What is Lake Superior Hospice and what services does it offer?
Lake Superior Hospice, Chartered in 1979, is the oldest existing hospice in the state of Michigan. It offers palliative care to all terminally ill people and their families, regardless of circumstance. The care is focused on keeping the patient comfortable in their own home where ever home is to them. Care is provided through a highly qualified team of health care professionals and volunteers. All medicine and supplies relating to the terminal illness are supplied by Lake Superior Hospice.
Does Lake Superior Hospice do anything to make death come sooner?
Lake Superior Hospice is dedicated to the care and comfort of the patient. It will do nothing to either hasten or postpone death. Rather, it will use all means available to keep the patient comfortable, functional and free of pain.
When is the best time to become a Hospice patient? Who should make this decision? How long can a patient be in Hospice?
The decision to enter Hospice is best made by the patient and family in consultation with their doctor. Hospice patients must have an illness or condition that would indicate a life expectancy of six months or less and they may remain hospice patients as long as this is so. It is possible to discontinue Hospice services at any time, should the patient’s condition improve or their goals change.
If I enter Hospice care, who will be my doctor? How will I pay for my care? What if I don’t have any insurance? The patient’s relationship with their personal physician will continue. In addition, Lake Superior Hospice will provide a team of health care professionals, under the direction of a Hospice physician, who will coordinate Hospice care, to provide maximum physical, emotional and spiritual comfort. All patients, with or without insurance, will be accepted into Lake Superior Hospice. No Lake Superior Hospice patient will ever receive a bill from us for our services.
What happens if I become unable to care for myself? Can I stay in my own home?
We realize that at the very end of life, no one is completely able to care for themselves. If there is not a friend or family member living with the patient, our team will assist the patient to make a plan that can include either family or paid caregivers coming to the patient’s home to give care, or moving the patient to an environment where 24 hour care is provided. Everyone’s situation is different.
What do I do if I have a question after hours or if I have an emergency?
A Lake Superior Hospice nurse is available on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This should be the person to whom you direct all your question’s or calls for emergency assistance.
What can a Lake Superior Hospice volunteer do for me?
Lake Superior Hospice Volunteers are available to all LSH patients. These specially trained people are from all age groups and from all walks of life. Their principal purpose is to provide relief to caregivers and friendship to patients. In addition to home visits, the volunteers may assist with meal preparation, transportation, and recreation.
Kind of Care
“Every year, more than 1.65 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals don’t only provide quality medical care. They work to make sure patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”
Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life.
Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. Hospice professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.
If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now.