BARRINGTON, Ill. When Daneen Gorski-Adams, RN, OCN, CHPN, talks about hospice care, she does so from the heart.
I think hospice is the best-kept secret, said Gorski-Adams, the director of hospice home clinical care at Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois. If you cant treat those that you serve like a family, its time to move on.
The latest move for Gorski-Adams and HPNI was a major one.
In June, the nonprofit organization showed off the Pepper Family Hospice Home and Center for Care, a 16-bed freestanding hospice that expects to begin accepting patients this month. The 42,000-square-foot LEED-certified facility sits on a picturesque 6.7 acres in northeast Barrington.The Pepper Family Hospice Home and Center for Care in Barrington, Ill., is a 16-bed freestanding hospice that boasts numerous gardens for patients and families to enjoy.
Its been a dream for a lot of clinicians to be a part of this, said Eileen Grace, RN, CHPN, chief nursing officer. There are only a few [freestanding hospices] in Illinois.
Hospice care impacted Gorski-Adams family when her father was diagnosed with a rare cancer in November 1999. He later was transferred to HPNI and died in May 2000 at age 55.
My whole career path has been based on personal experience, said Gorski-Adams, who was attending medical school before a health challenge led her to become an oncology nurse.
After her fathers death, I thought, I dont belong here anymore, she said of oncology nursing. Everything I do now is in his honor because I know the care he received. It really struck a chord with me personally.
Gorski-Adams wiped away tears as she talked about the benefits of hospice.
I get all emotional because I think of my dad, she said. The benefit of letting someone make the decision and set their goals and come to someplace as beautiful as this, its just wonderful. For me, it just feels good.
Among its 16 beds, the Pepper Family home has a room specifically for children as part of its Hopes Friends pediatric hospice program. The pediatric program, according to Carrie Alani, RN, MA, Hopes Friends manager, allows families to know there is a place where [they] can come during that horrific, challenging time. We offer an option of care.
The facility also has a palliative care clinic with a variety of treatments available, according to clinic nurse Barbara Sutton, APN.
The treatments include Tai Chi, yoga, imagery, and art and music therapies, among others.
People dont always want to take medications, or they cant, Sutton said. To be able to manage things with aromatherapy or massage or Reiki or acupuncture … those are every bit as important as, Here, have a pill.
Offering care in a freestanding home is a unique benefit, as well.
Being in a freestanding hospice home will make people ask more questions about what hospice is, Gorski-Adams said. Were maximizing what we specialize in. Were experts in end of life.
For information, visit HospiceAnswers.org.
Barry Bottino is a regional editor for Nursing Spectrum.