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Help Our Mission – Become a Volunteer in 2017!

Volunteer helps with office tasks.

Help us enhance the quality of life of patients and families – #volunteer with us! The first volunteer orientation of the year is January 21.

At orientation, you will learn:

  • 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

Volunteer orientation dates throughout the year are:

January 21

February 13

March 1 & 25

April 12

May 10

June 7 & 17

July 12

August 19

September 18

October 11 & 14

November 8

December 6

All sessions are from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm.

If you are interested, please complete the volunteer application and learn more here.

Please call 937.256.9507, ext. 3314 for more information.

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Wagner Earns Systems Maintenance Administrators Designation

Congratulations to Mark Wagner, Manager of Facilities at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, who recently earned the Systems Maintenance Administrators designation (SMA) from Building Owners and Managers Institute International (BOMI). The designation reflects knowledge and expertise in:

Energy Savings. Mark applied this knowledge toward the renewable solar energy program and LED lighting retrofit, helping to save the organization thousands of dollars that help sustain the hospice mission.

Building. Mark’s familiarity with design, materials, codes, structural systems, and finishes, is applied to maintenance procedures, practices and preventive maintenance, and to facility improvements. His project to redesign parking and lighting for the new main entrance road and upper parking lot on campus improved safety and enhanced campus appearance.

Risk Reduction and Government Regulations. Mark has been instrumental in updating Life Safety Codes and systems to meet CMS and Joint Commission requirements, as well as maintaining annual hazardous chemical filings and compliance with management of infectious waste to meet state EPA regulations and assure a safe and a high quality work environment.

Technology. Mark manages facilities functions to introduce improvements and enhancements that benefit health, safety and are economically sustainable.

Staff Leadership. Mark has developed people and management abilities to effectively impact an ever-changing facilities management environment.

Mark joined the staff at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton nearly 12 years ago. He began his career in Cincinnati, developing commercial facility maintenance experience in high-rise office buildings.

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Hospice Nursing Honor Guard Pays Tribute to Nurses

“The concept of honoring nurses who have given themselves to the care of others, was the initial appeal for me. It became more than a concept from the first time I stepped into a patient’s home, surrounded and embraced by her family, friends and fellow nurses. This nurse, who was dying at home, cared for by her parents, was younger than I. Her 15-year old daughter was at her bedside as we tried to thank her for her years of service to others. I have been a hospice nurse for more than 20 years. I have been privileged to share in many life closures, but in this situation, I struggled with my own tears.”

That is how Susan Boesch, RN, OCN, CHPN, with Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton describes her experience with the Nursing Honor Guard program, which was created to celebrate and honor those who have dedicated their professional lives to nursing. With growing demand for these ceremonies, Ohio’s Hospice needs more staff volunteers to assist in honoring nursing professionals at the end-of-life.

The Nursing Honor Guard is comprised of Ohio’s Hospice volunteer nurses who conduct a ceremony at the patient bedside. Upon request, the Nursing Honor Guard conducts a ceremony to celebrate the service and honor nurses who have life-limiting illnesses and have become patients in the care of Ohio’s Hospice. Dressed in traditional and historical uniforms, the Honor Guard recognizes the nurse for her commitment to caring and providing compassion to patients. Career highlights and individual achievements are highlighted as part of the ceremony, in which the honoree is presented with a pin and certificate of appreciation.

According to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Team Leader Jena Langford, RN, BSN, CHPN, CCM, “This program grew from a Bright Idea submitted by Christy Dempsey RN. Christy attended a graveside nursing honor guard tribute and was touched by the respect and appreciation given to the nurse that had passed. Christy wanted Hospice to honor our patients who are nurses.” Jena and Bessie Marshall adapted a program for Ohio’s Hospice that focuses on bedside tributes while patients are still alive.  Langford explains, “We interview the family and/or patient and create an individualized script tailored to each patient/nurse.  It is an honor to write these tributes and to be involved in presenting them”

Boesch says she has a new sense of appreciation for the role of nursing as a result of participating in Honor Guard Ceremonies. “I have seen, first hand, just how much a career in nursing means to the whole family. How proud they are of her/his achievements and service to others.”

Dressed in traditional and historical uniforms, the Honor Guard recognizes the nurse for her commitment to caring and providing compassion to patients.

Her sentiments are echoed by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Care Team Coordinator Linda Cummins, RN, BSN, CHPN, who opted for a career in nursing after completing military service. “I recall that feeling I had when I put on my nursing cap and was given a Nightingale lantern at my nursing school graduation.  I felt a sense of pride and community — very similar to the camaraderie of the military.  I recall the deep sense of honor and responsibility I felt as we all recited the Nightingale Pledge together at the conclusion of our graduation ceremony.  I have seen that sense of pride on the nurses we have honored with the Nursing Honor Guard.  There is a sense of purpose, honor, and responsibility – responsibility for something much bigger than one person, one nurse or one patient.  There are very few things in the civilian world that echoes military honor and commitment, but nursing is very much like that. The Nursing Honor Guard has given me that gift, that sense of awesome responsibility we have in caring for others.”

