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Hospice of Michigan Recognized for Excellence in Comfort Care

The not-for-profit organization honored with national Hospice Honors recognition

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 23, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM)

has been recognized for providing exemplary care to patients and families by HEALTHCAREfirst through the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey. Quality care delivered by HOM teams in Alpena, Gaylord and across Southeast Michigan earned Hospice Honors status.

Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospice organizations providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Issued across a variety of health care disciplines, the CAHPS survey measures many aspects of consumer satisfaction between October 2018 and September 2019, including communication skills of providers and ease of access to health care services.

All Hospice of Michigan families receive the evaluation highlighting 24 quality indicator measures following a loved one’s passing. The Alpena, Gaylord and Southeast Michigan teams scored above the national average on more than 20 of the survey’s questions.

“The Hospice Honors recognitions are a result of a million small things done with consistent and genuine care for the wellbeing of Hospice of Michigan patients and families,” said HOM President and CEO Bob Cahill, “This is a testament to our care teams who support and believe in the not-for profit mission providing end-of-life care to every person, every time. We are honored to be highly-regarded by the patients and families we serve, and I’m personally honored to be a part of such a wonderful collection of hardworking and compassionate people.”

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice to Host Virtual Camp Session For Children in Michigan Coping with Grief

Nonprofits’ annual Camp Good Grief shifts to Zoom format to provide opportunity for fun, sharing and healing during COVID-19 pandemic

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 15, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice both members of the NorthStar Care Community, are hosting a virtual version of its annual Camp Good Grief, a popular, one-day retreat for children in Michigan who are coping with grief after experiencing the death of a loved one. The free program will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Virtual Camp Good Grief is for children ages 8-17 – allowing them an opportunity to address their feelings and remember their loved ones through a variety of activities focused on grief education and emotional support, including arts, crafts, music and conversation. Children will also find comfort knowing there are others just like them who have experienced a similar circumstance and can relate to how they are feeling – opening up possibilities to create new friendships that will last long after camp is over.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely tough on all of us, especially children. Add the fact that many of these kids are experiencing the loss of a loved one, and that’s a lot of emotion happening at the same time,” said Karen Monts, director of grief support services for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “This new virtual format is an advantage simply because logistics no longer present a barrier, allowing us to reach families from all corners of the state.”

All activities during the virtual camp session will be administered and facilitated by caring and qualified Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice grief professionals and music therapists.

Attendees will have all supplies provided to them free of charge.

Registration for Camp Good Grief is due by Friday, July 31. Families interested in participating are encouraged to register as soon as possible by visiting the registration page, as space is limited. A Zoom link will be provided upon signup.

Prior to camp, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice will provide a brief educational session for adults or guardians to learn more about this new, virtual format and what their children can expect during the session.

For more information about the Virtual Camp Good Grief, please contact the following individuals or visit www.hom.org.

  • Jackie Morris: (313) 578-6328 or jmorris@HOM.ORG
  • Katie Gedraitis: (231) 845-3423 or kgedrait@HOM.ORG
  • Margie Martin: (734) 769-5821 or mmartin@arborhospice.org

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

About Arbor Hospice
Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.

NorthStar Care Community Answers the Call for Newly-Launched National Hotline

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (July 13, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, founding members of the NorthStar Care Community (NSCC), have joined a national telephone referral network of 70+ not-for-profit providers, under the umbrella of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI).

When faced with a serious illness or need for end-of-life care, some individuals may prefer a not-for-profit hospice and palliative care provider with deep roots in their community. Finding a care provider that’s driven by a mission to serve, not by profits can be even more difficult when searching for care providers for an out-of-town family member. 844-GET-NPHI (844-438-6744) will connect families with a not-for-profit provider closest to their loved one.

NSCC will provide the infrastructure for the hotline, in addition to joining this national telephone referral network. NSCC is uniquely qualified to support the NPHI’s telephone referral network, tapping into its existing technology and expertise operating a 24/7 contact center for Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice and 11 other hospice organizations across the country.

When individuals call 844-GET-NPHI (844-438-6744), the NSCC contact center staff will answer on behalf of NPHI and provide the caller with a list of local NPHI member providers closest to their loved one. NSCC and its affiliated brands will remain anonymous to callers, ensuring the referral process is kept fair.

“The NorthStar Care Community is proud not only to be a participant in this referral network, but to answer the call for families across the country in their time of need,” said Bob Cahill, president and CEO of the NorthStar Care Community. “Both Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice offer a 24/7 Contact Center staffed by 58 employees to make sure care is always a phone call away for patients and families in the communities we serve. We’re proud to be part of this national network that makes a complicated long-distance process simpler. Our goal is to help people get the care they need from the clinicians they want.”

