Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Home Away From Home



Relais Bonne Eau. Relais Bonne Eau. Relais Bonne Eau. What is Relais Bonne Eau and how do you pronounce it? Relais Bonne Eau (pronounced RELAY-BONE-O), is Your Community Hospice Home. As you know, hospice is a special healthcare option for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness. Care focuses on pain and symptom management with the goal of enhancing the quality of life. Now for the real answer to your questions, a community hospice home is place for someone to live their final days when their own home or the home of a loved one is not possible or practical. Further, it is extension of hospice, where someone can go to get 24/7 care by specially trained professionals in a skilled nursing facility when spending their final days in their own home or the home of a loved one is not possible or practical.

Relais Bonne Eau, Your Community Hospice Home, loosely translates in French to “a place of rest by good water.” It is one of only two Hospice Homes in Illinois and the first in Southern Illinois. Located in Edwardsville the Hospice Home overlooks a tranquil, 17 wooded acres including a pond, walking paths, fountains, and gardens. The facility provides a supportive environment with 24 hour compassionate care from our team of registered nurses, hospice aids, social workers, counselors, trained volunteers, and full-time medical director, Dr. Lynne Nowak. Since Relais Bonne Eau’s doors opened to accept our first patient in March of 2010, we have stayed committed to being with our patients and their loved ones through the changing needs of the end-of life process and the grief experience. The Community Hospice Home was the next step and we are proud to represent such a new and quality option of healthcare to the communities we serve.

Help us share, educate, and reach out by subscribing to our blog and suggesting it to friends who will spread our message, Hospice of Southern Illinois is here to teach you what hospice is, what we are about, and what we can do for you and your loved ones! No one has to go through the dying process alone. Hospice of Southern Illinois can help!

Live well, laugh often, and love much,
Christine Juehne
Hospice of Southern Illinois
Community Education

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My name is Christine Juehne, and I have worked as a community educator for four years at Hospice of Southern Illinois, a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). I will be your hospice guru answering questions, covering stories, and informing you about all hospice topics. I welcome you to our blog! Follow our journey to stay committed to our mission, enhance the quality of life for individuals and their loved ones touched by a terminal illness! If you have further questions about Hospice of Southern Illinois or general hospice questions please feel free to call 618-235-1703 or e-mail me at!

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