Hospice & end of life care

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In the early 1900s, most people died at home. By the middle of the 20th century the majority of deaths in in the U.S. occurred in health care institutions.

Aurora Health Care believes there is a better way.

The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program provides services in Milwaukee and throughout southeast Wisconsin and focus on a special way of caring for the person whose life expectancy is limited. Hospice affirms life and maintains the dignity of each individual we serve. The philosophy of hospice focuses on maintaining the quality of life by keeping patients pain-free and comfortable while providing for spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs.

Hospice is a concept of care, not a place of care

Every moment of every life... a timeless giftHospice care and services are available in various locations to best suit the patient's needs. More than 95% of our patients are able to receive home hospice care in their own home. Our hospice staff works closely with the patient, family and physician to carryout an appropriate plan of care at home.

When in-home hospice care is not an option, the Aurora VNA Hospice team can follow a patient into any care environment – a nursing home, assisted living center, or hospital. Hospice care is also available at the Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice, where compassionate care is delivered in secure and home-like settings.

hospiceWherever care is provided, the hospice staff will help patients and their families experience peace and healing.

A special way of caring...

Hospice offers a wide range of services to benefit the terminally ill patient and his/her family. We understand the care needed by people with many life-limiting conditions such as cancer, end-stage heart, lung, liver or kidney disease, AIDS, end-stage Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Our team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, aides and highly trained volunteers, and we work together with the patient and family to develop a treatment plan.

woman stoveHospice develops and institutes a plan of care to help patients and families maintain control over their lives by keeping them physically and emotionally supported and comfortable. Hospice enhances the quality of life and enables patients to live the final days of their lives with dignity, purpose and peace.

In our hearts, we all aspire to the same things

We want a sense of belonging among our family and friends. We hope to find meaning in our work and living. We seek a place – a home – where we feel safe and cherished. Often, we yearn for spiritual faith, something that connects us to the infinite.

These are the things that ultimately matter. And they matter most at significant times, when we face death, either our own or of one we love. During these times, the assurance of love and comfort becomes indispensable. Families, friends and caregivers matter most, and we look to them for meaning through small gestures of caring, genuine companionship and the alleviation of pain and fear. Understandably, we cherish the comfort afforded by the safety and familiarity of home.

I couldn't possibly tell you how much help and comfort you gave me. Everyone that I had contact with was so loving and caring. Your advice in telling me how to help him leave this world in peace, knowing that I would be fine, wasn't easy, but I am so glad I did."

– Family member of patient

You and your family will find caring and comfort in the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program.

For more information, please fill out our contact form if you have questions or call us at (414) 615-5900 or toll-free at (888) 206-6955.

Volunteer

Learn more about volunteer opportunities for hospice care through the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association.