When the diagnosis of a terminal illness is received, it not only affects the patient, but the entire family as well. It may be difficult to talk about death and make future decisions. Everyone may feel overwhelmed.
Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) strives to support the family at this time and provide the best quality end of life care. At JACH, the patient and their family are at the center of the care provided by the hospice interdisciplinary team of physician, nurse, CNA, chaplain, social worker, therapists and volunteers.
The hospice team members teach caregivers (who are often family members), provide pain and symptom management to the patient, help meet patients’ end of life wishes, and give emotional support to everyone involved in the patient’s care. The caregiver/family can reach a hospice staff member 24/7, whether to confirm the medication dosage, answer a question if a sudden change has occurred, or just for reassurance that what they’re doing is correct.
The hospice social worker educates the family about community resources that can assist them to reach their goals, helps with advance care planning and advocates for the patient’s wishes.
Faith and religious traditions can play a role in the physical and emotional well-being of both the patient and their family. The JACH chaplain listens, counsels and allows the patient and family members to express their fears and concerns.
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance have a hospice benefit that pays for all care, medication and supplies relating to the terminal illness. As a nonprofit hospice, Joliet Area Community Hospice never turns anyone away because of their inability to pay.
After a loved one’s death, family members are offered bereavement support for 13 months. Bereavement counselors help families cope with their grief through individual counseling, group support and workshops.