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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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Latisha Hawkins Earns Sunflower Award Appreciation

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

The daughter of a patient in our Dayton Hospice House nominated Patient Care Specialist Tisha Hawkins to thank her for her compassion and care. “Tisha really was extremely above and beyond,” the nomination reads. “She had such compassion and her heart was in her job…she showed heartfelt compassion for mom and in this very, very difficult, sad and mentally and physically exhausting time, Tisha truly treated myself and my sister as if we were members of her own family.”

Congratulations to Tisha and deep appreciation for her service to our patients, families and hospice mission.

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Social Worker Janet Dickens Honored with Bouquet of Recognition Award

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

“I hardly know where to begin to express my gratitude to my social worker Janet,” wrote the patient nominating Janet Dickens for the Bouquet of Recognition Tulip Award. “She has helped me with planning one of the most difficult situations in life –  my final arrangements.”

The nomination continues to express appreciation for Janet’s “kindness, compassion, calmness and reassurance…Please recognize her for an extraordinary patient experience.”

We are grateful to have Janet as a member of our hospice team to serve our patients with such superior care and superior service.

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This New Year’s Resolution Is a Gift to Your Family

Here’s a great New Year’s Resolution to consider – make 2018 the year you complete Advance Directives.

Only about one-third of Americans have Advance Directives in place to help guide their loved ones and physicians on their personal preferences for end-of-life care. Who should make these decisions if you are unable to do so? Do you want it to be someone who knows and cares for you? If so, you need to take steps to ensure that is what happens. The completion of Advance Directives is critical to enabling you to be in control of your healthcare treatment when you are facing a life-limiting illness.

The Greater Dayton Advance Care Planning Initiative is offering our community assistance in examining the issues and making decisions about end of life care that are based on personal values, preferences and discussions with loved ones. You can explore the Decide to be Heard website to learn more about Advance Directives and find links to resources that enable you to guarantee this New Year’s resolution is successfully achieved. It will be a much-appreciated gift to your loved ones and a guarantee of peace of mind for yourself.

 

 

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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Offers January Volunteer Training

Hospice volunteers play a vital role with 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, January 27, 2018 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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Top Stories of 2017

This year brought many moments and stories worth celebrating. We were honored to share these moments with you. As we reflected on 2017, we wondered what stories had the most impact on you. Here are the top 5!

#5: Celebrating Staff Milestones

You celebrated with us by reading about our staff members who celebrated 5-25 years of service at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton! Find a refresher about how we honored them here.


 

#4: A Birthday Celebration that Impacted Hundreds

The young Karlee Plozay honored her great-grandfather by gathering some of her close pals for her birthday. Together they painted enough memory flower pots to brighten almost 1,000 lives. Get the full story here.


#3: The Original Dayton Hospice History

2018 will mark 40 years of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton serving the Greater Dayton community – 40 years of rich history that many of you were inspired to learn about. Here’s our full story.


 

#2: The Start of a New Partnership

When we announced the launch of Pure Healthcare, many of you were curious what this new facility will do for you and your loved ones. This new facility is of a kind in not only Dayton but across the U.S. Find the announcement here.


 

#1: There Was No Book

A son opened up about his care journey for his mother. His story moved our followers on social media. He shares his story here.

 


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Doug Arnett Presented Carnation Award


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

Doug Arnett is a member of the technology support team at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and was nominated by a member of the nursing staff for his “exceptional kindness, compassion, honesty and servant leadership.”

“There are many examples that I could give of Doug going above and beyond to help the nurses in the field,” she wrote.  “One stands out for me: We recently had two upgrades for a software program and many staff had difficulty synchronizing after the udpates… after seeing the instructions following the second upgrade, I knew that I would have difficulty following the multistep instructions to successfully synchronize and still see my patients in a timely manner on Monday morning. Doug offered to come in on a Sunday morning to take remote control of my laptop to make the upgrades and synchronize. His help enabled me to start work on time on Monday… Doug is always helpful, never makes me feel bad about my deficiencies and always ends every communication with the message, “Take Care.”

