Hospice Care

Hospice care is specialized care designed to provide support to you and your loved ones during an advanced illness through medical, spiritual and emotional support services. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life, rather than a cure. The goal of hospice care is to enable you to have an alert, pain-free life and to make each moment of remaining life as full and as comfortable as possible.

In the words of Dame Cicely Saunders, one of the founders of the modern hospice movement, “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can to not only help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”

Many of our patients, after experiencing the comfort of hospice care, wish they would have called sooner. We can give you the care and support you deserve now—why wait?

  • Hospice Eligibility

    Hospice services are available to any person whose illness has advanced to a point where he or she is no longer seeking life-prolonging care, but rather is seeking comfort and quality of life. To be eligible, the patient’s physician must determine a prognosis, or life expectancy, of six months or less if the disease follows its normal and expected course.

    Beloit Regional Hospice serves patients of all ages with any advanced disease, including, but not limited to, cancer, heart disease, pulmonary disease, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

  • Hospice Services

    Above all, Beloit Regional Hospice staff and volunteers work each day toward fulfilling our mission: to help make each moment of remaining life as full and comfortable as possible. Attention is given to every detail in order to provide the kind of care and support each patient and their caregivers, as well as those within the community seeking grief support, desire and deserve. Beloit Regional Hospice’s focus is on providing comfort and dignity to the patients and families we serve. This is accomplished by ensuring these patients and families have as much control and independence as they desire at the end of life.

    The staff and volunteers at Beloit Regional Hospice thank you for considering our services. You have a choice in hospice providers and we believe it is our privilege to be invited into your life, your home and included in this precious part of life’s journey.

  • Four levels of Hospice Care

    Four levels of hospice care are provided to patients as indicated by their individual needs.

    • Routine Care – most hospice care falls into this category
    • Continuous Home Care – provided during a period of crisis and only in the patient’s private home. A period of crisis is a time when the patient requires the higher level of “continuous care” for at least 8 hours in a 24-hour period of time to achieve management of acute medical symptoms.
    • Inpatient respite care – provided to relieve family members or other caregivers that are caring for the patient at home. Respite does not require a worsening of the patient’s condition. Respite care is short term (no more than 5 consecutive days) and must be provided in a contracted Medicare-certified hospital or skilled nursing facility that has 24-hour nursing.
    • General Inpatient Care (GIP) is available for all patients who are in need of pain control or symptom management that cannot be provided in another setting. Once stabilized, the patient returns to a routine level of care.
  • How is Hospice Paid For?

    Beloit Regional Hospice provides care to all patients who meet the admission criteria and desire hospice services, regardless of their ability to pay.

    • Medicare and Medicaid cover 100% of the costs associated with a patient’s hospice care.
    • For patients not eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and who have a private health insurer, Beloit Regional Hospice’s business office will contact the insurer on the patient’s behalf to determine coverage for hospice services. This can be done prior to hospice admission, if desired.
    • If there are any out of pocket costs associated with private insurance, such as deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance, Beloit Regional Hospice will utilize a sliding fee scale to determine any fees if the patient is unable to pay for the full cost of his or her care.
    • As a nonprofit, community-based organization, Beloit Regional Hospice patients also benefit from financial donations to the organization.
  • Service Area

    Beloit Regional Hospice serves patients in the following counties:

    • Rock
    • Walworth
    • Green
    • Winnebago
    • Boone
    • McHenry
    • Stephenson