The VITAS team is sensitive and responsive to individual patient and family needs.
Nurses are skilled in assessing and managing pain; they are trained caregivers who provide hands-on care. Social workers are available as friendly and skilled listeners to help provide emotional support and to help with financial issues and planning. Physicians work with the patient's physician and are available for pain and symptom management consultation as well as to make house calls, as needed. Home health aids are available to help with personal care, such as bathing or dental care, and also can help with light housekeeping, light laundry and occasional shopping. Chaplains can work with the family's clergy and offer spiritual support. Volunteers, specially trained by VITAS, are an important part of the hospice team, available to spend time when they are needed most. Bereavement specialists provide grief and loss counseling, memorial services and other support for family and loved ones.
VITAS provides a special form of care for people during their last months of life. When medical treatments cannot cure a disease, VITAS can provide support to make life as comfortable, enjoyable and meaningful as possible. We call this type of care Intensive Palliative Care. VITAS has been providing this care to patients since 1978. Our goal is to do everything we can to improve the quality of life for our patients and their loved ones. We offer people choices. We work to ease the anxiety and fears, the discomfort and high expense that can accompany incurable illness. We help preserve dignity.
Pledge for Life Partnership Initiative
1 Stuart Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901