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Care partners at Hospice of Dayton and Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties go above and beyond to invest in each patient and consider his or her time with us to be a celebration of life. It’s our goal to help you cement your loved one’s legacy by embracing his or her life story and presenting it to others. Please, share your loved one’s life story with us today. We believe that illustrating life’s stories provides peace of mind for families while strengthening our community.  Contact 937-256-4490 ext. 4409 or fill out the form below to share your story today.

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April 16 Is National Healthcare Decisions Day

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Hospice of Dayton, along with other national, state and community organizations, is involved in leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). 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 living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws.

“As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, we want to encourage many more people in our community to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Dr. Ruth Thomson, Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of Dayton. “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from their loved ones, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis, and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

Hospice of Dayton offers advance directive forms on their website at and is also helping to pilot TrueNorth (, a website tool enabling patients to create, update and share advance directives with loved ones and their care providers.  “TrueNorth is honored to partner with Hospice of Dayton in their advance care planning initiative. Our website is like the ‘TurboTax’ of choosing your healthcare advocate – the person who can make medical decisions for you if you cannot speak for yourself – and sharing your wishes for care. We make it easy for you to take the first, most important step today to get the care you want and deserve tomorrow,” explains Azalea Kim, Co-Founder and CEO, of TrueNorth Healthcare.


Hospice of Dayton Foundation “Beer Tasting Pairing”

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Poelking Lanes South-VIP Room
8871 Kingsridge Dr.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:30 – 9:30 pm

Presenting Sponsor:

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Thank you to our Sponsors:

  • Patti & Greg Atkinson
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Cavalier Distributing
    1-CW Seal

Presenting Sponsor – $2,500.00

  • 10 admission tickets
  • 4 raffle tickets
  • Name on napkins
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Company logo on big screen
  • Prominent recognition throughout the tasting
  • Recognition on Hospice of Dayton website with your logo
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Room Sponsor – $1,000.00

  • 6 admission tickets
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Signage on the lanes
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Table Sponsor – $450.00

  • 2 raffle tickets
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Beer Sponsor – $250

  • Company name prominently displayed in front of craft beer
  • Recognition in Hospice of Dayton newsletter (mailed to 70,000)

Attendee Fee – $25.00

  • 9 samples of craft beer
  • Commemorative tasting glass
  • Complimentary appetizers

Designated driver/non-drinker $15.00

  • Complimentary appetizers, soda and bottled water.

Must be 21 years of age to attend. Please sample responsibly.

Participants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Hospice of Dayton, sponsors and vendors, its officers, directors, partners, agents, members, and employees from and against any and all demands, claims, damages to persons or property, losses and liabilities, including reasonable attorney’s fees arising out of or caused by injuries, damages or other claims caused by or connected to attendance of this event.

Contact Marsha Bernard at 937-258-2895 for more info.


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G A R Y  C A T R O N    O P E N



Saturday June 21st               

Check in 8:00 am

Shotgun start 9:00 am

Four Man Scramble




Kittyhawk Golf Course

3383 Chuck Wagner Lane

Dayton, OH   45414

Dinner/Awards/Prizes/Raffle – Kittyhawk Pavilion

Register your foursome by June 4

Andrea Haley 937-232-1234/Kelly Corrigan 937-307-3434

Hospice of Dayton Involved In Alzheimer’s Research

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Hospice of Dayton is joining with Dr. Govind Bharwani in a research project to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients in a collaboration involving Hospice of Dayton, Wright State University (WSU) and the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley.

Alzheimer’s disease currently ranks as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with one in three seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Thanks to a grant from the Social Entrepreneurship Fund, Wright State University, Dr. Bharwani’s research using Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) is now being used with Hospice of Dayton patients. BBET has received five national awards.

Dr. Bharwani is Co-Director of Ergonomics and Alzheimer’s Care at Wright State University, College of Engineering. He is a specialist in Ergonomics, a science focused on reducing physical and mental stress. The award winning BBET program he created focuses on individualized non-pharmacological therapies for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The BBET approach with Neuroscience involves engaging patients in activities such as listening to music, watching videos or playing games/puzzles that are uniquely linked to their personal life experiences. As a result, the residents receive emotional connections with these comforting therapies and their mental stress is reduced. One published study showed that within six months of using BBET in one local facility, falls decreased by 40% and the use of anti-psychotic medication was reduced by 70%. The following project advisors are also providing valuable input and guidance: Dr. Larry Lawhorne –Chair and Professor, Department of Geriatrics, WSU, Dr. Tim Cope – Chair and Professor, Department of Neuroscience, WSU, Dr. Jeffrey Allen – Associate Dean and Professor, School of Professional Psychology, WSU, and Eric Van Vlymen – Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley.

