Understanding Admissions-When is it time to call Hospice?

Understanding Admissions

When is it time to call Hospice? Hospice care is about hope that the time before the end of your life is as comfortable and meaningful as possible. Sometimes families wait to call hospice until the final days when hospice could have provided specialized services to meet all your needs and given the support to…

From Within; A Nurse's Journey

From Within; A Nurse’s Journey

From schooling to present career, this story encompasses Traci Dyskerhouse’s journey and her family’s experience with Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. My hospice journey. My hospice journey began in nursing school. My very first clinical instructor was a part-time Rose Arbor nurse. She would share her experiences as a hospice nurse and the rewards of…

Understanding Advance Directives

Understanding Advance Directives

As you learn more about what to expect with Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, you’ll find a pervasive theme of caring. When you’re in hospice care, respecting your wishes is our priority. Advance Directives expressly convey your wishes. If you’re unable to make personal healthcare decisions, your Directive is followed. Your social worker will offer…

Understanding the Role of Volunteers

Understanding the Role of Volunteers

Understanding the Role of Volunteers in Hospice Care. Volunteers play a vital role in hospice care. They may not provide medical or physical care as do physicians, nurses, and aides, but they do ease suffering by listening, holding a hand, or reading a book. Just being present can bring comfort.  “Our volunteers find that it…

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Understanding the Role of Music Therapist

A music therapist is part of the team assigned to you at the start of your hospice experience. They’ll visit you at home, in a long term facility or a specialized care facility. Music therapy offers a compassionate and non-invasive approach to end-of-life care. It integrates your musical preferences with your cultural background and spiritual…