June 8, 2020

What exactly is hospice care? Hospice or end-of-life care, is the care that individuals choose to receive when they no longer wish for aggressive treatments or there are no further treatment options. Hospice care is the focus of keeping the individual comfortable and p...

May 7, 2020

Nothing can ever prepare you for the death of a loved one. And even after your loved one passes away, there will continue to be emotions and thoughts associated with that death. Even before the death of a loved one, there may be some feelings of discomfort and anxiety....

April 15, 2020

When asked why I work in hospice care, my answer is always, “I want to be able to make a difference and be there for people when they need it most.”  As a team, we want to be sure that we are providing the utmost care. Our patients and their families are at such a vuln...

April 13, 2020

These are trying times for everyone; especially for our patients and their families. The anxieties of COVID-19 are surrounding all of us everyday, in the newspapers, on the Internet and on the news.

The best place for seniors to be is at home; even if they call a nursin...

On many occasions, family members or primary caregivers of newly admitted hospice patients would ask me during an initial phone call or visit: “what are you and what exactly do you do in a hospice agency?” I would politely reply to them that “I am a chaplain and I am p...

December 10, 2018

In his 2013 podcast, Sean Cole explores doctor’s wishes vs the wishes of the general population for end-of-life care interventions.  The podcast describes the following scenario:

“You have brain damage or some brain disease that can’t be cured.  You can’t recognize peop...

July 3, 2018

Hope would like to express thanks to our Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Haley.  Over the past year Haley has worked with our patients, offering counseling, companionship, and music intervention.  

Haley has not only offered her support to our patients, bu...

I didn’t get the reaction I wanted when I told my academic advisor I wanted to focus my Marriage and Family Therapy internship towards helping families going through “End-Of-Life” transitions.

 “What, you mean Hospice?”  She said. I confirmed with a determined nod.  “Wh...

June 20, 2018

According to the Illinois Department on Aging, most abusers are family members; 80% were either spouse, child or other relative. It is also assumed that incidents are often underreported because of this — and the victim may not want to report it out of fear of further...

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