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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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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Among Dayton Business Journal Honorees

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google+ dbj_logoOhio’s Hospice of Dayton is honored to be among the 2015 nominees to be honored at the at the Dayton Business Journal Business of the Year awards. Honorees are selected by a group of guest judges and the Dayton Business Journal Editorial Board. A panel of outside judges will select finalists in each category.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is one of three selected in the Not for Profit Business category, along with Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley and Clothes that Work. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton President and CEO, Kent Anderson was also selected as a contender for Executive of the Year, along with Dayton Children’s Hospice President/CEO Deborah Feldman and WinWholesale executive Richard Schwartz.

This is the fourteenth year that Dayton Business Journal has celebrated the region’s best in business. The finalists will be honored at a gathering at the Schuster Center November 5.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton has served Miami Valley families since 1978. As a non-profit, community-based hospice, the organization addresses the needs of over 4,000 patients with life-limiting illnesses annually. Clinical teams that include physicians, nurses, advance practice nurses, pharmacists, social workers, chaplains, home health aides, volunteers and specialists in respiratory, music, art and massage therapy combine efforts to provide the best possible quality of life for patients. In addition, the Pathways of Hope program of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton helps to address the grief and bereavement needs of family members. These comprehensive services are available to anyone in the communities serviced without regard for insurance coverage or ability to pay. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is a member of Ohio’s Hospice, a partnership of mission-driven, non-profit hospices in Ohio committed to a shared vision of strengthening and preserving community based hospices.


Aromatherapy Comforts Patients

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“Aromatherapy is the holistic therapeutic application of genuine essential oils for enhancing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of the individual.  Aromatherapy stimulates the body’s own natural healing abilities, encompasses the whole person, and is individualized for each patient.”  That’s how Adelle Kesler, RN, CHPN, explains the use of aromatherapy, a natural, gentle treatment that can provide patients with immediate comfort.

IMG_7425IMG_7418Aromatherapy supports the body’s natural healing abilities and can be a preventative approach.  At Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton essential oils are used for inhalation to reduce anxiety, encourage sleep or relaxation, ease nausea, improve mood and increase a sense of well being.  Hospice staff members are trained in offering essential oil aromatherapy using vanilla, mandarin orange, bergamont, lavender, lemon, sweet fennel, rosemary, eucalyptus and peppermint.  Aromatherapy is a low risk therapy, but attention is always paid to the individual sensitivities, conditions, allergies and aversions that could pose a problem in the use of aromatherapy.

Studies have shown that aromas can produce a wide range of effects and can be of great benefit to physical and psychological health.

Such specialized therapies we provide for our patients at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton are made possible with generous donations from the community to Hospice of Dayton Foundation. If you’d like to support therapeutic services for our patients, click here.

Female Vet Enjoys Honor Flight

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by Sharon Metcalf, MSW, LSW, Manager of Social Workers

EllaI was blessed to act as Guardian for one of our Hospice of Dayton patients, Ella Simpkins, on a Dayton Honor Flight. The Honor Flight’s mission is to take Veterans of WWII, the Korean and Vietnam wars to Washington, D.C. ,for a chance to see our National Memorials. This was a long one day trip beginning at 3:30 a.m. and ending at midnight with an emotional “welcome home” at the Dayton Airport.

Ella was one of five women among the 95 Veterans on this trip. Ella was a WAC during the Berlin Crisis. She entered the military at 17 (with her parents’ permission) and served with special clearance in communications, traveling to Germany just prior to the Vietnam War. Ella’s duties contributed to the exemplary heritage of women in military service.

The Dayton Honor Flight’s entourage of three tour buses had a police escort throughout our time in Washington. Ella was especially impressed by the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean Memorial. Ella and our Dayton Honor Flight Veterans had a front row seat to the Changing of the Guard at Arlington. A group photo was taken at the Air Force Memorial. Ella and I talked about Forrest Gump and other movies she liked, as Ella sat in her wheelchair overlooking the Lincoln Memorial’s reflecting pool.

From our arrival in Washington to our homecoming reception in Dayton, I was brought to tears by the outpouring of appreciation by civilians and by the level of professional respect demonstrated by our military personnel. I was told that the large groups of service men and women who welcomed us home as we stepped off the plane came to Dayton Airport two hours early to ensure they could meet us at the gate. I was unprepared for the Color Guard, countless military personnel and hundreds of civilians waiting in the Dayton Airport Terminal to say “Thank you” to our Veterans.

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Pauline Chen, MD, Examines “Compassion, Community and Patient Care”

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pauline chenOhio’s Hospice of Dayton is proud to present author and physician Dr. Pauline Chen for an educational program on September 28. She will address “Compassion, Community and Patient Care” at the Ponitz Center, Sinclair Community College on September 28.

As a transplant surgeon and with experience in caring for terminally ill patients, Dr. Chen came to understand that doctors strive to combat their patients’ sicknesses, but if the battle starts to become a losing one, then doctors do not prepare their patients for inevitable death. Instead, the battle for life and denial of death continues, frequently resulting in many paFinal Exam Hospice of Dayton Pauline Chentients dying in a hospital’s intensive care unit while undergoing painful treatment rather than at home, with pain-management, and in peace.

