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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.).

Regulation Information

Hospices are regulated under Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter DHS 131 (exit DHS). Learn more about the Department's role in regulating Hospice Care.

Home 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.

Provider Search:  Locate a health or residential care provider and obtain compliance history information.

Statewide Hospice Directory

Hospice Directory (PDF, 91 KB)

Hospice Excel Excel Directory (Excel, 49 KB)

Complaints Regarding Wisconsin Health and Residential Care Providers

The Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance is responsible for assuring the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Wisconsin.  If 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.

Client Rights

  • 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 Health Act) subsections 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.

More help

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

Last Revised: October 07, 2014