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Caring Circle Celebrates 40 Years of Service in Southwest Michigan

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November 08, 2021

(ST. JOSEPH) – Throughout the month of November, Caring Circle, formerly Hospice at Home, celebrates 40  years of service in Southwest Michigan and joins organizations across the nation in recognition of National  Hospice and Palliative Care Month.  

In 1981, a group of individuals in Berrien County organized to determine the need for hospice care in  Southwest Michigan. In June of that year, the group officially became board incorporated by the State of  Michigan and Hospice at Home was launched. The first volunteer training was conducted in 1982 and the first  patients were admitted into the program in July of that year. 

Over the last four decades, Caring Circle of Spectrum Health Lakeland has helped provide comfort and  dignity to thousands of people throughout Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties, allowing them to spend  their final months wherever they call home, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice care is unique in that it  offers an interdisciplinary team approach to treatment. Caring for the whole person allows the team to  address each patient’s unique needs and challenges. Hospice care ensures that pain management, therapies,  and treatments all support a plan centered on the person’s goals. Hospice care also provides emotional  support and advice to help family members become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief  support for up to a year. 

“It is an honor and privilege to celebrate over 40 years serving our communities with high-quality,  supportive hospice care,” said Melinda Gruber, PhD, vice president continued care services and president,  Caring Circle. “Over the years we have expanded our services to include both a community- and hospital based palliative care program, began offering grief support through Lory's Place, built the Merlin and Carolyn  Hanson Hospice Center, and initiated a transitions program for people who need connections and support  from community-based services.” 

“It is essential that people understand that hospice and palliative care is not giving up, it is not the  abandonment of care, and it is not reserved for the imminently dying,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of  the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Hospice is a successful model of person-centered care that brings hope, dignity and compassion when they are most needed.”
               More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available at caring circle.org  

 

About Caring Circle 

Caring Circle represents a range of programs offered for quality-of-life care including Transitions, HouseCalls,  palliative care, Hospice at Home, the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center, bereavement care, and  Lory’s Place. These programs provide services to people adjusting to living with a serious illness, as well as to  people facing death, anticipating the death of a loved one, or healing their grief after the death of a loved one.  To learn more about Caring Circle, call 269.429.7100 or 800.717.3811 or visit caring-circle.org