One in four of all deaths in the U.S. are Veterans. Veterans Day was celebrated this month. For those serving veterans with life-limiting illnesses at Hospice of Dayton, veterans day is every day.
As a We Honor Veterans participant, Hospice of Dayton has developed a special program with specialized care for Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness. The national We Honor Veterans effort of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers four levels of distinction for programs addressing the needs of veterans. Hospice of Dayton’s American Pride program has earned the highest level of recognition for services and offerings provided to veterans and their families. The American Pride program is designed to meet the unique needs of seriously ill veterans and their families.
Through American Pride, veterans are recognized for their service with a pinning ceremony conducted by other military veterans; provided with specific benefits information and support in completing benefit applications by personnel dedicated to this purpose; provided with the opportunity to participate in the Honor Flight visit to Washington D.C. military monuments (as patient condition permits); and assured that family members will benefit from bereavement support tailored to their needs. In addition, Hospice of Dayton has sponsored educational programs on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to educate clinical professionals to the unique needs of PTSD patients at the end-of-life.
Premier Health and Ohio’s Hospice, comprised of Hospice of Dayton, Hospice of Miami County, Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties and Innovative Care Solutions palliative services, have announced a clinical collaboration to enhance the availability and services of palliative care and hospice to patients in the Miami Valley.
Under the new agreement, Innovative Care Solutions will coordinate palliative care services for all Premier Health locations, assuring high standards and experienced providers in palliative care services to Premier Health consumers in need of specialized palliative care services. The agreement enables the organizations to manage patients across a continuum of care to better ensure optimal patient outcomes and lower costs while maintaining high quality care standards.
Ohio’s Hospice, in collaboration with Premier Health, is also opening a hospice inpatient unit at Upper Valley Medical Center, managed by Hospice of Miami County. Ohio’s Hospice President/CEO Kent Anderson notes, “This new hospice inpatient unit expands the continuum of hospice services available to Miami County residents. It is part of this clinical collaboration, and reflects the shared values and mission of Premier Health and Ohio’s Hospice. Equally important, this enhances our shared commitment to improving accessibility and quality of care available to the patients and families we have the privilege of serving.”
“Providing palliative care and hospice services is a special responsibility that we embrace with deep compassion,” says Paula Thompson, president and CEO of Fidelity Health Care, Premier Health’s home health division. “Working collaboratively with Ohio’s Hospice strengthens the scope of the services which are centered on the individual, their family members and friends. We consider it a privilege to work together to better serve those who are in need of these services.”
About Premier Health
Premier Health serves the community with more than 100 locations throughout Southwestern Ohio, including hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, health centers, primary care and after-hours care, health specialists, a home health and community health services.
About Ohio’s Hospice
Ohio’s Hospice is a partnership of palliative and hospice care providers that includes Hospice of Dayton, Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties, Hospice of Miami County and Innovative Care Solutions palliative care. Ohio’s Hospice serves over 5,000 patients and families annually in Southwest Ohio in their homes, in assisted and extended living facilities, in hospitals and two area hospice houses
The holidays are a challenging time for those experiencing grief. Pathways of Hope Grief Support is offering a Holiday Grief Support group on a drop-in basis every Wednesday evening, November 5 through December 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Pathways of Hope, at Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue. The group is open to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss. Advance registration is not required and there is no fee. If you have questions or want additional information, please call 937-258-4991.
Hospice of Dayton is joining in efforts to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making as part of Ohio Advance Directives Week. As a participating organization, Hospice of Dayton is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and a living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws. These resources are available by clicking here.
Having conversations with loved ones and completing reliable advance directives to make wishes known is an important part of healthcare choice and decision-making. By sharing advance directives, families and healthcare providers can carry out the wishes of patients with peace of mind.
The annual Hospice of Dayton 5K Remembrance Walk will take place Saturday, November 1 at Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton.
This marks the tenth annual 5-K Remembrance Walk, which involves teams and individuals who walk in the memory of lost loved ones. The route through Hospice of Dayton’s “neighborhood” includes a 5K (walk, run, stroller push, etc) and a shorter 3K option. Proceeds from the walk benefit the mission of Hospice of Dayton, the area’s first and largest nonprofit hospice service.
Retired WDTN TV2 Chief Meteorologist Carl Nichols will serve as the Grand Marshall of the Remembrance Walk. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10:00 am. Parking will be available at The Sanctuary, the Belmont Physicians practice (enter via entrance below the Hospice of Dayton entrance on Wilmington and follow signs), and also the Southview Children and Family Center off of Thorpe. Shuttle services will be available from all offsite parking locations to the Hospice of Dayton campus. The event goes on rain or shine, and light refreshments and lots of door prizes add to the festivities.
The entry fee for adult walkers is $25, while youth 7 and under are charged $15 (no fee is charged for children NOT wanting a t-shirt). Those who register before October 24, 2014 can be assured of receiving a 5K Remembrance Walk T-shirt on the morning of the event. After that date participants are still able to pay on site and participate, but shirts may not be available. Registration information for teams and individuals is available by contacting Marsha Bernard at Hospice of Dayton Foundation, 937- 258-5537 or by visiting the Hospice of Dayton by clicking here: https://www.hospiceofdayton.webconnex.com/walk. Special team awards will be presented to teams competing for top spots in numbers of walkers and amounts of dollars raised.
