Hospice of the Western Reserve is a community-based, non-profit agency dedicated to the belief that no one should die alone, afraid or in pain and that dying people of all ages have a right to appropriate care regardless of disease or ability to pay. Hospice of the Western Reserve is the largest hospice employer in Ohio.
Hospice/palliative care is a philosophy of care that includes pain management and symptom control for the patient and emotional and spiritual support for patient and caregivers.
Since 1978, Hospice of the Western Reserve has been caring for patients and families wherever they live - home, the hospital, an assisted living/long-term care facility or at Hospice House, our 42-bed residential facility overlooking Lake Erie. Services are provided by a team of staff and trained volunteers. Hospice of the Western Reserve's pediatric program serves the largest population in the state.
No one is turned away based on ability to pay. Services are covered by most private health insurance, and Hospice of the Western Reserve is a Medicare/Medicaid-certified hospice program, offering a comprehensive hospice benefit. Funding is received through private donations, memorial gifts, grants, fundraising events, United Way and the Hospice Resale Shop (5139 Mayfield Road, Lyndhurst), which sells gently-used furniture, clothing, household items and more.
Hospice of the Western Reserve is Ohio licensed, Joint Commission Accredited, and a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Hospice Alliance of Ohio.
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Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.
In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.
Commitment, adaptability, integrity, leadership, professionalism, open communication, teamwork, accountability.
o Facilitate a safe and comfortable dying.
o Respect patient and family decision making.
o Respect patient and family privacy.
o Recognize the right to appropriate medical care.
o Assure availability of care when cure is not possible.
o Provide care using holistic approaches.
o Treat symptoms and palliate suffering without prolonging life or hastening death.
o Support team principles and practices throughout the organization.
o Recognize physical, emotional, spiritual dimensions in patients and families.
o Provide end-of-life education throughout the community.
o Seek continual improvement to provide quality care.
o Serve as a community bereavement and grief resource.
o Anticipate needs before problems arise.
o Respect the cultural and religious heritage of each person served.
o Assure service availability regardless of ability to pay.
Patients cared for in 2011: 6,876Number of staff: 908
Number of volunteers: 1,800
William Finn, Chief Executive Officer
Hospice House is a 42-bed, 33,000 square-foot facility providing a home-like environment for patients who have no caregiver or whose family is unable to care for them at home. For patients not residing at Hospice House, 19 beds are reserved for symptom control and one bed for respite care.
THE ELISABETH SEVERANCE PRENTISS BEREAVEMENT CENTER is a community-based grief support program that provides services to anyone who has experienced a loss due to death. Services include counseling for children, adolescents and adults, education and support groups and crisis response, as well as children's camps, adult retreats, family nights and holiday programs. The bereavement center also offers community education, responds when there has been a death that impacts a community, and assists those who provide support to the bereaved (health care professionals, employers, school personnel, funeral home staff and emergency/safety forces) through education, training, consultation and resources. Special initiatives address grief in the workplace and school interventions. For more information, call (216) 486-6838.
THE HOSPICE INSTITUTE, established in 1997, provides education about hospice and palliative care to healthcare professionals and students. The Institute collaborates with universities to incorporate research and end-of-life topics into curricula. Education is offered through workshops and conferences, which cover informative subject matters about end-of-life care, such as pain and symptom control, the grieving process, ethical/legal matters and more. The Institute provides CEUs for nurses, social workers and counselors, and CMEs for physicians. For more information, call (216) 383-3751.
Headquarters 17876 St. Clair Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44110
Information (216) 383-2222 Referral (216) 383-3700 Fax (216) 383-3750 hospicewr.org