Hospice care flows from the well-spring of human dignity. The term
"Hospice" was used in medieval times to describe a place of comfort for
travelers on a difficult journey. Today, the term "Hospice" no longer
refers to a place but rather to a concept of care. Hospice engenders a
new attitude which seeks to impart to terminally ill individuals and their
caregivers, as well as to the community at large, the realization and
conscious acceptance of dying and death as a part of the struggle of life.
Hospice, in the best sense of human caring, involves persons who seek to see
that their neighbors do not die without dignity and their loved ones do not
1. The patient requests and
consents to Hospice care.
2. The patient
has a documented, irreversible illness with a limited life expectancy.
3. The attending physician is willing to
participate in the program.
4. The patient has a responsible person within
the home setting to take charge of the care.
5. The patient resides in or near Gladwin
6. The patient has medical, nursing,
psychological, and spiritual needs that can be met safely by Hospice
caregivers in the home setting. Physical facilities in the
patient's home are adequate for safe and effective care.
and Palliative Care Member
Bryan Locey, President
Ken Meyer, Vice-President
Cindy Wolfe, Secretary
Linda Maxwell, Treasurer
Janet Flynn, Trustee
Georgann Schuster, Trustee
Tom Kaastra, Trustee
Joyce Swartzmiller, HGA Exec Director
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Hospice of Gladwin Area?
Visitation and Assessment.
Upon receiving a referral and approving a patient/family for admission into
the care program of Hospice of Gladwin Area, Inc., the patient and
caregivers may be visited by a nurse from one of several health care
agencies and by the executive director (or designee) of Hospice of Gladwin
Area, Inc. These visits will be made within three (3) days of
the date of referral. The nurse, with the help of the patient and caregiver(s), will complete a nursing assessment. The executive
director (or designee) will complete a psycho-social assessment based on
information provided by the patient and family. These assessments will
assist in determining the home-care plan. This home-care plan will be
formulated with input from the patients attending physician, the visiting
nurse (if appropriate) and other Hospice team members. The home care
plan will be discussed in detail with the patient and caregiver(s).