Hospice Chronicles: Conversations with Mamie

Mamie, Part Two

Millions of people around the world have used hospice care at the end of their lives, with many choosing to receive support in their homes. Hospice programs often depend on volunteers, who are commonly trained to serve as a "friendly visitor," or to provide respite care, giving family members a break from their caretaking responsibilities.

Producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions followed two hospice volunteers in southwest Michigan — after they completed their training - and visited their very first patients.

In part one of the report, Collison and Meister follow Betty Elsass and the care she provided for a 97-year-old woman named Mamie.

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