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Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides comfort and dignity for individuals dealing with advanced, complex illness. We are proud to be one of the oldest and largest non-profit organizations serving Chicagoland. Our organization extends support to bereaved loved ones of Rainbow patients and community members in both the greater Chicagoland area and in the Champaign-Urbana area. Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care currently serves twelve counties in Illinois: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Ford, Iroquios, Piatt and Vermillion.  

Through our services, staff, volunteers, bereavement programs and LIFE Institute for Learning, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care empowers people to live with hope and resilience throughout the journey with illness and loss. 


Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care has been accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) — the independent, non-profit accrediting body for community-based health organizations — since 2006. This voluntary accreditation process assures patients and the community that Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care exceeds the highest standards in home health care.

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care: Here to Help

When you’re asking:

  • How are we going to take care of her as she gets sicker?
  • Who’s going to help us?
  • Who’s going to teach us?
  • You can turn to Rainbow Hospice for answers.

Rainbow offers patients and families the option to:

  • Remain at home
  • Focus on the important things
  • Set goals
  • Celebrate all aspects of life.

Rainbow Hospice: Care that’s Convenient

Rainbow hospice care can be provided in:

  • The patient’s home
  • The home of a family member
  • A long-term care facility
  • A hospital

Hospice supports the care patients receive from their loved ones and/or hired caregivers. The hospice team includes a physician, nurse, social worker, home health aide, chaplain, bereavement counselor and volunteer.

Rainbow's Services

Rainbow team members visit and assist the patient and family regularly as determined by the needs of the patient and family. These services typically include:

  • Regular visits by registered nurses to monitor the patient’s condition and to provide appropriate care and maintain comfort.
  • Hospice nurses who consult directly with the patient’s primary physician and the hospice medical director for treatment orders.
  • 24-hour availability of hospice nurses for phone consultation and/or emergency visits.
  • Home health aide visits for personal care.
  • Social work services for guidance and support to the patient and loved ones.
  • Chaplain services for spiritual care and support.
  • Volunteer support for friendly visits and to assist the patient and loved ones.
  • Medical equipment and supplies to ensure comfort, safety and quality care.
  • Medications related to the terminal illness for symptom control and pain relief.
  • Access to bereavement services including individual and family counseling, support groups, loss-related publications, memorial services and other resources to assist the family in living with the experience of grief and loss.

Posted by Rainbow Hospice in Rainbow Hospice Blog on 8/15/2016

Join us for a presentation on hospice and palliative care hosted by Nancy Flowers, LCSW, Community Education Program Manager of the LIFE Institute for Learning. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, August 31 from 6:30—8:00 p.m. at the Prairie Lakes Community Center Auditorium, 515 E. Thacker Street in Des Plaines.

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Posted by Rainbow Hospice in Rainbow Hospice Blog on 7/18/2016
A Q&A with Vicki Scalzitti about the Wellspring Series, Rainbow's new grief and loss workshops.
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