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April Event Satisfies Appetites and Supports Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Mission

Celebrating life is part of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s mission, and celebrating Steins, Stems, Savories and Sweets is on the calendar this April, an event sure to please the palates of Dayton area “foodies.” Dayton area culinary connoisseurs can put their taste to the test as Steins, Stems, Savories and Sweets brings together the best flavors of Dayton on one great night at one great location.

“This event is so special because it enables us to lift up and highlight the creative chefs of wonderful local restaurants and the craftsmanship of local breweries, wine shops, bakeries and chocolatiers,” says event chair Teri Anderson. “Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton emphasizes celebrating life every day, and we are excited to feature businesses in our community that help us celebrate those important milestones in our lives.”

Scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 7pm, at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., in Dayton, the evening promises a passionate food experience for the culinary conscious. Top chefs from locally-owned eateries including Arche
r’s Tavern, Coco’s Bistro, El Meson, Bar Dumaine – Rue Dumaine, Lily’s Bistro, Nibbles – Watermark, Salar and the Greek Street Food Truck will serve scrumptious samples of their best work. Rumbleseat will select and pair wine with food selections; Sweets by Esther Price and Ginniebug Creations. Local breweries offering locally crafted beer include Fifth Street Brewpub, Warped Wing Brewing Company and Carillon Brewing Company.

Sponsors for the event include Synergy Building Systems, Dayton Physicians Network, Jerry and Patty Tatar, McGohan Brabender – Tony Lombardo, Coolidge Wall Co., LPA, Kent and Teri Anderson and Today’s Home Interiors.

Chef Anne Kearney from Rue Dumaine and Bar Dumaine says she was inspired to participate in the benefit for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton because of the services the local not-for-profit organization provides families as well as patients. “Finding comfort for you and your loved ones during the struggle that often leads us to heaven’s gates is an essential part of survival for those left behind,” she says. “Consoling each of their pain lifts concern and allows for each to find closure.”

Those already salivating at the prospect of attending should purchase tickets now at or by calling 937.258.5537. Tickets are limited. Tickets cost $90 each, with $70 of that total tax deductible as proceeds benefit patient care and services at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Dollars raised will

  • Provide superior care and superior services to anyone in our community facing end-of-life, regardless of ability to pay.
  • Provide grief support at no cost to anyone in the community.
  • Provide complementary services such as respiratory care, massage, music and art therapy.
  • Provide palliative care to patients whose chronic disease compromises their quality of life.

Steins, Stems, Savories & Sweets

April 29, 2017, 7pm

at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio

Ticket Price $90

Ticket Information – or 937.258.5537

Complimentary Valet Parking Available


Annual Walk/Run Benefits Patients and Families of Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties


The 2017 Annual 5k Remembrance Walk/Run invites teams and individuals to walk in memory of or honor of loved ones is slated for Saturday, September 9, 2017. Participants are invited to organize a group of co-workers, social network or neighbors to walk in honor or memory of a loved one and support the mission of Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties. 
 All proceeds benefit patient care at the not-for-profit, community-based hospice that serves patients in their homes, in extended care and assisted living facilities and at Lorelei’s Place Hospice House in Franklin.

The event takes place at Smith Park in Middletown. Registration opens at 8:30 am and the Walk/Run begins at 10:00 am. Teams and individuals compete for awards. The Walk/Run will be timed by a professional race coordinator. Those wishing to be timed must provide gender and age information at registration.  Convenient parking is provided near the registration tent in the beautiful and historic Smith Park, 500 Tytus Avenue. The cost for adult participants is $25; $20 each for a team of five or more and for members of the military/Veterans; and $10 for children 12 and under. Bottled water will be provided and food trucks will be on site for post-race food and refreshments.

Greg and Patti Atkinson are presenting sponsors of the event. Participating sponsors include Clark Schaefer Hackett and Akers Packaging Service Group. Partnering sponsors are Middletown Ford and Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home.

Dollars raised through the benefit Walk/Run support:

Indigent Care – At Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties, everyone receives care regardless of his or her ability to pay.  

Lorelei’s Place In-patient Care Options – Lorelei’s Hospice House in Franklin offers extensive care for patients experiencing medical situations or symptoms that cannot be managed in the home or facility-based setting.

Focused & Palliative Care and Complementary Therapies – Donor dollars enable us to provide Focused Care, highly specialized disease-specific treatment for hospice patients, and palliative care for patients with significant pain and symptom control issues. Our ability to offer massage, art, music and occupational therapies enables us to assure an improved quality of life for patients.

