In Home Care

Open Arms Hospice program works diligently to assist our clients in managing diagnosis-related symptoms to have the utmost dignified process of dying at their place of residence, where the family legacy can be passed onto the next generation. Our care aims to capture, body, mind, and spirit caring for the patient and the immediate family. Open Arms Hospice has a  team, comprised of nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers. We thrive to provide the patient with all of the physician’s prescribed medication to address symptoms related to the end of life diagnosis. Our care is delivered by a team of professionals and volunteers. Under the direction of the patient’s physician and our medical director, the team follows a personalized plan of physical, emotional and spiritual care. The plan is continually reviewed and adapted to meet the patients’ changing needs.The team includes, but not limited to:

  • A Nurse to visit as often as needed to ease pain and relieve symptoms. The Nurse also teaches caregivers to care for the patient at home.
  • A Hospice Aide to provide personal care including bathing, changing linens and helping with housework.
  • A Social Worker to help the patient and family to cope with the stresses of the illness. The Social Worker also assists with financial and insurance issues. Connects the patient and Family to available community resources.
  • A Pastoral Counselor to advise and assist on Spiritual Issues.
  • A Volunteer who helps with a wide range of activities of daily living.

Who Qualifies for Hospice Care?

Anyone with cancer, advanced heart or lung disease, end-stage Alzheimers or Dementia, Advanced Neurological Disorders, AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Multiple Sclerosis, or another life-limiting illness may qualify for hospice services. A registered nurse is available, if needed, to determine if a hospice referral is appropriate.

How is Hospice Care Paid For?

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans pay for hospice services. For in-home care, room and board are the responsibility of the patient and family. If you have questions about your hospice insurance benefits, please call us at 248-516-3978.

 How are Referrals Made?

Anyone can make a referral to Open Arms Hospice – physicians, nurses, social workers, family or friends. To qualify for hospice care, the patient’s attending physician and the Hospice Medical Director must certify that the patient has a life-limiting illness with a life expectancy of six months or less. Our staff can contact the patient’s physician to verify diagnosis and prognosis.
To make a referral, please call us at 248-979-5572.                         Physicians can fax referrals to 248-516-3979.

Our Services

The entire team at Open Arms Hospice believes that patients are entitled to live fully and as comfortably as possible. We provide palliative care to reduce pain and control symptoms. Our program provides the following services uniquely designed for each patient’s individual needs:

  • Physician Care
  • Nursing Care
  • Social Work Services
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Volunteer Support
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Physical, Speach and Occupational Therapy
  • Assistance with Personal Care, meals and light housework.
  • Medication to alleviate symptoms.
  • Oxygen and Medical Equipment and Supplies.
  • 24-Hour Care at Home During Crisis.
  • Short Term Respite Care
  • Short Term acute inpatient care.
  • Bereavement support and grief counseling.

Opportunity to Volunteer

Many opportunities exist for you to help patients and families as an Open Arms Hospice volunteer, including:

Patient companionship. Be a companion or social partner to patients or family caregivers. This role includes assisting with hobbies, such as playing cards or board games, listening to music and watching favorite movies together.

Caregiver relief. Provide family caregivers a much-needed break so they can run errands, attend important events, or just refresh and recharge.

By Your Side. This special role is to be a supportive presence at the bedside of a patient who is actively dying so they are not alone.

Pet visits. Visit patients with our therapy dogs, Alpine or Leon, or bring your own friendly pet (certified therapy animals preferred). Patients living in their own homes may also need help with dog walking or pet care.

My Stories. Assist patients in reviewing their lives and telling their stories through video or audio recording.

Running errands: Help patients and families by assisting with picking up groceries as well as other household errands.

Light housekeeping: Assist patients and families with light household duties, such as sorting, tidying, watering plants, and other light tasks.

Administrative support. Volunteers also assist at Open Arms Hospice’s offices by making copies, assembling packets and mailings, making phone calls, doing data entry, filing and fundraising activities.

Grief support. Assist with grief support groups, meal time groups at local restaurants.

Bereavement Support

Grief can affect family and friends for a long time. Our concern for the patient’s family and friends continues during the bereavement time. Our staff maintains close contact throughout the year to assist in any way possible. In addition, we also encourage the use of bereavement support groups to offer encouragement and comfort during the patient’s illness and continue for 13 months following the loss of a loved one. Henry Ford Hospice support groups are also open to the community at large and anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, please see the below contact information:

NOTE: If weather conditions are poor, please call (586) 276 – 9570 to confirm the group is being held.

Henry Ford provides, at no cost, qualified interpreters and other aids and services for the deaf and hard of hearing. To request assistance, call Henry Ford Hospice Bereavement Services at (586) 276-9570 at least three days in advance of the event. Contact: Henry Ford Bereavement at: (586) 276-9570

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