The Hospice of Dayton project is the first customized therapy application for Alzheimer’s patients in their final stage of life. Research will differ from previous studies because the patients involved are in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and display more progression of neurological disease. At Hospice of Dayton, BBET therapies will be incorporated into the Alzheimer’s patients’ care plan. The study will begin with developing the baseline data on metrics which can be measured. The same metrics will then be measured after the patients are exposed to BBET  to compare the data between the pre- and post-implementation of BBET using quality of life metrics. The study will last for a six-month period, from February to July 2014. Hospice volunteers will play a central role in providing the therapies to the patients based on the training and guidelines provided by Dr. Bharwani and his daughter Meena, who serves as a training coordinator for the program.

Dr. Bharwani will also work with Hospice of Dayton focusing on Alzheimer’s patients in the home care setting. With the increasing number of Alzheimer’s patients receiving in-home care, Dr. Bharwani is striving to provide practical techniques for family caregivers, who are often overwhelmed when trying to meet the needs of their loved one with Alzheimer’s.  The Greater Dayton Mental Health Foundation for the study of the impact of BBET on persons with Alzheimer’s disease living at home has granted additional research funding.

“The culture at Hospice of Dayton is unique”, says Dr. Bharwani, “Everyone is very friendly and helpful.” He is quick to recognize those supporting the current project at Hospice of Dayton, including Kathy Emerson who is serving as the Hospice BBET Project Coordinator. “This work is possible thanks to the entire project team,” Dr. Bharwani states, “Mary Murphy, Dr. Ruth Thomson, Yvonne Turner, Angelene Moore-Volpatti, Laura Colliflower, Nancy Trimble, Linda Corey Simpson, Brenda Humfleet, Terri Gross, Ed Ruff, Doug Arnett, Kenny Forrer, and Mark McNeal are all contributing greatly to this project.”

A Healing Partnership

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BindiBy: Vickie Kapnas,
Hospice of Dayton Volunteer

She enters a room quietly, gently, feeling no need to announce her presence. While she takes her new job very seriously, she seems happily unaware of the level of comfort and encouragement she brings just by being there.

Her name is Bindi and she’s a new pet therapy dog for Hospice of Dayton. A mix of Black Lab and Border Collie, Bindi’s journey to this new calling is one that she shares with her owner, Lori Sturgill.

Last November, Sturgill’s mother, Jean Shock, was admitted to Hospice of Dayton after a lengthy illness. For the next week and a half, Sturgill stayed at Hospice of Dayton and rarely left her mother’s side. Neither did Bindi. Through those difficult days, Bindi’s steadfast presence bolstered Sturgill’s sprits and helped her cope.

“I really appreciated the fact that I could bring Bindi,” Sturgill said. “The nurses made her a bed and it became home. It was such a comfort to have her there. Bindi loved it so much. We would walk the halls and everybody would spoil her rotten.”

Bindi became a friendly fixture at Hospice of Dayton, enjoying perks such as free cafeteria food and plenty of attention. It wasn’t long before nurses asked if Bindi could visit other patients. One gentleman in particular stood out for Sturgill.

“He would say-oh I just miss my pets so much. I guess maybe it made him feel like he had a piece of home-to have an animal come and just sit with him. It’s just amazing,” said Sturgill.


About four days into their stay, Sturgill’s husband offered to take Bindi home for a break. When Lee Sturgill put on his coat to leave, Bindi, who had been lying calmly in the corner, would have none of it.

“She ran to my mother’s bed, jumped up and put her feet on the bed and would not leave,” Sturgill explained. “I couldn’t believe it”

A second attempt to take Bindi home the next day produced similar results.

“This time, instead of putting her feet on the bed, she jumped all the way in the bed and wouldn’t leave…it’s like she knew she had to be there,” Sturgill remembered.

