Myth 1

Hospice is for people who have no hope. Hospice doesn’t mean giving up hope. It means having specialized care aimed at making both the client and the family more comfortable. Hospice gives you and your family hope that your time before the end of your life will be as comfortable and meaningful as possible. You can rest assured that you will be taken care of physically, emotionally and spiritually, and that your family will receive the care and support they need.

Myth 2

Hospice is only appropriate in the last few days of life. Hospice care is for anyone in the advanced stages of illness. The hospice team can do much more to help maintain the best quality of life for the client and family when services begin sooner rather than later.

Myth 3

Hospice is only for cancer patients. Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan serves individuals with a variety of medical conditions, including end-stage heart disease, dementia, kidney and lung disease. We care for people of any age in advanced stages of illness. In fact, more than half of our clients have an illness other than cancer.

Myth 4

Hospice is expensive. As a nonprofit, community-based agency, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan accepts clients based on their need for care, not their ability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance have comprehensive hospice benefits.

Myth 5

Hospice can’t continue beyond six months. Your own physician and our medical director periodically review your condition. If the illness is following its normal course, then hospice care continues to be appropriate. Many clients receive hospice care well beyond six months.

Myth 6

Hospice disappears after the client dies. We offer grief support including counselors, groups and mailings for more than a year after a client dies. We have programs for grieving children, parents, spouses and partners.

Myth 7

You are required to have a do-not-resuscitate order. The goal of hospice care is to allow for a peaceful end-of-life, in a comfortable and familiar setting, with loved ones nearby. While many people choose to have a DNR to avoid unnecessary medical intervention and hospitalization, you are not required to have a DNR to receive hospice care.

Choosing a quality hospice for yourself or a loved one.

Depending on where you live there could be one or more hospice organizations in your community. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has developed some questions to help you identify factors that may be important to you when you decide to select a hospice.

As a nonprofit community-based agency, we accept clients based on their need for care, not their ability to pay.

Both Medicare and Medicaid have a comprehensive hospice benefit, as do many other insurance plans. Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan also receives memorial gifts and other donations that help provide hospice care to all who need it.

For more information call 269-345-0273 or email us.

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Our Mission is to guide and support individuals and their caregivers coping with illness, aging, dying, and loss by providing compassionate medical, emotional, spiritual, and personal care.