About Hospice Care
Hospice is a type of care, not a place. Hospice care can take place at someone’s home, in the hospital or in a long-term care facility. The aim of hospice care is to improve a person’s quality of life for the days, weeks or months that remain.
Patients or their families can seek hospice care, although the attending doctor must approve it. Hospice care is appropriate for people with:
- Life expectancy of 6 months or less
- Goal of comfort rather than cure
- Desire to allow death to occur naturally without extraordinary intervention
We advise calling hospice sooner rather than later. Read more about when to contact hospice.
Experience the Blessing Difference: Hospice Care Services
Our hospice team brings care and compassion to each person we serve. Our program offers:
- Commitment to excellence: Our hospice team is recognized by the Accreditation Commission For Health Care (ACHC) for our commitment to providing quality health care and services to our patients and their families through compliance with ACHC's nationally recognized standards for accreditation.
- Case management: The case manager, who is a hospice nurse, is the main link to hospice care for both patient and family. The nurse assesses what the person needs and then coordinates those services. The hospice nurse care manager also:
- Educates caregivers about symptoms, pain relief techniques and how to make the person more comfortable
- Visits the patient and family at least once a week
- Helps patient stay at home, or helps transfer to a long-term care facility
- Arranges for equipment such as bedside commode, lift chair, oxygen concentrator, linens for hospital bed or incontinence supplies
- Works as an advocate for both the patient and the family
- Communicates regularly with the patient’s doctor and can recommend medication alterations when beneficial
- Help at home: Certified home health aides can visit the person daily. They can help with tasks such as bathing, light housekeeping or changing linens.
- Spiritual support: Chaplains are key members of the hospice team. We can arrange for a chaplain to visit regularly. Chaplains can also visit with family members and provide counsel about how to talk to children about death and dying.
- Access to resources: Our social workers connect families with community resources. For example, they can make sure a veteran has received all resources available. We can also get people in touch with professionals such as massage therapists or music therapists.
- Volunteer support: Our volunteers are a great source of help and support for people in hospice care. Often, they serve as companions. For example, our Bedside Emotional Support Team (BEST) is comprised of volunteers who provide support to hospice patients who are dying alone. BEST volunteers take vigil shifts when the hospice patient has about 24 hours or less to live and no friends or family are present.
- Bereavement support: We provide bereavement support for a year. This includes making follow-up visits with the family. We can also connect survivors with mental health counseling if needed.
Blessing’s Hospice Locations
We provide services where you need them, operating in 2 regional offices with local staff in each area. Offices include:
- Quincy, IL - 936 Broadway
- Pittsfield, IL - 321 Washington Street, Illini Community Hospital
To learn more about hospice or palliative care, or to refer someone call (877) 672-7610.