What is Hospice?

We answer your most asked questions about hospice care near Aurora, IL.

CovenantCare Hospice is not a place; it’s a concept. CovenantCare at Home connects you to compassionate and sensitive caregivers who will help you prepare for the inevitable challenges ahead—in the comfort of your home and with your family. You don’t have to conduct an emergency search for a provider, use someone you don’t know, or acquaint yet another provider with your needs.

Hospice care allows you to make the most of every moment while receiving comfort and compassion from professionals you trust. Hospice cares for the whole patient, along with those who love and care for the person. We accept and support the choices you and your family make about your medical care.

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Top 10 Questions

  • What is hospice?

    Hospice is a patient-and family-centered care program that addresses pain and symptom management and offers social, emotional and spiritual support to the patient and the family/loved ones. When standard treatment is no longer working, hospice care will ensure best possible symptom management and enhanced quality of life to help the patient live life to the fullest with dignity. The hospice team works with the family doctor to keep the patient as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

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  • What services does hospice include?

    Hospice services are coordinated by a nurse who regularly visits with the patient. In addition, social and emotional support are provided by a social worker; spiritual support is available from a chaplain; volunteers provide companionship and a nurse’s aide provides some personal care. The hospice Medical director works in conjunction with the patient’s physician to ensure continuity of care. Hospice services include necessary medical equipment and the appropriate medications to provide pain control and symptom control. CovevnantCare Hospice serves patients in St. Charles, Aurora, and Montgomery, IL with 24-hour care and individualized services. 

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  • How do I choose the right hospice provider?

    It is important to know that all hospice providers, just like all hospitals, are not the same. CovenantCare is a nonprofit, accredited, Medicare-certified hospice program with an experienced and quality staff that will work closely with your physician on the plan of care. CovenantCare has a Christian philosophy of care as it is affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. If you are looking for an Aurora, Montgomery, or St. Charles hospice care that is trusted and effective, look no further than CovenantCare Hospice.

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  • How does hospice care begin?

    If you feel you or a loved one may be in need of hospice care, talk with your physician. Ask for his or her thoughts about the potential benefit of hospice care and discuss your quality of life goals. We will work with you and your physician to achieve your goals with the benefits of hospice care. Hospice care begins as soon as we receive a physician order.

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  • Does insurance cover hospice services?

    Yes. Hospice services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid. This benefit includes our team visits, medications and equipment related to the life-limiting illness. In addition, most commercial health insurance plans cover hospice care. 

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  • Can I be cared for by hospice if I reside in a nursing home or assisted living building?

    Hospice care can be provided anywhere you live. One of the goals of hospice care is to keep patients in their own familiar surroundings. For some, that is their home; for others, it could be a nursing home or senior living community. Wherever you are, our Hospice's team of specially trained caregivers and nurses can visit and support you, in addition to the other care and services provided by the nursing home.

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  • Am I "giving up" if I ask for hospice care?

    No. People who get hospice care are getting the best medical care to help at this stage of the illness. When you select our services, you are asking us to help you make the most of each day. People can always stop hospice services and return to active medical treatment if they wish.

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  • When is the appropriate time to ask about hospice?

    Now is the best time to learn more about hospice and ask questions about what to expect from hospice services. Although end-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern. This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice is needed. By having these discussions in advance, patients are not forced into uncomfortable situations. Instead, patients can make an educated decision that includes the advice and input of family members and loved ones and their doctors.

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  • Does hospice care influence the length of the patient’s life?

    Hospice does nothing to speed up or slow down the dying process. Hospice services lend support and expertise in anticipating and managing symptoms at the end of life so the dying process may be as peaceful and natural as possible.

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  • Does hospice provide any support to the family and/or loved ones after the patient’s death?

    Yes, we provide continuing contact and support for families and caregivers for thirteen months following the death of a loved one. We also sponsor bereavement groups for anyone in the community who has experienced a death of a family member, a friend, or similar losses.

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