Hospice care

Hospice provides support and care for individuals who are in the last phases of an incurable disease to help them live as fully and comfortably as possible, pain-free and with dignity.

Hospice recognizes that the dying process is part of the normal process of living, and focuses on enhancing the quality of remaining life. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. It exists in the hope and belief that through appropriate care, individuals and their families may attain some peace in preparation for death.

If a patient decides to begin hospice care, Edward-Elmhurst Health can help with the transition. We can refer families to Residential Hospice, or to another hospice provider of the patient’s choosing. Residential Hospice offers patients and families individualized care plans, developed with their physician, and carried out in familiar surroundings. Visit Residential Hospice to learn more.

When is the right time to ask about hospice?

Now is the best time to learn more about hospice and to ask questions about what to expect from hospice services. Although end-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern. This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice is needed.

How does a patient qualify for hospice care?

A physician must certify that he/she believes that the patient is within six months of death.

Where is hospice care provided?

Hospice care is provided in a patient’s home, a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living facility. Under special circumstances, care can be provided in an inpatient hospice unit at Edward-Elmhurst Health.

How does hospice help keep the patient comfortable?

Hospice staff receives special training to care for all types of physical and emotional symptoms that may arise in the end stages of a serious illness. Hospice care may include medication and other therapies designed to relieve stress and pain, and provide a comfortable environment for the patient.

Does Medicare/private insurance cover hospice services?

Hospice care is covered 100 percent by Medicare. Most private insurance companies also have a hospice benefit. If you are unsure if your insurance will cover your care, we can work with you to determine your coverage.

Plan ahead with an advance directive

There may come a time in your life when you need someone else to make medical decisions for you. The best way to prepare for that day is by planning ahead. Complete your advance directive today.

Call a hospice nurse today

Call 866-902-5854 to discuss your situation with a Residential Hospice nurse.