Palliative Care and Hospice

Planning for Quality of Life


When Palliative Care is Appropriate, Adena is there

Many people think palliative care is synonymous with end-of-life care, but that’s not the case. Palliative care is appropriate for anyone facing a serious illness like cancer.

Adena Health System has five inpatient beds dedicated to palliative care. Patients from Adena Cancer Center and other parts of the facility can request a palliative care consultation while they’re in the hospital, or they may be referred to the unit by their physician. While there, the palliative care staff will work with the patient and his or her family to devise a care plan.

A care plan may include tactics for handling pain management, symptom alleviation, and stress reduction. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family.

Palliative care is generally recommended for patients who have:

  • Made frequent trips to the emergency room
  • Had three or more admissions to the hospital with the same symptoms in a 12-month period
  • Uncontrolled symptoms
  •  Multiple serious illnesses
  • Difficult side effects from treatment

How Hospice Can Help

Hospice is a form of palliative care offered to patients who are nearing end of life. Adena's hospice program is designed to ease the transition between being a healthy individual to end of life for both the patient and family.  That includes symptom and pain management but also counseling on legal issues. 

Adena Hospice is a provider-member of the Midwest Care Alliance. Moreover, Adena’s program, which has existed for more than a quarter of a century, is certified by both Medicaid and Medicare, licensed by the state of Ohio and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (ACHC).

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