Hospice Care

 

Hospice is a comprehensive program that focuses on quality of life. We recognize dying as part of the normal process of living. We affirm life and neither hasten nor postpone death. Hospice provides support and care for individuals and their loved ones as they face the last phases of a life limiting illness.

 

Do I Qualify For Hospice Care?

If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with a terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less, our team can meet with you to see if hospice is right for you.  When you choose hospice, curative treatment is no longer sought. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about this decision. An order from your attending physician is needed to be admitted to hospice care.  

Our interdisciplinary hospice team includes advance nurse practitioners, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, licensed social workers, chaplains, and volunteers.

We would be happy to answer any questions you have call 800-551-6566.

Supportive Care

The goal of Supportive Care is to improve how a patient functions each day as well as improve his or her quality of life throughout the course of their life-limiting illness. Supportive Care addresses physical, emotional and spiritual concerns when patients and their families are coping with their illness. Timely attention to early management of symptoms has been shown to increase quality of life, improve function, and even extend ones length of life. Supportive Care can be delivered at any stage of illness beginning at the time of diagnosis. Supportive care can be provided while they are receiving curative or life-prolonging medical treatment. Such treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

Do I Qualify For Supportive Care?

If you have a chronic or life-limiting illness, including chronic or severe pain, and you have any symptoms, you qualify for Supportive Care.  At this time, Supportive Care is offered as a free ministry of HSHS Illinois Home Care.

Everlasting Memories

The Everlasting Memories Program allows us to grant wishes to our patients and provide them with an item or event to cherish in their final moments.

To find opportunities for joy; to lift the spirits of those who know the end is near; to provide their families with a space to share their feelings and have a moment to cherish once their loved one is gone. This is why we do what we do!

The Everlasting Memories program is funded by members of the communities we serve, who provide both cash and in-kind donations to support this wonderful program.

What We've Done

 

Our Hospice Team has granted 100s Memories to our patients and their families.

  • One Last Swim

  • Anniversary Celebration Weekend

  • Favorite Meals

  • Independence Day Party with Fireworks

  • A Wedding to Remember

  • Surprise Birthday Celebrations

  • Helicopter “Bucket List” Experience

  • Farm Tour

  • One Last Ride

  • Early Christmas

 

How Do I Request an Everlasting Memory?

 

Tell your social worker or nurse that you are interested in an Everlasting Memory, or contact our office at 800-551-6566 and request to speak with one of our Outreach Representatives.