The need for quality comfort care continues to increase as the population ages. According to census data, by 2030 the number of people age 55 and older will double and comprise more than half the U.S. population. By the year 2050, nearly 20 million people will be over the age of 85. Coinciding with the aging population, according to a Gallup Poll, nine out of ten Americans prefer to die at home, yet only about twenty percent of the dying population is able to achieve this last wish.
In 2010, Hospice at Home cared for approximately 20% of the people who died in Cass County. It’s goal is to increase awareness for Cass County residents of the choices and options that are available for people with a serious illness and their families and expand the number of Cass County residents that have information about their care options.
To meet these goals, Hospice at Home is establishing a Cass County Outreach Group with residents of Cass County serving on the Committee. The group will meet quarterly to indentify and plan education opportunities such as community forums, workshops, and presentation that will be held at no cost to participants. Community members, organizations, and/or Faith groups that are interested in becoming Outreach Friends, please contact Nancy Thompson at 269-429-7100.
Hospice at Home is the non-profit community hospice focusing on the patient and family regardless of the patients' diagnosis, treatment choices, or ability to pay. It provides quality care to those adjusting to living with a serious illness, facing death, anticipating the death of a loved one, or healing their grief after the death of a loved one. Hospice at Home places an emphasis on the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of those who need care and those receiving support services. Serving Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and Allegan Counties, the care is coordinated by a team of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, spiritual care counselors, bereavement coordinators, and trained volunteers. Extending this care, Lory’s Place, a bereavement and education center that builds hope and strength for every grieving family, is available to anyone in Southwest Michigan or Northern Indiana.
For more information about Hospice at Home and this opportunity, please visit www.hospiceathomecares.org or call Hospice at Home, at (800) HOSPICE.
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Hospice at Home is your non-profit hospice provider for SW Michigan. Offering comfort, dignity, and compassion to the terminally ill through a holistic, non-curative, approach to care, focused on enhancing the lives of patients for their remaining days.