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Health

When is the right time?

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If you or a loved one have a life limiting illness, you may be wondering when is the best time to choose hospice care. It is a hard decision to make but when you make the decision, you will receive the best
end-of-life care possible for your loved one. And you will have some peace of mind.

At Joliet Area Community Hospice, our goal is to provide pain and symptom management to allow the person to have the best quality of life possible and die naturally, with dignity. Often, people wait to call at the final days of life, but the Medicare Hospice benefit is for six months and can be beneficial earlier.

Hospice care provides medical, emotional and spiritual support when curative treatments have been exhausted or when a patient decides it is time for comfort care. Hospice care does not hinder nor hasten death and does not mean you are giving up.

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance and includes medications and equipment.  Once a physician confirms a diagnosis of six months or less if the disease runs its natural course, the patient is eligible for hospice. Not only will the patient benefit, but the family and care givers will as well. Support is offered throughout the dying process and also after death through bereavement services.

Joliet Area Community Hospice provides hospice care wherever the patient calls home; private home, nursing home, assisted facility, hospital or our hospice home on-patient unit.

The best time to call is when you are questioning if you should. For more information or to request admission, please contact Joliet Area Community Hospice at 815.740.4104 or visit joliethospice.org. Joliet Area Community Hospice is your community’s choice for not-for-profit hospice and palliative care and is a United Way Agency.