Hospice of Lenawee
1903 Wolf Creek Hwy.
Adrian, MI 49221
- Hospice Care
- In-patient facility care
- Bereavement services
- Community education- end of life topics
Hours of OperationAdministrative Office: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Hospice Home In-patient facility- 24 hours/ 7 days a week
History of Hospice of Lenawee
In 1981, a group of individuals, having learned about a fairly new philosophy for end-of-life care, decided they wanted to form a hospice to serve the people of Lenawee County. Hospice of Lenawee, Inc. was chartered on January 1, 1982 as an independent, community based, nonprofit hospice and served its first patient early that year. In its very early stages, Hospice of Lenawee functioned as an all volunteer organization, but as people became aware of the remarkable compassionate care being provided, a small paid staff was hired consisting of an administrator, a nurse, a social worker, a bereavement counselor and a volunteer coordinator. All of the services were paid for with donations from the community.
In the fall of 1990, Hospice of Lenawee became certified by Medicare to receive reimbursement for patient care. The Medicare and other insurance reimbursements provided for much more stable funding, although community support was, and is, still necessary to provide services to those who have no Medicare or other insurance benefits.
As word spread about hospice care as an alternative for end-of-life care, the number of patients being served grew dramatically. In 2007, Hospice of Lenawee served 389 patients in their homes or nursing homes, averaging over 75 patients per day by year end. This is an increase from an average of 43 patients per day in 2005.
In early 2007, the Board of Directors recognized that there was a gap in our services for those in need of 24-hour RN care - when home care was either impractical or not even impossible. After an extensive Needs Assessment, It was then that the Board decided it was time to move forward with plans to build an 8-bed inpatient facility.
Through the generosity of hundreds of donors, in July 2012, Hospice of Lenawee opened the first Hospice inpatient facility in Lenawee County. We call it our Hospice Home, as it is truly just that - a home to all we serve within these walls. Since opening our doors, we have served hundreds of patients with the special kind of care that Hospice of Lenawee has always been known to provide. Our census continues to climb, averaging between 125-140 daily. We are committed to remaining Lenawee County's only free-standing, independent non-profit Hospice and are dedicated to Our Mission: To provide compassionate, patient and family-centered care to the people of our community during and after the last season of life.