Cummins says the ceremony means much more to her than simply recognizing a fellow nurse. “We are acknowledging the role of nursing in our culture and how important and respected it is.  We are thanking these nurses and their families for the sacrifices of late nights, shift work, on-call duties, and informal nursing duties for family, friends and community.  We are acknowledging a lifetime of service.  We are acknowledging the higher calling of the life in the service of nursing.”

Langford cites Cummins and others whose participation has been a key to the success of the Nursing Honor Guard effort. “I would like to give a special thank you to the core group of staff who enable me to keep this program running smoothly – Linda Cummins, Terri Knopp, and Christy Dempsey. And a great thank you to all the staff volunteers taking time out of their day to complete these tributes!”

Ohio’s Hospice team members interested in volunteering to serve with the Nursing Honor Guard are invited to contact Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Coming Home Team Leader Jena Langford, RN, BSN, CHPN, CCM at jlangford@hospiceofdayton.org or Admission Care Liaison with Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County Christy Dempsey, RN, BSN, CHPN, at cdempsey@hospiceofmiamicounty.org.

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Our Top 10 Social Media Stories of the Year

It’s been a wonderful year – from staff recognitions to patients and families sharing life’s precious moments, we have enjoyed sharing stories of compassion, joy and success with our community.

Here are the top 10 stories from 2016 that you stopped to enjoy in your newsfeed:

10. PARO – Our Pet Therapy Tool

The PARO robotic seal we use as part of our Pet Therapy Program interested many of our social media followers. In the video below, Occupational Therapist Angeline Volpatti explained PARO’s abilities and the comfort it provides to our patients.

9. Learning About Star Therapy

Many enjoyed learning about our Star Therapy treatment available to all of our patients. Studies on this unique therapy tool have shown a number of positive results, leaving patients more comfortable and at peace.

8. A ‘Beary’ Sweet Treat

You loved reading about kids in our Camp Pathways program giving Volunteer Judy Cole a bear to call her own. Judy has been a Volunteer with us for many years and creating Memory Bears for families is a passion of hers. Read more about this story here.

7. Patient Robert Enjoys a Fishing Trip

We love sharing real stories about our patients enjoying every moment of life. Patient Robert Leming’s fishing story is a wonderful reminder that each day we all can find ways to #CelebrateLife!

6. Helping a Mother Say “Thanks”

Mother of hospice patient Antwan Hurston wanted to find the deputies that saved her son’s life and thank them in a special way. Our Social Worker Joshua Meeker went above and beyond to help fulfill this mother’s wish. This story warmed many hearts on social media. Read the story here.

5. Honoring Our Doctors

We gave a special recognition to our doctors on National Doctor’s Day that many of you loved! We want our community to see the faces of these special physicians and learn more about them.

4. Dr. Cleanne Cass BBB Top Women to Watch

You shared in our joy in celebrating Dr. Cleanne Cass as the Better Business Bureau/Women in Business Networking 2016 Top Women to Watch. We are honored to have Dr. Cass as part of our team and are so grateful for her leadership.

3. Celebrating Our Volunteers

You helped us share the wonderful work of our Volunteers! We hold a banquet annually to celebrate our caring Volunteers.

2. Celebrating Our Staff

Our incredible staff deliver our superior services and care. You helped us honor staff who completed service milestones at our not-for-profit hospice!

1. Designated as One of the BEST Places For Nurses

And finally, one of our greatest achievements of the year – we are the FIRST hospice in the nation to be Pathway of Excellence® designated! The American Nursing Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence® program honors organizations that create positive work environments where nurses can thrive. Over 16k viewers took a moment to watch our video on the exciting news!

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Ways to Celebrate the Life of a Loved One this Holiday Season

Remembering loved ones through photographs.The holiday season can be challenging to those who are grieving the loss of someone close.   Holiday rituals and traditions are important symbols of security and family bonds. Because of this, holidays can be both a reminder of the loss of a loved one, as well as a reminder of special, pleasant memories shared with that person.

For those who are grieving, painful feelings during the holidays are normal. Rather than place unrealistic expectations on themselves to do things the way they always have, grievers should lower expectations for themselves. While it may feel insincere if you try to force feelings of happiness and joy, do allow yourself to have fun. Loss teaches us more than anything about the preciousness of life and not to take it for granted.

We can also allow the holidays to be opportunities for memory, legacy, honor, connection, and healing. Expressing feelings and revisiting memories can be part of the healing process. Some suggestions for honoring lost loved ones might include:

  • Draw pictures or make cards of favorite holiday memories with the deceased.
  • Create a special ornament to hang on the tree or doorway.
  • Write a holiday letter to the deceased and place it in a special place either wrapped as a present under the tree or tied with a bow and placed next to their picture.
  • Place a picture of the deceased at the dinner table with a candle so they are part of the holiday feast.
  • Cook a favorite dish or dessert the deceased especially enjoyed.
  • Honor your loved one by making a toast, creating a memory area in your home, or hanging a holiday stocking filled with notes of special memories.
  • Look at photo albums and share memories.
  • Donate to a special charity in your loved one’s name.
  • Create a “gratitude bowl.” Family members can write holiday memories for which they will always be thankful about their loved one on colorful slips of paper. Share them out loud during a special time during the holidays.

