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Health

Family: At the Center of Care

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The main focus of the recent holidays for so many was family. Celebrating together as a family and enjoying time together is what makes holidays special. Other gatherings throughout the year also include family: births, graduations, weddings and even the death of a loved one. When a loved one is dying, family is usually present, often providing care and comfort to their family member.

At the center of all care at Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) is not only the patient, but also their family. Once the decision to focus on comfort is made, JACH may be called by anyone in the family. The hospice care team, which includes the physician, nurse, CNA, social worker, chaplain and volunteer, will listen to the patient and family’s wishes and goals. The hospice care team does not “take over” but works alongside the patient, family and their physician in providing comfort care. Bi-lingual staff and language interpreters are used when needed to help make communication effective between JACH staff and the patient and family. A nurse is available for calls 24/7 to answer questions and give the family confidence that they are providing excellent care to their loved one.

JACH staff will help family and caregivers care for a loved one wherever home is: family home, assisted living, nursing home, hospital or the JACH Hospice Home inpatient unit. The team will assist the family in making sure the patient is comfortable and that their wishes and goals of care are honored.

The hospice team puts the patient and family at the center of care, listening to opinions and wishes shared, helping to make each day what you would like it to be.

JACH ensures that anyone seeking hospice care receives it by not turning anyone away due to lack of insurance or ability to pay. For more information, please contact JACH at 815.740.4104.