If your physician estimates that you or a loved one has about six months left to live if the illness runs its natural course – and the patient agrees to focus on comfort care instead of continuing treatments to cure the disease – the time is right for Arbor Hospice.
Many families tell us they wish they had contacted Arbor Hospice sooner. Don’t wait to begin receiving all the support available to improve the comfort and quality of life for your loved one and your entire family.
You can refer yourself or a loved one to Arbor Hospice by contacting us. Or ask the patient’s physician to make a referral to Arbor Hospice.
Advantages of Choosing Arbor Hospice
You, your loved one and your entire family can benefit from the comprehensive range of services available from the experts at Arbor Hospice, including:
- Managing the patient’s pain and other symptoms
- Providing the medications, medical equipment and supplies associated with the terminal illness, delivered right to the patient’s home
- Empowering the patient to live as they wish and fulfill personal goals
- Supporting the patient and family through the emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of dying
- Teaching family caregivers the skills to be more capable and confident
- Delivering special services like complementary therapies, if needed
- Providing short-term inpatient care when pain or other symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or if the family needs respite time
The Expert Team of Arbor Hospice
You won’t find a more experienced hospice team in the region than Arbor Hospice. We have provided compassionate end-of-life care to patients and families throughout southeast Michigan since 1984. To meet a wide spectrum of needs for each patient and family, our expert team includes more than 150 end-of-life specialists, including:
Physicians board-certified in hospice and palliative medicine. Care is managed by the patient’s physician working in collaboration with our physicians who have advanced training in pain management and symptom control.
Registered nurses. Specially trained hospice nurses are on-call 24/7. They visit as often as needed to monitor a patient’s condition and provide comfort care.
Social workers provide counseling, educational and emotional support to patients and their families during this challenging time. Social workers also assist with specific end-of-life issues, such as saying goodbye, life review and validating the importance of each patient’s life.
Spiritual care advisors provide support, counseling and services for people of all faiths to help patients and families connect with their beliefs.
Hospice aides offer much-needed relief for families and caregivers by helping with the patient’s personal care and everyday activities.
Grief support service managers help the family and caregivers prepare for and come to terms with the loss of their loved one. They support both adults and children.
Volunteers. Specially trained volunteers assist in a multitude of ways, including companionship, respite care, running errands and grief support to patients and families, as needed.
Where Arbor Hospice Care is Provided
Arbor Hospice care can be provided in:
- Private homes/apartments
- Nursing homes
- Assisted living facilities
- Adult foster care homes
- Our residential hospice facility
Whether the home is a private residence, nursing home or other facility, we know how important it is for patients to remain in familiar surroundings. Arbor Hospice experts are skilled and experienced at bringing their services to patients wherever they call home.
While many Arbor Hospice patients prefer to receive care in their homes, a time may come when this is no longer a viable option. In such cases, the Arbor Hospice team works with the patient and family to find the facility best suited for the patient to receive hospice care. For some, The Residence of Arbor Hospice may be the right choice.