About Us – Joliet Area Community Hospice #end #of #life #symptoms

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We have been providing compassionate, professional care to terminally ill patients and their families since 1982. We are a not-for-profit corporation, state licensed and Medicare/Medicaid certified. Because of our excellent reputation for care and service, we have served over 25,000 patients since 1982. We serve patients in greater Will, Grundy, and Kendall counties along with parts of Cook, DuPage and Kankakee counties.

Our Mission
The mission of Joliet Area Community Hospice is to provide comprehensive, holistic, community based support services and care for terminally ill persons, their caregivers, and loved ones without regard to economic status; to enable the dying person to live peacefully, in comfort, and with dignity to the last moment of life.

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS)
Joliet Area Community Hospice has always been proud to offer excellent patient centered care. Below are just a few of the highlights from the Family Satisfaction Surveys from the fourth quarter of 2014:

  • 98.5% of respondents reported that the Hospice Team clearly explained the plan of care to the patient s family
  • 96.9% responded that the patient was treated with respect
  • 93.5% of respondents indicated that the hospice care received by their loved ones was consistent with end-of-life wishes
  • 96% of patients responded that hospice care helped with patient s feelings of anxiety or sadness
  • 96.9% indicated that the patient/family received the right amount of religious or spiritual contact
  • 89.1% indicated that the patient s personal needs were taken care of, compared to the national average of 78.6%
  • 83.3% of respondents reported that the quality of care improved after hospice was involved, compared to the national average of 63.4%

Hospice Home opens, May 2004 becoming the first freestanding hospice home in Illinois.

What makes Joliet Area Community Hospice Different?
Joliet Area Community Hospice is the only non-profit community-based, Medicare-certified hospice serving Will and Grundy Counties. Because of the community support, Joliet Area Community Hospice was able to build the first Hospice Home in the State of Illinois, bringing cutting edge hospice care to our area. The staff at Joliet Area Community Hospice go above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of both patient and family as they face the end of life looking at not only the physical and psychological needs, but also the environmental, social, spiritual, and emotional needs.

Joliet Area Community Hospice has a dedicated pediatric team that has received referrals from area hospitals as well as many specialty hospitals such as Children s Memorial Hospital, Ronald McDonald Children s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center, University of Chicago Comer Children s Hospital and St. Jude Children s Research Hospital. In addition to the pediatric hospice team, there is a Pediatric Palliative Care Program for children that may not qualify for hospice services, but could still benefit from comfort care and family support services.

As a non-profit agency, Joliet Area Community Hospice receives additional funding from the United Way of Will County, United Way of Grundy County, grants, memorials, general donations and bequests.

Facts

  • 140 full and part time employees
  • 250 trained volunteers
  • Serves over 1200 patients a year
  • Operates the first freestanding Hospice Home in Illinois
  • One of a handful of Chicagoland hospices offering a dedicated Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Team

For more information please visit our History Page

Service Area Map
The map below shows the service area for patients in their own home, nursing home,assisted living or hospital that is served by Joliet Area Community Hospice. The service area includes greater Will, Grundy and Kendall counties and portions of Cook, DuPage and Kankakee counties

Pediatric Hospice services can be provided beyond the service area shown.

Please speak with the Pediatric Coordinator to determine if we can serve your area. Vist Our Pediatric Care Page for more information.





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