Support and comfort during life-limiting illness.

The definition of hospice is a philosophy of health care that affirms life and provides care and support for people facing a life-limiting illness. To us, it goes even deeper. People who’ve experienced HealthEast Hospice tell us we treat them like family. We focus on the quality of life, not the duration.

About Hospice Care

Our care team works with the patient and the family, emphasizing emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. We offer help and support so you can focus on your loved one. We consider Hospice honorable and meaningful — and we truly understand the level of comfort and compassion you need during such an emotional and difficult time.

Hospice is a philosophy of health care that affirms life and provides care and support for people facing a life-limiting illness. At HealthEast Hospice, we focus on the quality of life, not the duration. Through Hospice, the patient is able to recapture the spirit of living and make the most of remaining time with family and friends.

Contact HealthEast Hospice

Contact us to learn more about hospice services 651-232-3312
Business office hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Fax: 651-232-3586

To make a referral

HealthEast Hospice takes referrals 7 days a week. To refer a patient, call 651-232-3767 or use our Hospice Care referral form.
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Families are central in all care giving and decision-making. That's why our Hospice caregivers also walk with them throughout the journey. Our services focus not only on patient care, but also on the needs of family members and caregivers.

Hospice services are usually delivered in a patient or family member's home, a long-term care facility or a Hospice home such as The Pillars.

Podcast: Hear more about HealthEast Hospice

Experts from HealthEast Hospice were featured on The Waiting Room, a radio program on 107.1 FM. Listen in and learn the what, why, when, and how of hospice, and overcome the many misconceptions and barriers related to selecting this care option. You'll also hear about the broad range of services provided to both patients and families.

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Advantages of Hospice Care

There are many advantages of Hospice care. Not only are patients able to receive the best care, one-on-one, they can receive this care and support in their own homes. They are able to live a fulfilling life, surrounded by family and friends in a comforting environment. Patients do not need to be home-bound to receive our services.

First Hospice program in Minnesota

HealthEast Hospice was the first Hospice program in Minnesota. We continue to be a leader within the Twin Cities community, proudly serving the six county metro area: Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Hennepin and portions of Anoka and Chisago counties.

The word "hospice" dates back to a centuries-old tradition of preparing gifts for those about to set off on a long journey. Today, Hospice refers to an entire spectrum of services that focus on the unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of individuals who choose to live as fully as possible at life's end.

Hospice Classes


Coffee & Conversation for the Newly Bereaved

This is a time for you to talk about what is on your mind with others who understand. Grief education and ideas about how to cope will be covered. Date &...


Everybody Grieves: Adult Grief Education

Learn how to better understand what grief is and how to cope with the stress of grieving after the death of a loved one. This is a class, not a support...


Spouse Loss Support Group

When you are on the journey of grief, it is often helpful to seek the support of others. This group is intended for people who are grieving the death of...


Writing for Reflection, Remembrance and Renewal

In this writing series, you will safely explore your feelings of grief through writing. Give voice to your inner wisdom and write about what matters most...

Hospice: Continuing Life's Journey

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Frequently asked questions

Where is your Hospice located?

Hospice is not a place, rather a concept of care. Hospice services are usually delivered in your own home or in a nursing home.

Sometimes people facing the end of life require care beyond what a family can offer. At such times, The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale offers a comfortable place to call home. The home has eight private suites, each with its own bath and patio.

Is the six-month life expectancy set in stone?

No, it is not. Hospice care is available to patients with a life-limiting illness for which they are not pursuing curative treatment. We review each patient every two weeks, with a detailed review as the patient nears the end of each Medicare benefit period, to determine if they continue to meet the criteria. Each patient is reviewed on this schedule, no matter what their payer source.

What do the social workers do?

They work side by side with other members of the Hospice care team to meet the needs of the patient and family and maintain quality of life. Social workers are available for individual and family counseling to discuss and address any concerns the patient or family has while receiving hospice care. Social workers also assist in addressing needs like equipment, transportation, financial and home care.

If I begin Hospice Care, do I have to continue it?

No, Hospice is a choice — and not a final choice. If the disease process goes into remission, the diagnosis changes or you decide to pursue aggressive treatment, you are free to leave Hospice at any time. There, may, however, be insurance guidelines regarding returning to the program.

How do I make a contribution to HealthEast Hospice Care?

Donations to HealthEast Hospice are essential to sustaining the high quality end-of-life care we offer. Making a contribution is a meaningful way to remember a loved one or to honor a hospice caregiver.

Financial gifts support funding for spiritual care and bereavement services, purchase needed patient equipment and support the Pillars Hospice House.

Ways to donate

By making a donation, you help HealthEast achieve our vision of providing optimal health and well-being for our patients, our communities and ourselves.

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Your generosity allows us to continue our shared mission.

When you make a donation to HealthEast, you can choose the area that's most important to you. If you'd prefer not to donate online, go here for a donation form you can print out and mail to us.
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Recognize a Shining Star

If a caregiver made sure your care was exceptional, that person is your Shining Star.

When you make a gift in honor of your Shining Star, you say “thank you” to someone who made a difference to you and your gift ensures we can continue providing excellent care in the future. If you prefer not to give online, go here for a donation form that you can print and mail to us.
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Make a difference as a hospice volunteer

Volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice care team. They offer a gentle presence, a helping hand and a compassionate ear.

Contact us to learn more about becoming a Hospice volunteer: 651-232-3412
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Our greatest need

We welcome all who are interested in volunteering, but our current greatest needs include:
- Music volunteers
- Military veteran volunteers
- Male volunteers
- Weekend volunteers for our Pillars Hospice Home located in Oakdale