JOLIET, Ill. — State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, recently visited Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care to celebrate the organization’s $250,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
“Lightways, once known as Joliet Area Community Hospice, has warmly and whole-heartedly supported members of our community in their most difficult times. Their dedicated staff and longtime volunteers understand the complexity and nuance of end-of-life hospice care situations, which can be seen in the facility’s thoughtful design and exceptional service,” said Manley. “As your state representative, I have always been an advocate for accessible, high-quality health care in all stages of a person’s life. I am proud to have nominated Lightways for this grant and I will continue to fight to bring essential health services to our community.”
Lightways used the DHS grant to add a pediatric nurse, child life specialist and a care coordinator/social worker to their staff to expand their scope of care to include children. Their Pediatric Program provides a respite for parents and families during their child’s illness and end-of-life care. Lightways serves 11 counties in the area and features local Joliet limestone in its design.