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Our Hospice: Choosing Hospice

Many people wait too long to seek hospice care and miss out on the comfort of providing the right care at the right time for the right reasons.

We encourage patients and families to contact Harbor Hospice at the time of diagnosis of a terminal illness so that they can receive information earlier about the resources and support available to them – whenever they need it.

96.8% of patients’ caregivers felt they received the right amount of emotional and spiritual support (1st quarter 2021).

What? Hospice care is end of life care. It offers expert medical care from dedicated, specially-trained professionals ensuring comfort and quality of life. Harbor Hospice provides specialized health care with expertise in pain and symptom management, emotional support and spiritual care, as well as grief support for family members following the death of their loved one.
Why? Because you want your loved one to come to the end of their life without pain and with as much autonomy, dignity and respect as possible. Harbor Hospice provides encouragement and in-home training to assist family caregivers care for their loved one. Harbor Hospice also provides regular in-home visits of hospice workers to help with patient care. And Harbor Hospice offers the beautiful Poppen Hospice Residence for hospice patients whose needs exceed the capabilities of their loved ones, or for whom residential care is the best option.
When? Whenever a life-limiting illness is present, it is appropriate to discuss options such as hospice. This is a decision that is best made by the patient and family in consultation with the attending physician. Shifting the goal of treatment from curing the underlying disease to managing symptoms and promoting patient comfort, is often a difficult thing to do. Hospice is sensitive to this and is available to discuss options for care with patients and their caregivers.
Who? Harbor Hospice provides hospice care to residents in the five-county area of West Michigan who have received a terminal diagnosis. A terminal diagnosis has a prognosis of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course. The goal of Harbor Hospice is to provide the opportunity for dignity, choices and control for each patient and family, this includes Pediatric hospice care if needed. The care provided by the family and other caregivers, with the support of hospice staff and volunteers, can usually meet the needs of the hospice patient who wishes to stay at home.

Services Provided:

  • Physical care including medical nursing services.
  • Pain and symptom management.
  • Counseling to assist the patient and family in coping with advanced illness.
  • Family education regarding procedures and what to expect as the illness progresses.
  • Practical care such as bathing and assistance with daily activities by certified home health aides.
  • Assistance with locating community resources, understanding insurance paperwork and other matters of financial concern to the patient and family.
  • Spiritual and emotional support for patients and families.
  • Professional grief counseling and support.

One call to Harbor Hospice