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Joliet Area Community Hospice Stresses the Importance of Advance Care Planning and Talking with Loved Ones

10/27/2016, 6 a.m.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to help people understand ...

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to help people understand the importance of planning for the care they would want if they were facing a serious or life-limiting illness. “The upcoming holidays are also a time to have conversations about your advanced directives. Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal, and are based on your values and beliefs” stated Mary K. Sheehan, CEO of Joliet Area Community Hospice.

“One of the things that hospice and palliative care professionals hear from families again and again is ‘why didn’t we learn about hospice care earlier’” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “The best time to learn about hospice or palliative care is before you are facing a medical crisis.”

Hospice and palliative care combines high-quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious or terminal illness. Palliative care offers comfort and support earlier in the course of a serious illness. Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) brings patients and family caregivers high-quality, compassionate care and support when a cure is not possible. Together, palliative care and hospice can help people live each moment of life to the fullest.

Advance care planning involves talking about the care you would and would not want – and then completing an advance directive to document and share those wishes with others.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from JACH. Contact 815-741-4104 and at www.joliethospice.org.