When you or a loved one receive a diagnosis of end-stage illness, you can find medical, emotional and spiritual support through hospice care. In your home, an extended-care facility or Palos Community Hospital, our hospice program helps you live a fuller, more comfortable life with peace and dignity.
Top-Quality Hospice Care
You can trust Palos to protect your family’s well-being because our hospice program is state licensed, Medicare certified and accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest health care accrediting agency. That means we follow strict, thorough measures to keep your loved one safe and satisfied.
Is Hospice Right for My Loved One?
Take advantage of Palos’ hospice services for your loved one who has six months or less to live and resides in Cook, Will, Kendall and DuPage counties. Your family is ready for hospice when you’re willing to end medical treatment intended to cure a disease and instead focus on keeping your relative comfortable. But your loved one can continue to take medications that ease symptoms of a disease.
Comprehensive Hospice Services
When you choose Palos for hospice care, your family helps develop a personalized, comprehensive care plan that may involve:
- Massage therapy
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Nutrition counseling
- Pain management / symptom management
- Social services
- Grief counseling for a year after death
Compassionate Care Team
Nurses, certified nursing assistants and your loved one’s primary physician provide medical care and symptom management. Specially trained volunteers offer companionship. If your relative currently gets home health services through Palos, the same caregivers will continue to tend to him or her to ease the transition to hospice. They’ll also teach you how to give the best possible care to your family member.
Find emotional and spiritual support from Palos hospice chaplains, who listen to your concerns with sensitivity regardless of your religious background. Trust them to keep what you share confidential and show your family patience and respect.
How Do I Start Hospice?
As you consider hospice for a loved one, your family will meet with an admissions nurse to ask questions and discuss services. The nurse also will talk to your relative’s primary physician to help determine if hospice—or another option, such as home care or palliative care—is the best choice.
Take comfort in knowing that if your loved one’s health improves after beginning hospice, you may end hospice care and restart it later.
Insurance Covers Hospice
In Illinois, Medicare and Medicaid cover all hospice costs. Most private insurance plans offer similar coverage. Review your plan or ask Palos to contact your insurance company to learn what your coverage involves.
To learn more about hospice services available through Palos, call 630-257-1111.