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Founded in 1980, the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO) is committed to promoting and enhancing end-of-life care in the state of Illinois, through education, advocacy, technical and supportive services. Our mission is to expand access to exceptional hospice and palliative care for patients and families coping with the close of life experience.

Free Dementia Care Comfort Guide

The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased to offer a free online resource, Encouraging Comfort Care: A Guide for Families of People with Dementia Living in Care Facilities. This 21-page booklet provides useful information to families and staff of long-term care facilities about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, particularly care issues related to the late and final stages.

For families, this guide will enable them to make informed choices about a variety of medical decisions they may face on behalf of loved ones with dementia living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other types of care facilities. It will also equip families to ask good questions aimed at obtaining the best care for their loved ones, including a handy checklist of comfort care measures to be discussed with staff members of care facilities.

For staff members of long-term care facilities, the guide will serve as an important tool for those who wish to educate families and assist them in care planning.Individuals and organizations are encouraged to disseminate this booklet in electronic and print formats.

Encouraging Comfort Care was made possible through a generous grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter.

To view and download the free guide, click here: www.alz.org/illinois

CMS-1390-N on Display at the Federal Register

CMS-1390-N (Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 2009 Rates: Final Fiscal Year 2009 Wage Indices and Payment Rates) went on display at the Federal Register on September 29, 2008. The Notice includes tables listing the final wage indices, hospital reclassifications, payment rates, impacts, and other related tables effective for fiscal year (FY) 2009. It will be published on October 3.

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Support Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization by Purchasing an Illinois Hospice License Plate

By purchasing the Illinois Hospice License Plate, you contribute to the Illinois Hospice Fund administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health for the distribution of grants for hospice services. There is a $25 issuance fee, $10 of which goes to the Hospice Fund and $15 covers the costs of producing the plate. The renewal also has the $25 fee; however, $23 will go to the Illinois Hospice Fund and $2 covers the administrative costs. Read More

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