Community-Wide Grief Support Services – We provide Grief Support Services at no cost, regardless of whether our hospice services have been used.  and in community locations, making it more convenient for the bereaved to receive the support they need.

When:              8:30 am, September 9, 2017

Where:            Smith Park, Middletown, 500 Tytus Avenue

Why:                Support patient and family care at Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Register:          by calling 937-222-WALK or click here.

For additional information contact Ashley Robison, 937–723-2899.



Finding New Purpose and Meaning As a Volunteer

Anita Krull is crocheting her fourteenth afghan for a hospice patient. Her goal is to create 25 afghans.

Anita tries to crochet every day for an hour or so. It takes about 30 hours, she says, to complete one afghan. Anita began her afghan project after her husband was the beneficiary of an afghan when he was a hospice patient. “He received an afghan that someone had made and it was so meaningful to us,” Anita explains. “It meant so much to the entire family. We all took turns sleeping with it after he passed. I determined this is what I could do – crochet afghans to comfort families.” That began Anita’s volunteer service to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. “It’s given my life purpose,” Anita says. “I was at such a loss when I lost my husband.”

But Anita didn’t stop with crocheting.

Next, she volunteered to share music with patients and families every week.

On Thursdays she spends two hours playing her autoharp or guitar for hospice patients and families. “I try to play requests,” Anita laughs. “Sometimes I know them, sometimes I don’t.” Either way, she finds her music enables her to quickly bond with the patients and families she meets. “I’ve met lots of nice people,” Anita says. “I love the feeling of making a connection before they pass.”

Usually, she donates her afghans and never meets the recipient. But twice she spotted one of her afghans on the bed when she visited patients to play music. “It was humbling to know who received it,” Anita confesses. “I hope my afghans can touch and comfort another family the way the one we received did.”

In November, it will be wo years since her husband died following three years of serious illness and multiplying infections. He was 65. Anita is now 67 and retired, and finds her volunteer work for hospice has given her purpose and meaning. “As much as I am a blessing to patients and families, they are a blessing to me,” Anita observes. “I crochet every day, eagerly and with purpose.” Anita says once she reaches her goal of 25 afghans, she will then have a decision to make.

“Who knows – maybe I’ll decide to create 25 more.”


Register Now for August Volunteer Training

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will hold a new volunteer orientation on August 19, 2017.

Hospice volunteers play a vital role with the interdisciplinary teams serving hospice patients and their families. Maureen Swarts, Volunteer Services Manager, welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and of all ages.  “Volunteers give from their hearts and enable us to touch the lives of patients and families with enhanced compassion and care. They are essential to our mission of providing superior care and superior services.”

Hospice volunteers provide a variety of support and services including respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, massage, beautician and barber services and gardening.  Volunteers also serve as ambassadors sharing information about hospice care, as friendly visitors and in office support roles. Volunteer training acquaints new volunteers with information on

  • History and goals of end-of-life care
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton history
  • Role of Volunteers and opportunities
  • Confidentiality, infection control, and safety
  • Boundaries
  • Effective listening
  • Loss and grief

For additional information please visit


Education Offering Focuses on Palliative Care and Pharmacology


Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is hosting an educational program for Advance Practice Nurses on August 26 that qualifies participants for six free hours of continuing education credit.

Picnic Baskets, Palliative Care and Prescribing Practices will focus on pharmacology and has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the CE Approver at Northwest State Community College.  OBN-008-92-2096-
071717.  The education (all 6 hours) meets the requirements for APN Pharmacotherapy continuing education.

  • Nancy Trimble, PhD, RN, CNP, ACHPN, will address “Geriatric Pharmacology (A Pediatric Approach) and Proper Recognition and Treatment of UTIs in the Long Term Care Population
  • Cleanne Cass, DO, FAAHPN, FAAFP, CAQ-Geriratrics, will discuss Advance Pain Management
  • Wendy Schmitz, MD, will cover Medication Calculations and Conversions
  • Lynda Weide, MSN, RN, CHPN, will offer Guideline Directed Medical Therapy for Heart Failure

The program opens with 8:30 registration and ends at 4:30 pm. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will host the event in the Community Room at the Dayton Hospice House, 324 Wilmington Ave. A continental breakfast and picnic lunch will be provided. Advance registration is required.

Please contact Senior Director of Education and Staff Development Julie Wickline, 937-256-9507,4401, for additional information or with questions.


Donate to Our Volunteer Department for Give Something Away Day!