Doug’s support for every member of the Ohio’s Hospice team helps assure the ability to deliver superior care and superior service to our patients and families. We deeply appreciate all he does in support of our hospice mission.

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Pathways of Hope Grief Retreat for Children is Scheduled for Martin Luther King Day

 

A one-day grief support program for children helps kids develop skills to cope with grief.

Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is offering a one-day grief support program designed to help youngsters 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 swimming.  Pathways Breakaway is slated for Monday, January 15 (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 click button below or contact Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, 937-258-4991.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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#SuperiorCare Wherever You Call Home

Hospice is not a place, but a type of care. We provide comprehensive care wherever you call home. Services are provided at:

Hospice Houses

Hospice of Dayton – Hospice House

Hospice of Dayton can provide personalized short-term symptom management and medical support in our Hospice House, located at 324 Wilmington Avenue in Dayton. The Hospice House provides superior around-the-clock medical attention to assure patient comfort. Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Once stabilized, patients can return to their home setting for continued hospice support.

Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties – Lorelei’s Place

Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties can provide personalized short-term symptom management and medical support in the 14-bed Lorelei’s Place Hospice House, located at 5920 Long Meadow Drive, in Franklin, Ohio. Lorelei’s Place also provides superior around-the-clock medical attention to maintain patient comfort. Once stabilized, patients can return to their home setting for continued hospice support

Home Care

We partner with family members and the family physician to assure the highest quality of care can be provided in your home. We support family members and caregivers with a professional care team including physicians, nurses, Advanced Practice nurse specialists, respiratory and other therapists, home health aides, social workers, pharmacists, grief counselors, chaplains and volunteers. Each of our Home Care staff members is patient-focused and driven to lead with a servant’s heart.

Hospital Care

It’s our commitment, as a community-based, patient-focused organization, to work closely with area hospitals in order to ensure superior comfort for patients. We work energetically with members of the hospital staff focusing on palliative treatments while honoring choices for patients and caregivers – allowing them to celebrate life with the help of hospice care.

Nursing Home/Assisted Living Care

We also partner with extended care and assisted living facilities to assure that superior hospice care is available in each patient setting – personalized to meet individual needs and guarantee peace of mind.

In addition to providing specialized care for the control of pain and symptoms, we also provide aides to assist with extra personal care, social workers to help with needed resources, chaplains to address spiritual needs, and volunteers to provide companionship. Our clinical staff does not replace the nursing care currently being provided by the facility, but our expertise in personalized care given at the end of life’s journey can provide patients with another level of comfort.

Learn More About Our Services

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Apply Now and Attend Last Volunteer Training for 2017

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Offers Final Volunteer Training for 2017

Volunteers play a vital role in supporting hospice patients and families. As members of the interdisciplinary team, they provide a variety of services including respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, beautician and barber services, birthday celebrations, gardening, companionship and more.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will hold the final new volunteer orientation of 2017 on December 6. 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.”

Additional information can be found here. 

 

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Our Mission Includes a Calling for Kindness

We are living in turbulent times. Rampant change and uncertainty create an unsettling and uncomfortable environment for us. In times like these, it is important to find familiar touchstones and institutions to trust.

At Ohio’s Hospice, we strive to be a reliable touchstone for our communities and an institution worthy of community trust. Providing superior care and superior services to families facing life-limiting illnesses is our only mission. As we help families facing a final goodbye, we bring the highest level of expertise to our work. But expertise alone is not enough to comfort. It is even more important to be gentle, merciful, compassionate and tender. These are attributes so rare in our world that we must remind ourselves of the power and value they bear.

Ohio’s Hospice embraces kindness as a core value. Kindness is a simple but demanding expectation. When families face the unbearable loss of a loved one, kindness is the most critical component of our mission. As author Roy T. Bennett notes, “Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Kindness can help change our turbulent times into individual moments of compassion that outweigh uncertainty and doubt. Kindness is the beginning of all that is good and worthwhile in our lifetime.

We thank our community for the kindness and support that enables us to continue our hospice mission. You can join in our calling by making a donation.

Click Here to Support Our Mission!

 

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