We care for the entire well-being – both physical and emotional – of patients in late stages of terminal illnesses. It’s our mission to help patients and their loved ones treasure each second together and live each day to its fullest. 

We know that our patients are so much more than patients. They’re moms and dads, husbands and wives, sisters, brothers and friends. That’s why we provide 24-hour care to help patients be at peace and as comfortable as possible during the end-of-life stage, and to support their loved ones during this deeply personal journey. 

Inpatient Hospice

You and your family are part of your hospice care team. Our specially trained doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, therapists, personal care aides and volunteers work with you and your doctor to develop and carry out your care plan. You and your family make all decisions and we honor your wishes. 

As part of St. Rita’s Hospice, St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice provides two kinds of care: short-term care to manage acute symptoms, and respite care for our current hospice patients to give their caregivers up to five days without care responsibilities. Our goal is to make you comfortable and support your family through your entire illness. 

Coming to hospice

If you’re considering hospice care, please call to talk with one of our staff members. We can answer questions and help with the referral process. 

A nurse will visit, at home or elsewhere, to assess your needs and begin to develop your care plan. St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice may be appropriate, or it may be better for you to have hospice care at home or another location. 

Paying for hospice

Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers pay for hospice care, but you may have copays and other out-of-pocket costs. Our team will counsel you about various financial responsibilities. 

St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice is a commitment to unique needs, to families, to the sacredness of life. You’ll receive compassionate care with an emphasis on comfort and dignity. Your family will have our support, too, as we help them understand and process the changes that come with this time of life. 

For more information please call us at: 419-226-9064. 

Outpatient Hospice

Mercy Health - St. Rita’s Hospice Care is specifically designed for any person with a terminal illness who chooses to stop trying to cure the disease. Patients must be under the care of a licensed physician and usually have a prognosis of six months or less to live. 

Hospice understands and helps patients and families live each precious day to the fullest. We provide medical care to manage the pain and discomfort caused by the illness. We act as a patient advocate, educating and guiding the patient and family through the dying and grief process. 

What are the characteristics of hospice care?

  • Hospice care is provided anywhere a person calls “home,” such as a nursing facility or assisted living
  •  Family-centered
  • Doctor-directed team that addresses the patient’s medical, emotional and social needs
  • Focus on providing relief from symptoms and reducing pain as much as possible
  • 24-hour support
  • Bereavement support for families

Who is on the hospice team?

  • Doctors, including the patient’s primary doctor
  •  Registered nurses care for the patient’s symptoms and reduce pain under the direction of the patient’s doctor
  • Home health aides provide personal hand-on care and assistance with activities of daily living, which may include feeding and bathing
  • Hospice volunteers
  • Pharmacists
  • Medical social workers tend to the social needs of the patient and their family; also assists with legal and financial resources
  • Dietitians
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Chaplains/clergy provide spiritual support and comfort. We always honor patient’s spiritual beliefs. The hospice chaplain is available if requested