End of Life & Hospice Care

Compassionate Care for the Whole Family

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all want the same thing as we near the end of life: comfort, dignity and peace. The Aurora at Home Hospice Program can help you achieve these fundamental goals. Our team of caring and experienced specialists will work with you and your family during this transitional period, ensuring you’re on the right path to fulfill your end of life needs and wishes.

Overview

Hospice is a concept of care that puts your needs and comfort first. It recognizes that a life-limiting disease affects you, your family and every aspect of your life. It also acknowledges death as a natural part of life, and can help you and family members mentally and spiritually navigate your final months. Because of its comprehensive and supportive nature, hospice is something to consider before you are confined to a bed or unable to communicate.

What to Expect

What is hospice care? Unlike palliative care, hospice care is intended for patients at the end of life. Hospice care may be right for you if you have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting condition and you wish to understand all of your options.

People who have experienced a stroke or have been diagnosed with cancer, renal disease, pulmonary disease or heart disease may want to consider hospice care.

Talk to your doctors and caregivers about the best options for you.

Services

The Aurora at Home Hospice Program offers a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Medical care
  • Pain management
  • Home hospice care
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Spiritual services

Our hospice program is designed to help adults and children with a variety of conditions. We'll work with you in your home or a nursing home, assisted living center or hospital.

Hospice care is also available at certain Aurora Medical Centers and the Aurora Zilber Family Hospice.

To find out more about hospice care at Aurora call (414) 327-2295 or toll-free at (800) 862-2201.

The Aurora Zilber Family Hospice

This 18-bed hospice facility was built in a peaceful pastoral setting in Wauwatosa, WI, and caters to the needs of patients and their families during the final days of life. The residence features homelike suites, outdoor seating areas, a meditation space, solarium and library.
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Your Team

Aurora at Home Hospice provides an interdisciplinary team to meet your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Your team may include:

  • Your personal physician, who continually oversees your medical care and advises the hospice team
  • A nurse, who coordinates your care with an eye toward controlling your pain and symptoms as well as providing education and guidance
  • A social worker, who provides emotional support and additional resources for you and your family
  • A chaplain, who provides counsel and coordinates your spiritual support according to your wishes
  • A home health aide, who typically helps with your day-to-day personal care
  • A pharmacist, who consults on any issues related to medication
  • A dietitian, who specializes in the nutritional needs of terminally ill patients
  • Therapists, who may provide occupational, physical or speech therapy depending on your needs
  • A counselor, who provides bereavement support and counseling

You or your family members will be able to call a hospice team member at any time to discuss concerns or ask questions.

Payment

Admission to hospice is based on need, rather than ability to pay. Once you enroll in the Aurora at Home Hospice Program, we will contact your insurance company to determine your hospice benefits.

Medicare and Medicaid cover all costs related to hospice care, including visits from team members, equipment, supplies, medications and comfort-related therapies. Private insurance policies vary.

If hospice coverage is not available, we can connect you with financial counseling services.

Locations

Aurora at Home Zilber Family Hospice
1155 Honey Creek Parkway
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
(414) 615-5900

Aurora at Home Hospice Suite
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center
W3985 County Road NN
Elkhorn, WI 53121
(414) 327-2295
(800) 862-2201

Aurora at Home Hospice Suite
Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington
252 McHenry Street
Burlington, WI 53105
(414) 327-2295
(800) 862-2201

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