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What Type of Care is Right for You?

Palliative care and hospice care both strive to improve quality of life for people with serious illnesses. Which type of care may be right for you?

Palliative careHospice care
For anyone with a serious or chronic illness For anyone who has a life-limiting condition and a life expectancy of six months or less
Can be provided in addition to treatment that is intended to cure the illness Available to people who are no longer seeking curative treatment and whose focus is comfort
Goals: Help patient live as independently as possible; manage complex symptoms; prevent or treat pain; restore comfort; reduce stress; help patient comply with treatments, medications and doctor’s instructions; identify community resources which may provide additional support Goals: Help patient and family meet their unique end-of-life goals; manage complex physical symptoms and improve comfort; address emotional and spiritual concerns; educate patient and family about what to expect at the end of life
Visits provided at home, in a long-term care facility or at a clinic Care usually provided where the patient lives—in their own home, a long-term care or assisted living facility or a residential hospice center
Care team may include physicians/nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers and hospice counselors Care team often includes physicians/nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, hospice counselors, pharmacists, trained volunteers and others
Coverage for care by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance may vary according to the type of care provided; some services may require private pay. Funds available for those who qualify based on financial need

Covered for most patients by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance

Funds available for those who qualify based on financial need

Agrace’s palliative care specialists can help in two ways:

  • Agrace provides in-home palliative care consultations to identify the medical, emotional and social issues that need to be addressed to improve the patient’s quality of life.
  • Agrace Care Navigation can help people manage a serious illness more confidently at home with guidance and education from a registered nurse. The monthly cost of the service is often offset by the savings that can occur by reducing the need for emergency department visits or repeat hospitalizations.

Agrace has provided compassionate care to residents of south central Wisconsin since 1978.

Questions about which type of care is right for you? Please call (800) 930-2770. Our helpful admissions staff is just a phone call away, day or night.

Managing Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness can be a stressful challenge. You may struggle to stay comfortable, even while taking multiple medications. Each new symptom or side effect that develops can set off a wave of worry and uncertainty. Besides keeping your physical symptoms under control, you may other concerns, such as:

  • managing medicines
  • coordinating appointments with doctors
  • understanding instructions from doctors and other caregivers
  • getting to and from medical appointments
  • losing independence
  • needing more help with personal care
  • knowing what to expect from the illness
  • managing stress and/or family concerns
  • paying for care

Agrace can guide you and your family through the many challenges of living with a serious illness. To get started, Agrace’s experts can meet with you where you live to evaluate your condition, learn about your concerns and recommend the types of support that could be most helpful to you.

To request a visit from an Agrace nurse, please call us in Madison or Janesville at 800-930-2770 or click here to send us an email. You may also ask your doctor to contact us on your behalf, if you prefer.


Agrace HospiceCare - The best Place to Work

Agrace HospiceCare was named "#1 Best Place to Work" by Madison Magazine and WISC-TV 3. Read the full article to find out why.




Volunteer Your Time

Volunteers are at the heart of Agrace's mission and help us to provide the best service to patients, families, and our staff.  There are many different volunteer roles to choose from depending on you skills, interests, and schedule. 

Call Agrace's Volunteer Inquiry line at (608) 327-7163 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more and start the process of becoming a volunteer!

Prior to volunteering, new volunteers complete: a phone interview, application, 2-step TB testing (except Thrift Store Volunteers), background checks, references, orientation, and role specific training.

Most volunteer roles require a volunteer commitment of 50 hours within the first year of service.  Some one-time opportunities are available for individuals or groups. 

See our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. Also, be sure to check out our Volunteer Newsletter!

Doc Rock Cafe volunteer, Judy Seip, shares why volunteering at Agrace is important to her.


"Empathizing with people and just
listening, I’m amazed at the
unforgettable connections that are
formed,” says volunteer Jia Luo,
pictured here playing chess with
patient Steve Severson.



Agrace Volunteer Information Center
Online scheduling for current volunteers. 

For more than 35 years, Agrace has been a nonprofit, community based health care agency dedicated to providing expert physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and families through the stages of serious illness. Agrace HospiceCare is nationally recognized for the comprehensive hospice services we provide in patients' homes, the Agrace HospiceCare inpatient unit and skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout south central Wisconsin.

Now Agrace offers palliative care services to provide patients more options for feeling better, even while receiving treatment.



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