Hospice care gets a boost from legislation

Hospice care gets a boost from legislation

Patients in need of in-patient hospice care now have more options in Illinois, following a change in state law that notably will add services to the Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH).

Last month, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation introduced in the House by State Representative Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) and the Senate by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), increasing the capacity of hospice inpatient units from 16 to 20.

The change was at the request of Mary Sheehan, CEO of JACH, and was supported by the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Both the hospice and the state’s professional organization are committed to promoting palliative and enhancing end-of-life care through education, advocacy, technical and supportive services.

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