Hospice Care

Compassionate supplemental care with a focus on comfort and quality of life.


O’Neill Healthcare Hospice provides extra care and comfort to our facilities’ residents and people in surrounding areas during the end stages of life. The hospice staff works closely with the facility staff to become one team that delivers care and enhances the quality of life of the resident.

Our Mission

O’Neill Healthcare Hospice’s mission is to help patients and their families 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:

  • Our specially trained hospice team includes social workers, hospice physicians, chaplains, nursing case managers, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, state-tested nursing assistants, and volunteers.
  • An on-call staff member is available 24 hours a day to support the resident, family, and facility staff as needed.
  • The family of a resident receives anticipatory grief support and bereavement follow-up.
  • Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) certified
  • Member of the Midwest Care Alliance

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

Where can I receive Hospice Care?

Serving Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties, O’Neill Healthcare Hospice can provide services wherever you reside, whether that is in the hospital, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, a group home, or even at your personal residence.

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. O’Neill Healthcare accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans’ Administration (VA) benefits, and private insurance to help offset hospice care costs. Contact us today to arrange a complimentary informational visit with one of our O’Neill Healthcare Hospice team members who can assist you and your loved ones with guidance for treatment options and goals of care.

Can I keep my own Doctor?

Yes patients can keep their own doctor or have their care overseen by our recommended physicians. Our recommended physicians hold the same expectation of high quality care that we do.

Is there a limit to Hospice Care?

No, hospice care can be provided for as long, or short, as needed. Our clinical team will determine if hospice is still appropriate.

Is death the only outcome of Hospice?

No, patients sometimes graduate from hospice meaning they are no longer appropriate for the hospice service. Even after graduation O’Neill Healthcare will help you navigate your care needs to make sure you get the right care given your situation.

Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

Palliative care is NOT Hospice care. It is a separate service that can offer similar benefits. See below for some of the services offered by palliative care and hospice care.

Palliative Care

  • Eligible while undergoing treatments
  • Pain and symptom management by physician
  • Dedicated Nurse and Social Worker
  • Qualified with a prognosis exceeding 6 months
  • Regularly scheduled care

Hospice Care

  • Pain and symptom management by physician
  • Dedicared Nurse and Social Worker
  • Medications covered and supplied
  • Regularly scheduled care
  • 24/7 emergency care

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

Call O’Neill Healthcare Hospice at (440) 808-5500 and press 7 to speak with a representative from our hospice team.

An O’Neill Healthcare Hospice representative will be able to speak with you regarding:

  • Learning more about hospice or palliative care services in a facility or at home
  • If you think a loved one might benefit from hospice care
  • Our affordable care
  • Setting up an informational visit with one of our hospice team members

Other Helpful Resources

Our Locations


Fairview Park Sign


Lakewood Building


Front of O'Neill Healthcare Middleburg Heights that features the new O'Neill Healthcare


North Olmsted Building


North Ridgeville Building








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