A team of specialists provides guidance and support to both the patient and the family. The hospice staff works with the resident and family to discuss goals, make a plan of care, and facilitate meeting those goals and providing comfort.

Features of O’Neill Healthcare Hospice Care

  • Our specially trained hospice team includes:
    • Nurse case manager
    • Hospice physicians
    • Nurse practitioners
    • Licensed nurses
    • State-tested nursing assistants
    • Social workers
    • Chaplain
    • Volunteers
  • An on-call staff member is available 24 hours a day, to support the resident, family, and facility staff as needed.
  • The family and resident can receive anticipatory grief support and bereavement follow-up.
  • Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) certified
  • Member of the Midwest Care Alliance
Our resident reading a book

When to choose Hospice Care

After many different interventions and medications, there may be little to no change noted. When a resident has reached the point where aggressive, curative treatments are no longer effective, it may be time for comfort care with hospice. Signs that hospice care may be needed include:

  • Decreased appetite with significant weight loss
  • Sleeping excessively
  • Loss of mobility
  • Inability to independently eat or perform personal care
  • Increased discomfort/pain
  • Little or no interaction/verbal communication

Who can receive Hospice Care?

Many illnesses progress to the point where hospice care is beneficial. General criteria to qualify for hospice care are:

  • A physician has issued a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness
  • Resident is no longer a candidate for, or no longer wishes to receive, curative treatment
Caring hands

What is the cost of Hospice Care?

  • Medicare Part A covers hospice services 100%. The Medicare Hospice benefits include personal care from the hospice staff, medical equipment, wound care, medications, counseling, and supplies for the terminal illness and related conditions.
  • Many private insurances include hospice coverage, which varies for each policy.
  • Out-of-pocket costs, if any, are minimal.

How do I find out if Hospice is the right choice?

Call O’Neill Healthcare Hospice at (440) 805-5500 and press 6:

  • To learn more about hospice services
  • If you think you or a loved one might benefit from hospice care
  • To set up an informational visit with one of our Hospice team members

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