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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

Mitchell-Thomas Center
100 W. McCreight Ave., Ste. 400
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.,
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.,
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

56 South Oak Street
P.O. Box 445
London, Ohio, 43140

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.,
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

550 Summit Ave., Ste. 101,
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

1.800.653.4490 info@OhiosHospice.org
What You Need To Know When Choosing A Hospice – Questions To Ask About A Hospice Care Team

What You Need to Know When Choosing a Hospice – Questions to Ask About a Hospice Care Team

During Hospice and Palliative Care Month, it’s important to understand that not all hospices are created equal. There are major differences, and it’s important to know about them because it can impact patient care. A leading consumer publication cited several important questions to ask when considering hospice care. Among them:

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Do they have hospice-certified nurses and doctors on staff? 

Are hospice-certified staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

Is the hospice a not-for-profit?

Ohio’s Hospice Chief Nursing Officer Mary Murphy echoes the importance of asking about the clinical staff when considering hospice care. “Find out about the number of doctors and nurses on staff, and about their training,” Murphy suggests, “Not every hospice has full-time physicians dedicated to patient care. Not every hospice has nurses on staff who are certified in hospice and palliative care.”

“Superior end-of-life care begins with physician-directed care,” Murphy says. “That’s why we have full-time physicians on our staff, all of them board certified in hospice and palliative care.”

Hospice focuses on caring for patients who have a terminal illness, whereas palliative care is a subspecialty of medicine focused on caring for people who have serious, but not necessarily terminal, illness. Both focus on providing patients with relief from the symptoms associated with their illness and supporting patients and families as they cope with the stress of a life-limiting illness.

Physicians at Ohio’s Hospice are available to address patient needs in every possible patient setting – in the patient’s home, in long-term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and in Hospice Houses.

“Physician availability means a lot,” Murphy emphasizes, “especially at 2 a.m. when a patient’s condition has changed, and a caregiver needs immediate expert medical advice.”

Doctors aren’t the only specialists on staff at Ohio’s Hospice.

Nursing staff can also earn certification in hospice and palliative care. Skilled and certified hospice nurses are specially trained to address the needs of patients facing life-limiting disease. Ohio’s Hospice has made earning certification a key component of training for nursing staff.

“Just as you want your cardiologist to be specially trained in caring for heart disease and related symptoms, so, too, should you make sure that a hospice has physicians and nurses specially trained to understand and meet the specific needs of patients and families,” Murphy says.

With staff available, 24/7, the affiliates of Ohio’s Hospice are available to provide patients and families superior care and superior services. Every Ohio’s Hospice partner is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the local community. Find a list of our locations by clicking here.

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