Upland Hills Hospice Care

Hospice Care at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville WI

Hospice care with heart.

The focus of Upland Hills Hospice is maintaining quality of life by relieving pain and addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual feelings that the patient and family members feel when faced with a terminal illness. Hospice care is available for terminally ill people who are no longer seeking curative treatment and whose life expectancy is measured in months rather than years.

Our hospice services can be provided at home or in a hospital, nursing home or freestanding facility for patients with any terminal illness such as cancer, heart disease, COPD, renal failure, Alzheimer’s, stroke or AIDS. Most private insurances as well as Medicare, Medicaid and CHAMPUS (military health benefits) cover hospice care. [Download our print brochure]

The Hospice Team

The Upland Hills hospice team consists of medical staff and specially trained volunteers who work together to provide the best care for each patient. The team coordinates with a patient’s personal physician and other community agencies and can provide all medications and medical equipment.

The hospice team includes:

Nurses

  • Coordinate a plan of care for each patient and instruct family members in the care and management of the patient
  • Provide comfort through pain and symptom management and emotional support to both the patient and family
  • Provide hands-on care for assessment, intervention and teaching
  • Are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Physician Medical Director

  • Works with the patient’s personal physician and hospice team to approve patients for admission and ensures the most effective care
  • Serves as a liaison with other physicians and is a medical resource for the hospice team

Support Therapist

  • Provides supportive counseling to patients and families to help them come to terms with the dying process and grief issues

Social Worker

  • Counsels patients and families to help them handle social and financial stresses
  • Recommends additional community resources and financial assistance

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

  • Provide personal care for patients
  • Perform light housekeeping tasks

Physical Therapists

  • Work with patients to sustain mobility and relieve pain or discomfort
  • Teach family members to maneuver patients with restricted physical abilities

Dietitian

  • Provides nutritional counseling to help patients build strength

Chaplain

  • Works closely with community clergy to provide spiritual guidance and support as requested

Bereavement Counseling Team

  • Assists families to cope with grief
  • Helps prepare family for managing their loss before death and follows their adjustment for up to 13 months after death
  • Provides information to families and community groups on the grief process, coordinates grief support groups, provides individual grief counseling and makes referrals as needed

Volunteers

  • Offer a wide range of services from companion visits and meals to transportation
  • Assist with bereavement activities
  • Provide special skills in community education, fundraising efforts and hospice library service

Learn more about hospice by reading our Misconceptions about Hospice or calling (608) 930-7210.

A Hospice Story

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Lorraine Hennessey with daughters Teresa, Heidi and Marcia

Lorraine Hennessey was a strong supporter of Upland Hills Hospice, since she experienced its benefits during her husband Pat's death. So it was always a part of her plan for her end-of-life care.
Read her family's story.