Parts of the Affordable Care Act focus on keeping people out of hospitals as a way to cut costs and to focus on patient care. That shift is putting more emphasis on areas like home-based care and transitional care.
Hospice Artisan Donna Gross surveys a display of Hushkins Dolls at a Friends of Hospice event. This year's event is Nov. 9 at Cloister in the Woods in Munster, with all proceeds benefiting Hospice of the Calumet Area.
CHESTERTON | It began 30 years ago with 22 terminally ill patients and their families.
VALPARAISO | From church services and Shakespeare to Lazer Ball, the upcoming season at Central Park Plaza promises to be busy and varied.
Gary native Alex Karras, who played for the struggling Detroit Lions from 1958 to 1970, is currently in hospice care at his home in Hollywood Hills, Calif., nephew Jeff Karras said Monday night.
Kim McCaslin, a nurse with Passages hospice, and her patient Leonard Ihrke are seen outside Amberwood Care Center in Rockford, Ill. McCaslin arranged for Ihrke, a former flight instructor, to go up in a plane over Chicago and Lake Geneva, Wis.
A comprehensive, more compassionate approach to caring for patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses -- known as palliative care -- is gaining traction.
The Hospice of Calumet Area celebrated its 30th anniversary with a black-tie gala Saturday at Avalon Manor.
HOBART | When Hospice of the Calumet Area was created in 1981, the board of directors voted to recognize what would be the organization's "core value" and mission: "No one will be denied care because of an inability to pay for services."
Valparaiso resident Jim Wise and his three-legged dog Kalaber visit hospice patients.
Kalaber is an Australian shepherd who is brought to visit hospice patients by his owner, Jim Wise, of Valparaiso.
Volunteer Jim Wise, of Valparaiso, and his dog, Kalaber, prepare to visit hospice patients at the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County hospice center.
Volunteer Jim Wise and his dog, Kalaber, visit hospice patient Bill Isakson. Wise became involved in pet therapy to help bring a little joy to the patients.
Jim Wise and his dog Kalaber prepare to visit hospice patients in Valparaiso.
Hospice patient Bill Isakson pets Kalaber, a pet therapy dog, at the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Center in Valparaiso. Kalaber's owner, Jim Wise, brings the dog to the center about once a week to visit patients.
Volunteer Jim Wise, left, and his dog, Kalaber, visit hospice patient Bill Isakson at the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County hospice center in Valparaiso.
VALPARAISO | A new leader has taken the reins at the Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County after its founder stepped down following more than 40 years of service.
Visiting Nurse Association volunteer Judy Bornstein, left, sings to Life Care Center resident Ruth Dommer.
Visiting Nurse Association volunteer Judy Bornstein holds the hand of Life Care Center resident Ruth Dommer during a visit to her bedside.
Visiting Nurse Association volunteer Judy Bornstein talks to Life Care Center resident Ruth Dommer during a visit to her bedside. Bornstein sings to many patients a few times a week.
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