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Aging and illness are an inevitable part of life.  You may have recently heard the hospice word for the first time.  What does that mean?  What do you do next?  Where do you start?  Let us assure you that we are here to help you find the answers to these questions and many more to come.

When hospice enters your life, in all likelihood it means your or a loved one is seriously ill and very possibly will not survive his or her illness.  At any stage of an illness, it is appropriate to talk about care options.  When you, or a loved one, are ageing, have been diagnosed with a terminal illness or dementia, you should consider having a conversation about your end-of-life wishes.

Hospice care is most beneficial when referrals are made as early as possible.  This will allow for time for pain and symptom management as well as establishing relationships between the patient, family and Apex Hospice team.  Hospice views life as a journey filled with hope, comfort, dignity and companionship.  Hospice seeks to help the terminally ill experience life to its fullest every step of the way. Hospice does not make a person’s death certain nor hasten the process.  The hospice team will be here to support and walk this journey with you.  And to provide assistance as you and your loved ones navigate the days to come.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, you have most likely been courageously fighting that disease.  It is equally courageous to understand when treatment is no longer successful and when the effects of the treatment are creating a poor quality of life.  It is at this time that we encourage you to begin conversations with loved ones and doctors about your end-of-life wishes.   Our team of professionals is here to help in that conversation.

Taking that first step is often the hardest step.  Our team is skilled in this area and ready to help.  For more information, continue to read this website or call us at 630- 601-1280.

 

Can You Sew a Special Memory?

APEX Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. is looking for talented individuals to sew Memory Bears for our hospice families.

Bears are made from almost any sturdy, medium-weight fabric. One yard of fabric is supplied to make each bear. Typical materials include:

  • Flannel, from a shirt, pajamas or bathroad
  • Cotton, from a sweatshirt or t-shirt
  • Velvet, from a blouse or dress

Stretch or lightweight fabrics are not used and all material is washed or dry cleaned.