End of Life Care

What is End-of-Life Care?

As you near the end of your life, hospice care may be right for you. Hospice care is a specialized type of care for a person who is in the end stages of their life, including those with a terminal or life-limiting illness. Hospice focuses on managing a person’s pain and other symptoms so that they can live as comfortably as possible and have the best quality of life possible with the time that remains. This may include palliative care, pain and symptom management, comfort care, spiritual support and emotional support, as well as grief and bereavement support for loved ones.

Sharing Your wishes for the End-of-Life

It’s important to talk to your family about your preferences for the end of life. Memorial Health has a team that can assist you with advance care planning, including living wills and durable power of attorney for healthcare, that will ensure your wishes are followed as your illness progresses.

End-of-Life Care at Memorial Health

We know this can be an emotional and overwhelming time. Our goal is to support you and your family in order to honor your wishes. To speak with a Hospice liaison, contact the Care Management office at 217-757-7253 or submit a request online.

End-of-Life Care with Memorial Home Care

You do not have to be in the hospital to receive hospice care. Many patients receive this care in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. Memorial Health offers hospice services through Memorial Home Hospice, and we can help you and your family determine if at-home care is best for you. If you are interested in learning more, call 217-788-4663 or speak with your primary care provider.