Since its launch this spring, the NPHI hotline has received 191 calls for referrals across the country.

“The infrastructure and technology NorthStar Care Community provides allows us to connect patients and caregivers with not-for-profit member organizations across the nation,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, president and CEO of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation. “We’re pleased to run the national telephone referral hotline through NSCC because their knowledgeable employees already understand the unique needs of hospice patients and caregivers, and they are able to provide seamless operations and continuity of care.”

NSCC was formed in 2017 by two legacy not-for-profit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. Together, both organizations have been serving communities across the lower peninsula of Michigan for more than 40 years, ensuring all who need end-of-life care, regardless of age, diagnosis or ability to pay, has access to it. Through their partnership, NSCC offers an extensive array of integrated programs and services which range from core hospice programs to pediatric services, palliative care to education and training. To learn more, please visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org or call 888-247-5701.

For those looking for care across the county, please call 844-GET-NPHI (844-438-6744) to learn about the NPHI member or other not-for-profit care-at-home providers.

About NorthStar Care Community

NorthStar Care Community (NSCC) was created to preserve and promote the mission of nonprofit hospice and palliative care – to deliver expert, compassionate care to patients of any age, no matter their diagnoses, complexity of care, place of residence or ability to pay. NorthStar Care Community was formed in 2017 by two legacy nonprofit hospice agencies – Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice – and also includes NorthStar Palliative Care, the NorthStar Institute and Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children. As members of the NSCC family, the organizations combine operational resources in order to maximize support at each patient’s bedside, delivering the highest standards of care to those who are seriously ill. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information about NorthStar Care Community, visit www.northstarcarecommunity.org

About the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation

The National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI), formed in 2014, is a collaborative of 70+ not-for-profit, community-integrated, hospice and palliative care providers from across the United States who play a unique role as a crucial safety net for the sickest, most vulnerable patients in the communities they serve. For more information, visit www.hospiceinnovations.org.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Receive Donations to Facilitate Virtual Visits for Hospice Patients

Nearly $30,000 in gifts from regional foundations will purchase iPads for patients to connect with caregivers and loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (May 27, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice both members of the NorthStar Care Community, have received generous grants totaling nearly $30,000 from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation in Traverse City, Jennie V. Kerr Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan in Alpena and The Jones Family Foundation in Ann Arbor.

The grants will fund the purchase of 70 iPads to facilitate virtual visits with Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice’s care team, as well as help connect patients in isolation to their families. The devices will be distributed to facilities and patients in Ann Arbor, as well as communities throughout Northeast and Northwest Michigan.

“The turnaround and support we’ve seen from these foundations have been simply incredible,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “Our organization strives to provide the very best end-of-life care possible throughout the state, and the fact that these grants came from foundations across all corners of Michigan says a lot about their dedication to our mission.”

The donations will aid the not-for-profit in its continued mission to provide the best end-of-life care to patients across the state, regardless of their age, diagnosis or ability to pay – especially as the COVID-19 crisis continues to put a strain on hospice patients and their families during these uncertain times.

“The impacts of the coronavirus are far reaching – often making it difficult for those at the end of their lives, and their loved ones, to stay connected with each other at a time when they can’t physically be together,” said Alison Metiva, vice president of strategic engagement and programs for the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. “We’re proud to support the innovation and adaptation of Hospice of Michigan and their efforts to ease, at least a little, the difficulty of the impact for the families they serve.”

The coronavirus pandemic has complicated how Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice patients interact with their loved ones during their final days. Under our care and more normal circumstances, our patients are able to see their loved ones and caregivers in-person, but because of the COVID-19 crisis, Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, for the most part, have limited in-person visits to adhere to health and safety guidelines. Some in-person visits, however, are still available, depending on the facility where the patient is receiving care.

“The Jones Family Foundation has ties with Arbor Hospice, so we didn’t think twice about providing the additional support,” said Tamara Carr, Director of The Jones Family Foundation. “We know when these iPads are purchased, patients won’t be alone because they’ll be able to interact virtually with their care team.”

Regarding the Jennie V. Kerr Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation, Rev. Martha Stuart, spiritual care advisor for Hospice of Michigan added, “Jennie would have cheered with the Care Team for the good that these iPads will bring for our patients and families for their physical, emotional, and spiritual care. Jennie would have provided them without telling us that it was her behind the gift – that’s just the kind of person she was; compassionate and selfless, through and through. I miss her presence in our office but continue to see her caring nature through her legacy.”
To make a monetary, tax-deductible donation to Hospice of Michigan, please visit www.hom.org/donations or to Arbor Hospice, please visit www.arborhospice/donate

About Hospice of Michigan

A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,400 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice Earn CHAP Accreditation

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (May 5, 2020) – The Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) announced that Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice have been awarded accreditation under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence.

