Ingalls Hospice Offers Comfort, Care and Support

Hospice care brings healing, comfort and support to people facing a life-limiting illness – and to the family and friends who care for them

When Ilona Roberts’ 84-year-old mother Elaine Hackmon was nearing the end of her six-year battle with colorectal cancer last fall, Ilona and her family turned to the caring professionals of Ingalls Hospice.

“I had made a promise to my mom that I would never put her in a nursing home,” Ilona recalls. “I told her I would be there to take care of her.”

Ingalls Hospice care at home helped Ilona keep her promise.

“Words cannot begin to express the outstanding care my mother received from the staff of the hospice program,” Ilona added. “They were there for us every step of the way. They always made us feel comfortable calling them no matter how small our issues were.”

Hospice care kept Mrs. Hackmon comfortable during her final days. It also helped her family understand the stages of her journey and how to cope with her eventual passing.

“We’d never been through this before. But Ingalls Hospice helped us understand what was happening and that we weren’t alone in feeling the way we did,” she explained. “We will never forget the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service.”

“Hospice care honors life’s final journey,” explains Susan Dolan, R.N., J.D., C.H.A., director of Ingalls Hospice and award-winning author of The End of Life Advisor. “It focuses on quality of life and helping people live out their remaining days to the fullest, while offering hope and support to their loved ones.”

The support is what Linda Bethke and her family appreciated most when Linda’s 69-year-old mother-in-law Christine was dying of lung cancer in the fall of 2008.

“They truly were my lifesavers,” Linda says of the hospice nurses, social workers and nurse aides that helped the Bethke’s in the remaining three months of Christine’s life. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ingalls Hospice assists patients and loved ones with their physical, emotional, social, spiritual and grief needs. Patients are cared for by a team that may include a nurse, hospice aide, social worker, music therapist, chaplain and volunteer. Ingalls Hospice also assists with medications, supplies and equipment related to the patient’s illness. Care is provided in the home, at a long-term care facility or in the Ingalls hospice inpatient unit. Hospice staff are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Most people, if asked, would hope for a peaceful, pain-free death,” Dolan added. “At Ingalls Hospice, we help make that happen.”

For more information, call Ingalls Hospice at 708.331.1360.

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