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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 www.HospiceofDayton.org/SSSS 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 – www.hospiceofdayton.org/ssss or 937.258.5537

Complimentary Valet Parking Available

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This Birthday Celebration Will Touch Hundreds of Lives

Karlee Plozay is named for her great-grandfather, Carl Winkle. Unfortunately, she never got to meet him. He lost his life to cancer before she was born. He was cared for by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, and in some ways, hospice has played a role in Karlee’s life ever since.

Karlee was born shortly after her great-grandfather passed, and helped fill the empty hole his loss left in her great-grandmother, Patricia’s, heart. Karlee and her great-grandmother were very close, so the passing of her great-grandmother was the first major loss of Karlee’s young life. Karlee learned on her eighth birthday that her great-grandmother had died. “I was so sad and it hurt so much because I spent so much time with her,” Karlee remembers. “My grandma said I should think about going to Camp Pathways grief camp.”

She did. Karlee spent a weekend with other children who had lost loved ones, having the usual fun of campfires, swimming, arts and crafts. Camp Pathways also includes opportunities to express grief and strategies children can use to cope with their sadness. The experience had a huge impact on Karlee, enabling her to express her grief and discover new ways to deal with it. “I went to Camp and learned how to deal with death even though it is very sad and hard,” Karlee explains. “This is why hospice is so important to me.”

Karlee turned eleven this summer. She asked for no gifts for herself. All she wanted for her birthday was a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. She found the perfect opportunity in a project for hospice.

Those who come to the Hospice House at Dayton have the opportunity to memorialize a loved one by taking home a seedling plant to remind them of their loved one. Volunteers hand decorate the pots used for the seedlings.

“For my birthday party, I chose to help others by painting the flower pots for hospice with my friends instead of receiving gifts,” Karlee explains. “I feel like giving is more important than receiving, and making someone else smile is the best gift I could ever be given.”

Karlee invited all her friends in the neighborhood to a painting party. Working together they brightly painted and decorated pots that will be used by grieving families to hold plant starters bearing memories of loved ones no longer here.

“When I go to the Hospice House it reminds me of a big house with lots of bedrooms,” Karlee says.  “I know the people that are in those beds are not in pain anymore because of the people at hospice. They take really good care of them.”

Each seedling pot touches the lives of five people, from patients and family to staff and volunteers. “Karlee had an absolute blast, and as a result, she and her friends will touch almost 1,000 lives,” her mother, Sara, explains. “She amazes me. I am pretty proud of her.”

Those interested in supporting the mission of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton through volunteer service or projects can click here for more information or contact the volunteer department at (937) 256-9507 x 1161.

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Nurse Lorraine Gilkison Earns DAISY Recognition

Outstanding members of the Ohio’s Hospice staff are recognized every quarter with the Bouquet of Recognition Awards. RN Lorraine Gilkison goes above and beyond in advocating for and serving her patients.

Lorraine Gilkison, pictured left, is a dedicated and caring nurse who will always go the extra mile to deliver kindness to her patients. A colleague nominated her for DAISY recognition noting that “Lorraine has always been a strong advocate for her patients in both symptom management and quality of life. She was instrumental in identifying two friends at Elmcroft of Washington Township who knew each other earlier in life. One of the patients was moved to a local nursing home and the remaining friend had no way of visiting her. Lorraine, with the help of Elmcroft and her team, was able to arrange to have the friend transported to the nursing home to visit. It brightened both of their lives, the team was inspired and the quality of life of many was impacted.”

Lorraine also includes her lovely dog, Remy, when she visits some patients. The DAISY Award recognizes her compassionate care. We join in expressing our gratitude and appreciation for all she does in service to the hospice mission.

 

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OHIO’S HOSPICE OF DAYTON SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Hospice volunteers play a vital role in the interdisciplinary teams serving hospice patients and their families. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton seeks new volunteers and will hold a new volunteer orientation on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

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 serving as friendly visitors and companions, providing respite care, shopping, delivering medications and supplies, massage, beautician and barber services and gardening.  Volunteers also serve as ambassadors sharing information about hospice care 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 on registration and requirements, please call 937.256.9507, ext. 3314, or click here.

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Volunteer Training Scheduled to Support Hospice Patients in Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties will hold a new volunteer orientation on Wednesday, October 11. 

Hospice volunteers play a vital role in the interdisciplinary teams serving hospice patients and their families, providing a variety of services including respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, transportation support, 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
  • Hospice history
  • Role of Volunteers and opportunities
  • Confidentiality, infection control, and safety
  • Boundaries
  • Effective listening
  • Loss and grief

Maureen Swarts, Volunteer Services Manager, says the contribution of volunteers is invaluable.  “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.”

To become a volunteer, an application and two references are required, and all volunteers are required to complete a background check that reflects no criminal history before participating in training. For additional information please visit www.hospiceofdayton.org/volunteers/

Who:    Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

What:  Volunteer Orientation

When: 8:30 am, Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Where: Lorelei’s Place Hospice House

                5940 Long Meadow Drive

                Franklin, Ohio  45005

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SUNFLOWER Honors Awarded to Megan Wells

Outstanding members of the Ohio’s Hospice staff are recognized every quarter with the Bouquet of Recognition Awards. Personal Care Specialist Megan Wells is our newest recipient of the SUNFLOWER Award.  has a special way with patients. So says a family member who nominated her for SUNFLOWER Award recognition.

