No. The hospice philosophy of care aims to keep the patient as comfortable and independent as he or she wishes during the natural course of the terminal disease. Hospice seeks neither to hasten nor prolong the dying process. The prevailing fears many people have about death are of dying in pain, of being isolated from others, of being a financial burden and of losing control.

Hospice of Kankakee Valley addresses these fears by providing expert pain and symptom control, offering companionship and emotional support to the patient and family, providing services regardless of ability to pay and designing a plan of care dictated by the wishes of the patient.Hospice doesn’t speed up the dying process or postpone death. Just as doctors and midwives lend support and expertise during the time of child birth, hospice provides its presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process.