CHAP accreditation demonstrates that both organizations meet the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources, and long-term viability. Accreditation reinforces Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are providing the highest quality of service to patients and their families in 48 counties across lower Michigan.

“At Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice, we are devoted to our patients and their loved ones, providing comfort and peace to every person, every time,” said Bob Cahill, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice. “By achieving CHAP Accreditation, both of the not-for-profits have shown a commitment to excellence that demonstrates a focus on providing quality care and continuous improvement.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice by offering support in their commitment to serve families in Michigan,” said Nathan DeGodt, CHAP president and CEO. “Both organizations have formally received full accreditation due to their organizational preparedness, their clear processes and structures, and their highly knowledgeable, engaged and professional staff.”

Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice are not-for-profit agencies that provide care for all – regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Both offer a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end-of-life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs.

CHAP is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Cancels 2020 Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser: Detroit

New event date will be April 30, 2021; proceeds will benefit not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

DETROIT (March 24, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan has canceled its fifth annual Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser and will host the event next year on Friday, April 30, 2021 at the Garden Theater, located at 3929 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. The fundraiser is one of three Barley, BBQ & Beats events Hospice of Michigan is canceling across the state. Tickets purchased for this year’s fundraiser have already been refunded or accepted as a donation to Hospice of Michigan.

“It comes with great regret that Hospice of Michigan had to cancel this year’s Barley, BBQ & Beats,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “We had to make this tough, but necessary decision to ensure the health and safety of our supporters. We’re excited about having next year’s date already confirmed – and we look forward to bringing the fun back to Detroit in 2021, so Hospice of Michigan can raise the much-needed funds to provide the best possible end-of-life care to patients and their families across the state.”

Individuals can still support Hospice of Michigan through a donation by visiting www.hom.org/donations.

The not-for-profit raises approximately $500,000 every year from Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraisers, which equals 3,000 days of hospice care – and since 2016, supporters have collectively raised more than $1.35 million for its Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Northern Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

Hospice of Michigan encourages guests to support Barley, BBQ & Beats vendors during this difficult time by ordering take-out or delivery, purchasing gift cards or writing positive reviews on social media. The local, Michigan-based distillers and pit masters that were set to take part in Barley, BBQ & Beats include:

Hospice of Michigan thanks our statewide sponsors, which include presenting sponsor CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, as well as American House Senior Living Communities, Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick of Cadillac, Betz Industries, Miller Welding Supply, Pioneer Construction, The Meijer Foundation, US Signal, The Cadillac News, WZZM 13 On Your Side and 9&10 News.

For updated information about Barley, BBQ & Beats, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2020.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Cancels 2020 Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser: Grand Rapids

New event date will be May 22, 2021; proceeds will benefit not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 24, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan has canceled its fifth annual Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser and will host the event next year on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Van Andel Arena, located at 130 Fulton St. W. in Grand Rapids. The fundraiser is one of three Barley, BBQ & Beats events Hospice of Michigan is canceling across the state. Tickets purchased for this year’s fundraiser have already been refunded or accepted as a donation to Hospice of Michigan.

“It comes with great regret that Hospice of Michigan had to cancel this year’s Barley, BBQ & Beats,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “We had to make this tough, but necessary, decision to ensure the health and safety of our supporters. We’re excited about having next year’s date already confirmed – and we look forward to bringing the fun back to Grand Rapids in 2021 so Hospice of Michigan can raise the much-needed funds to provide the best possible end-of-life care to patients and their families across the state.”

Individuals can still support Hospice of Michigan through a donation by visiting www.hom.org/donations.

The not-for-profit raises approximately $500,000 every year from Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraisers, which equals 3,000 days of hospice care – and since 2016, supporters have collectively raised more than $1.35 million for its Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Northern Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

Hospice of Michigan encourages guests to support Barley, BBQ & Beats vendors during this difficult time by ordering take-out or delivery, purchasing gift cards or giving positive reviews on social media. The local, Michigan-based distillers and pit masters that were set to take part in Barley, BBQ & Beats include:

Hospice of Michigan thanks our statewide sponsors, which include presenting sponsor CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, as well as American House Senior Living Communities, Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick of Cadillac, Betz Industries, Miller Welding Supply, Pioneer Construction, The Meijer Foundation, US Signal, The Cadillac News, WZZM 13 On Your Side and 9&10 News.

