Hospice Care in Greater DeKalb County – Northwestern Medicine Home Health and Hospice
When to Call Hospice
It's never too early to call Northwestern Medicine Home Health and Hospice at Kishwaukee Hospital. Even if you are not ready to begin hospice care, we may be able to answer your questions or find a resource that would be helpful to you and your loved ones. It's easier to make calls and ask questions before a crisis situation arises.
To make a referral to Northwestern Medicine Home Health and Hospice at Kishwaukee Hospital:
- Call on your own behalf
- Call on behalf of a family member or loved one
- Request that your physician or provider contact hospice on your behalf
A physician often recommends hospice care and must certify your diagnosis and prognosis of 6 months or less in their best judgment, before end-of-life care can begin. You have the final say in deciding if hospice is right for you. You can also choose to stop your hospice care if you choose to resume aggressive treatment. You can resume Hospice care when you are, again wanting Hospice services.
Making that first phone call to hospice can be emotionally challenging, whether you are calling for yourself or for someone you love. At Northwestern Medicine Home Health and Hospice at Kishwaukee Hospital, we strive to answer your questions and calm your fears.
Call hospice when:
- You are looking for information about advance directives to help you communicate your healthcare decisions
- You have questions about end-of-life issues, for yourself or your loved ones
- You need guidance in making realistic care plans for you or for someone else dealing with end-of-life care challenges
- Being a caregiver or grief from loss are negatively affecting your life
- When you or your loved one no longer desires curative and/or aggressive treatment
- When your physician has told you that the treatments you are receiving are no longer effective and you have a terminal illness with limited life expectancy