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April 30, 1993 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-04-30

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ewish Hospice Services

Sponsored by
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan
and the Jewish Family Service

Hospice of Southeastern
Michigan and Jewish Family
Service announce the start of
Jewish Hospice Services. This com-
munity resource is partially funded
by an endowment established by
Jerry and Eileen Bielfield through
the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit.

JEWISH HOSPICE SERVICES TASK
FORCE

David Techner
Director
Ira Kaufman Funeral Chapel
Chairman

Carolyn Fitzpatrick Cassin
President and CEO
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan

Alan D. Goodman
Executive Director
Jewish Family Service

Jewish Hospice Services incor-
porates Jewish ethical and spiritual
values into Hospice of
Southeastern Michigan's program
of compassionate care for the ter-
minally ill.

Lois Clamage Armstrong
Vice President
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan

Robert H. Bodzin
Funeral Director
Hebrew Memorial Chapel

What is Hospice?

Hospice isn't a place. It is a way
of caring for people who are near-
ing the end of their lives. Dying
does not have to be painful or lone-
ly. Hospice provides services that
keep patients comfortable and help
meet their emotional and spiritual
needs. Hospice patients live their
final days with peace and dignity.

Hospice of Southeastern
Michigan is one of the largest hos-
pices in the country, serving more
than 450 patients every day.

How does Hospice
care for patients?

Every Hospice patient is cared
for by a Hospice team of profes-
sionals and volunteers. The team
can include physicians, nurses,
social workers, aides, counselors
and clergy. They make sure patient
and family needs are met.

Most Hospice care is provided
where people want to be — at
home.

When patients have problems
that can't be handled at home, they
can be admitted to one of the 21
area hospitals affiliated with
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan.
Some patients choose to live in one
of many nursing homes affiliated
with Hospice, including Jewish
Home for Aged, where they
receive Hospice home care.

Rabbi E.B. (Bunny) Freedman
Consultant
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan

Hospice staff are on call 24
hours a day to handle problems
that need immediate attention.

What does Jewish
Hospice Services
provide?

Jewish Hospice Services helps
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan
to care for dying people in accor-
dance with Jewish laws, traditions
and values.

Jewish Hospice Services trains
Hospice staff and volunteers to
understand Jewish religious and
cultural practices.

Jewish Hospice Services pro-
vides spiritual care for Jewish
patients, particularly those who do
not have a personal relationship
with a rabbi. A patient nearing
death may want to deal with spiri-
tual issues ignored or brushed
aside earlier in life, or to observe
religious practices and rituals.
Hospice helps fulfill these desires.

Using the resources of Hospice
and Jewish Family Service, Jewish
Hospice Services also provides
support for families dealing with
this crisis.

Lyle Goldman, M.D.
Sinai Hospital of Detroit

The program helps patients
from all Jewish denominations and
those unaffiliated with a syna-
gogue or formal Jewish organiza-
tion. Jewish Hospice Services is
supported by rabbis and lay lead-
ers from the Orthodox,
Conservative and Reform move-
ments.

Is Hospice only for
cancer patients?

Hospice cares for anyone with a
terminal diagnosis, including
patients with AIDS, heart and pul-
monary problems, multiple sclero-
sis, and end-stage liver, kidney and
neurological diseases. Patients
have ranged in age from newborn
to 104.

For more information,
call Evelyn Liberman,
Director, Jewish
Hospice Services, at
Hospice of
Southeastern
Michigan at 559-9209

Rabbi Irwin Groner
Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Phil Jacobs
Managing Editor
The Jewish News

Susie Leemaster
Chairperson
Michigan Jewish AIDS Coalition

Barbara Lewis
Director of Communications
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan

Evelyn Liberman
Director, Jewish Hospice Services
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan

Marcia Mittelman
Administrator
Jewish Home for Aged

Morton Plotnick, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Jewish Community Center

Denise Rabidoux
Executive Director
Jewish Home for Aged

Nancy Rothfeder
Hospice Volunteer

Phyllis Schwartz
Director, Senior Services
Jewish Family Service

Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg
Congregation Shir Tikvah

Margaret Weiner
Associate Executive Director
Jewish Family Service

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