When the caregiver is the patient

Hospice of the Western Reserve cares for not only the patient but the family and family caregivers too. Our patients are also parents, grandparents and spouses. Just because they’re ill doesn’t mean they abandon their own caregiving role. Moms and dads, even those with a serious illness, still want to take care of their children. Grandparents feel responsible for the younger generations and spouses look out for their partner’s happiness.


“There are only four kinds of people in this world—those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who need caregivers.”

— Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter


So many patients like Joey’s mom, Lisa, are both caregiver and the recipient of care. We support them in ways that honor their responsibilities as moms, dads, wives and husbands -- while making sure that they themselves are comfortable and cared for. Read Joey’s story and meet some of our caregivers and their loved ones on these pages.

Joey was just about to turn seven and his mom wanted to give him a birthday party that he would always remember. But Lisa was a patient at David Simpson Hospice House and she had very little time left. But she was a mom and she was determined, so she reached out to staff members for help. Joey’s birthday party was everything a seven year old could have asked for – gifts, cake, a beautiful summer afternoon and lots of family and friends. Most important, it was his mom’s gift to him and a day he will remember with love for the rest of his life.