University Hospitals Hospice Frequently Asked Questions

What is hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of caring for the terminally ill. With the belief that everyone has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, hospice offers compassionate care and services addressing physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of the patient and family.

What is the difference between palliative and hospice care?
Where is hospice care delivered?

Hospice represents a concept of care rather than a specific location, so services are delivered wherever the patient resides – in his or her home, in a hospital, skilled nursing or assisted living facility, or in a group home. Quality of life is the focus of hospice care.

What are UH Hospice’s quality measures?
How does hospice care begin?

Discussion about hospice care can take place between the patient and his or her physician and family, once a curative focus is no longer determined to be effective and the patient likely has months, rather than years, to live. After the patient makes his or her decision, a doctor’s order is obtained to begin hospice care.

Is UH Hospice available after hours?
How is hospice paid for?

UH Hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. If you have a preferred hospital or skilled nursing facility, it’s important to find out if they have a contract with UH Hospice to ensure the patient can receive hospice services there.

What role does the hospice volunteer serve?

Learn More

To learn more about how to become a UH Hospice volunteer in your northeast Ohio community, contact University Hospitals Hospice Volunteer Services at 216-765-2737 or .