Your hospice nurse will work with your medical team to control any symptoms, such as shortness of breath, pain or anxiety for your personalized care. The medical team will review your medications to make sure you have what you need to manage symptoms as they arise. Your nurse will provide education about each medication’s name and uses. If necessary, you or your caregiver will be directed when to begin dosage as ordered by your physician.
Oxygen and/or other special medical equipment to help make you more comfortable may be provided by Northern Illinois Hospice. We also provide education on the safe use of oxygen. If needed, we can provide equipment that may make it easier to leave home and do special activities with your loved ones.
Phone support is available 24/7 for patients and their family caregivers. We have nurses available to help at any time day or night. Other team members, such as social workers or chaplains, are available to answer your questions and provide support.
Our team of experts help congestive heart failure patients manage the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient as well as providing support to the family and/or caregiver.
Treatment for end-stage congestive heart failure is designed to lessen symptoms and provide comfort. For example, certain medications can reduce extra fluid by increasing urination. A low-salt diet may also help the body rid itself of excess fluid. And other medications can make it easier for the heart to pump or help the heart contract with more force.
Our team will provide all the medical supplies related to the heart failure diagnosis and our plan of care will help reduce frequent hospitalizations.
Our team ensures the cancer patient is cared for, supported and surrounded by the people and things they love. Our goal is to provide quality of life – for the final months, weeks and days.
Together with the patient’s oncologist, our care team will develop a plan of care to help control the effects of cancer so the patient can remain as comfortable, alert and pain-free as possible. Managing pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, shortness of breath and cough, among others, will provide a better quality of life for the patient.
We are experts in helping families understand what to expect in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and we will be there throughout the end-of-life process.
As the disease progresses, our team assesses and manages the patient to alleviate symptoms and pain. Quality of life is important when making healthcare decisions for people with a form of dementia. Often, difficult decisions about treatments to maintain physical health need to be made, and our care team will offer guidance to help make those decisions.
In addition, we provide emotional and spiritual support to the patient and family. Caregiving for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can be stressful. Our team offers support and respite care for those caring for a loved one at home.