Blue Skies Hospice, Incorporated was founded by Lisa Guzman in 2002 to offer services that hospice does not normally offer. Blue Skies Hospice provides care to patients that have feeding tubes, intravenous therapy, and treatment of most infections. The philosophy of Blue Skies Hospice is to provide the best possible service to patients, ensuring that they maintain dignity and peace, while having competent and compassionate end-of-life care provided by our entire staff.
Blue Skies Hospice is one of the few hospice agencies in Northwest Indiana that is certified to provide caregiver training. The course is a six-week session that focuses on hands-on emotional, spiritual, and legal issues relating to end-of-life care.
AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary’s Humanitarian Award
Lisa Guzman was chosen to be the 2007 recipient of the prestigious AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary Humanitarian Award. This was presented to Lisa for her outstanding dedication and years of service to those with terminal illnesses and little or no insurance. This is the highest honor that AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary bestows. Lisa received her award on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA.
Blue Skies Hospice Foundation Board Members
George Bone, Reverend William Collins, Janet Dremonas, Reverend Buddie Fennie, John Garcia, Lisa Guzman, George Kucka, Karen Lansdowne, Debbie Nau, Philip Pena, Renee Weintrob, and Marty Wielgos
Giving to Blue Skies Hospice Foundation
Blue Skies Hospice Foundation is a non-for-profit foundation which supports the programs and services of Blue Skies Hospice, Inc. Our board members are community leaders and friends of hospice dedicated to raising funds to support the hospice care and educational programs provided by Blue Skies Hospice, Inc. All board members are volunteers. Through the generosity of donors, Blue Skies Foundation is able to support hospice and bereavement services throughout the community, regardless of ability to pay, and offer educational programs like Certified Nurse Aid Training.
Hospice care, palliative care, and bereavement support are services everyone in our community needs at some point. Your tax deductible financial contributions to Blue Skies Hospice Foundation will help us continue to make programs and services available to everyone in Lake County.
Current Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements continue to fall further behind the true expenses of hospice care. Hospice includes expert care from a skilled team of specialists: physicians, nurses, medical social workers, chaplains, home health aides, and grief and loss therapists. Moreover, necessary medical equipment and the many medications needed to keep a patient comfortable , and free of pain are also rising in cost.
Your tax deductible donation, no matter how small, can allow us to continue to provide patients and their families with affordable end-of-life care.
Blue Skies Hospice is a member of Lake Shore Chamber of Commerce, Lansing Chamber of Commerce, Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce, Illinois State Hospice Organization, and Indiana State Hospice Organization.
Any one can refer a patient to Blue Skies Hospice.
Eligibility for Care
- An Illness causing a life expectancy of 6 months or less
- Choosing to have care focusing on comfort rather than curing the disease.
- Live in our service area.
Hospice services are funded by Medicare and Medicaid for qualified patients and partially funded by private insurance carriers. Services are provided to those not able to pay on a scale basis.
Blue Skies Hospice is often seeking new individuals with caring hearts to join our staff. All employees must have a high-school diploma or equivalent training. Thank you for your interest in learning more about job opportunities with Blue Skies Hospice. The dedicated individuals who make up our hospice team enjoy the people with whom they work and the patients and families whom they serve. Whether you become a member of our clinical, non-clinical, volunteer or management staff, you will have a remarkable opportunity to serve with highly devoted people who support a special journey through end-of-life care.
See what Blue Skies staff is up to by checking out our blog. http://blueskieshospice.blogspot.com/