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Palliative Care Promotes Quality of Life with Chronic Illness

Palliative care focuses on enhancing the quality of life for patients living with serious illnesses. At APEX Health Services, we believe in a holistic approach that addresses pain, symptoms, and the stress of illness, emphasizing patient voice and choices in their healthcare journey.

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    Chicagoland Premier Palliative Care Services Provider

    At APEX Health Services, we are dedicated to providing top-tier palliative care in Chicago, tailored to each patient's unique needs. APEX Health Services offers an integrative approach to medicine, prioritizing the Provider-patient relationship and focusing on the whole person's well-being.

    Our team of certified physicians and nurse practitioners collaborates with your healthcare team to develop personalized care plans aligned with your goals, complementing any ongoing medical treatments. Whether you're facing a serious or life-limiting illness, our services aim to enhance your quality of life through pain and symptom management.

    • 1st Accredited Palliative Care Service in the Illinois for Standards of Excellence

    • Certified Heart Failure Program in the U.S. for Palliative Services


    What Is Palliative Care?

    Palliative care is a specialized medical approach aimed at enhancing the quality of life for individuals with serious illnesses. Palliative medicine is provided by a team of healthcare professionals, including palliative care physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other specialists, who work together to address the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. The goal of palliative care is to improve the overall well-being and comfort of the patient while reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and improving their quality of life.

    Palliative Care Is Right for Patients Who:

    • Are frequently hospitalized.

    • Have difficulty managing chronic illness.

    • Are suddenly or gradually declining in health.

    • Have side effects from treatment.

    Our Experienced and Compassionate Team Offers:

    • Management of pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, and loss of appetite.

    • Medication management.

    • Personalized treatment plans that respect your healthcare goals, and cultural and religious beliefs.

    • Advanced care planning that gives the patient a voice in developing goals for care and choices of treatment.

    • Emotional and spiritual support.

    • Referrals for other medical, clinical, or non-medical services for a continuum of care at home.

    • Specialized veterans palliative care.

    • Patient and family education to enable self-management of the illness at home, while making the best lifestyle choices to optimize daily activities.


    What Illnesses Qualify for Palliative Care?

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    What Are the Benefits of In-Home Palliative Care?

    When managing serious illnesses at home becomes challenging, APEX Health Services is here to provide a solution. Our experienced team of palliative care specialists provides personalized support tailored to the needs of individuals and their families. With over two decades of expertise in specialized palliative care, we're the trusted choice for residents in Chicago and throughout Illinois. Trust APEX Health Services to provide the care your loved ones need, allowing them to maintain their quality of life at home.

    Choose APEX Home Care for:

    • Reduced need for emergency room visits;

    • Decreased rates of rehospitalization;

    • Proactive health monitoring;

    • Improved communication and collaboration with healthcare providers;

    • Enhanced overall health outcomes.


    Navigating Our Process

    Referral and Consultation

    Upon receiving a referral for palliative care, we begin with a detailed consultation with the patient and their family. In this consultation, we:

    • Discuss the specific needs and goals of the patient.
    • Explain the comprehensive nature of our palliative services.

    Admission and Care Coordination

    Following the consultation, we develop a personalized care plan, incorporating:

    • Tailored treatments and therapies to manage symptoms effectively.
    • A multidisciplinary care team, including physicians and nurse practitioners, to provide holistic support.

    Our aim is to offer a seamless, integrated approach to palliative care, addressing both the medical and emotional needs of our patients.


    How Is Palliative Care Paid For?

    Palliative care services are typically funded through Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many private insurers. We prioritize accessibility and do not refuse services due to financial limitations. Our primary aim is to deliver crucial palliative support to all patients, regardless of their financial circumstances.


    Elevate Patient Care with APEX Health Services

    At APEX Health Services, we specialize in providing exceptional palliative care solutions. We serve as a dependable partner for medical professionals and institutions seeking exemplary in-home palliative care services. By entrusting your patients to us, you ensure they receive dignified care in the familiar surroundings of their homes, thereby improving their overall quality of life. Collaborating with APEX Health Services grants access to our comprehensive palliative care offerings and streamlined procedures, benefiting both patients and healthcare entities.

    At APEX Health Services, We Work Closely With:

    • Primary Care Clinics/Physicians
    • Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)
    • Hospitals/Discharge Planners
    • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)
    • Independent Living Facilities (ILF)
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
    • Memory Care Communities

    Advantages of Partnering with APEX Health Services for Your Organization:

    • Enhanced compliance with medical appointments
    • Reduction in hospital readmissions
    • Lower incidence of nosocomial infections
    • Prevention of patient deconditioning
    • Continuity of treatment within the home environment

    When Your Patient Is Referred to APEX Health Services, They Receive:

    • Superior standards of palliative care
    • Efficient and cost-effective care solutions
    • Tailored disease management programs
    • Patient education using the teach-back method
    • Thorough review of concurrent and post-hospitalization documentation
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    Trusted by Our Clients

    • Our Nurse, Amy, was wonderful, an angel to my mother and our family.  Our hospice team made a very difficult time in our lives, a little easier.

    • Steve was sent to my wife by god

    • Our Nurse, Amy, was wonderful, an angel to my mother and our family.  Our hospice team made a very difficultNari was godsend and simply amazing with my mothertime in our lives, a little easier.

    • Melody is the best nurse I have ever had, and I have had a lot throughout my illness.  We would not be alive today without her help when we had COVID.

    • I was alone at care for my husband at the end of his life and Yolanda did not hesitate to jump in and save the day. She took great care of him and is truly a life saver.

    • Our family felt incredibly supported by the entire APEX team

    • I was always supported by Dorina in the office, she is supportive, and I received adequate help every time I called, which was a lot. I never felt like a bother.

    • We are impressed by the communication and care our mutual patient received from APEX Palliative Care. Excellent collaborations…..

      Edward Elmhurst CHF Clinic

    • Your team was great! My entire family believed that APEX, especially Mary, pulled miracles on Friday evening when my mom was admitted.  Somehow your team was able to get a hospital bed, oxygen, a shower chair, and medications within hours.  This is a truly amazing service.  My mom was a mess this weekend and we could not have managed her care without the APEX team.  Sweglo Family


    Serving Families Throughout Illinois

    • Boone

    • Cook

    • DeKalb

    • DuPage

    • Grundy

    • Kane

    • Kankakee

    • Kendall

    • Lake

    • LaSalle

    • Lee

    • Livingston

    • McHenry

    • Ogle

    • Will

    • Winnebago

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    For more information or to initiate hospice care, please reach out to us. Our compassionate team is here to guide you every step of the way.

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    What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?

    Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for individuals facing serious illnesses, providing relief from symptoms and stress regardless of prognosis. Hospice care is specifically for those with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less, emphasizing comfort and quality of life over curative treatments.

    Who qualifies for palliative care?

    Patients with serious illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, or HIV/AIDS may qualify for palliative care. There is no specific prognosis requirement for palliative care, and it can be provided alongside curative treatments.

    Are Apex Caregivers Screened and Trained?

    Yes, APEX Health Services caregivers undergo rigorous screening and training processes to ensure they are qualified and capable of providing high-quality care. This includes background checks, interviews, reference checks, and specialized training programs related to palliative care, home health care, or hospice care. By ensuring that caregivers are thoroughly screened and trained, APEX Health Services can deliver competent and compassionate support to patients and their families.