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Hospice of Michigan continues providing services with some adjustments due to COVID-19

Hospice is essential healthcare and Hospice of Michigan is continuing to care for patients and families across the state.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Like any other health care provider right now, keeping their staff safe and healthy is paramount so they can be there to care for patients and families.  PPE is an important part of keeping staff safe and their needs are high.  The community has donated masks, gloves, hand sanitizer.  Others are making donations to help defray the added expense to purchase PPE.  Anyone with PPE to donate should call 734-214-5246.  Or visit www.hom.org/donations for a monetary donation to the COVID-19 PPE Fund.

The personal distancing challenges of COVID have shifted the way Hospice of Michigan is providing care.  They have adapted to a more virtual model which, in many ways, has allowed for them to have more touchpoints with patients and families.  The agency received a grant to purchase iPads to deploy at nursing homes and enhance connections.  In addition, all grief support groups are now virtual.

Marcie Hillary is the Vice President of Resource Development with Hospice of Michigan.  She joined Catherine Behrendt via ZOOM to talk about how COVID-19 has impacted the way her team provides care for patients and families.

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