Megan has a special way with patients. So says a family member who nominated her for SUNFLOWER Award recognition.

“My dad was admitted to the Hospice House in May,” she wrote. “Of course he had many different nurses and aides throughout his stay. Megan stands out. Just her ability to make you feel like you are never a bother and that you are her only patient. She told my dad he was her favorite patient. She may have said it to others, but she made him feel like she meant it. Her great smile and disposition are what you hope every aide displays.”

She continued, “Megan appeared to love her job and patients, and made us feel special.”

Thank you, Megan, for making this family the center of your care and compassion when it mattered most. This is what our hospice mission means, and why you have earned SUNFLOWER honors.

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HAIRSHOW Outrageous 4 Slated September 27

Get ready for HAIRSHOW Outrageous 4!

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will present HAIRSHOW Outrageous 4: Generations of Hair – Generations of Care on Wednesday, September 27, featuring hair creations and costumes celebrating styles from decades and eras of the past.

The annual event features top local hair salons and designers competing on center stage at the Ponitz Center on the Sinclair Community College campus. The area’s top hair salons will compete to claim the title of “Top Salon.”  Participating salons include Glam on the Go, Michael’s Salon & Spa, Posh Salon, Salon J Ladner, Salon Lofts, Square One Salon & Spa.

Those who wish to support participating salons in their quest to be named “Top Salon” can vote for their favorite. Votes are $5 each, with proceeds benefitting patient care at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.  Participants can vote as many times as they like.  This year a panel of local celebrity judges will also name one competitor as “Most Creative Salon.” The event also includes a delicious lunch, silent auction and raffle.

Premier Health Partners is the presenting sponsor of the event.

Proceeds from HAIRSHOW Outrageous 4 will enable the not-for-profit Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton to celebrate the lives of patients and provide superior care and superior services to all patients with life-limiting illnesses, regardless of ability to pay.

Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online, or by contacting at lpisone@hospiceofdayton.org or 937-723-2895.

Proceeds from the event benefit the important work of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton including the following vital programs:

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

In-patient care options – Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton provides in-patient hospice care options in Hospice House locations in Dayton and Franklin, offering intense care for patients experiencing medical situations or symptoms that cannot be managed in the home or facility-based setting.

Focused & Palliative Care – Donor dollars enable Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton to provide Focused Care, highly specialized disease-specific treatment for hospice patients, and palliative care for patients with significant pain and symptom control issues.

Community wide Grief Support Services – Pathways of Hope Grief Support Services are provided at no cost to members of the community, regardless of whether hospice services have been used.

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Mother’s Message Honors Social Worker Josh Meeker

“I have never met such an outstanding person that loves his job and always does 100%, all the time,” wrote a patient’s mother in her SUNFLOWER nomination for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton social worker Joshua Meeker.

Josh’s efforts for both she and her son held special meaning for them both. “He put together a letter to the Philadelphia Eagles team letting them know that my son was a big fan and about me being a good mom.” The team replied with a letter and several team items. Josh also helped arrange a visit with the first responders who helped save her sons’ life during a near drowning, enabling the mother to thank them for the heroic measures they took.

“There is never any hesitation in anything I ask Josh to do,” the mother wrote. “I think Josh should be recognized because he is an AWESOME employee!!”

Josh exemplifies the commitment of our mission to celebrate the lives of our patients. We are grateful for his service to our hospice team.

 

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Youngster Shares Her Hospice Heart

 

Jana Huber’s mother is in hospice care. As a visitor to the Dayton Hospice House while her mom was receiving treatment, Jana decided to put her time and energy to work for other kids who may be in her situation.

Jana spent her time creating a collection of coloring pages to share with other children spending time with loved ones at the Hospice House. She called it “The Joy Book” and filled pages with images kids will love to color.

 

Jana also made fast friends with visiting pet therapy puppy, Lincoln, and with staff members. Jana was happy to share her coloring pages and photo with others, asking only for one thing – “prayers for my mom.”

Jana, you can count on us. Sending prayers for you and your family.

Jana’s creation is one of many ways to support our mission. Learn ways you can help by clicking here.

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

Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties will hold a new volunteer orientation on Wednesday, October 11. 

Hospice volunteers play a vital role in the interdisciplinary teams serving hospice patients and their families, providing a variety of services including respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, transportation support, 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
  • Hospice history
  • Role of Volunteers and opportunities
  • Confidentiality, infection control, and safety
  • Boundaries
  • Effective listening
  • Loss and grief

Volunteer Services Manager, says the contribution of volunteers is invaluable.  “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.”

To become a volunteer, an application and two references are required, and all volunteers are required to complete a background check that reflects no criminal history before participating in training. For additional information please visit www.hospiceofdayton.org/volunteers/

Who:    Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

What:  Volunteer Orientation

When: 8:30 am, Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Where: Lorelei’s Place Hospice House, Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

                5940 Long Meadow Drive

                Franklin, Ohio  45005

ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE WALK/RUN SUPPORTS VITAL PROGRAMS FOR COMMUNITY

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.

 

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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.”

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