About Us

Welcome to Hospice of the Rock River Valley! Hospice of the Rock River Valley is a free-standing, community-based, non-profit hospice serving five counties in Northern Illinois, including Whiteside, Lee, Carroll, Ogle and Bureau counties. For more than 30 years, Hospice of the Rock River Valley has provided compassionate quality hospice care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay, and no person will be billed from HRRV for routine hospice services.

Hospice is the concept and practice of compassionate healthcare for patients and families dealing with the final stages of a life limiting illness. Hospice of the Rock River Valley embraces the Hospice philosophy, which affirms life and regards dying as a normal process that should neither be hastened nor prolonged. Hospice focuses on quality of life by:

  • Keeping the patient comfortable in his/her own home or place of residence

  • Helping the patient and family gain a sense of control and competence

  • Promoting the patient’s and family’s dignity, autonomy and right to privacy

  • Enhancing the time the patient and family share

The best time to learn about hospice is before you need it. To speak with one of our professionals, call Hospice of the Rock River Valley at (815) 288-3673.

"By Your Side, Our Family Caring for Your Family."


Hospice of the Rock River Valley affirms life by providing exceptional care and support to those transitioning through serious illness, death and grief.

Why Hospice of the Rock River Valley

Founded by volunteers in 1982, following a need for care of terminally-ill patients by the Whiteside County Board, Whiteside County Hospice was formed. In 1995, Sauk Valley Hospice and Whiteside County Hospice merged to establish Hospice of the Rock River Valley. These programs brought together boards, staff and volunteers, and combined their knowledge and experience to provide an even higher quality of care to the terminally-ill in Lee and Whiteside counties as well as Bureau, Carroll and Ogle counties. Hospice of the Rock River Valley remains the only independent, non-profit hospice in the Sauk Valley area. HRRV has been providing expert and compassionate quality care to our communities for more than 30 years.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley is a community hospice responding to community needs.

The support of the Sauk Valley area allows all of our resources to support patient care and programs that benefit our patients and families. We provide services to everyone regardless of age or ability to pay, and offers free programs to the community. The community generously supports Hospice of the Rock River Valley through donations and volunteering.

Exclusively focused on end-of-life issues.

An experienced team of specialized caregivers: physicians, nurses, licensed nursing assistants, social workers, spiritual care coordinators, bereavement coordinators, and trained volunteers help patients and families with the specific challenges of coping with a terminal illness.

The care you need in your setting.

Wherever you are — at home, in the hospital, in an assisted living facility or nursing home, Hospice of the Rock River Valley can serve you. You are able to keep your primary care physician and together, we will provide the expert care needed to support you through this time of life.

Every patient deserves special treatment.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley services includes expert comfort care that alleviates pain, suffering, and anxiety and promotes the highest quality of life possible.

  • Over 30 years of experience providing hospice care.

  • Medicare/Medicaid certified.

  • Non-for-profit, free-standing, community based.

  • Provides care regardless of ability to pay.

  • Provides care to all ages.

  • Staff trained in pain and symptom management.

  • Provides hospice care in 5 counties.

  • Staff Social Worker and Hospice Chaplain available.

  • Member of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

  • Available for inquiries or to answer questions.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley is licensed as a hospice by the State of Illinois and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Hospice of the Rock River Valley accepts and cares for patients without discrimination on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical handicap, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or ability to pay.

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We Honor Veterans

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran's Affairs has launched  "We Honor Veterans" program.  This is a pioneering campaign to help improve the care veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley has joined this partnership to provide end of life care to our veterans and educate ourselves on the unique health care needs of veterans.

It is a revelation to many to learn that 25 percent of all deaths in the United States are veterans.  That equates to 1,800 people a day; more than 680,000 veterans every year.   These courageous Americans deserve recognition for their military service, - particularly at the end of life's journey.  

On our most recent  Veterans' day in November of 2011, Hospice of the Rock River Valley ascertained  that one-third (1/3) of our current patients were veterans or their spouses were veterans.   We provided a small token of appreciation and recognition to our veteran patients and families and it was received with touching gratitude.

Not only do we feel honored and privileged to be caring for America's heroes, our partnership allows us to raise awareness among our team and to ensure we are providing the care our veterans' expect, need and deserve at end of life.

The resources of "We Honor Veterans" focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of staff caring for Veterans.  Additionally, there may be specific needs related to the Veteran's military service, combat experience or traumatic event, and this program provides tools to help support the caregivers as well.

Hospice of the Rock River Valley is honored to continue our tradition of excellent care to our community and enhance our knowledge of the unique needs of veterans.

To learn more about We Honor Veterans please visit www.wehonorveterans.org.