When it comes to hospice care, experience counts. As the largest hospice provider in Michigan, Hospice of Michigan (HOM) has plenty of it. HOM provides specialized health care to patients with terminal illnesses. The organization's nurses, home health aids, and volunteers help patients manage pain and other symptoms, provide spiritual and emotional support, and offer grief counseling to family members. The organization works with about 1,000 patients on any given day at some 20 locations throughout Michigan's lower peninsula. Its services are offered in patient homes, as well as in hospitals and nursing homes. Hospice of Michigan was created in 1994 when several smaller hospice programs joined forces.
Along with being the largest hospice provider in the state, HOM was also the first certified hospice in Michigan. The organization was started as a pilot program of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a consortium of Detroit-area hospitals.
HOM operates the Maggie Allesee Center for Quality of Life at its corporate headquarters. The center is engaged in research projects in collaboration with a number of universities and health care centers. Projects include studying ways to enhance end-of-life care and identifying quality of life issues faced by the elderly. – less