Though it was a difficult time, Sturgill is very grateful for the comfort and support that Hospice of Dayton provided to her mother, to Sturgill’s father, Richard Shock, and to the entire family.

“I would go to sleep every night with my mother under a blanket of stars,” said Sturgill. “I will never forget that. The whole experience at Hospice gave me so much. I feel like I could volunteer the rest of my life and not give back the comfort that they gave my mother.”

Sturgill and Bindi remained at Hospice of Dayton until Jean Shock passed away on November 22, 2013. According to Sturgill, Bindi instinctively understood what had happened.

“When Mom passed, Bindi knew,” Sturgill explained. “We packed up our stuff and she pranced out with a pep in her step…After that, I knew that I had to do therapy with her.”

Sturgill completed the Hospice of Dayton volunteer orientation and enrolled Bindi in training classes to become a therapy dog. Training involved taking Bindi to public places and observing how the dog reacted to distractions and to new people. The combination of Bindi’s gentle nature and Sturgill’s compassion for patients and families has proven to be a successful one. The pair began work as a Hospice of Dayton pet therapy team on Feb. 3. In addition to Hospice of Dayton, Sturgill and Bindi also volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital.

According to Sturgill, Bindi’s a natural. Bindi seems to understand intuitively how to negotiate each unique situation as she draws close to patients and provides comfort.

“It’s just an instinct,” Sturgill said. “Ever since she was at Hospice she knows what sick people are like…she’s gentle.”

Sturgill is especially passionate about the benefits of pet therapy.

“The nurses tell me that the patient’s blood pressure goes down and it calms them,” Sturgill explained. Nurses also told Sturgill about a patient who benefitted greatly from pet therapy during his last days. The man had not communicated at all during his Hospice of Dayton stay. That changed when a therapy dog came into the room.

“The family placed the man’s hand on the dog and the man opened his eyes and began petting the dog and started to talk,” said Sturgill. “The family was able to have a conversation with their father before he passed. That is priceless.”

While Sturgill still grieves, she knows that she is making steady progress. Sturgill was particularly touched by a letter that Jean Shock left behind for her children that read in part: Kids, I don’t want you to feel bad when I’m gone. Be happy for me…Celebrate with me…enjoy your life and remember I’m at peace now. It’s okay to think about me once in a while, but don’t grieve. I’ll see you again in the future.

Sturgill said that reading this letter brought such a release of grief. “I was so blessed to have a mother who thought about those things.”

Working with Bindi as a pet therapy team has also helped with the healing process. Sturgill acquaints the experience to how she imagines an organ donor might feel.

“You have this loss yet you give back,” Sturgill explained. “I’ve lost my mother but through that I’ve been able to find a passion. This is something that I love doing…When I visit a patient and they smile and react to Bindi, it’s absolutely healing.”

I am Hospice

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afiaAfia N Green, STNA, CHPNS, PCS Excellence Mentor

Afia has served in the health care field for 18 years,  coming to Hospice of Dayton in 2009 and being named PCS Excellence Mentor in 2012.  She serves as a member of the Performance Improvement team. 

Coming to Hospice was always what I wanted to do. It was the best way for me to make a positive impact, to assist in the final days, weeks, or month of someone’s life. I am honored to become a part of a family of people who look to me for answers and compassion. It makes me feel I’m doing an angel’s work.

Following the mission of Hospice of Dayton, I celebrate the lives of patients and families.  I’m always looking for new ways communicate with my patients, who may not be able to see or hear – sometimes through touch or sound,

through singing and prayer. I offer my assistance with whatever the need may be with staff at every facility I enter,  always with a friendly, caring smile. I’m often complimented for my makeup. One patient always asked if was I going somewhere special. I would  say  “I’m coming to see you.”

Tribute & Naming Opportunities

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Celebrate the life of someone you love with whom you shared precious moments by choosing a personalized plaque or garden on the campus of Hospice of Dayton. Ask about other available naming opportunities such as statuary, fairy gardens, planting beds, waterfalls, arbors, and benches.

Our campus has been creatively designed by award-winning landscaping professionals to provide a comforting stroll for families visiting their loved ones. It also provides our patients with views from their rooms of well-manicured grounds featuring butterfly gardens, shade trees, flowering plants, water features and unique statuary.

Click here for pricing and more information.