Palliative and Hospice Care

Our mission is to provide exceptional quality of care to our patients and their families who are dealing with a life limiting illness. Our staff is committed to the hospice philosophy of patient choice and dignity.

Our vision is to promote the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being both of our patients and their families and to provide the highest quality, comprehensive and compassionate end-of-life care.

Hospice Care focuses on comfort care and relief of symptoms such as pain, shortness of breathing, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. It has been shown the terminally ill patients benefit from hospice by experiencing comfort, better pain control, fewer hospitalizations, and invasive treatments, and overall satisfaction with end-of-life care.

Your loved one is eligible for hospice care when a physician certifies that they have terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course.

Palliative Care focuses on pain and symptom management while patients and families pursue other more aggressive treatment options as well as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy.

We have a Nurse Practioner – Led Community – Based Palliative (NPCBP) Program, servicing patients in the home, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Hospice and Palliative care are elected benefits covered under Medicare, as well as under many private insurance plans.

Integrated serves Lake County Illinois and parts of the Northshore.

Services Provided To Hospice Patients

Skilled Nursing

Hospice Aide

Medical Social Worker

Chaplain

Skilled nursing care is a skilled observation and assessment of a newly diagnosed condition or exacerbation of an existing condition. We provide teachings about disease process and management.

Skilled nursing care such as:

  • Pain Medication Management
  • Symptom Management
  • Provides individualized comfort care to unique patient’s needs

Home Health Hospice Aides are caring individuals who help patients to carry out their activities of daily living.

These professionals will have the following duties:

  • Bathing and dressing
  • Personal care
  • Transfer/ambulation

Medical social workers are licensed professionals who help families to coordinate community services for their loved ones.

Additionally, medical social workers are a valuable resource in guiding individuals and families through the difficult time of facing end of life needs.

These services may include:

  • Arranging Volunteer Services
  • Resource planning 
  • Bereavement Services

During the end-of-life process, a hospice chaplain honors and nurtures a patient’s spiritual needs. They are an important part of a hospice care team. 

Though their services are spiritual, they are a medical professional trained to work with patients in hospice care. Other services provided:

  • Chaplains provide counseling services to patients and families going through personal and emotional challenges of all sorts.
  • Provide Spiritual Support
  • Perform Religious Services
  • Provide Crisis Intervention

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