What is Hospice?


Hospice is a way of caring for and supporting a person diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice care focuses on providing comfort and pain management, rather than providing a curative treatment. Hospice not only supports the patient but also their family and is offered to you in whatever setting you are most comfortable – whether your home is a house, an apartment or an assisted living facility.

What Makes Hospice Special?

divinehomecare_hospicehomecare-02Your care is provided by a team of professionals that work with you and your family to develop a personalized plan for your care. This team includes your doctor, hospice nurse, hospice social worker, a hospice aide, the hospice medical director, a volunteer and the hospice chaplain. Each of these team members plays a vital role in making sure the end of your life is lived fully with dignity and comfort. At the center of the team is not only you, the patient, but also your family! Whether your family includes relatives, friends, church members or neighbors, they are expected to actively participate in your care with the hospice team. Hospice is designed to assist your family members in providing comfort – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Who is Eligible for Hospice Care?

Hospice can be provided to anyone, regardless of age, who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and has been given 6 months or less to live (if the illness runs its normal course). We understand this is a very difficult and overwhelming time. Know that hospice will be there to support you and your family. Once you have made the decision to live the end of your life as fully and comfortably as possible, talk to your doctor about how hospice can help.

Who Pays for Hospice?

There are different ways in which your hospice care is paid for – Medicare, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare and private insurance policies. We will work with you, your family and your insurance company to determine the correct payer source for you care. Included in your covered hospice benefit are the following:

  • A Divine Hospice Registered Nurse (RN) on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Prescription drugs related to your terminal illness to provide pain relief and symptom management
  • Services of all hospice team members
  • Short-term inpatient care (if necessary)
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Short-term respite care
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

Again, all of these services provided to you must be related to your terminal illness for them to be covered.

Contact Information:

Divine Hospice Care
322 2nd St SW
Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: 320.231.9757 or 888.240.5456
On Call Number: 320.979.0071

Service Area:

We are licensed to provide hospice services in the following counties:

  • Kandiyohi
  • McLeod
  • Meeker
  • Renville
  • Swift