Every member of the Hospice of Kankakee Valley team is trained to assess for pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Hospice nurses and doctors are up-to-date on the latest medications and devices for pain and symptom relief, and are experienced in recognizing signs of pain (verbal and non-verbal). HKV staff, the patient’s physician, the patient, and the family all work together to set goals for the management of pain and treat pain promptly and effectively, which enables the patient to remain comfortable while participating in activities as he or she chooses. HKV believes that emotional and spiritual pains are just as real as physical pain and offers the help of counselors and clergy.