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Hospice

Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Program believes that the highest quality of living is achieved when the family unit and the Hospice team together offer: Hope, Opportunity, Support, Presence, Individualized care, Comfort, Encouragement.

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Is a do-not-resuscitate tattoo a valid advance directive?

Tattoos are a common method of expression or marking significant events. But can you use a tattoo to communicate health care wishes? Learn why picking up a pen, not a tattoo needle, is the better option.

Hilary Bingol, M.D. By Hilary Bingol August 25, 2022

Hospice team ensures veteran makes Freedom Honor Flight

Two years ago, Dick Cagle applied for a Freedom Honor Flight to D.C. that honors veterans. He wasn't on the list yet, but the Navy vet's hospice team made sure this was one flight he wouldn't miss.

May 27, 2022

Now is the right time for advance directives

The best time to make an advance care plan is now. Starting a conversation about advance health care planning can be challenging, but it’s important. Here's what you need to know to get started.

April 15, 2022

Don't leave your health decisions to chance

It’s easy to put off making important decisions in life, especially documenting your health care wishes. But doing so can bring peace of mind and lead to better future health outcomes.

April 14, 2022

Hospice care makes difference for family affected by lifelong illness

The care provided through hospice made a difference for Ashley Evenson and her family during Ashley’s lifelong illness. Ashley’s mom shares why an early referral to hospice can help everyone involved.

December 7, 2021

One last adventure for patient entering hospice

Aggie Morgan has always been adventurous, but there was one adventure she looked forward to but hadn't taken. Enter her oncology nurse and virtual reality equipment.

May 6, 2021

Hospice patient shared special ties with Mayo Clinic Health System

Aside from being a nurse, veteran and hospice patient, Rosemary Zemlo had a special connection to hospice services at Mayo Clinic Health System.

September 6, 2019

Palliative, hospice care ease transition for terminally ill man

Jim Moessner was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He managed it well, and lived a normal life for decades. But then everything changed.

October 18, 2018

Joan’s song: Music therapy brightens hospice patient’s days

Angela Joan Adkins has unspecified dementia. Her music therapist took a unique approach to bring back special memories by playing a song written by Joan's son, Guy, who passed away after a battle with cancer.

May 10, 2018

Hospice patient attends Green Bay Packers football game

Lon Putzer’s hospice care team learned about his love for the Green Bay Packers and facilitated a trip to see the team play.

February 2, 2018

Finding new purpose as a hospice volunteer

My heart was touched after reaping the benefits of the hospice program when my husband was dying from cancer 14 years ago. I never forgot what a volunteer being there for us meant to my family and me. I knew that someday I wanted to be involved in the program.

September 12, 2017

Knitting group in Eau Claire make twiddle muffs for hospice patients

Hospice volunteer knitting group makes twiddle muffs for dementia patients.

January 6, 2017