What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a chance for people dealing with life-limiting illness to have relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of dealing with the illness and to have an extra layer of support. Unlike hospice, palliative care can be provided alongside curative treatment.The goal of palliative care is to provide symptom management, advance care planning, spiritual and emotional support if needed and overall quality of life.

Who benefits from Palliative Care?

  • Patients with advanced cancer who are still receiving curative treatments
  • Patients with advanced heart disease facing difficult decisions regarding treatment options
  • Patients with advanced COPD who are experiencing frequent hospitalizations
  • Patients with advanced dementia experiencing decline
  • Patients who suffer from pain or other symptoms due to a serious illness
  • Patients who experience physical or emotional pain that is NOT under control
  • Patients who need help understanding the situation and coordinating care

What can I expect?

  • A Physician or Nurse Practitioner specially trained in palliative medicine will evaluate your needs and develop a care plan to manage your care.
  • A social worker is also available as needed through your plan of care to assist you with community resources and advanced care planning.
  • A team approach to support you every step of the way.

 The Team

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Hospice of Kankakee Valley’s Palliative Care Team includes our Nurse Practitioners Bill Mattox, Mira Brosseau and Tammra Mallory as well as our board certified Physician, Farhan Shams. Bill Mattox, RN, MSN, NP-C, recveived his Masters and Bachelors in Nursing Degrees from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Before receiving his Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2014, his prior nursing experience included primarily critical care. The critical care environment, coupled with Internal Medicine and Palliative Nurse Practitioner positions he has held fostered a desire to provide competent symptom management to patients. Mira Brosseau, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, has over 30 years of Nursing experience including the hospital and outpatient setting, hospice, and teaching at the college level. Mira received her BSN from Olivet Nazarene University in 1979, her MSN from Lewis University in 1994, and finished her Adult NP from North Park University in 2005. Tammra Mallory, RN, MSN, FNP-C, received her (ADN) RN from Kankakee Community College in 2002. After working in the ICU for five years, and in the ER for eight years, she continued her studies and received her BSN from St. Francis in 2011. She later received her MSN from Olivet Nazarene University in 2015 where she completed her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate requirements.