Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice and Palliative Care

Choosing hospice care is a personal decision, with input from the patient, family and doctor. Hospice is a peaceful philosophy of care for the individual with a limited life expectancy. It emphasizes compassionate care, quality of life, and choices.  Accepting hospice care usually means that the patient is accepting that their cancer will no longer be treated (i.e., no more chemotherapy will be given).  Instead, medications will be provided to minimize symptoms and discomfort.

Hospice care often takes place in the patient’s home, with the support of a doctor, nurse, social worker, counselor, chaplain, home health aide and trained volunteers. Hospice care can also be received in hospitals, in extended-care facilities, assisted living facilities and in residential hospice centers.

Both the patient and family receive spiritual and supportive counseling. The focus is the dying person’s need’s – physical, social, psychological and spiritual – in a pain and symptom-free environment.

The palliative care philosophy is related to hospice care. To palliate means to make comfortable by treating a person’s symptoms from an illness. Palliative care patients may receive palliative care and curative care at the same time.

To learn about hospice and palliative care options, visit the following resources:

Hospice facilities and services in our geographic area include:

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice 119 W. Ogden Ave.,#111
Hinsdale, IL
Advocate Hospice 1441 Branding Ave.
Downers Grove, IL
Angels Grace Hospice 440 Quadrangle Dr., Ste G
Bolingbrook, IL
CNS Hospice 690 E. North Ave.
Carol Stream, IL
Harbor Light Hospice 800 Roosevelt Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL
Joliet Area Hospice 250 Water Stone Circle
Joliet, IL
Seasons Hospice 6880 N Frontage Rd. Ste 100
Burr Ridge, IL
Seasons Hospice 2195 W. Diehl Rd
Naperville, IL
630/416-5201 800/570-8809
Vitas Hospice Care 580 Waters Edge
Lombard, IL
VNA of Fox Valley 400 N. Highland Ave.
Aurora, IL