Illinois Valley Hospice
Families who choose Illinois Valley Hospice are served by a coordinated
team of professionals, specializing in a number of areas to assist patients
and families. Our hospice team includes:
Our medical director consults with primary care physicians to coordinate
care. He provides expertise and guidance in the development of the plan
of care. If a patient does not have a primary care physician, or the primary
physician wishes not to coordinate the patient's hospice care, our
medical director is available.
Registered nurses assist patients with medical needs. Each family is assigned
a primary nurse who visits patients at home. Registered nurses provide:
- Assessment of patient and family needs
- Assistance in the development of the plan of care
- Pain and symptom control
- On-going education
- Personal care
- Emotional support
Home Health Aides
Home health aides visit patients in the comfort of their own homes and
assist with daily care needs. Visits are based on individual patient needs
and preference. Home health aides:
- Provide assistance with personal hygiene and grooming.
- Assist with activities of daily living and light housekeeping tasks.
- Provide emotional support.
Medical Social Workers
Medical social workers visit patients and their families at home to assist
with decision-making and counseling. They are listening ears for patients
and families who need guidance in difficult times or direction in dealing
with personal and family issues.
Spiritual Care Coordinator
The spiritual care coordinator is available to assist patients and families
with their spiritual and emotional needs. This service can be coordinated
with a family's existing clergy as desired. For families with no spiritual
affiliation, the spiritual care coordinator can offer spiritual support.
Trained volunteers assist patients and families to:
- Provide companionship, support and diversion.
- Provide intervals of rest for caregivers.
- Provide respite care (short breaks for caregivers and families).
- Assist with tasks that patients and loved ones can no longer easily accomplish.
- Provide bereavement care.
The bereavement coordinator is available to help families prepare for the
passing of a loved one and deal with feelings of grief after the loved
one has passed.
Bereavement care is an integral part of the Illinois Valley Hospice program.
For some patients, diet is very important in enhancing quality of life.
A nutritionist is available to provide dietary consultations for these patients.
In various situations, occupational, physical and speech therapies are
used to maximize quality of life for the patient as recommended by the