For updated information about Barley, BBQ & Beats, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2020.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

Hospice of Michigan Cancels 2020 Barley, BBQ & Beats Fundraiser: Cadillac

New event date will be May 7, 2021; proceeds will benefit not-for-profit’s Open Access Program

CADILLAC, Mich. (March 24, 2020) – Hospice of Michigan has canceled its second annual Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser and will host the event next year on Friday, May 7, 2021 at The Wex, located at 1320 Mitchell St. E. in Cadillac. The fundraiser is one of three Barley, BBQ & Beats events Hospice of Michigan is canceling across the state. Tickets purchased for this year’s fundraiser have already been refunded or accepted as a donation to Hospice of Michigan.

“It comes with great regret that Hospice of Michigan had to cancel this year’s Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraiser,” said Marcie Hillary, senior vice president of community relations for Hospice of Michigan. “We had to make this tough, but necessary decision to ensure the health and safety of our supporters. We’re excited about having next year’s date already confirmed – and we look forward to bringing the fun back to Cadillac in 2021, so Hospice of Michigan can raise the necessary funds to provide the best possible end-of-life care to patients and their families across the state.”

Individuals can still support Hospice of Michigan through a donation by visiting www.hom.org/donations.

The not-for-profit raises approximately $500,000 every year from Barley, BBQ & Beats fundraisers, which equals 3,000 days of hospice care – and since 2016, supporters have collectively raised more than $1.35 million for its Open Access Program, which ensures all who need end-of-life care in Northern Michigan and beyond have access to it, regardless of their age, diagnosis, or ability to pay.

Hospice of Michigan encourages guests to support Barley, BBQ & Beats vendors during this difficult time by ordering take-out or delivery, purchasing gift cards or giving positive reviews on social media. The local, Michigan-based distillers and pit masters that were set to take part in Barley, BBQ & Beats include:

Hospice of Michigan thanks our statewide sponsors, which include presenting sponsor CareLinc Home Medical Equipment & Supply, as well as American House Senior Living Communities, Betten Baker Chevrolet Buick of Cadillac, Betz Industries, Miller Welding Supply, Pioneer Construction, The Meijer Foundation, US Signal, The Cadillac News, WZZM 13 On Your Side and 9&10 News.

For updated information about Barley, BBQ & Beats, please visit www.hom.org/BBB2020.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.

$1 Million Gift Establishes Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Nov. 7, 2019) – “I believe that becoming a family caregiver, especially at the end-of-life, is the ultimate expression of selflessness. These often-overlooked heroes make it possible for their loved one to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their home, taking on the majority of caregiving responsibilities, under the guidance of the hospice care team.”

So shared Lawrence D. Bos, Sr., Grand Rapids financial advisor and philanthropist, of the inspiration behind his recent donation of $1 million to Hospice of Michigan to establish the Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund.

The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund honors the memory of Larry’s wife of 64 years, a loyal donor who was committed to helping others through life’s challenges. The fund is designed to provide the support and resources family caregivers need to care for their loved ones, bringing honor and dignity to each day they have together. Dolores passed away unexpectedly last year.

Costs to Hospice of Michigan in providing caregiver support exceed $3 million annually. The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Fund helps the not-for-profit provide essential resources that can help family caregivers navigate this sacred stage of life, including:

  • Items that improve a patient’s comfort and quality-of-life for families that may be struggling to finance, such as heating and cooling repairs, cell phones, meals, small utility bills, etc.
  • Access to a 24/7 caregiver support line to answer questions and dispatch a nurse to a patient’s home during crises, if needed.
  • Social work support for couples and family members struggling emotionally while caring for a loved one or re-establishing a healthy lifestyle following a death.
  • Grief support counseling for family members before and after the death of their loved one.

The Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund honors the couple’s legacy of generosity in serving others, especially their shared commitment to the not-for-profit hospice mission. Both a founding member of the Hospice of Michigan Foundation Board and past chair of the not-for-profit’s board of trustees, Larry has been a passionate advocate for the organization for nearly three decades. Dolores was also dedicated to HOM’s fundraising efforts and applied her artistic skills in creating Hospice of Michigan’s Crystal Rose, the iconic symbolic of the organization’s quality of care.

To make a contribution to the Dolores Bos Family Caregiver Support Fund, contact Marcie Hillary, senior vice president and chief development officer for Hospice of Michigan, at mhillary@hom.org.

About Hospice of Michigan
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, the not-for-profit delivers the highest quality of care, raising more than $5 million each year to cover costs for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life. HOM also provides grief support and counseling, as well as caregiver education and support. A member of the NorthStar Care Community, HOM also provides palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Arbor Hospice. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve nearly 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.