April 17, 2012

CBS Chicago: State Budget Cuts Could Take Away Hospice Care For Poor

CHICAGO – In the effort to cut Medicaid spending, the state of Illinois is considering cutting hospice services for the poor. Featured on CBS Chicago News, Unity Hospice of Chicagoland commented on the matter.CBS Chicago

Unity Hospice Social Worker Judith Mintz, LCSW, stated hospice’s goal of keeping patients out of the hospital due to the care team’s intense management of symptoms, intense pain and respiratory distress. In the long-term, hospice is much cheaper than admitting patients to the hospital.

Unity Hospice patient, Carla Givan, who at 47 years old is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease which has left her unable to use her arms and legs and unable to speak, is one of many individuals with a need for the extra care that hospice provides. CBS underlines Givan’s story – and how Unity Hospice has truly made a difference in the lives of her and her famly.

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