What is hospice?

Hospice is: A philosophy of care that focuses on the person rather than the illness, concentrating on the quality of life and compassionate, dignified care for clients and their caregivers experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness. An interdisciplinary team approach to medical care, addressing pain management, physical distress, emotional and spiritual issues for the client and…

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From Within; Finding the way to HCSWM

From Within; Finding the Way to HCSWM

People that have gone through a hospice experience with their loved ones find they were deeply affected. Many of our staff have been impacted by their experience and wanted to give back in the same way they received by deciding to join the team at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. This is one such story.…

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Hello, my name is Denise King.

What do you do for Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan? Marketing and Development. What does your position at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan mean to you? I love sharing the stories of our amazing staff with the community. Also, I want to educate the community about end-of-life care and our services so that anyone who…

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From Within; A Resource Nurse's Journey

From Within; A Resource Nurses Journey

Jamie tells her story of how she became a Resource Nurse with Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. As with many on our teams, her journey and her family’s experience with hospice played an influential role. My name is Jamie and I am a resource nurse. My journey to hospice started many years ago and it…

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New Home for Hospice care of Southwest MI, 7100 Stadium Dr.

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan Has a New Home

We are excited to announce our new location at 7100 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo. In the summer of 2019, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan (HCSWM) purchased the building located at 7100 Stadium Drive in Oshtemo Township. We then began the process of designing a space as unique as HCSWM. Renovation continued through 2020 and weathered the…

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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…

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From Within; A Nurse's Journey

From Within; A Nurse’s Journey

From schooling to present career, this story encompasses Traci Dyksterhouse’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…

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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…

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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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