Hospice is combined medical, nursing, and spiritual support developed for end of life care for the terminally ill. Hospice care is provided by dedicated hospice teams for patients in their homes. Unfortunately, some hospice patients can no longer be cared for in their own homes, which may be because of complexity of care, caregiver burnout, or inadequate family support. Serenity Village provides an alternative, homelike environment for dying hospice patients where they can continue to be cared for by their family, but also have assistance from our staff to give the family needed rest and support. Because we are independent and not affiliated with any particular hospice, our residents will continue to be cared for by their hospice team with whom they have developed a caring relationship.
UNDERSTANDING HOSPICE/PALLATIVE CARE
Hospice care is an alternative for end of life care that emphasizes quality of life rather than aggressive treatment of an illness to extend life. Hospice is provided by licensed agencies that provide nursing, personal care, spiritual care and social support under the supervision of either a personal physician or a consulting hospice physician. In order to be admitted to hospice, a patient must be certified as having a terminal illness. This assumes an expectation of living no more than six months. Hospice care is a benefit of both commercial insurance and Medicare. Upon entering hospice, the patient forfeits some other aspects of their insurance coverage. In the United States, most hospice care is provided in the home. Hospice care may also be available in nursing homes.
Serenity Village is a 501©3 nonprofit organization located in Hastings, Michigan. It is an alternative residence for end of life patients whose care can no longer be provided in their home by their families or other caregivers. Often, this is due to caregiver exhaustion, burn out, or inadequate family support. Families or other caregivers will be encouraged to continue to provide as much care for the resident as they desire and are able. However, they will have the opportunity to leave their loved ones in the hands of Serenity staff while they leave to rest or do other things. We rely on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and families/estates who choose to donate. All medical care will be provided by external palliative care providers, arranged by the family of the patient.