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Transitions Program: Life-Limiting Illness Assistance in DeKalb County

The Transitions Program provides assistance, encouragement, and support to individuals who have a life-limiting illness, with an expected prognosis of one to two years or less, and their families. Patients and their families are treated with courtesy and respect for their own personal belief systems and values.

Transitions services are offered at no charge to the residents of DeKalb County and surrounding communities. Individuals are eligible for the supportive services of Transitions with the consent of their physician, regardless of their current medical treatment. All information is treated confidentially.

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The Transitions team consists of:

Transitions Coordinator

The Transitions Coordinator identifies needs with the patient and family, coordinates referrals and links to community resources. The coordinator is available to offer support and answer questions by phone or a visit.

Specially-Trained Volunteers

Volunteers provide extra support to assist independence of the patient for as long as possible including:

  • Companionship
  • Respite breaks for family members and caregivers
  • Help with errands and light household chores
  • Assistance with local transportation

Pet Therapy

Therapy pets and their owner/trainers visit to offer comfort and companionship.

Music Therapy

Music therapy provides live music by a music therapist or a specially trained volunteer. Music connects us with our history, our shared experiences and supports quality of life.


Our chaplain visits patients to offer spiritual support if requested.

Medical Supportive Care Program

  • Monitoring of patients discharged from the hospital to their homes, skilled nursing or assisted living facility
  • Enhancing communication among healthcare providers
  • Encouraging patients to keep scheduled appointments and to communicate when changes occur

Contact Transitions

Call 815.756.3000. Referrals to the Transitions program can be made by the individual, family, friends, doctors, nurses, and other professionals. The Transitions coordinator is a client advocate who will work with the individual and family and together they will identify needs. The coordinator will offer assistance to fulfill those needs with referrals to community resources. 


Support Groups

KishHealth System Hospice offers many bereavement support groups throughout the year at various locations including Sandwich and DeKalb. 

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