Agrace to Expand to Richland Center

Beginning Monday (February 1), people in Richland Center will have a new, highly-experienced choice for receiving hospice services and palliative care through Agrace – a southern Wisconsin non-profit health care agency that has provided end-of-life care and related services to people in Wisconsin communities for more than 35 years.

Agrace will offer four main services in and near Richland Center: in-home hospice care; palliative care consultations; grief support; and educational presentations related to advanced illness.

Agrace decided to expand its services into Richland Center after receiving requests from area residents concerned about the lack of local access to the type of in-home end-of-life care that is readily available in many other areas of Wisconsin. According to Lynne Myers, Agrace president and CEO, on average only 24% of Medicare beneficiaries in Richland County received hospice care in 2013 in the last six months of life, compared with 58% in Dane County that same year.

Agrace complements its professional hospice care with specially trained local volunteers, many of whom visit patients to provide companionship in their homes, in nursing or assisted living facilities, or at Agrace’s hospice inpatient units in Janesville and Madison. As it expands locally, Agrace is seeking interested volunteers in and near Richland Center.