Hospice of Holland provides end-of-life care for people of all ages. Patients become eligible for hospice care when curative options have been exhausted or the risks of treatment outweigh the gains, and when the physician estimates the person’s life expectancy to be months rather than years. Although recovery may no longer be possible for our patients, there is still a great deal we can do through physical, emotional and spiritual care to help them feel comfortable and to enhance their quality of life. Of course, the decision to seek hospice is always reversible, and you may discontinue care at any time. We also offer a Palliative Care Program to help relieve the pain and symptoms for patients who are seriously ill but have not received a terminal diagnosis, or are not yet ready for hospice care.
The support of family and friends is precious to our patients. At Hospice of Holland, anyone in a loving relationship with them is welcomed as family. For our patients, these are the most important people in the world and we embrace them as both participants in providing care, and as individuals who need care and support themselves. Whether we’re easing physical pain or emotional heartache, or providing spiritual support, Hospice of Holland helps everyone facing end-of-life issues.
In addition to your physical and emotional pain, Hospice of Holland strives to attend to your spiritual needs. The spiritual care team of chaplains is here to provide spiritual support in whatever manner you identify and regardless of your faith affiliation. Even if this is the first time in your life you identify yourself as spiritual, our chaplains are here to help as you desire. Our hospice spiritual care team is also available to provide spiritual care to your family, as well as act as a liaison with your own faith community. Hospice of Holland chaplains are also available to officiate funeral or memorial services as desired and they can provide community education by request in churches, facilities and other group settings.
People often tell us how end-of-life care has given them comfort and helped them find peace during this very difficult time. Many of them also tell us they wish they’d had hospice care much earlier. By controlling pain and physical symptoms sooner, patients and families are able to focus on their feelings, and on each other. For patients who are seriously ill but not quite eligible for hospice care, we offer palliative care to help relieve pain and difficult symptoms. Contact us as soon as you learn the time for palliative or end-of-life care is approaching. Together, we’ll determine when care should begin and make the necessary arrangements.