These activities are powerful and healing because they allow mourning while at the same time giving permission to enjoy the holidays.

If you or someone you know seeks grief counseling from our professionals, please contact our bereavement center Pathways of Hope at 937.258.4991.

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Bouquet of Recognition Honors Staff Members for Service to Mission

Our Bouquet of Recognition Award honorees personify the qualities of the Mission and Vision of Ohio’s Hospice and serve as the foundation upon which a remarkable patient experience is built. These staff members consistently demonstrate excellence through their expertise and extraordinarily compassionate support for patients and families. They are recognized as outstanding role models in our hospice community.

Our Awards are modeled after the International DAISY Award, which honors nurses. These awards recognize and celebrate the extraordinary skills and compassionate care given by members of our staff.

As a deserving recipient of the Bouquet of Recognition Award. The nominee’s skill and especially his/her compassionate care exemplify the kind of support that our patients, their families, and our staff recognize as an outstanding role model.

Faith Richardson, Sunflower Award 

A patient nominated Personal Care Specialist Faith Richardson for the Sunflower Award, noting that “Faith is always considerate…consistently is very open and direct and generous. She treats me with respect and kindness and I can tell she appreciates being able to assist me.” We join the patient in expressing gratitude for Faith, who reflects the values of our hospice mission. Thank you for your excellent service!

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Trimble, Daisy Award

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Clinical Liaison Nancy Trimble was presented with the Daisy Award and cited as an “example of what true service and hospice care means.” Nancy arrived to complete an assessment at an Assisted Living facility on a recent Friday afternoon only to discover a patient actively dying and alone. Nancy knew the patient would require crisis care and she stayed at the patient’s side until the arrival of the Admission nurse and assurance that care for the patient would be continued. Nancy “exhibited true reassurance, care, compassion and respect to this patient at the end of her life,” noted her Daisy nomination. Thank you Nancy for your commitment to superior care and superior service!

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Pathways of Hope Pathways Breakaway for Children

Children swimming during Pathways Breakaway event.Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is offering a one-day grief support event designed to help children and teens ages 7 to 17 who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling or significant loved one. Pathways Breakaway is free of charge and participation is limited to 50. Advance registration is required.

Pathways Breakaway is a day filled with support and fun for grieving teens and children. The day-long program includes grief activities involving discussion, art and music, as well as activities such as swimming and ice skating. Pathways Breakaway is slated for Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Day) from 8 am to 5:30 pm at the Kettering Recreation Complex, 2900 Glengarry Drive in Kettering. Lunch and snacks are provided

For advance registration visit  www.hospiceofdayton.org/breakaway or contact Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, 937-258-4991.

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Three Ways to Support Our Mission on #GivingTuesday

 

 

 

Support our mission for #GivingTuesday in more ways than one! Here’s 3 ways you can help:

 

Donating online

1.) Donate Online

Through community support, we are able to provide not-for-profit care regardless of our patients’ financial situations.
With a few simple clicks, you can help. Click here.

 

Heirlooms Holiday Room

2.) Shop/Visit/Donate to Heirlooms Shoppes™

The Heirlooms Shoppes™ of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton provide gently used items at reasonable prices.  All proceeds benefit patient care and services. Shop our stores or visit our locations to drop off your items. Find our locations here.

 

Volunteer gardens on Ohio's Hospice of Dayton campus.

3.) Volunteer

As a Volunteer, you can visit patients to provide comfort, make crafts for patients and families, and much more! Support our community-based not-for-profit hospice as a volunteer here.

We are so #grateful for your kindness and generosity. Thank you for supporting your community-based not-for-profit hospice.

 

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The Best End-of-Life Care May Not Cost a Penny

hodThanks to community support, the best end-of-life care may not cost a penny.

Not-for-profit hospices like us devote donor dollars to assure that anyone who needs end-of-life care can receive it regardless of ability to pay. In addition to superior clinical services and care, we focus on:

  • Strong support for our patients and families including complementary therapies like massage, art, and music therapy, and grief counseling
  • Resources, education and support for all of the physicians, nurses and dedicated teams that serve our patients and families each and every day
  • Doctors who specialize in end-of-life care, and therapists and clergy who are there for our patients and families

Donor dollars make a difference every day in the lives of our patients and families. Any gift to your local Ohio’s Hospice affiliate stays in the community and helps sustain our mission and secure superior care and superior services at the end-of-life for your neighbors, family and friends.

We are grateful to you for enabling us to celebrate life with patients and families. Support our patients and families by clicking here.

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