Palliative vs. hospice care

Palliative care and hospice care might seem to be the same thing. But to those who deliver health care under either umbrella, there’s a difference. “All hospice care is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice care,” said Brenda Jaszczyszyn, director of Education and Quality at Emmanuel Hospice in Grand Rapids. “And there […]

Hospice Care an Advocate to More Dementia Patients

If predictions hold, the number of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will rise from about 5.7 million this year to a startling 14 million by 2050. That sobering statistic heralds a dramatic showdown on the horizon. And if enough health-care professionals join in over the next three decades of reckoning, it’s likely hospice […]

Patient wish to go fishing fulfilled

We were out at 8th Avenue Park today with our patient William Rude, his daughter Erica Curry VanEe, along with a few Brookcrest residents, fulfilling his bucket list wish to go fishing again. Thank you to all the Sunset Retirement Communities & Services recreational therapists and to Katy, our volunteer, who helped make this patient […]

Making End-of-Life Choices that Matter to You

It’s not uncommon for many of us to spend untold hours planning everything from graduation parties to weddings to vacations. But fewer than one-third of American adults have a plan in place that addresses how they want to live out their last days and informs their final arrangements. This absence in planning forces loved ones […]

Winding path brings Lowe to Emmanuel Hospice

Remarkably, Sara Lowe vowed after graduating from college that she would never immerse herself into a job serving senior adults. “Anything but working with old people,” she says with a smile, recounting her past – and then comparing it to her unlikely present – as executive director of Emmanuel Hospice. “You know that saying where […]

Calling All Advocates!

On July 11-12, Emmanuel Hospice staff members – Heather O’Brien and Shasta May joined hundreds of hospice advocates in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 HAN Advocacy Intensive. Heather and Shasta gathered with representatives from hospice agencies around the country to learn about policies affecting end-of-life care and share stories with our elected officials. Heather and […]

Support our Patients, Families, and Caregivers

#GivingTuesday is on Dec.1, 2015 What is #GivingTuesday? Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, […]

Preparing for Your Final Chapters…Before the Pages Turn.

In everyone’s life story, comes the need for planning before it becomes a necessity of deciding. Webster’s Dictionary defines a decision as: ‘a determination arrived at after consideration’.  This implicit definition assumes everyone has that time to think about a decision, however, this is not always the case.  Our life stories are packed with incredible positivity and […]

Emmanuel Hospice Helps Hosts Powerful Interfaith Memorial Event

Emmanuel Hospice, along with three other hospice providers and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute of Grand Valley State University will hold a special communitywide, interfaith memorial event on Thursday, Sept. 10 in Grand Rapids. The memorial event titled “We Remember” is designed to allow those who have lost a loved one to come together, share memories […]

The Gift of Grace – Discuss. Decide. Document.

Celebrate National Healthcare Decisions Day with ‘Conversation Nights’ Innovative game will be used to prompt ‘the stuff you have been meaning to talk about’ If you become sick or hurt, do your loved ones know what kind of care you want? Emmanuel Hospice, in collaboration with Making Choices Michigan, is helping community members start an […]