When a loved one experiences advanced or chronic illness, you can feel overwhelmed by the myriad choices for care. We are here to help you make thoughtful, Jewishly informed decisions about end of life care. You can talk to a professional who can guide you through the process, including various caregiving options. These conversations are best held when everyone is healthy and able to make their own wishes known through advanced directives. When pain and discomfort are issues, palliative or hospice care, may be appropriate.
Jewish Healing Network of Chicago (JHNC) partners with local hospices to ensure that services are provided in a religiously and culturally sensitive, Jewish way through Jewish chaplains, Jewishly trained staff, Jewish prayer materials and bereavement groups. Life is honored, human dignity is respected, and kindness is shown to patients and families coping with advanced illness – all reflective of Jewish values.
Meet our Preferred Providers
Jewish Healing Network of Chicago is pleased to work with two preferred providers of palliative care and hospice services. To learn more about their services, simply click on the company logo.
Dr. Larry H. Goldberg is a Palliative Care physician and JHNC advisory committee member. His thoughts on advanced illness:
“Palliative and hospice care provide excellence in pain and symptom control, well-developed models of psychosocial support, and the tools to sort through the transition to a respectful and dignified decline and death. Shaarei Chesed represents an excellent starting point for patients and families to realistically consider options and resources. It deeply respects the rights of individuals to make decisions consistent with their values, and bring expertise and a Jewish perspective to the discussions.”
Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Ozarowski is JHNC Chaplain. His thoughts on the need for special care for those with advanced illness:
“The comfort of palliative and hospice care is healing for the spirit at the time when we can no longer assume there will be a cure of the body. The Mi-Sheberach, the central Hebrew prayer for the sick, asks for “refuat hanefesh u’refuat haguf”, healing for body and soul. Sometimes, the body will not heal or be cured; we still ask for healing of the soul.”
Who will make medical decisions for you if you are not able to do so yourself? Do you know who you would like that person to be? Do they know what is important to you, and what values those decisions should be based on? Are your wishes documented, and do others know where to locate those documents? These are a few of the important questions that are answered in the process of doing advanced directives. These are conversations you do not want to have during a crisis! JHNC can help you plan for those conversations. Contact us us.
Information in Russian and English
To learn more information on hospice services in Russian and English, please contact JHNC.
Palliative care offers support and symptom management for patients and families faced with advanced illness. It is designed to improve the quality of life by keeping the patient as comfortable, pain-free, active and alert as possible while helping families plan for the future. Palliative care can be provided with life extending interventions such as chemotherapy, dialysis or ICU admittance.
JCFS offers these tips to help those facing a serious illness.
Hospice is a compassionate, patient-centered approach to medical care and support for people at the end of life and their families. It focuses on maintaining dignity, increasing quality of life, and providing comfort, including pain and symptom control. Hospice services are covered by many insurance policies, including Medicare, and can be provided in a patient’s home, nursing home, hospital room or at inpatient hospice sites.
Contact JHNC staff at 847-568-5100 or click here.