HSHS Central Illinois Hospice provides individualized, specialized, compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families. The team consists of:
  • physicians
  • registered nurses
  • pharmacists
  • medical social workers
  • supportive and spiritual counselors
  • personal care assistants
  • physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • registered dietitians
  • volunteers

Requirements for hospice admission

  • Diagnosis of a terminal illness for which curative treatment is no longer sought. 
  • A signed certificate of terminal illness form from an attending physician who will follow the patient while in hospice care.
  • Patient and family members must be aware of the diagnosis and prognosis and wish to receive hospice care.
  • A designated caregiver/family member must be available when needed.

Site of hospice care

  • In the home
  • A contracted skilled nursing facility
  • Assisted living facility
  • The hospital for general inpatient and respite services
  • Long-term care facility

Services provided

  • 24-hour a day pain management and support.
  • Assistance with emotional and social stresses that surround terminal illness.
  • Help with daily activities such as bathing, grooming, dressing and hair care.
  • Spiritual support and counseling. However, families always have the option to utilize their own spiritual support system.
  • Respite care for family members and loved ones, including help with shopping or errands, as well as companionship and support.
  • Bereavement counseling and support for loved ones for up to 13 months after death.
  • Grief support groups in Springfield and Decatur.
To learn more, call (217) 525-5641.

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