Hospice Services

"You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die." Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of the first modern-day hospice in London, England.

What is hospice?

Hospice is a special type of care for people who are facing serious illness and who have a limited life expectancy.

Home Health United - Hospice provides a care team consisting of nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, home health aides, volunteers and medical directors. The team works closely with patients and families to identify their goals and priorities, and to develop a plan to achieve those.

How can the hospice team help?

Hospice providers are experts in managing symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulty, and anxiety.

They are also skilled in providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and families as death is approaching.

Home Health United Hospice staff are dedicated to helping individuals facing terminal illness to experience the best quality of life possible.

Who is eligible for hospice?

People are often eligible for hospice when they are facing the end-stage of a chronic illness, their health status is declining, or their disease is progressing and not responding to curative treatments. Hospice serves patients with a variety of diagnoses including heart or lung disease, end stage Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer. Patients of all ages benefit from hospice services.

How are people referred to hospice?

Anyone can refer a patient to hospice services. It may be a family member, physician or clergy member. A call to Home Health United central intake staff can begin the process. Each patient is then provided information regarding hospice services and makes the decision about signing on.

Where can hospice services be provided?

Hospice patients can receive services in the environment they choose. The hospice team will come to their own home, the home of a family member, a nursing home, senior apartments or assisted living facility.

How are hospice services paid for?

The Medicare Hospice Benefit covers the services hospice provides. In addition, the benefit pays for many types of home medical equipment including hospital beds. Medications related to the terminal illness are generally covered when approved by the hospice team. Many HMOs and private insurance companies also provide coverage for hospice services.

Common Hospice Myths

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  • Myth #1 - Hospice care is only for people with cancer.
  • Fact: Hospice care is for all patients facing a terminal illness.
  • Myth #2 - Accepting hospice services means giving up, so you should put it off until the last moment.
  • Fact: Hospice is all about living life to the fullest. We never give up hope!
  • Myth #3 - Hospice care will be a financial drain on the family.
  • Fact: Hospice takes care of terminally ill patients regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Myth #4 - You can’t keep your own doctor if you become a hospice patient.
  • Fact: Hospice works closely with your physician to provide the best care for you.

St. Clare Hospice House

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915 12th St. Baraboo

At the St. Clare Hospice House, Home Health United- Hospice staff provide personal, emotional and spiritual care for hospice patients in a home-like setting. Residents receive full hospice services as needed, and family members and friends are encouraged to be involved with patient care. Home Health United Hospice staffs the Hospice House 24 hours a day with certified hospice aides.

Each of the four, private patient rooms has a bathroom, kitchenette, and sleeper sofa for guests. Common areas include a full kitchen, dining and activities room, a meditation room, lounge, and patio. Personal care, meals, laundry, and housekeeping are included in the room and board daily rate. Space is available for visiting and for peaceful meditation. Families may gather in the common areas or be together in the patient’s room.

The St. Clare Hospice House provides a restful environment for residents and families that help make spending final days there meaningful and less stressful. Family caregivers can spend as much time with the resident as they wish and take breaks when they need to.

As it is in most assisted living environments, room and board at the Hospice House is generally not covered by insurance. Patients and families pay privately for room and board. When needed, Home Health United - Hospice staff is available to assist in investigating alternative funding sources such as:

  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage
  • Medical Insurance

Also, the Hospice House Resident Fund is available to assist eligible families who may not be able to afford the room and board fees.

The St. Clare Hospice House is located on the property of St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo and was made possible in large part by generous gifts from the community through the St. Clare Health Care Foundation and the support of St. Clare Hospital & Health Services. The Hospice House, staffed and operated by Home Health United, is a manifestation of St. Clare’s healing mission to serve those at all stages of life with compassion and respect.

St. Clare Hospice House Gallery

Hospice Volunteers

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Home Health United-Hospice volunteers have a sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers are prepared for their role with a free, comprehensive training program. No previous experience in the medical field is necessary. Through training, hospice volunteers learn how to give the gift of themselves and their time in providing emotional support, companionship and respite care to our patients and families.

If you are willing to share your time with Home Health United-Hospice, there are a variety of opportunities to choose from based on your area(s) of interest, schedule and talents.

We encourage people interested in volunteering to discuss their interest with our volunteer coordinator so that we can make your volunteer experience as rewarding for you as it is for our patients and families.

For more information about Hospice volunteering, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (608) 356-2206 or email .

Click here for a hospice volunteer application