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Hospice Care

Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide sensitivity, care and support for people living with a terminal illness.

How Hospice Works

Information About Hospice

Hospice services are available to patients who have a terminal illness where the goal of treatment is pain management and symptom control.  Services are provided by a team of trained professionals – physicians, nurses, chaplains, social workers, aides, and volunteers – who provide medical care and support services.  Some medical equipment and medications related to the patients terminal illness may also by supplied.

Hospice is about living life to the fullest in secure and familiar surroundings with those who matter most—family and friends. We believe that each person has the right to die pain-free and with dignity. We believe in supporting the caregiver as well as the patient.

What Hospice Provides

  • Registered Nurse Visits
  • Home Health Aide
  • Social Services
  • Volunteer Services
  • Spiritual Care
  • Bereavement Care
  • Durable Medical Equipment (hospital bed, commode, oxygen, etc.)
  • Respite Care
  • Massage Therapists

How hospice is paid for

Hospice services are covered under Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid, and many private insurance companies. Regional Hospice provides service based upon need, regardless of one’s ability to pay.

How Hospice Care Is Unique & Special

Treat the person

The interdisciplinary hospice team is made up of professionals who address the medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and family. The plan of care is determined by the patient's needs and wishes.

Emphasize quality of life

Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Hospice emphasizes living one's remaining days as fully as possible. Hospice stresses human values that go beyond the physical needs of the patient.

24/7 support for patient & family

Hospice RN's are on call 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to help patients and families cope with emergency situations. Patients routinely receive in-home services of a nurse, home health aide, social worker, chaplain and volunteers.

Bereavement follow-up

The hospice team is trained to help a family cope with grief and end-of-life issues. Bereavement support and resources are available throughout hospice care, at the end of life, through the grieving process and beyond. Hospice follows the family through the grieving process for a minimum of 13 months after the loss of their loved one and helps the family go on living.

How to make a referral

Patients may be referred for Hospice Care or Palliative Care by their primary physician, family members, friends, clergy, or other health care professionals.

Service Area

Our Counties Served

Regional Hospice Services provides care within the following counties in Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan:

  • Ashland
  • Bayfield
  • Douglas
  • Iron
  • Polk
  • Sawyer
  • Washburn
  • Barron
  • Burnett
  • Gogebic
  • Ontonagon
  • Rusk
  • Vilas


Words From Those Who Matter Most, Regional Hospice Patients And Families.