Hospice of Holland is not a place, but rather, a special way of caring for patients and families facing an advanced illness. This can be accomplished in a patient’s home or in an area care facility. No matter where the patient resides, we don’t ever want to accept the idea that we could lose a loved one. Yet Hospice isn’t about letting go, or walking away. It’s about living, and loving. And making every day count.
Hospice of Holland volunteers are an integral part of our team that enhance the lives of our terminally ill patients and families. Volunteer services are available for all patients enrolled in our program. The Vigil program is a very special volunteer service. When asked, volunteers provide a continual presence at the bedside, in those critical final moments of the dying process – moments that might otherwise be faced alone.
- Together as a group, Hospice of Holland’s volun- teer team gave 2975 hours of their time and resources to help provide high quality and compassionate care throughout the year.
- Mary DeWitt was chosen as Hospice of Holland’s Volunteer of the Year. Mary gave 128 hours of service to the organization, patients, and their family members.
Hospice of Holland is a dynamic, growing and vibrant non-profit organization with pro-active community outreach and education programs.
- June 2016, Hospice of Holland set a record high average number of patients for the month and the months of September, October, and November saw the 2nd highest average number of patients during those months in our 35 year history.
- In August, 3 children attended Camp Hope, a two day camp for children aged 6-12 who have experienced the death of a family member, friend or loved one. Children can express their feelings, learn coping skills and begin a healthy, healing process, through crafts, music writing, movement and games.
- We reached a record high of 798 referrals, delivering care to reach 698 new patients equating a daily average increase of 101 patients.
- The PC program cared for 505 new patients and continued a pattern of steady growth throughout the year.
- As of December 31, 2016, the organization has provided hospice services to 11,894 patients since January 1982.
- HOH Bereavement Counselors provided direct grief services to hospice and families, including 16 children and teens, and 56 community members who were not involved in hospice. Additionally social work support/or resources were provided to approximately 368 individuals during the hospice involvement of a family member.
- Hospice of Holland provided many hours of free community education through support groups and seminars to residents and professional caregivers in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Van Buren and Muskegon Counties.