Hospice Care


Hospice care at Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, MI, is designed to help the patient maintain a high quality of life and assist families in supporting their loved ones. Patients and caregivers in Shiawassee County and surrounding areas rely on the compassionate care of our healthcare organization for their hospice needs.

What Is Hospice?

Hospice is the ideal care option for individuals facing a terminal illness or debilitating injury. Since patients who receive hospice care often have incurable diseases, the focus is on helping them live each day with as much comfort and dignity as possible. As a result, hospice involves a holistic approach to care that includes physical, emotional, and spiritual support.

Since hospice is a type of care, providers can deliver services in various settings, whether at the patient’s home, a hospital, assisted living facility, or a similar location. At Memorial Healthcare, the hospice team can provide care at a nursing home, independent living facility, hospice house, or a private residence where the patient has lived for years. In short, hospice providers offer care wherever patients call home.

The Hospice Team

The hospice team members work collaboratively to craft plans that assist patients with pain management and symptom control. This interdisciplinary and medically-directed care method enables providers to meet each patient’s unique needs. The interdisciplinary and medically-directed hospice team comprises the following medical professionals:

  • Hospice physicians and nurses
  • Social workers
  • Home health aides
  • Therapists (physical, occupational, and speech)
  • Spiritual advisors (clergy or counselors)
  • Grief support specialists
  • Trained hospice volunteers
  • A selected personal physician

Director Aimee O’Connor and manager Jane E. Sego supervise the hospice team. Another key person on the hospice team is Leslie Weisenberger, DNP, FNP-BC, an employed provider of Memorial Healthcare. She serves as the nurse practitioner for the hospice and home health care departments. People who are not yet patients of either program can reach out to Dr. Leslie Weisenberger at the practice of Dr. Reem and Dr. Wael Salman by calling 989-729-4222.

Hospice Care Services

The comprehensive mindset of the hospice team ensures patients receive care that enhances the body, mind, and spirit. Some of the specific services people acquire with hospice care include:

  • Medication for pain management following a life-threatening diagnosis or prognosis
  • Therapies to augment the quality of life
  • Grief and spiritual guidance to navigate the emotional effects of end-of-life care
  • Reliable medical equipment and supplies
  • Education for patients and families regarding hospice care

To make sure patients receive more effective care, the hospice nurses frequently communicate with each patient’s chosen physician. This collaboration gives the physician a more accurate understanding of the patient’s changing needs.


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Who Qualifies for Hospice Care at Memorial Healthcare?

Any individual diagnosed with a life-limiting condition and a prognosis of six months or less can obtain hospice care from Memorial Healthcare. These services are covered under the following insurance plans:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Most private policies
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMO) and similar managed care services

While insurance plays a role in how much a person pays for hospice care, it does not dictate whether a patient will receive services. Qualifying patients can access care at Memorial Healthcare regardless of their insurance coverage.

Bereavement Services

As mentioned, hospice care extends to patient caregivers, as well. When patients inevitably reach the end of their care, the grieving period for the patient begins. Following the loss of a loved one, a person will exhibit various physical, mental, emotional, social, and even spiritual reactions. They may feel sadness, anger, or guilt and have issues eating and sleeping.

Since bereavement can be an overwhelming experience, the hospice team continues to work with family members and friends for 13 months at no extra cost once care ends for the patient. Trained professionals deliver counseling calls, visits, mailings, and separate support groups for adults and children. These grief support specialists also conduct monthly bereavement groups for the entire community, even if the loved ones of those attending did not obtain care from Memorial Healthcare.

Why Choose Hospice Care?

Although hospice care allows patients to suffer less and experience more comfort while battling a terminal illness, some people avoid it because of its association with the end of life. However, this perspective overlooks the numerous benefits that come with hospice care, such as:

Constant Care

Patients with life-limiting illnesses or injuries may require care at any hour during the week. Therefore, they need hospice care that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At Memorial Healthcare, the hospice nursing staff will provide patients with personalized care 24/7 to assist with symptom management.

Better Care Environment

As vital as hospitals are for treatment, they are no doubt stressful for many people, especially those receiving end-of-life care. Hospice departments create a calm and relaxing environment for patients, making it easier to obtain care during their final days.

Reduced Expenses for Families

Medical bills can take a toll on patients and their families, but hospice care often is less expensive than other hospital services. Additionally, insurance plans can minimize hospice costs.

Increased Dignity for Patients

Hospice care eliminates the noisy machinery and intrusive procedures a patient may face in a hospital setting. By spending the rest of their days in a peaceful environment with care focused on comfort, people with terminal illnesses can retain dignity through the process. The care team also will ensure the patient can enjoy life by adhering to their wishes, such as providing their favorite food for meals.


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Obtain Hospice Care From Memorial Healthcare

To learn more about the hospice services and available patient resources, contact us today.