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 struggling with a serious illness For people of any age who have 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: Manage poorly controlled symptoms; prevent or treat pain; restore comfort; reduce stress; identify community resources that 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 or in a long-term care facility 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 is usually provided by Agrace nurse practitioners or physicians 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. Financial assistance 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

Questions about which type of care is right for you? Please call (800) 930-2770 or complete our  online form.


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.

Volunteer for Agrace

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

Want to learn more about becoming an Agrace volunteer? 
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..

If emailing, please provide us with your phone number.

Commitment: Most volunteer roles require a 50 hour annual commitment.

One-Time Opportunities: One-time opportunities are available for individuals or groups, such as garden and kitchen.

See our
Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Resources for Current Volunteers

1.   Online Self-Scheduling (VicNet)

Currently availble for volunteers in:

  • Garden
  • Flower
  • Hospitality
  • Mail Run 
  • Thrift
  • Inpatient
  • Vigil 

2.   Report Your Home Care Hours



3.   Volunteer Information Portal (VIP)

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Current volunteers, log-in to access:

  • Agrace news and updates,
  • Volunteer spotlights,
  • Educational resources,
  • Link to online scheduling,
  • Link to report your home care hours,
  • and more!
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any log-in questions.


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.




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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