Our Care

About Hospice of Northwest Michigan

Hospice of Northwest Michigan provides comprehensive physical, emotional and spiritual care to individuals and their families during and following life-limiting illness.

Hospice exists to provide support and care for persons having a life limiting illness, with a life expectancy measured in months or days, rather than years. Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process and we do not attempt to either prolong or hasten this process.

Hospice exists to assist individuals, their partners and their families in preparing for the end of one’s life in a way that preserves the best possible quality of life, when curative treatments are no longer possible. This is achieved by providing appropriate care and by fostering a caring community that is sensitive to their needs.

  • We recognize the individual/family/significant other as the unit of care. We provide support both during and following the individual’s death.
  • We work to support the individual’s choices about how care will be delivered, and where the end of life will take place, rather than taking over those choices.
  • We promote physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, safety, self-determined life closure, and healthy grieving.
  • We draw on an interdisciplinary team to develop a plan of care in collaboration with the individual/family/physician and other community resources when appropriate.
  • Eligibility for Hospice Programs is not limited by type of illness, age of patient or the ability to pay for services.
  • Hospice care can easily be discontinued for any reason, such as if the patient wishes to pursue curative treatments.

Our services will not be denied to an individual or family on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, marital status, or ability to pay.

Hospice of Northwest Michigan also provides grief support & bereavement service to our community on an as needed basis, free of charge.

Why Should I Choose Hospice Care For Myself or My Love One?

The Hospice Program is not about “giving up” but instead contributes to increased quality of life by enabling the wishes of patient and family regarding end of life care. Hospice is not a place. It is specialized care focusing on the relief of pain and symptom control, combined with emotional and spiritual support for patient and family.

The bulk of Hospice care is provided in the home, wherever home may be, so that the patient is surrounded by family and familiar settings as much as possible (inpatient services are available as needed).

In contrast to mainstream medical practices for those with life–limiting illnesses, Hospice care focuses on patient needs, comfort, and supporting caregivers to maximize patient control and quality of life. All Hospice Program volunteers providing direct patient/family services are screened, trained and supervised.

You Have A Choice!

Not all Hospice programs are the same.

Hospice of Northwest Michigan provides specialized services promptly and is in the top tier of Hospice organizations in providing transitional care (e.g. the transition from home care to hospice care), pain management, and volunteer patient/family support including bereavement.

Hospice of Northwest Michigan is special because:

  • Of the Hospices currently operating in Northern Michigan, Hospice NWM is the only independent, 501 (c)(3) non-profit Hospice that is not owned or financially supported by a hospital, corporation, or other for-profit entity. This allows us to respond more quickly and to meet immediate and/or unfunded needs with greater flexibility.
  • We turn no one away for any reason, including lack of funds.
  • You keep your own Doctor(s) and we work with them.
  • Hospice of Northwest Michigan supports local veterans as a Level 3 partner of the We Honor Veterans Program.
  • We are a partner with, and local representative for, the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration – 50th Anniversary.
  • We operate 24/7, 365 days a year because you never know when you may need us.
  • Our staff are locally based and can respond to our clients within 30 minutes.
  • Our staff are all cross-trained in Home Care and Hospice. If someone is not quite ready for Hospice, we can provide them with home care services, and then the same staff can seamlessly transition them into Hospice when they are ready.

Link to Resources:

Our Hospice Wish List

2019 Grief Support Flier

2019 Grief Support Flyer

Our Bereavement Brochure (pdf)

We Honor Veteran’s Program Introduction