The Impact You Can Make
Every year Caring Circle including Lory’s Place, is fortunate to be invited into the lives and stories of our friends and neighbors throughout Southwest Michigan. Those we serve truly become part of our extended family. And though we are at a unique time in our history, our love and care does not stop. This year, more than ever, we need your financial support to continue providing essential help and local services to our neighbors and friends in need.
Hospice provides peace in the midst of pain
In just one year, the Postelli family navigated the difficult waters of watching three beloved family members decline in health and die. But they didn’t face it alone. Caring Circle was by their side, providing care and comfort in the times it mattered most.
Jeanie Postelli’s mother Renee was declining rapidly due to a neurodegenerative disease that affected mobility and cognition.
Even though Renee lived in an assisted living facility with her husband of 58 years, Jeanie knew they would benefit from hospice. “Hospice care was a great support for my mom, my dad, and the assisted living staff,” said Jeanie. Under hospice, Renee’s condition stabilized, prolonging the short time family had with her. “We had a wonderful last weekend,” said Jeanie. “We were even able to take Mom outside and sit in the sunshine with her. It was a beautiful time together.”
Hospice care also provided support as grandparents Cleo and Frank–both more than 100 years old–declined in health. Cleo struggled with painful diabetic ulcers and cardiovascular issues, but refused more testing or treatment. “She was in terrible pain. Hospice helped manage that, so she could pass peacefully,” said Jeanie. “They also provided support to Frank through the whole process.” A few months after Cleo’s death, Frank experienced falling episodes and blood pressure issues. Family called on hospice once again. Jeanie shared that although Frank was aware of his situation, he was calmed by the care of hospice staff.
“The staff is just amazing,” said Jeanie. “They understand the difficult times of death and dying that a family goes through, and are a great support for everyone.”
Compassionate care during a pandemic
At the start of 2020 Lois Marie Sowerby’s health quickly declined. As COVID-19 quarantine regulations increased in senior living centers, her family was unable to visit. Lois’ condition continued to worsen, and she was admitted to Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. Her family was left with trying to navigate care from afar and could not be with her at this delicate time. Another difficult decision came when the doctors recommended hospice care.
The family’s story began to brighten from the first moment they met with hospice team members. With the help of Caring Circle, Lois had a safe and comfortable place to stay in the hospital, until arrangements were made for her to be moved to the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center. With the utmost compassion and care, Lois’ family was able to spend time with her at the Hanson Hospice Center during her final days.