Palliative Care Services

Hospice and Palliative Care are different. Individuals receiving palliative care are still pursuing curative treatments, while the goal of hospice is to provide the maximum amount of comfort along the end-of-life journey when curative treatment is no longer beneficial. Hospice provides more services than palliative care but also has more eligibility requirements.

To receive hospice, an individual must have a terminal diagnosis and a life expectancy of less than six months, whereas a person may receive palliative care regardless of life expectancy.

Palliative care could be the right choice if you are still pursuing curative treatment and would like help with pain and symptom management, as well as support finding the right community resources to help you on your journey. Palliative care is supportive in nature; therefore, it can also be referred to as supportive care and viewed as another layer of support for your well-being.

Serenity Hospice and Home provides loving and compassionate palliative care services. In addition to in-person visits, there is regular communication by telephone with a Registered Nurse (RN). We also help you to navigate your treatment options while referring you to community resources.

In addition to supporting you and your family, we communicate with and work in conjunction with all your current medical providers. Palliative care provides relief from suffering and helps to enhance the quality of life for patients and their families.

Palliative Care Benefits

  • Improves quality of life, helping to ease symptoms of the chronic illness and/or treatment.
  • Can be provided along with curative treatment and may begin at the time of diagnosis or anytime after.
  • Home visits are provided in your own home by certified staff including Physicians, Registered Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Chaplains.
  • Can help the patient to better understand their choices for medical treatment.

Serenity palliative care is covered under Medicare Part B, in addition to Medicaid and most private insurance. Standard copays and deductibles apply.

Call the direct palliative care line for more information at 815-881-1800.

Serenity Hospice & Home has been providing care since 1984. We serve the counties of Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago, as well as the towns of Walnut and Ohio in Bureau County.