Our Volunteers’ mission is to enhance the quality of life for the patients and families we have the privilege of serving. They do that in many ways – one way is by giving comforting gifts or crafts to help patients and families experience joy, comfort, and ease. On Give Something Away Day, we hope you consider donating any of the items below:

  • Zippers for activity mats
  • Curling ribbon for balloon bouquets
  • Yarn (all colors)
  • Cardstock (all colors)
  • Poly-fil 100% premium polyester fiberfill
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Journals
  • Decks of playing cards
  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Activity/coloring books
  • Travel size lotions
  • Nail polish
  • Crossword books
  • Word search books
  • Sudoku books
  • Stickers
  • Non-noise making toys (i.e. slinkies, bouncing balls, mazes)

For more details about these items, such as how many we need, or if you are a crafter who is interested in supporting our mission, please contact Volunteer Services at 937-258-5536. We thank you for supporting the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton mission and are grateful for your generosity.


The World Shrinks for Those with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Alzheimer’s Dementia and dementia in general are a series of continuing losses. When individuals suffering from dementia reach the point of no longer being able to be continent, speak meaningfully, and need assistance with all aspects of activities of daily living, they may be ready for hospice care. At this point, dementia is quite advanced and brain tissue loss is advancing. Specifically, the individual has lost the ability to speak more than a half dozen different words, is incontinent most of the time, and often cannot ambulate without some type of assistance. There are other issues as well.

Many individuals will be highly distractible during meals, cannot tolerate stimuli such as noise, feel fearful of caregivers trying to give personal care, fearful of leaving a familiar facility, and may have increasing agitation. Further, loss of recognition of loved ones is common as the disease progresses. However, other modes of communication are often effective such as massage, music, aromatherapy, or just calm presence.

Background concept wordcloud illustration of Alzheimer’s disease

What does this mean for the family and the individual’s caregivers?

Those who are fearful are the most likely to refuse baths and showers, or personal care even if they are soiled or wet. If the caregiver rushes to complete the care, agitation and aggression are likely to be a problem. The individual needs to be approached calmly, and assured they are safe. The going may be slow and only partial completion of a task may take place. For example, if the individual is taken for a shower, is the area pleasant and conducive to lowering anxiety? If not, try adding soothing music, seat the patient and begin a partial bath sitting on a chair or toilet. Then move to the more intimate areas. This may decrease the fearfulness. Always assure that the individual is safe with the caregiver.

As more and more of the brain is destroyed, the individual may have problems with recognizing and using utensils to eat. They may have problems with food pocketing, chewing, and swallowing. The dining room experience may be too stimulating. Activities that are over stimulating may be a problem for the individual who can no longer process this information. Care modifications here include using finger foods, softer foods, a quiet dining area, one-to-one feeding, and allowing adequate time for the eating experience. Thickener may be added to fluids if the individual is prone to choking on thin liquids.

Avoid the phrase “do you remember….”

The process of the disease is loss of more and more brain tissue. This affects time awake; movement, ability to sit up, and ability to speak and remember. Family and caregivers need to introduce themselves with each encounter. Avoid the phrase “do you remember….” At this point, meals may be missed due to inability to arouse the individual. More and more time may be spent in bed and now attention to skin is important. Seating adaptations may need to be put in place to support trunk and head. Music is often a way to reach those at this stage as well as aromatherapy. Keeping the environment calm and not over-stimulating enhances comfort. Individuals will eat less and less and finally stop eating as the brain is extensively damaged by the disease process.

How Hospice Helps the Dementia Patient

End-of-life care is aimed at these losses. The hospice team helps family and patients to adapt and understand these changes as the natural disease progresses. Feeding tubes are not recommended as patients will often develop aspiration pneumonias and may not be able to handle the formulas for tube feeding. The process of placing a tube can be overwhelming to a patient who cannot process the experience. Avoidance of hospitalization is important as the patient with dementia’s world grows smaller and smaller. Hospital visits remove the patient from familiar surrounds, noises, and caregivers and can be quite frightening to the individual who then may become aggressive or agitated. This increases suffering for the patient and family as well as bringing more harm than good. Good end-of-life care is aimed at meeting the patient where he/she is in the dementia process and adapting to that place and walking with patient and family for the journey to the end of life. Key to good end-of-life care is education of the disease process and translating that to care interventions for the individual to maintain a good quality of life until time of death.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia? Join our Alzheimer’s Educational Series every last Tuesday of the month. Register and learn more by clicking here.

Find local activities and information from the Alzheimer’s Association Dayton Chapter by clicking here.


