Nursing care services include assessment and management of pain and symptoms as well as personal care. Specially trained Hospice of Southern Illinois’ nurses evaluate pain and symptoms. Further, they provide services that alleviate the suffering associated with a terminal illness. During this time, nurses and hospice aides provide patient and family education on caregiving and end-of-life issues. Hospice of Southern Illinois nurses also make regularly-scheduled visits to patients. Therefore, support by the Hospice of Southern Illinois team is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hospice of Southern Illinois provides care in various settings. Whether you reside in your own home, a nursing home, an assisted living community or a hospital, we are committed to providing the highest level of comfort and care. We work diligently to put the unique needs of each patient, caregiver and family unit at the center of all decision making. As a result, this focus ensures the needs and wants of each patient are met.
Benefits of our Hospice Care, wherever home is:
- Care provided wherever the patient resides
- Experienced/certified hospice staff
- Experts in end-of-life care
- Member of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
- Certified by Medicare
- We Honor Veterans Program
- Emotional/spiritual support throughout the dying process including continued support for family for an additional 13 months.
- Hospice-trained volunteers
- Vigilant Volunteer Program
- Volunteer program that supports patients and their caregivers
- Serving 27 counties in Southern Illinois
Levels of Care
We provide various levels of Hospice care which are dictated by the specific needs of each patient. After evaluation, patients will be placed in one of four different levels that best fits their need.
Routine Home Care
- Ongoing end-of-life care provided to patients at home or in a nursing home.
- Short-term end-of-life care provided by nurses and hospice aides to a patient in crisis to keep the patient at home as determined by a physician.
- Short-term stay (up to 5 days) in a nursing home or hospital.
General Inpatient Care
- Temporary intensive care provided at a hospital or nursing home to manage pain or symptoms that are out of control as determined by a physician.
Medications and Hospice Care
Hospice of Southern Illinois provides individualized care including symptom management. Our hospice nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist with such symptoms as pain, shortness of breath, nausea or anxiety. Additionally, the Medicare Hospice Benefit covers all comfort medications and medications related to the hospice diagnosis. Further, our nurses assess pain at each visit. Then, the medical director can make adjustments as needed.
The Medicare Hospice Benefit also covers durable medical equipment. First, patients receive equipment as their condition warrants. For example, this may include items such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen, etc. Next, hospice nurses, in collaboration with our interdisciplinary team, arrange the delivery of all equipment. Finally, they’ll provide training for the use of this equipment to our patients and their caregivers.
Call Hospice of Southern Illinois to learn more about end-of-life care and hospice services, 800-233-1708. Request a chat,