Hospice Care2018-06-05T15:43:45+00:00

Hospice Care

Hospice Care

Dignity and comfort during your final months of life

With Unity, a patient’s remaining days can be lived to the fullest with dignity and grace. Our expert team works directly with the attending physician to develop a care plan that fulfills end-of-life goals.

Dignity and comfort during your final months of life

With Unity, a patient’s remaining days can be lived to the fullest with dignity and grace. Our expert team works directly with the attending physician to develop a care plan that fulfills end-of-life goals.

What Are the Benefits of Hospice?

  • Focuses on the whole person (physically, emotionally and spiritually) rather than the disease
  • Eases pain and emotional stress for patients and caregivers while allowing families to experience the end-of-life together
  • Ensures pain and symptom management wherever you call home
  • Provides guidance and support to patients, families and caregivers
  • Better quality of remaining life

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When Is It Time For Hospice?

Signs and symptoms hospice care may be appropriate include:

  1. Makes numerous visits to the emergency room or hospital for complications of disease
  2. Calls a physician’s office frequently
  3. Sees multiple physicians frequently
  4. Has increased pain, and current pain medications seem less effective
  5. Has shortness of breath, even while resting
  6. Has significant, unintentional weight loss
  7. Spends most time in a chair or bed
  8. Needs assistance with most activities of daily living
  9. Has frequent falls
  10. Chooses to focus on quality of life and comfort rather than a cure for a disease/illness

You do not need a referral from a doctor to contact Unity. We welcome self-referrals as well as referrals from family, friends, neighbors and community agencies. Contact us by phone or email at any time to learn more about our programs or request a free informational visit.

Who Is Eligible For Hospice?

Hospice care is for individuals who:

  • Have a life-limiting illness
  • Are expected to live six months or less, and
  • Are seeking comfort care rather than curative treatment

What Is Provided?

  • Focus of care is optimizing comfort throughout end-of-life
  • Care team home visits around the clock as needed
  • RN phone support around the clock
  • Development of personalized goals based on ever-changing disease progression, needs, wishes and lifestyle
  • Expert pain and symptom management
  • Medication, supplies and equipment related to your hospice diagnoses
  • Education and support for patients, families and caregivers
  • Individual and group counseling for anyone experiencing grief and loss
Unity Hospice Care Team

Where is care provided?

Unity’s care team makes visits anywhere you call home throughout our 13 county service area.

At Home

Stay in the familiar comfort of your own home, apartment or a family member’s home

At Partner Facilities

Receive an extra layer of end-of-life care at area assisted living facilities and nursing homes

At Unity’s Jack and Engrid Meng Hospice Residence

Receive around-the-clock care in the comfort of a private room at the serene, home-like environment of Unity’s Jack and Engrid Meng Hospice Residence in De Pere

What Does Hospice Cost?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurance plans. While receiving hospice, your Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance policy continues to cover certain health services, treatments and medicines that are medically necessary but are not related to your terminal illness.

If you do not have health insurance and do not qualify for Medicare, financial assistance may be available. As a nonprofit organization, Unity offers CommUnity Care, a financial assistance program ensuring everyone, regardless of financial means, has access to quality end-of-life care. A Unity Billing Coordinator will work with you to determine if you qualify for CommUnity Care.

Prior to enrolling in Unity’s hospice program, we make every attempt to verify your insurance coverage to provide you with the information you need to make the best decision for you. A thorough review of Hospice benefits will be shared during your admission visit.

Why Choose Unity?

Unity is the only locally owned and operated nonprofit hospice in the region. With over 40 years’ experience as an innovator in hospice and palliative care, we are here to deliver strength, compassion and support. We remain committed to reinvest our financial resources back into patient care to improve the wellbeing of those in our community.

Nonprofit

Nonprofit hospices have been shown to provide*:

  • wider ranges of services
  • higher staff to patient ratios
  • a more comprehensive grief support program
  • charity care

*Source: National Hospice Survey Results For-Profit Status, JAMA Internal Medicine, April 2014

Most Experienced

Unity, the first hospice in the state of Wisconsin and the third in the nation, has provided high quality, compassionate end-of-life care for over 40 years. Trust that our well established protocols and seasoned staff will exceed your expectations of care.

Local Partnerships

Unity is the sole provider of inpatient hospice at Bellin Green Bay Hospital, Bellin Oconto Hospital, HSHS St. Clare Hospital, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, Marinette Aurora Bay Area Medical Center and Door County Medical Center. We also partner with area nursing homes & assisted living facilities to ensure seamless care in all settings.

Rapid Response Time

Unity’s local care teams, coupled with our partnership with area pharmacies and agencies enable us to ensure prompt pain and symptom control as well emotional and spiritual support to patients and families.

Veteran Care

Our end-of-life experts are specially trained in recognizing and supporting the needs of Veterans while promoting dignity, appreciation and respect. Our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program and other unique Veteran-centered services ensure a meaningful end-of-life journey.

Community Grief Support

Navigating through the grieving process after the loss of a loved one can be difficult. Unity’s grief programs support not only family and friends of Unity patients, but also all members of the community. Unity offers a broad offering of regional grief support groups including Generations, the area’s only support group for children and teens.

Jack and Engrid Meng Hospice Residence

Unity’s Jack and Engrid Meng Residence provides an alternative care option for those seeking either around-the-clock skilled nursing care or temporary caregiver relief. Located on 34 acres in De Pere, Wisconsin, experience compassionate care in a private room.

Let us help. Call us at (800) 990-9249 for questions or to schedule a free informational visit in your home.

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