What is a Power of Attorney? Do I Need One?

What is a Power of Attorney? When it comes to advance care planning, individuals often include a power of attorney within their advance directive. This is a document that gives one or more persons (the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”) the ability to make decisions on behalf of someone else (the “principal”). A power of attorney is […]

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Who Pays for Hospice Care?

The costs of care for a terminal illness can add up quickly. For families, especially, the financial stress combined with the emotional stress can take its toll. Thankfully, options are available when it comes to who pays for hospice care. The most common of which is Medicare, which is available to most patients. What is […]

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What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Physicians will often present hospice and palliative care options to patients as a form of end-of-life care. The type of care received then depends on the severity of the patient’s condition as well as preferences indicated in their advance directive. Both aim to improve quality of life. However, the difference between hospice and palliative care […]

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What is Advance Care Planning?

End-of-life discussions are never easy, but their results are often vital to a person’s overall care and quality of life. Advance care planning is a process of planning that ensures any family, loved ones, physicians and nursing staff honor the wishes and preferences of an individual when it comes to end-of-life care. While typically targeted […]

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The Importance of Hospice Volunteers

April is National Volunteer Month and a time to celebrate the incredible impact volunteerism has on communities and organizations around the world. At Family Hospice, we especially rely on the hard work and commitment of our hospice volunteers. Because of them, we can provide valuable services to patients and their families. In addition, their help […]

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Why Pet Therapy?

If you’ve ever been ill or felt sad, quite often the warmth of a loved pet purring next to you or wagging his tail can be comforting. When a loved one is in hospice care, keeping them comfortable is a priority. Pet therapy can be a sweet, non-medicinal way to lift spirits and spread cheer. […]

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A Caregiver’s Role in Hospice Care

When it comes to hospice care, it is important to recognize the beauty and dignity of the life of the patient. A caregiver’s role is to keep the patient both active and provided for while also remaining in touch with the family and nurses. Assisting in Everyday Tasks A caregiver provides support for everyday tasks. […]

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Winter Health Tips for the Aging

Individuals of all ages can become more irritable and depressed during the long, cold days of winter. Even the slightest physical activity can stimulate the brain and make you feel happier, which also promotes good overall health. Endorphins, dopamine and adrenaline get a boost from physical activity, which becomes more and more difficult when it’s […]

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Your Donation to the Tree of Memories Campaign Makes an Impact

Family Hospice is celebrating 30 years of service to counties in Madison, St. Clair, Randolf and beyond. Each year, the Tree of Memories Campaign takes place during the holiday season and is a wonderful opportunity for the public to support Belleville-based Family Hospice. Its many service programs provide comfort and care to people suffering with […]

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November is National Home Care and Hospice Month

National Home Care and Hospice Month is November, but to all of us at Family Hospice, we try and recognize what this month means all year long. We understand that living with terminal illness doesn’t just affect the individual, but the entire family and circle of friends surrounding the patient. We truly believe that you don’t […]

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In supporting our Tree of Memories program through the holiday season, we make ornaments available at our kiosk at St. Clair Square from November 30 through December 22.


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We truly value our volunteers and the passion they bring to our family. Our 150 volunteers are dedicated to furthering the mission of hospice and supporting your family during this trying time.


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We appreciate the love and support shown by our donors. Gifts are used to support our programs and provide assistance to patients struggling with the cost of care.


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