Comfort, compassion, and support. That is the essence of hospice. Our staff also adds generous amounts of hugs, smiles, and calming touches when patients and their families need them most.
When you or a loved one faces a terminal illness, we are here to help.
Since 1988, we have offered our patients physical, emotional, and spiritual care during the most trying of times. We also teach family members how to comfort and care for their loved one and each other. Bereavement counseling for children, siblings, parents, friends, and spouses is available.
Why Mercyhealth at Home’s hospice?
When you are considering hospice for yourself or a loved one, it is important to know that not all hospices are the same. The requirements are the same, but the quality of care differs from hospice to hospice.
Mercyhealth at Home is a non-profit hospice in north-central Illinois and south-central Wisconsin that is directly linked to a health system. This connection gives us the resources and knowledge to be able to provide our patients and their families with expert care. It also allows patients who have a Mercyheath provider to continue to use the same trusted continuum of care. With a dedicated staff of nurses, social workers, home care aids, volunteers and chaplains, Mercyhealth at Home’s hospice care helps make end-of-life care easier.
Inpatient hospice at Mercyhealth’s trusted hospitals
From experience, we know our patients want to know how they will be cared for if they can no longer manage their symptoms at home. If they are having a symptom crisis, that is the time they would be admitted to a hospital. This type of care is usually round-the-clock and short term.
Mercyhealth at Home has always provided outstanding care for our patients in the hospital nearest them, surrounded by trained nurses and doctors that can address symptom crises or conditions that can’t be managed at home. Mercyhealth at Home can admit patients to Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Walworth in Lake Geneva, Mercyhealth Hospital Rockton Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, or to Mercyhealth Harvard depending on the patient’s or family’s preference.
Respite care for caregivers
Respite services are part of our hospice program and provide caregiver relief when needed. You can choose to stay at the Mercyhealth hospital or contracted skilled nurse facility closest to you, while your caregiver attends to other responsibilities. Our hospice team continues to care for you throughout your hospital stay, just as if you were at home.
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