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Hospice

Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Program believes that the highest quality of living is achieved when the family unit and the Hospice team together offer: Hope, Opportunity, Support, Presence, Individualized care, Comfort, Encouragement.

In The News

Team registration opening for Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival in Eau Claire

Online team registration begins Wednesday, March 1, for the Aug. 5, event supporting hospice services.

February 15, 2017
Eau Claire knitting group makes twiddle muffs for hospice patients

Twiddle muffs are knitted or crocheted colorful bands made from yarn that have objects attached to them for patients to twiddle and keep their hands busy.

January 9, 2017
Hospice remembrance quilt unveiled in northwest Wisconsin

The 2015 quilt represents patients and families touched by hospice services and will be on display over the next year.

December 16, 2016
Half Moon Dragon Boat Festival team registration opens March 1

Sponsorships are available and the only way to guarantee a boat.

February 15, 2016

From The Blog

Knitting group in Eau Claire make twiddle muffs for hospice patients

Hospice volunteer knitting group makes twiddle muffs for dementia patients.

January 6, 2017

What a hospice nurse in northwest Wisconsin learned about talking turkey

Erin Shadbolt, nursing director for Home Health & Hospice in northwest Wisconsin, shares her experience with advanced care directives

December 30, 2016

Hospice patient gets a special visit from Chi Hi football players

Phil Pitsch is an avid a sports fan as they come. A former three-sport athlete and standout running back for the Chippewa Falls High School Cardinals, Pitsch, 81, follows Chi-Hi football games to this day

November 1, 2016

Let's talk turkey: The main course of advance care planning

When I say “Let's talk turkey,” it isn’t about how to prepare the meat, but rather, how to use the holidays as a time to start talking to your provider and family members about your end-of-life wishes.

James Deming, M.D. By James Deming October 19, 2016

Art to heal the human heart

Time can be hard to measure. We often measure our lives in the tasks and accomplishments of everyday life — a pace of business, providing us with momentum and a feeling of control. In between the noise of the day, quiet moments remind us of those we love and what we have lost.

September 28, 2016

Is hospice the answer?

Many families are facing a serious, life-limiting illness for the first time. This can be overwhelming for the patient and the entire family, especially if you don't know where to turn for answers and support.

August 1, 2016

You are not alone: End of life care, and beyond

There are many sayings that encourage people to think ahead, such as, “Always be prepared,” or “Expect the unexpected.” But it might take more than a catchphrase for you to plan. When a loved one’s — or your own — end-of-life comfort depends on it, it’s important to know all the options.

May 16, 2016

Music, memories and 'singing grandma home'

Nicole Thiess was skeptical about music therapy for her grandmother, Barbara, who was in hospice care. She soon realized how beneficial this service was for Barbara's tranquil transition to the end of life.

January 19, 2016

Talk turkey: Holidays a time to talk plainly about end-of-life care wishes

Let’s talk turkey. And, no, I don’t mean gobbling like that festive holiday bird. I mean use the holidays, when family members are gathered, to go beyond the “How ’bout them Packers?” discussion. Use that precious time to speak honestly and openly about your end-of-life wishes.

November 12, 2015

Massage therapy the right touch for hospice patient

For many hospice patients, the benefits of massage therapy are unknown and underutilized. One patient has become vocal in her advocacy of massage as a treatment in her battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

August 27, 2014

Why hospice in the nursing home?

Hospice brings a whole team of workers to join the facility staff who all work together to meet the special needs of the patient as they near end of life.

July 2, 2014

Travel contract enables hospice patient to visit family

Ann Fischetti had an estimated six-month life expectancy and deeply wanted to visit family in California while she still felt well enough and, with the help of her daughter and hospice team, planned an unforgettable nine-day trip there.

June 18, 2014