The work of a hospice caregiver often transcends any description of kindness, service and ministry. It takes a very special kind of compassion and dedication. A very special person.
Each month Langeland Family Funeral Homes selects an individual as a recipient of the Hospice Caregiver Award from your nominations. The person chosen as the monthly award winner receives a gift card to be used for whatever they desire. Their name is also engraved on a leaf on the Hospice Caregiver tree at the Westside location. Yearly, Langeland Family Funeral Homes holds a reception to honor the past year's award recipients. During the reception, one of these special people will be selected as “Caregiver of the Year”. The Caregiver of the Year recipient will receive a gift certificate for a very special evening and a night away.
We invite nominations from peers, friends, patients and their families, and others who feel a particular person excels in his or her profession. Through your nomination, you can provide a special honor to someone who gives so much.
Please take a moment to nominate an individual whose care has touched your heart. This person may be a hospice professional physician, nurse, chaplain, social worker, CNA, healthcare administrative professional or a volunteer.
On October 3, Langeland Family Funeral Homes hosted their 3rd annual Langeland Hospice Caregivers Awards Banquet. This banquet is to honor the monthly Hospice Caregiver Award winners that were presented over the past year. Roxanne James a Hospice Aide for Hospice Care of Southwest MI – Rose Arbor, was selected as the Langeland Hospice Caregiver for 2018. Unfortunately Roxanne was not able to attend the banquet but she sent two of her co-workers from Hospice Care of Southwest MI – Rose Arbor in her place. Attending in Roxanne’s stead were Heidi Hotchkiss who works at Rose Arbor and Pam Hart a volunteer at Rose Arbor. They were both excited for Roxanne and felt that the award was very well deserved.
Dana Naumann, the Bereavement Care Coordinator, reached Roxanne by phone after the banquet to speak with her about the 2018 Hospice Caregiver Award. Roxanne said she appreciates the award very much and is also very humbled by it. She insisted that there are many others who are more deserving of this honor. She went on to talk about the amazing team that she works with at Rose Arbor. “No one talks about each other; we take care of each other and work so well together.” This includes both the paid employees and the volunteers who are such a valuable resource for Rose Arbor. Roxanne expressed her passion about her hospice work. “Working at hospice is not a job, it is a calling.”
Initially Roxanne was not sure she wanted to work in hospice, but a good friend of hers who is a nurse and knows her well told her, “It is everything you want to do.” So she applied at Rose Arbor and said from the moment she walked in the door she knew she belonged and that she would work there until her retirement. That was 15 years ago.
Roxanne also knows personally what it is like to take care of a loved one who is dying. Her mother lived with her for four years before her death and spent six months at Rose Arbor. She remembers how difficult it was physically and emotionally, but she also remembers the sweet and funny times they had together when they could not stop laughing over an unexpected event. After her mother’s death last year she said, “Now I truly get it; when family members say, ‘I can’t get my breath, I feel like I am dying.’” She sees this now as another facet to how she can be there for others.
When Roxanne was asked to describe what she does to unwind from her hospice work she described her home. She lives on 40 acres in Lawton and loves to spend time outside in nature. She also does a little bit of animal rescue on the side. She has a rescued horse and donkey and recently acquired a calf in trade for a tractor. Roxanne is always focused on how she can assist those around her. Roxanne is also a mother to four and a grandmother to six. She says her family is very close and the grandchildren love coming and spending time on the property.
Roxanne was nominated by one of the families of a patient she cared for. She is so thankful that she is able to help these families in their time of need. She is also very thankful for what these families have taught her over the years. She said, “I learned to have a more positive attitude. I learned to have more patience. I learned to be a much better listener, and I learned to be more compassionate.” They have all left an imprint on her life.
It is Langeland Family Funeral Homes pleasure to bring special recognition to our area’s hospice caregivers. These individuals give of themselves every day and play such a significant role in families’ lives. It is our desire to give an opportunity for people to share how much an individual has touched theirs and others’ lives with their caring.
In October 2019 the Hospice Caregiver of 2019 will be announced at a special reception honoring all the award recipients of the past year. The Caregiver of the Year will receive a gift certificate for dinner and overnight accommodations.
Do you know a special Caregiver? Nominate them today!
Hilary was nominated by Donna Campbell.
Compassion, explanations, care, help, peace...These are all words that describes what I see when our Grace Hospice LMSW Hilary Smith is involved with her patient and their family or caregivers. Our Mission is for each employee to treat every patient as their own treasured loved one, providing care that affords a quality of life that outweighs quantity of days and supports caregivers as their hearts find healing. Hilary lives by this Mission, whether it be helping a patient get a scooter, having a 'last swim' for a patient in her lake that was brought inside, or just an ear to listen. Her compassion and understanding makes her a true advocate for the patients and families that we are privileged to serve in this most precious of times.
Pictured from left to right: Dana Naumann, Bereavement Care Coordinator, Langeland Family Funeral Homes; Hilary Smith, Social Worker, Grace Hospice; Tod Langeland, Secretary and General Manager, Langeland Family Funeral Homes.
