Consumer Guide to Health Care
Finding and Choosing Hospice Care
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What is a Hospice?
A Hospice is an agency that provides care to terminally ill
persons who have a life expectancy of 6-12 months. This care can be provided
in the person's home or in another setting (e.g., nursing home, community
based residential facility, etc.).
Hospices are regulated under Wisconsin Administrative Code,
Learn more about the Department's role in regulating Hospice Care.
Health and Hospice Licensure and Certification Survey Guide
(PDF, 50 KB)
Looking for Hospice Care in Wisconsin?
Aging and Disability
Resource Centers (ADRC): ADRCs provide information on broad
range of programs and services, help people understand the various
long term care options available to them, help people apply for
programs and benefits, and serve as the access point for
publicly-funded long term care. These services can be provided at
the ADRC, via telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is more
convenient to the individual seeking help.
Locate a health or residential care provider and obtain compliance
Statewide Hospice Directory
Hospice Directory (PDF,
Complaints Regarding Wisconsin Health and Residential
The Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance is responsible for
assuring the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of
any individual believes that a caregiver, agency, or Department regulated facility has violated State or Federal laws
pertaining to regulated entities, that individual has the right to
file a complaint.
Wisconsin Client Rights: Anyone who is receiving services for
mental illness, a developmental disability, or substance abuse in
the state of Wisconsin has specific rights under Wisconsin Statute
51 (State Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Developmental Disability and Mental
51.61 and 51.30. (exit DHS) (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Advance Directives: An advance directive describes, in writing, your
choices about the treatments you want or do not want or about how health
care decisions should be made for you if you become incapacitated and
cannot express your wishes.
Quality Check, from The Joint
Commission, provides information that can help you select a home health care organization or
hospice in your area.
LeadingAge, formerly the American
Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, has consumer information about
planning and paying
for aging services and about finding home health care
and other services for older adults.
Caring Connections provides people with information and
support when they are planning ahead, caring for a loved one, living with an illness or grieving a loss.
Wisconsin Hospice Quarterly Statistics
September 11, 2014