Home Hospice

Coping with a terminal illness affects everyone: patient, family and friends. HSHS St. Joseph's Hospice team helps patients with terminal illness spend their last days with comfort, dignity and quality— at home or in a home-like setting with their loved ones.

Hospice offers palliative comfort care rather than curative treatment. Under a physician's direction, hospice manages both pain and symptoms to enable the patient to live as fully as comfortably as possible.

  • Hospice Registered Nurses provide comfort and pain management,
    and communicates regularly with the primary care physician.
  • Hospice Social Workers counsel and assist patients and their families
    with the emotional, social and financial stresses that surface with
    terminal illness.
  • Certified Nursing Assistants help patients with activities involved in
    daily living, such as bathing, grooming, dressing and hair care.
  • Hospice Chaplains provide spiritual counseling to patients and their
    families, as requested.
  • Trained Volunteers offer a variety of support services to patients and
    families, providing companionship and assistance to allow caregivers
    to take a break, without worry.
  • Bereavement Staff offer support to the family after the patient's death,
    helping the bereaved move through a health grief process and a
    renewed sense of meaning and purpose in their lives.

What is Palliative Care? Palliative care is a health care service that focuses on assisting patients to live as fully as possible while facing a serious or life-threatening illness. Palliative care treats the whole person: body, mind, and spirit, while attempting to relieve suffering and improve quality of life at any age or stage, in any setting, whether the goal is cure or care. Palliative care works in partnership with your doctor. Services are provided by a team consisting of a physician, nurse practitioner, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, spiritual care support, and volunteers.
View palliative care brochure.

Home Hospice Volunteers— These men and women of all ages and backgrounds give of themselves to help others. These special people find a few hours each week to give to others and show they care. The majority of volunteers assist the patient and family by offering services such as respite care, help with errands, or companionship to both the patient and the family. All volunteers have completed an extensive training program. Some families prefer to have a regularly scheduled time each week for a volunteer to provide respite or companionship. Others prefer to contact the volunteer or have the volunteer contact them weekly and set up a time when services are needed. Still others will use a volunteer intermittently on an as-needed basis.
View volunteer brochure.

To Give With Warm Hands— A message for those considering Home Hospice - from Mary Kay Bissell, retired teacher, hospice volunteer and patient. View the video.



Primary Service Area:
Chippewa and Eau Claire counties.

Secondary Service Area:
Barron, Dunn, Pepin, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, Clark,
Taylor and Rusk counties.

Referrals are accepted based on the location of the patient's home and our team's ability to meet patient's unique needs.


Death is one of the most challenging human experiences. It leaves an emotional wound that takes time and expression of grief to heal. The Chippewa County Grief Education Guidance Team provides an ongoing Grief Support Group which offers a safe place to listen or express thoughts without rejection or judgment. The group is free, open to all, and meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8 PM at our hospital. Please call (715) 717-7581.


Home Hospice Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM.
Home Hospice Services are available to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Hospice | Palliative Care
Senior Home Safety
Helping the Bereaved
Wound Care


View Home Hospice brochure.
View Home Hospice Volunteer brochure.

Give a Gift Online.

Send Home Hospice an email.

Call (715) 717-7485
or (800) 726-3485


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