Hospice and Palliative Care Program - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

 

Hospice and Palliative Care Program

The Hospice and Palliative Care Program At Hines VA Hospital

What is Hospice and Palliative Care?

Hospice and palliative care collectively represent a continuum of symptom management and comfort services for Veterans and families as they cope with advanced illness. This continuum is centered around the Veteran's wishes and is aimed at achieving the best possible quality of life.  Program services also emphasize the comprehensive management of mind, body, and spirit.

Palliative care is a broad term that emphasizes symptom control but does not require the presence of a life-limiting prognosis. Palliative care can be provided alongside curative treatments.

Hospice care signifies the presence of a terminal illness with limited life expectancy. It should be considered when curative treatments are no longer effective or no longer desired. The goal of hospice care is to improve quality of life through symptom management rather than prolong life.

Hines offers a 15 bed inpatient hospice unit.

Who We Are

The Palliative Care Team (PCCT) includes a core interdisciplinary group of professionals from:

• Medicine • Nursing
• Social Work • Mental Health
• Chaplaincy • Pharmacy
• Dietary • Restorative Therapy
• Recreation Therapy

The PCCT addresses specific issues relating to palliative care such as symptom control/pain management, Veteran/family education, and the psychosocial and spiritual needs of the Veteran/family.  In addition, grief and bereavement follow-up for family members is offered. 

What We Do

It may be difficult to know when palliative care services are right for you. The Hospice and Palliative Care Team can assist Veterans and families with a variety of needs, such as:

  • When a life-limiting illness is causing pain or other symptoms that affect your quality of life
  • When you want to plan ahead if your disease gets worse
  • When you want to understand options for end-of-life care
  • When you want help putting your wishes into writing or explaining your wishes to family
  • When you are a caregiver and feeling overwhelmed by the needs of your loved one's life-limiting illness.

Contact Info

Location

  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
    Building 217, 2nd floor

Contact Number(s)

  • 708-202-2584
  • 708-202-2163 Ext. FAX

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm