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, such as in the patient’s home, a hospital room, or a skilled nursing or assisted living facility. Residential Hospice’s care team works to optimize a patient’s quality of life and enhance dignity, while also supporting caregivers and family members.

Visit Residential Hospice to learn more.

When is the right time to ask about hospice?

Now may be the best time to learn more about hospice, especially if your loved one is coping with symptoms from an end-stage chronic disease, like renal or cardiac disease, or is experiencing an increase in uncontrollable symptoms, like intolerable nausea or vomiting. You might be surprised that your loved one is eligible for hospice. Call 855-902-5100 to connect with a Residential Hospice nurse to get immediate answers to your questions and learn what you can expect from hospice services.

When is a good time to consider hospice care?

Patients and their loved ones have the power to choose the care path they want to take. It may be time for hospice care if you or someone you love experienced the following:

  • Frequent trips to the ER or a recent hospitalization
  • Increased need for help with daily living activities
  • Symptoms that have become more difficult to control
  • Increased weakness or falling
  • Worsened shortness of breath or frequent need for oxygen
  • Weight loss and decreased appetite

Get started by contacting Residential about hospice services and advanced care planning.

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?

Routine hospice care can be provided in a patient’s home, a skilled nursing facility, an assisted living facility, or wherever the patient calls home. Upon meeting eligibility requirements, general inpatient hospice care can be provided in an independent hospital room at Edward or Elmhurst Hospitals, as well as at other contracted hospitals or skilled nursing facilities in the service area.

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.

The Residential Hospice care team combines medical and holistic approaches, including specialized options such as:

  • Aroma therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Pet therapy

They also offer bereavement support at no cost to caregivers, families and friends.

Learn more about Residential Hospice’s programs to meet the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Does Medicare/private insurance cover hospice services?

All hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurances. If you are unsure if your insurance will cover your care, Residential Hospice can work with you to determine your coverage. For more information on cost and coverage, visit the Residential Hospice website.

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 855-902-5100 to discuss your situation with a Residential Hospice nurse.