About the Author:

Nancy Sterling Trimble, PhD, RN, CNP, has served eight years at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton as a Clinical Team Liaison and the focused care specialist for geriatrics and neurology with over 30 years of experience. She has served as a faculty member of Indiana Wesleyan University, Capitol University and Wright State University. Nancy has also contributed numerous articles to clinical publications.


Sunflower Award Presented to Cathy Gipson, STNA

Outstanding members of the Ohio’s Hospice staff are recognized every quarter with the Bouquet of Recognition Awards. Nursing Assistant Cathy Gipson, STNA, recently received the Sunflower Award. 

Care Specialist Cathy Gipson, STNA, shared her expertise with members of a family, giving them new solutions to help care for their mother.

“We, as caretaking family members, have learned techniques from her that have helped us better take care of my mother, in her 10th year of Alzheimer’s,” according to the Bouquet of Recognition submitted to honor Cathy. “Cathy is gentle and compassionate with exceptional care. She is so patient and has such a gentle way with my Mother that puts her at ease. Even if my mother is agitated, Cathy has a gentle way of comforting her. We have been acquainted with many nursing aides for the last several years and Cathy is by far at the very top of the list of compassionate and experienced caretakers.”

We are grateful to Cathy for her commitment to outstanding patient care and for being a member of our hospice team.


July Training Slated for New Volunteers at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will hold a new volunteer orientation on July 12, 2017.

Hospice volunteers play a vital role with the interdisciplinary teams serving hospice patients and their families, providing a variety of services including respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, massage, beautician and barber services and gardening. Volunteers also serve as ambassadors sharing information about hospice care, as friendly visitors and in office support roles. Volunteer training acquaints new volunteers with information on

  • History and goals of end-of-life care
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton history
  • Role of Volunteers and opportunities
  • Confidentiality, infection control, and safety
  • Boundaries
  • Effective listening
  • Loss and grief

Maureen Swarts, Volunteer Services Manager, welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and of all ages. “Volunteers give from their hearts and enable us to touch the lives of patients and families with enhanced compassion and care. They are essential to our mission of providing superior care and superior services.”

For additional information please click here.


Honoring Personal Care Specialists During Nursing Assistant’s Week

During Nursing Assistant’s Week, we honor our Personal Care Specialists who are central to our superior care and superior services.

Mary Murphy, President and Chief Nursing Officer of the Southwest Care Region of Ohio’s Hospice explains that Ohio’s Hospice changed the title of the Nursing Assistant to Personal Care Specialists because of the critical role they play in ensuring the best quality of life for our patients. “They provide the essential daily, hands-on care in homes, nursing homes and inpatient settings,” says Murphy. “As professionals the Personal Care Specialists are instrumental in promoting and safeguarding the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of the patients and their families. They are indeed specialists, attentive to patient changes and needs that enable every member of the clinical team to be more effective and responsive. Their contributions form the foundation of our quality care.”

In honoring them, Murphy said “Our Personal Care Specialists are trained professionals, who collaborate closely with other health care providers to deliver superior care and services and elevate the status of their profession.”


Survivors Help Assure Superior Care and Superior Services



Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is seeking insights into quality care from a unique perspective – from surviving family members of patients served.

A Family Advisory Committee comprised of family members who have lost loved ones in hospice care convenes monthly to consider processes, programs and provide feedback on ways the community-based, not-for-profit hospice can best serve patients and families.

Becky Graham lost her husband three years ago. She is grateful to be involved in the Advisory Committee and hopes her suggestions will help other families who use hospice services when a loved one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

After both of his parents received hospice care at home in the past two years, James Webster felt he had the experience to offer valuable insights into the services and support provided.

Kathy Smith’s father received hospice care in an assisted living environment, while her aunt and mother were cared for in the home. She is appreciative that Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton rectified some issues she experienced with care. She believes her participation will help assure superior care and superior services for other families.

Norma Colussi’s mother was a nursing home resident when she became a hospice patient last year, and Paul Tudor’s wife received home care before she died a year ago. Both Norma and Paul embraced the opportunity to serve with the Advisory Committee as an opportunity to help hospice achieve ever-higher standards of care.

Patient Experience Advocate Jessica Conger says the Committee reflects a good cross-section of those who have experience with hospice care. ‘They come from different communities. Their loved ones received care in different environments. What they have in common is a loss experience that deeply impacted their lives and a desire to ensure high quality hospice care is available to others,” says Conger. “Every month we share information with them and receive feedback about educational and informational materials, communications processes, complementary therapies and other topics. The insights they offer help us refine and improve the materials we develop, our options for care and interactions with families. “