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Willow Breeze

SBL Hospice House
10660 County Road 800 N
Mattoon, IL 61938
fax: 217-258-1099

Hospice House

A Peaceful Place

Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospice believes in embracing life’s final journey with dignity, compassion, and the utmost care. We extend a warm welcome to you, and your loved ones, inviting you to experience a haven designed to provide solace and support during this tender time.

Nestled in peaceful surroundings, our hospice house is a sanctuary of comfort where your physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met. Our tranquil rooms are thoughtfully furnished to create a serene atmosphere, encouraging moments of connection and reflection. The soothing sounds of nature and the ripples on the pond offer a backdrop of tranquility.

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Our team of experienced and compassionate professional is dedicated to providing comprehensive hospice care. We collaborate closely with physicians, nurses, counselors and volunteers to ensure that each individual’s unique needs and wishes are met. We are here to offer unwavering care and companionship throughout the journey.

We offer personalized attention tailored to your preferences and cultural beliefs. We invite you to share your life stories, hobbies, and interests so we can create moments of joy and meaning. Our team works together to provide a holistic approach to address all aspects of well-being.

Willow Breeze embraces family and friends as an integral part of the care team. We encourage your loved ones to spend quality time by your side, creating cherished memories and ensuring your comfort. Our communal spaces are designed to foster togetherness and provide space for support and reflection.

Each life is a unique journey, and we honor that journey with dignity and respect. Willow Breeze provides a serene setting for end-of-life celebrations, allowing families and friends to gather to remember their loved ones in a meaningful way.

We invite prospective patients and their families to visit Willow Breeze and experience firsthand the tranquil environment and compassionate care that awaits you. Come and take a tour, meet our dedicated team, and learn more about how we can support you and your family during this significant time. For more information or to schedule a visit, please call 217-258-1090.

Admission Requirements

There are three reasons people may be admitted to Willow Breeze. They include general inpatient care (GIP), respite care and residential care. The length of stay is determined by the medical condition, which is reviewed daily by the medical director.

General Inpatient Care status require frequent medical and nursing care, managing complex symptoms such as pain crisis, nausea, extreme agitation, etc. To qualify for GIP care at SBL Willow Breeze, a person should meet at least one of the following:

  • Severe pain or symptoms that require frequent medication adjustment and monitoring
  • Severe nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Wound care requiring frequent treatment or dressing changes
  • Unmanageable respiratory distress
  • Agitation requiring medication change
  • Seizures – uncontrolled, requiring observation/medication titration
  • Respiratory distress
  • Cardiac failure requiring frequent medication administration
  • Bleeding – uncontrolled

Respite Care is a level of care that is provided under the Medicare Hospice benefit that gives a primary caregiver or family members a restful break while their loved one stays up to five days at Willow Breeze.

Residential Care is for those at end of life who are unable to stay at home because they don’t have a primary caregiver at home or the caregiver is unable to care for their loved one alone and requires additional help. 



Make a donation to Willow Breeze, the SBL Hospice House

You can purchase a granite brick or block engraved in memory of a loved one, or with your name to show your support. Donations benefit the endowment to help those who struggle to pay for their stay in the beautiful home.

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  • $1,000 for a 4" x 8”  (3 lines, up to 15 letters per line)
  • $2,500 for an 8" x 8” (5 lines, up to 15 letters per line)

You may also have in individual plaque inside the hospice house or throughout the beautiful landscaping for donations of $5,000 or more. Contact Amy Card, SBL Health Foundation Director, at 217-258-2511 or [email protected].

Hospice House pond

For more than 50 years, Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospice has provided exceptional care to those who are terminally ill. Willow Breeze affords people the ability to pass peacefully with their loved ones by their sides.

The SBL Hospice House represents an ongoing commitment to the community we serve. It offers:

  • Eight private suites for people of all ages
  • Walk-out patios that overlook the landscaped pond
  • Family Quiet Rooms that accommodate overnight guests
  • Family Kitchen and Coffee Bar
  • Library & Work Space
  • Chapel
  • Activity Room
  • Covered patio to enjoy the outdoors
  • Walking path partially around the pond
  • Visiting hours 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Our staff

  • Medical Director
  • Registered Nurses
  • Hospice Aides
  • Social Worker
  • Bereavement Counselor
  • Spiritual Counselor
  • Volunteers

While most health insurances cover hospice care, they do not cover the cost of room and board. An endowment has been funded to help pay for these expenses for those without means. Sarah Bush Lincoln does not turn anyone away who cannot afford their care.

Great room
Great room with fireplace offers a wonderful and comfortable space to unwind.
Hospice house outdoor landscaping
Meticulously landscaped areas are enjoyable from the patios and walking path
Activity room
Activity Room provides young people an opportunity to be close and disconnect when needed.
Family kitchen and dining
Family Kitchen and Dining are intended for families and friends to come together and share meals.
Chapel is a peaceful place where people can meditate, reflect or find solace.
Library and work space
The Library & Work Space affords guests the ability to work while continuing to be present.
Quiet Room
Family Quiet Rooms provide a comfortable space accommodating overnight stays for family members and friends. Each room has a large attached bathroom.