Guide to Hospice: Compassionate Care for your Loved One

Your mother has been ill for some time and treatment just isn’t working the way you want it to.  You know she is not living the best life that she can in her remaining days, and you would rather her focus on family and friends than her illness.  You heard that hospice is a potential next step, but you aren’t sure if it’s the right option. 

If you are currently experiencing a similar situation, it might be time to educate yourself on the many benefits hospice care can provide.

Here at Celtic Healthcare, we focus on the quality of life’s journey; not on the duration.  That means our goal in hospice care is to make you or your loved ones feel fulfilled and comfortable in their final stages of life at home. Hospice is not a place; it is a philosophy of living.  Therefore, by focusing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of a person, we are allowing our patients to live until their very last day.

In order to qualify for hospice, a patient must exhibit a life threatening illness that measures life in months rather than years.  Because hospice is a concept that promotes peace and support, it is important to understand that the focus of care shifts from cure to comfort. We know that transitioning to hospice is a big decision, but the key is to be educated so that you are able to choose the best option for you.

Celtic’s hospice program provides 24-hour on-call nursing services so that you know you are always in good hands. In addition, we offer various counseling, support and ministry services that helps ease the mind as your prepare for your final days.  Through our support, you never have to worry about being a burden on your family, and your family never has to wonder if you are getting the proper care. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to care for our patients as if they were our own.

Hospice is about managing those pain symptoms so your child can spend time with her grandparent in peace. It’s about relieving anxiety so that you or your family does not have constant worry about next steps.  It’s about living your last days to their fullest.

For more information on hospice care and our programs, please contact Celtic at 1.888.923.5842 or at 1.800.358.8227 for our Illinois office.


Blog post by Troy Abbott – Support Services Coordinator

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