Hospice of Southern Illinois
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness.
  Hospice Happenings
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2015

Hospice of Southern Illinois' employees, volunteers and board of directors extend our appreciation for trusting in our care for your loved ones. We will continue to put patients and families first like we have for 35 years. We stand by our mission, to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. 

To learn more about our mission, our leadership, and our Board of Directors visit, https://hospice.org/about-us/.
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CHEERS TO 35 YEARS
 
We are proud to celebrate 35 years of continuing our mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness. Hospice of Southern Illinois honors and remembers over 34,000 patients and families served in our 27 counties, serving southern Illinois since 1981. We started as a grass-roots volunteer movement to help individuals and their loved ones with a terminal illness live their end-of-life journey with peace and dignity. Thank you for your support and trusting your care to Hospice of Southern Illinois. There comes a time... to ask how hospice can help.
In 2016 we will be focusing on educating the community on hospice care. Education will include the benefits of having conversations with healthcare providers about end-of-life care before it is needed, collaborating with healthcare professionals to continue providing excellent hospice care, and ensuring all Hospice of Southern Illinois' patients are served with respect and dignity. Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, bereavement counselors and volunteers works together to address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family.

We are proud to share a few of our milestones including:
  • Full-Time, On-Staff Medical Director to enhance patient care and provide direct access for our clinicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Patient and Family access to on-call support and care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • We Honor Veterans Program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Department of Veteran Affairs
  • State of the Art Website, www.hospice.org
  • Free Educational Presentations for healthcare professionals and community groups
Hospice of Southern Illinois is your community not-for-profit hospice program serving 27 counties in southern Illinois since 1981. Our commitment at Hospice of Southern Illinois is to be with our patients and their loved ones through the changing needs of the end-of-life process and the grief experience. For more information about Hospice of Southern Illinois, visit our website, www.hospice.org, or call 1-800-233-1708.
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    WELLNESS TIP
Nutrition:   It's cupboard cleanout time! Go through you cupboards and get rid of items that you may have bought that are high in sodium, fat or sugars. Take a note of them and look for lower sodium, fat or sugar items to replace them. For help reading a food label, go to hap.org and type "Food Label" in the search box and select the document titled, "Healthy Eating: How to Read Food Labels."  Source: www.hap.org - HAP Wellness Tips
   
CAREGIVING TIP
CookingEncourage your children to help you with meals because when they cook it or prepare it - they have ownership of the meal and are more likely to eat it! Visit hap.org/cookekitchen for healthy, family-friendly recipes.
Source: www.hap.org - HAP Wellness Tips  
   Events
CURRENT EVENTS:
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Pavilion of the City of Marion
As part of our 35th Anniversary, Hospice of Southern Illinois is gathering photos to put together a special Tribute Slideshow to honor your loved ones. This slideshow is a reminder of how important our loved ones are and that we carry special memories with us every day. This Tribute Slideshow will be debuted at the first event of 2016, the Annual Red Carpet Gala. Thank you for sharing your loved one with us. We respectfully ask all photos to be submitted by Monday, January 4th, at 5:00 p.m. to ensure we have ample time to complete the slideshow for the event. When you register, you will have an opportunity to submit a photo, or you can email your photo to hsimedia@hospice.org.
For more information, contact Jennifer Vinyard , 618-997-3030.

SAVE THE DATE
10TH ANNUAL VALENTINE'S TRIVIA
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Knights of Columbus, Fairview Heights, IL
5420 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights
For more information, contact Jacqueline Allaria , 618-235-1703.

SHOP LOCAL FOR A CAUSE
 
In November we released this beautiful bracelet with the help of a local shop,  Peace By Piece Co., and designer,  Luca + Danni, to benefit our mission. Get yourself an after holiday gift this season! Bracelets are $35 and a
 portion of the proceeds are donated
 to  Hospice of Southern Illinois, INC. They can be purchased at Peace by Piece, or you can call, (618) 233-1519, and order over the phone. You can support patients and families in your community, shop local, and enjoy fashionable jewelry all in one stop!
   
Learn more about how you can support Hospice of Southern Illinois' events , or make a donation , today!
 Volunteering  Volunteer
VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION
 


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Please join us if  you would like  to become a part of our dedicated volunteer team by calling in your RSVP to Susan Relfe or Shelly Black, Belleville, 618-235-1703; or Rita Spiller or Donna Cunetto, Marion, 618-997-3030. 
  
2015 Volunteer  Training :
  • Friday, March 18, 2016 - John A Logan College in Carterville - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
  We Honor Veterans  Veterans
HOLIDAYS AND PTSD

Spending time with family and friends over the holidays can be fun, but the flurry of festivities can also add stress. This is particularly true for someone with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  If you or a family member has PTSD, it does not have to negatively impact the holidays. There are healthy ways to cope and manage stress.

The following list of tips from our clinicians can help you manage your PTSD symptoms over this holiday season:
  • Make a list of your favorite coping tools that you can use for different types of situations. Keep them on hand, in the event something triggers you.
  • Bring stress management tools with you wherever you go with online tools and apps such as PTSD Coach Online, PTSD Coach and Mindfulness Coach.
  • Create a playlist of music that you can listen to when you are stressed.
  • Make a folder of favorite photos. Look through them to take your mind off what is stressing you.
  • Write a list of the reasons you want to change your habits or reactions. They help motivate you.
  • Set time limits for activities that are difficult for you.
  • Reward yourself for your hard work with a healthy activity.
  • Reach out for support if you need it. Know who you can rely on for help. If your symptoms of PTSD are getting worse or you feel down, reach out to your provider or call the crisis line.
If you know someone with PTSD, there are things you can do to make sure the holiday season is pleasant and enjoyable for everyone:
  • Educate yourself: Read about PTSD Symptoms, and how PTSD affects your loved one.
  • Talk to your family member about what they need to feel comfortable during the holidays. If your loved one needs services, call Coaching into Care for advice in talking to them about treatment.
  • Keep important resources at hand, such as the Veterans Crisis Line, a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

*Source - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/family/index.asp 

Read More Here
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We encourage you to visit the  We Honor Veterans or the  US Department of Veterans Affairs website for updates and resources on staying committed to providing excellent care to Veterans.
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Why  Choose Us
As your not-for-profit hospice, we have been providing hospice care exclusively since 1981. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness.  Learn more
Make a Referral
The best time to learn about hospice is before you need it. At any time during a life-threatening illness, it is appropriate to discuss all of a patient's healthcare options, including hospice.  Learn more

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Hospice of Southern Illinois
305 South Illinois Street
Belleville, IL 62220 
800-233-1708
618-235-1703
fax: 618-235-3130