NEWS

What to Expect in the Final Days

While everyone’s end-of-life journey is different, there are similar symptoms that people experience. These physical, psychological, and spiritual changes can occur months, weeks, or days before someone’s passing. Keeping in mind that each person is on their own journey, here are some general guidelines for what you might see as someone nears the end of their life.

Your loved one has passed. Now what?

After your loved one has passed, the emotions and stress can be overwhelming. The last thing that is on most people’s minds is gathering documents and contacting insurance agents. To make this difficult time a little easier, we have compiled a list of steps that need to be taken.

CAROLYN FLIETSTRA, EVP, INDUCTED INTO THE MHHA HALL OF FAME

Our Executive Vice President, Carolyn Flietstra, has been inducted into the Michigan HomeCare & Hospice Association (MHHA) Hall of Fame. She is being recognized for her dedication to bringing compassionate care to our community and the impact she has had on homecare and hospice care throughout our state. Carolyn joins a distinguished group of past Hall of Fame recipients, including Faith Hospice’s Executive Director, Rene Wheaton. Congratulations on this tremendous achievement!

Hospice Care: In-Patient vs. In-Home

Many people think of hospice as a place that people go. However, hospice is a type of care that can be offered in many different settings—a patient’s home, a senior living facility, or at an in-patient hospice facility like Faith Hospice’s Trillium Woods.

The Transition to Hospice Care

The move to hospice care can be a stressful task during an already stressful time. To help ease some of your worries and answer questions you may have about the process, we’ve broken down a few of the steps. Although everyone’s journey looks a little different, Faith Hospice Trillium Palliative Services Nurse Practitioner, Barb Opperwall, explains below what the typical transition to hospice looks like.

Hospice Care: Quality of Life, Not Just End of Life

When people hear hospice care, they probably think of the care given to a person at the end of their life. And while this is true, there is often the misconception that once someone enters hospice care, they are “giving up” or waiting to die. Hospice care is not just about preparing someone for their final days but enhancing the quality of life for that person weeks and months before.

FAITH HOSPICE STAFF VACCINATIONS UNDERWAY

We are happy to report that our staff has started receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, allowing us to further protect those we serve. We know that this pandemic will continue to affect our community but are very thankful that we have been able to take this step.

WE ♥ OUR TEAM

We are incredibly grateful for our team and all of their selfless work in 2020. To show our appreciation, we have put together a short video.

The Team Behind Hospice Care

Whether in front of or behind the scenes, there are a number of different people that contribute to the care of each hospice patient and their family. Enhancing every patient’s quality of life and supporting and comforting their loved ones involves many moving parts and people working together. 

Lora Ann Wiggins Bucket List

On June 14th, doctors gave Lora Ann Wiggins 8 weeks to live. But 11 weeks later, the Faith Hospice patient with stage 4 colon cancer is still going strong. She is using her last days crossing items off of her bucket list and teaching others how to live.

‘Champion’ Recognition: Rene Wheaton, MHHA Hall of Fame Recipient

Rene Wheaton, executive director of Faith Hospice, Holland Home’s hospice program, was honored with the Michigan Homecare and Hospice Association (MHHA) 2020 Hall of Fame award. Wheaton is the only medical professional in West Michigan and one of three in the state to receive the Hall of Fame recognition this year. The MHHA began honoring health care professionals with the award in 2014. Since then, there have been 20 individuals who have received the award.

Palliative Care: Common Questions & Misconceptions

Today, when you hear the words “palliative care”, there are likely some questions and misconceptions that arise: What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care? We turned to Nurse Practitioner and 40-year veteran of the palliative care field, Barb Opperwall, to answer these questions and clarify the most common misconceptions. [10 minute read]

“FAITH COMMUNITY STEWARDS” PROGRAM

Trillium Institute, an affiliate of Holland Home, has recently received a grant from Classis Grand Rapids East, a regional group of churches, to initiate the Faith Community Stewards Program in several area CRC congregations

DR. MULDER AND THE HOSPICE MUSIC PROJECT

The Power of Hospice is Captured in Song, Joy in a Teardrop Launches New Music Project Inspired by Hospice and Palliative Care.Proceeds from Joy in a Teardrop will Support National Hospice Foundation(Alexandria, Va) – National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is proud to announce an exciting, new project using music to express the essence of compassion and caring as experienced by hospice and palliative care professionals, Joy in a Teardrop: The Hospice Music Project.