Donor dollars enable Hospice of Dayton to provide an array and level of services to assure the highest quality of care and the best quality of life for patients. Community support is essential to the bereavement services, complimentary services and clinical expertise available to patients, families and the community.
Hospice of Dayton and Hospice of Miami County will present Dr. Pauline Chen as guest speaker on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at the Victoria Theatre. Dr. Chen’s October engagement will focus on “Our Best Selves: A Surgeon’s Reflections of Compassionate Leadership.”
When Pauline Chen began medical school, she dreamed of saving lives. As a student, resident and doctor, Dr. Chen believes she found herself wrestling with medicine’s most profound paradox–that a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying. As she continued her career, she discovered that depersonalizing patients didn’t make her a better doctor – or person. She decided to adopt a different approach by offering compassionate care to her patients. Dr. Chen will talk about her transformation and how she encourages her fellow physicians to make the change as well.
Dr. Chen’s presentation is open to the public at no cost, as a gift to the community for their generous support of the mission of the two community non-profit hospice organizations. “We are honored to present Dr. Chen,” Hospice of Dayton President/CEO Kent Anderson explains. “She has devoted her career to changing how the health care industry sees patients, emphasizing that doctors should not short circuit their own emotions.” Heather Bolton, Executive Director of Hospice of Miami County, calls Dr. Chen “an inspiration and strong advocate for the compassionate care model that is the mission of Hospice of Miami County and Hospice of Dayton.”
Ticket information is available by contacting the Victoria Theatre box office at www.ticketcenterstage.com/
The 2013 Annual Mission Report to the Community highlights Hospice of Dayton services and programs.
By Paul M. Minter
In 1937 I was ten years old, Mother and Father decided they would separate and by doing so they would leave me with my Great-Grandmother who lived in the hills of Kentucky. Moving from the city to the hills of Kentucky was like being in a time capsule, traveling back to the frontier days.
My Great-Grandmother’s old farmhouse had no water, electric or plumbing. Her farm was located as far back in the hills as you could possibly go, at the head of a hollow with 10-foot cliffs surrounding the entire valley. The farm had 80 acres of steep hillside land with about 10 acres of bottomland. The creek that flowed through this valley was a gift from God and gave us many hours of catching fish that my Great-Grandmother, Molly Harvey, would cook for me. My Great-Grandfather, Isaac Harvey, built the old farmhouse. It had six rooms with three open fireplaces and an old wood cook stove in the kitchen. The house had three large porches. In the winter we spent most of our time in the bedroom because it was the only room heated by an open fireplace. Sleeping in the bedroom was like sleeping in an indoor jungle. My Great-Grandmother had many beautiful flowers hanging in this bedroom so they wouldn’t freeze. She also was an herbalist who spent most of her life collecting and growing herbs. She had remedies for most all sickness. Doctoring yourself was common practice and she knew the proper home remedy to give you.
My Great-Grandmother cooked, dressed and lived like she was living in the early 1800s. She always wore the long dress and a colorful bonnet. A sidesaddle and a horse were her only way of traveling.
I was fascinated with the primitive way of life, and soon learned how to ride a horse, milk a cow by hand and plow the fields with a team of mules. My Great-Grandmother’s requirement was that everybody had to work, regardless of age. Working in the garden, cutting firewood, gathering eggs, feeding the livestock and chickens was a daily requirement.
The school I attended was a one-room school with 8 grades and a potbelly stove in the middle of the room. There was no such thing as a school bus. When you graduated from the 8th grade you had to travel many miles to go to a high school. A big percentage of the young people could not go because of the long trip. I was lucky, as I was able to enroll in Berea College where you worked and lived on campus. They required you to work four hours a day to pay for your way through school. I was assigned to work in the paint shop. In 1944, at the age of 17, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy and when the war was over I received an honorable discharge. I was lucky to get employment at the General Motor plant in Dayton, Ohio. After 30 years of dedicated service I retired at the age of 50 and launched an exciting new career. I decided to take ballroom dancing lessons.
I always loved to watch other people dance and was always taken by music. After competing in three dance competitions and receiving a trophy for each one I started a new life as a fulltime professional dance instructor. I met Sharon when we were both taking dancing lessons in 1967. A wonderful romance followed and we fell in love and were married in 1970. I organized an independent dance club and for the next 33-years I was a successful ballroom dance instructor. I received awards from numerous YMCA’s locally where I helped promote and achieve dance class success, including the Kettering, Xenia, Northwest, New Carlisle, Oakwood and Eaton YMCAs. We offered classes for the adult night school programs at Fairborn and Kettering High Schools and Dayton classes at South Elementary School. We offered classes for the Kettering Recreation Center at Polen Barn, the Rose Art Center and Kettering Rec Center. Without my wife, Sharon, I would not have been such a great success. She helped me and encouraged me to practice and develop new ideas so our students would always be excited and want to learn more about dancing.