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Hospice Services

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Providing care with dignity and compassion

Southwest General’s Hospice Services is a specialized, holistic way of caring with dignity, comfort and compassion for those who are nearing life's final stages--measured in weeks to months--and choose:

  • Symptom relief
  • Comfort care
  • Care that changes as needs change
  • Not to go back to the hospital and to be home with family
  • Not to pursue further aggressive treatments or tests, and the physician states there are no more options for curative treatments
  • Additional support for themselves and their family members.


Southwest General's Hospice Services provides state-of-the-art hospice for patients in their actual dwellings or nursing homes or assisted living apartments.  For urgent needs in the home, 24-hour on-call staff is available.  Our hospice program also includes 24-hour medical supervision for symptom relief at our 10-bed residential facility, in Strongsville.  This most often is a short-term stay for those with a specific symptomatic need.

Eligibility for hospice occurs when it is determined that a cure is not possible and the major concern is patient quality of life and comfort.  Payment options for hospice services include Medicare, Ohio Medicaid and most major insurance plans. Additional services in this realm include:

  • Medical director's coordination of care
  • Medications related to the terminal illness
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Respite care at our residential facility
  • Assistance in determining the patient's insurance coverage.

Hospice Team

The caring and dedicated team that provides our services includes, among others, a medical director, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, spiritual care providers and bereavement coordinators.  We also have an excellent trained volunteers who help provide both personal care and operational-oriented services.

Comprehensive Hospice Services

Our Hospice services are focused on addressing all the needs of our patients.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • 24-hour on-call staff (typical response time is under 15 minutes)
  • Medical director who makes home visits
  • Comfort medications available upon admission
  • Continuous care in the home for symptom management
  • Nursing sraff certified in hospice and palliative care
  • Nurse visits in the home, as needed
  • Nursing aides available to help with personal care needs
  • Board-certified chaplain
  • Social worker certified in hospice and palliative care
  • Bedside vigil volunteers
  • Certified bereavement counselor
  • Bereavement support available for up to two years, if needed
  • Community-based staff


At any time, you can say no to hospice care ... for example, if your health stabilizes, and you feel you are no longer in need of services.

Our Residential Facility

The Thomas P. Perciak Family Residential Hospice, our residential hospice facility, in Strongsville, is for patients with needs that cannot be easily managed at home or in another setting. Each room is private and includes a bath, patio and accommodations for families to stay overnight.  Visitors are welcome, including children and pets.

Ways to Help

Volunteering and donations help in maintaining our quality hospice services. Our volunteers add to our caring staff and help us provide services to accommodate patient and family needs in a highly compassionate manner. Donations are much appreciated and help to cover expenses associated with hospice care.  

We Look Forward to Helping You

For more information about Southwest General's Hospice Services or to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs, please reference our frequently asked questions or contact us at 440-816-5040 or hospicereferral@swgeneral.com.

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