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Palliative Care

Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life for patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness


Information on Palliative Care

Regional Hospice Services began its home-based Palliative Care program to meet the growing needs of our communities that we serve. The program was created in order to assist patients who have the need for our services but may not fit the criteria for Hospice. Palliative Care follows the same principles as Hospice Care in that it places an emphasis on comfort care and quality life and making each day the best it can be. 

Palliative Care is available at any stage or age of a life-limiting illness. A patient does not need to have a terminal prognosis of six months or less to quality for the services available, nor is it required that they stop seeking curative treatment. Palliative Care uses a team approach to improve quality of life by providing pain and symptom management, facilitating communication, assisting with decision making and coordinating care and services available to support the patient within his or her community.

The Palliative Care team includes:

  • Registered Nurses

  • Home Health Aides 

  • Social Worker

  • Spiritual Care

  • Massage Therapist

  • Volunteers

Regional Hospice provides service based upon need, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Aligning with our mission to provide compassionate care, Palliative Care services are offered at little or no cost the patient.

If you feel that you or a loved one may benefit from our Palliative Care program, please contact any of our locations so that we may discuss options with you further. 

How Palliative 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 RNs 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.

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.