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Joliet Hospice
Joliet Area Community Hospice

Hospice Program


During an illness that is life threatening, you or your loved ones may decide that the treatments meant to cure or slow down your disease are no longer working and/or are more taxing on you and your body than they are of benefit to you.

Hospice can help when you want relief from pain, shortness of breath, nausea and other symptoms.  Hospice can help you feel comfortable so you can focus on the people and things you care about the most.

Some people think using hospice means giving up.  Others worry they won’t get the medical care they are used to receiving.  Hospice focuses on living and living with the best possible quality of life. Hospice involves aggressive medical care, but with the focus on comfort rather than curing your illness.  There are so many trained medical people and services that come TO YOU with hospice care:

The Hospice Team:
  • You and your family
  • Your physician
  • RN case manager
  • Hospice medical director
  • Certified nursing assistant
  • Social worker
  • Chaplain
  • Volunteers
  • Music therapist
  • Massage therapist
  • 24-hour triage by a nurse
  • Physical therapist
Who Pays for Hospice?
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • 3rd party insurance

If you do not have hospice coverage, we NEVER turn anyone away for lack of ability to pay.

Other care provided:
  • Durable medical equipment (hospital bed, wheelchair, commode, etc.)
  • Medications
  • Short term respite in long term care facility
  • Supplies such as diapers, catheters, or wound dressings
Where is Hospice Provided?
  • Your home
  • Your assisted living or nursing facility
  • At the hospital (temporarily)
  • At our Hospice Home inpatient unit which provides short term care when symptoms are not managed at home
When might it be time to call us?
  • When you experience;
    • Pain, shortness of breath and other discomfort
    • Weight loss
    • Frequent hospitalizations or emergency room visits that don’t really help
    • Incontinence of bowel or bladder
    • Frequent infections
    • Pressure sores
  • When you decide to stop a curative treatment
  • When you’re unable to care for yourself or need more assistance to walk
  • When you and/or your family need support
  • When your doctor suggests hospice care