Northern Illinois Hospice Services
If you or someone you love is faced with a life-limiting illness, there's help − and help comes in many forms.
A full range of expert services are available to you and your family for life’s final months wherever you call home – your own residence, in the community, a nursing home or an assisted living facility.
Expert Medical Care
Our hospice physicians and nurses work with your loved one’s doctor to manage pain and other symptoms so your loved one can be more comfortable.
Physical, occupational, speech, dietary and complementary therapies such as music, massage and pet therapies – help increase comfort, peace and the ability to function at a higher level.
Help with the Activities of Daily Living
Our certified nursing assistants help with bathing, dressing, grooming, changing linens and other activities to assist your loved one and your family.
Emotional and Spiritual Support
Licensed social workers help you navigate and coordinate resources available to your family. Chaplains and certified counselors provide emotional support and serve all faiths.
Companionship and Assistance
Trained and compassionate volunteers are in tune with patient needs to provide companionship, give caregivers a break and assist with a variety of needs like running errands, preparing light meals and doing household tasks.
Equipment and Prescriptions Related to the Life-limiting Illness
Northern Illinois Hospice provides medicines prescribed by the physician and necessary equipment such as a hospital bed, walker, shower chair and more. Our responsiveness to changing needs helps ease the challenge for caregivers.
In an Emergency
Northern Illinois Hospice is always just a phone call away. Nurses visit routinely during the week and on weekends as needed. Emergency care services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
For the Entire Family
Our professionals recognize the needs of and demands on families, caregivers and loved ones. Northern Illinois Hospice offers our full support through training, emotional and spiritual guidance, short term respite care and grief counseling.
(Refer to the Election of Hospice Benefit/Consent Form for additional details about our hospice services.)
Which Nursing Facilities We Work With
Patients in hospice have generally made a choice to live at home, whether that be in the community, a nursing home, or an assisted living facility. While people on hospice are occasionally admitted to the hospital for symptom management or the need for emergency treatment (e.g., broken hip due to a fall), the general preference of patients on hospice is to receive all care in their homes.
Patients are referred to us from many health systems throughout the Midwest including SwedishAmerican Hospital, Rockford Memorial Hospital, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford VA Clinic, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and UW-Madison Health Systems.
Northern Illinois Hospice also has agreements with SwedishAmerican Hospital and River Bluff Nursing Home for inpatient care. All inpatient care must have prior approval the NIH Inter-disciplinary team.
Northern Illinois Hospice works with many facilities including the ones listed below. If you do not see your facility, please call 815.398.0500. Chances are we work with them.
Nursing Facility Agreements
Fairhaven Christian Retirement Home
Fair Oaks Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
Forest City Nursing and Rehab
Lena Living Center
Maple Crest Care Center
Northwoods Care Center
The Villa at PA Peterson
Park Place of Belvidere