Making the decision to seek hospice care for yourself or your loved one is not easy. You and your family deserve support during this highly emotional season. Cardinal Hospice has cultivated a patient-first culture, putting your needs above all else. You can trust us to help you make informed decisions so that your focus can be where it belongs – your family. It can be difficult to know which hospice provider is the best fit for you and your loved ones. 

The first step is to research hospice providers in your area. You can ask your doctor for recommendations, or you can search online. Once you have a list of potential providers, you can start to narrow down your options. At Cardinal Hospice, we welcome conversations to discuss the needs of you and your family. We recognize the importance of selecting the hospice care that will be the best fit and we believe that each one of our families have unique needs and deserve our best effort to design the most helpful care plan. This starts with getting to know you and being available to answer questions, not just about our company but about the industry, the hospice care process, and what to expect in the near future.

One important factor to consider is the quality of care that each hospice provider offers. You should ask each potential provider about their policies and procedures to get a sense of their ability to support your loved one’s needs. Some good questions to ask are:

  1. Do you provide 24/7 care if needed?
  2. Do the caregivers have access to supervisory support 24/7 in case an issue arises?
  3. If our regular caregiver should become ill does the organization have back up staff?
  4. Do you have specific experience with my loved one’s illness?
  5. Will you help me navigate the financial aspects of hospice care?

Cost of Hospice Services

Another factor to consider is the cost of hospice care which is covered by most insurers, including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and most HMOs and commercial insurers. Hospice care services are also a covered benefit under Medicare for people who have a life expectancy of six months or less. These financial aspects don’t have to create additional stress for you. When speaking with a potential hospice organization, if you feel that they are not properly considering all of the aspects of your particular financial situation, you may want to consider another hospice care provider.  Our experienced team at Cardinal Hospice will be by your side every step of the way.

Hospice Service Locations

Finally, consider the location of the hospice provider. You will want to choose a provider that is strategically located. You can find many by searching “hospice care near me” or “hospice near me”. Inclement weather, emergencies, changes in your loved ones health or mental status can happen rapidly and you need the confidence that your caregiver can be available to provide support and other resources quickly. 

How to Spot 6 Key Qualities of an Excellent Caregiver

Nurse providing care and support to a patient

A hospice caregiver is someone who provides care and support for terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice caregivers are specially trained to provide emotional, spiritual, and practical support, as well as medical care, to those who are nearing the end of life. They work with the patient and their family to ensure that the patient’s final days are as comfortable and dignified as possible. You should feel the connection and the support right from the beginning. 

Some of the excellent qualities of a hospice caregiver include:

1. Compassion

Hospice caregivers must be able to show compassion and empathy for both their patients and their families. They need to be able to understand what they are going through and provide them with the support they need.

2. Patience

Hospice caregivers must be patient with their patients and their families. They need to be able to listen to their concerns and answer their questions.

3. Communication Skills

Hospice caregivers must have good communication skills. They need to be able to explain things clearly and answer any questions that the family may have.

4. Organizational Skills

Hospice caregivers must be organized in order to keep track of their patients’ medications, appointments, and other important information.

5. Flexibility

Hospice caregivers must be flexible in their schedule and their duties. They may need to work odd hours or be on call 24 hours a day.

6. Stress Management Skills

Hospice caregivers must be able to deal with the stress that comes with their job. They need to be able to handle difficult situations and remain calm under pressure.

We guarantee our team at Cardinal Hospice has all 6 of these qualities and more. You can learn more about the qualities of caregivers at

Contact Us

Call us today to discuss your needs and let us help you develop a clear understanding of how everything works. We provide the highest quality compassionate care. We would love to be the organization that you select to serve your family and we encourage you to use us as your comparator! We are very confident that we’re exactly what you’re looking for when you search for “best hospice care near me” to serve you and your loved ones.

Our staff is experienced, caring and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you make the best decision for your family. Give us a call today, for the Bay City area (989) 401-8033 and for the Oxford area (248) 572-6690 or visit us at