A personal crisis in your family — like a terminal or life-threatening illness — can leave you feeling alone in making important decisions and wishing you had someone to help you understand what lies ahead. For 40 years, Hospice of Cincinnati has helped families create the best possible and most meaningful end-of-life experience.

What Kind of Care Do We Offer?

Home-Based Care

We provide 90% of our care in a home or nursing home.

The care team, medications, equipment and supplies are provided where the patient lives. If this care is provided in a long-term care facility, room and board are not covered by hospice insurance benefits.
This is short-term care for a medical crisis involving uncontrolled symptoms, provided around the clock where the patient lives. Once symptoms are controlled, continuous crisis care stops. If this care is provided in a long-term care facility, room and board are not covered by hospice insurance benefits.
Inpatient Care

About 10% of our care is provided in our Inpatient Care Centers.

We provide short-term care in one of four Inpatient Care Centers to manage uncontrolled symptoms that cannot be handled in another setting. When stable, patients usually transfer to where they live. Our centers are located in Blue Ash, Anderson, College Hill and Hamilton.

Tending to a loved one at home can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Patients can stay in one of our four Inpatient Care Centers for up to five days at a time while their caregivers get a much-needed break. Our centers are located in Blue Ash, Anderson, College Hill and Hamilton.
Grief Services

We offer comprehensive bereavement programs for adults and children.

The Goldstein Family Grief Center offers:

  • Adult Support Groups (click here for a list)
  • Group meeting rooms for adult bereavement sessions
  • Smaller meeting rooms for traditional one-on-one grief counseling sessions for adults and children
  • A library of bereavement education materials available to the community

Services are free and available to all, regardless of whether your loved one was cared for by Hospice of Cincinnati.

Fernside — A Center for Grieving Children, an affiliate of Hospice of Cincinnati, is the first comprehensive bereavement program in Greater Cincinnati focusing on children. Fernside is a national leader in providing grief support services and outreach and education to the community and families.



Most of our families receive hospice care in their home or the place where they live. We also offer four beautiful, home-like Inpatient Care Centers to provide short-term support for patients and families.

Blue Ash

College Hill

Hospice: 6 Surprising Facts

You may live longer.


Live Longer

Several major research studies have found that hospice care can extend life expectancy by at least 29 days.

Hospice is a covered benefit.


Hospice is a Covered Benefit

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

You are in control.


You are in control

Together, we design the care you want, in the manner you choose, on your terms.

Signing up isn't giving up.


Signing up isn't giving up.

We offer therapies that improve symptoms and provide comfort. You may continue to see your regular doctor, and you remain in charge of your medical decisions.

You can change your mind.


You can change your mind.

You can opt out at any time and revert back to your previous medical coverage.  You can opt back in later, as long as you qualify.

We help the whole family.


We help the whole family.

We offer a wide range of services for families, including respite care, counseling and grief services.

What Makes Hospice of Cincinnati Different?

Our first and only priority is our patients and their families, not shareholders.
Established in 1977, we are the 4th-oldest hospice in the country. We continue to be on the forefront of end-of-life medicine and care both locally and nationally.

As the largest hospice in Cincinnati, we provide extras above the Medicare benefit that other providers don’t, including:

  • Four Inpatient Care Centers for crisis care
  • Pet Peace of Mind™ for the care of your pet during illness and beyond
  • Holistic services for the patient including music, art, massage and pet therapies
  • The most extensive and experienced grief services in the area, free of charge.
We have more physicians certified in palliative care — the relief of mental and physical pain in people with serious and life-threatening illnesses — than any other hospice in Cincinnati.

We offer free, comprehensive caregiver and family support for 13 months after the death of the patient. This is available at no cost to you regardless of whether your loved one was cared for by Hospice of Cincinnati.

A first in the U.S., this committee is made up of people who have experienced hospice firsthand. They challenge us to be better and to continuously improve.
Our experienced staff is committed to understanding and honoring all groups, races, ethnicities, cultures and faiths. Read More.

We offer comprehensive support for caregivers and loved ones for up to 13 months after the death of the patient through the Goldstein Family Grief Center and Fernside — A Center for Grieving Children. This service is free and provided regardless of whether your loved one is cared for at Hospice of Cincinnati. Read More.

This means that we provide safe and effective care of the highest quality.

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