Congratulations to our December Caregiver Award recipient HilarySmith.
Hilary received The Crystal Heart Award and a gift card to be used for whatever she would like.
Lindsey was nominated by Bonnie Langeland.
Lindsey was nurse in charge of my Aunt – She went above and beyond to help us. Because of Lindsey and her group I was able to keep my Aunt at home (as I promised her) until she passed. Could not have done that without Great Lake, Lindsey and the other girls.
So Grateful –
Tod Langeland, Secretary and General Manager of Langeland Family Funeral Homes; Bonnie Langeland; Lindsey McCoy, Registered Nurse, Great Lakes Caring Hospice; & Dana Naumann, Bereavement Care Coordinator, Langeland Family Funeral Homes.
Thank you Lindsey for your commitment to those you serve!
Congratulations to our November 2018 Caregiver Award recipient Lindsey McCoy.
Lindsey received The Crystal Heart Award and a gift card to be used for whatever she would like.
Sherline was nominated twice – once by Tom Zemrowski and again by The Dunfield Family.
All the staff at Rose Arbor are wonderful, caring people who truly do their very best for hospice residents and their families.
Sherline stands out among them to me as the most memorable. She was so kind and loving to my wife Carol. Sherline bathed her even stopped by after March 31 to visit each day. (On April 1st the staff rotated for the next 6 months to the east end of Rose Arbor).
Sherline is the best!
- Tom Turman
Sherline is SO kind and compassionate. She took fantastic care of my Dad when he was at Rose Arbor. She was wonderful!! She helped out our family and friends too. She always had a smile on her face. She’s ONE IN A MILLION! Right on :)
- The Dunfield Family
Pictured from left to right: Dana Naumann, Bereavement Care Coordinator, Langeland Family Funeral Homes; Sherline Turman, Hospice Aide, Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan – Rose Arbor; and Shelby Baas, Langeland Family Funeral Homes.
Congratulations to our October 2018 Caregiver Award recipient Sherline Turman.
Sherline received The Crystal Heart Award and a gift card to be used for whatever she would like.
Ellen was nominated by Jackie Kline and Heartland Hospice Staff.
I would like to nominate Heartland Hospice chaplain, Ellen Laan, for the Langeland Hospice Caregiver Award. From the moment you meet Ellen you know there’s something special about her. She is one of the most caring, giving and loving individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. She goes about above and beyond to care for our patients, their families and her co-workers. From hand-written cards, to candy, cakes, lunch, chickens, etc…she cares for people! Here are some examples of Ellen’s generous spirit…
“We are so blessed that God allowed her to be with us. She goes at night, during the day and if she knows someone needs her gift of “presence” she will be there. She’ll bring frogs (“stuffed”), teddy bears, whatever would ease someone’s pain or fears. If she can bring a smile to anyone she will! I have been so blessed to watch her in action. She also supports the nursing staff by prayers and remembering who we are, not what we didn’t do. We are so very lucky to have her.” Pam Simpson-Taylor, RN
“Ellen is great!! She is a source of comfort and support not only to our patients and families, but to employees of Heartland Hospice. The care that we provide can be trying at times or we have things we are going through in our personal lives. It all matters to her, and she will stop in the moment and pray with us!” Brooke Randall, RN
“I too feel that Ellen should receive the award. Yesterday was a trying day. Ellen came in to see my Aunt and minister to all who were there. She shared favorite scripture and songs with my relatives. I feel they were so touched to know my Aunt’s choices. What a singing voice when she sang my Aunt’s favorite song! I could see how touched my Aunt from Missouri was at the ministry.” Dawn Klinkers, Team Coordinator
“I do her timesheets and she constantly puts in 12 to 16 hour days and also a lot of times works on the weekends. I have also seen several times that she was called out in the middle of the night at 2:00am and went and assisted with care even when it wasn’t her patient.” Julie Thomson, Team Coordinator
“I have seen firsthand the impact that Ellen Laan has on not only our patients and their families, but even on Costco employees! During a recent trip to pick up supplies with Ellen I was witness to employees’ firsthand knowledge of Ellen. The interaction was amazing. Ellen knew each one’s name and their family dynamics. Each employee treated her as close friend and each was amazed that she was not picking up rotisserie chickens for her patients on that day. Ellen has a way of making each person that she runs into, her fellow employees, or patients, feel loved and cared for. She is never too busy to listen and pray over you. She lives to love others.” Scarlet O’Heran, Volunteer Coordinator.
From left to right: Tyler Langeland, Licensed Director Langeland Family Funeral Homes; Ellen Laan, Chaplain; Heartland Hospice & Dana Naumann, Bereavement Care Coordinator, Langeland Family Funeral Homes.
Thank you Ellen for your commitment to those you serve!
Congratulations to our September 2018 Caregiver Award recipient Ellen Laan.
Ellen received The Crystal Heart Award and a gift card to be used for whatever she would like.