Dr. Chen wants to change this practice.  Her book, “Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality” exams the factors that combine to create barriers in end of life care.
Pauline Chen was educated at Harvard University and Northwestern University Medical School and completed her general surgery training at Yale University. Dr. Chen is the recipient of numerous awards, including the UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year Award in 1999 and the George Longstreth Humanness Award at Yale for most exemplifying empathy, kindness, and care in an age of advancing technology. She is a surgeon specializing in liver and kidney transplants and the treatment of cancer. Dr. Chen presented at the TEDGlobal conference in 2011.

Admission to Dr. Chen’s presentation is free and 1.0 hour of CEU credit is available (pending approval).

Advance registration available here!

How to Go:

When: Monday, September 28, 2015, 7pm

Where: Sinclair Community College. Ponitz Center, Smith Auditorium (Free parking onsite)

Cost: Free – Registration is Required

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Ohio’s Hospice Helps Fight Cancer with Pink Glove Effort

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imagesOhio ranks 34th in the nation for the incidence of breast cancer according to recent data.  With a death rate of 24.8 per 100,000 women, the state has the 4th worst rate in the nation.  The staff at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton has joined in the battle to find a cure.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton has entered the MEDLINE Pink Glove video competition, an effort to honor those who have been affected by breast cancer and raise money for a cure. The annual competition unites more than 2000,000 healthcare professionals, survivors, patients and communities in the battle for a cure. Participants join together by wearing MEDLINE pink exam gloves and creating videos that bring attention to the breast cancer battle.

As a hospice care provider for our community, we have seen far to many women who have lost their battle with breast cancer. In 2014, 120 women were referred to Hospice of Dayton for end of life care as the result of breast cancer. Our mission is to celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving. We dedicate our Pink Glove entry to memorialize and celebrate the strength and courage of those women in the face of this terrible disease. We join with MEDLINE in a commitment to prevent and cure breast cancer. This is not just about pretty pink ribbons. Our belief, our perseverance and our passion unites us for one cause. Together, we will find a cure.

You are invited to join in the fight by voting for Hospice of Dayton as your favorite video. You can vote every day for two weeks.  Voting will end at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, September 23rd.  Hospice of Dayton has designated the local American Cancer Society to claim the $10,000 top prize if our video is selected as a winner.


Coffee Hour Connection Offers Grief Support

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Hospice_3_1_13-31 For those who have lost a loved one, grief can sometimes resurface at unexpected times. Sharing the difficulties of loss with others who are traveling the same path can be helpful. Pathways of Hope of Hospice of Dayton offers a casual opportunity to participate in such an experience at monthly Coffee Hour Connection gatherings.

The Coffee Hour Connection Grief Support session is held monthly. There is no advance registration and no cost to attend. Community members who have lost a loved one are invited to drop in the first Wednesday of every month from 10 to 11 am when the group meets on the Second Floor of Dorothy Lane Market, 740 N. Main St., Springboro.

Pathways of Hope grief counselor and support session leader Bonnie Orlins, MSW LISW-S, says the casual, drop-in atmosphere of the group is often a good fit for those who have lost a loved one. “Sometimes a griever does not want to come back to a location associated with a loved one’s treatment or death. Sometimes a griever has a hard time committing to advanced signups for a group as their feelings fluctuate so much from day to day, and sometimes a griever worries about being asked to share in a group. Many grievers, however, benefit from the support and understanding of other group members who are dealing with similar challenges, and I have witnessed the value of a drop-in group at a neutral location.”

The Coffee Hour Connection group is just one of an array of grief support services available at no charge through Pathways of Hope and open to all members of the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one. For additional information, please call 937-258-4991 or click here.

Addressing Anxiety

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Flutters in your chest, stomach aches, dizziness, dry mouth, shortness of breath, feeling restless, problems falling asleep, a feeling of dread – all of these are common symptoms of anxiety.  And anxiety is a very common part of grief.  You have lost someone you dearly love and your world has been turned upside down.  In addition to the painful feelings of loss, you may feel confused and stressed by the many tasks that are now part of your daily life.

If you have experienced anxiety in the past, you may feel it creeping back into your life.  Grief may breed anxiety – but you don’t have to be controlled by it.

You can control anxiety by taking action.  The following are some helpful tips to control anxiety before it controls you!

Include relaxation in your life.

Listen to soothing music, take a yoga class, or close your eyes and imagine yourself in a peaceful setting, such as the beach or a beautiful meadow.  Let your imagination run free.  Take in the experience with all five senses.  Learn to take deep breaths.  Breathe in deeply to the count of three, holding the breath for a count of three, and slowly breathe out to the count of three.  Imagine yourself breathing in cool, fresh air and exhaling all the stressful thoughts and feelings.

Make diet and lifestyle changes.

Stop or limit the use of caffeine, sugar and tobacco.  Engage in exercise you enjoy. Limit T.V. watching or reading that cause anxious thoughts.

Stop negative self-talk.

Using words like “I can’t do this” can make you feel helpless, which causes anxiety.  Instead, use words such as “I don’t like doing this, but I will get through this.”

See your doctor. 

Your doctor may want to give you medicine such as anti-depressants to reduce symptoms of anxiety.  It is important to have a medical exam to be sure symptoms of anxiety are not signs of other illness.

Talk to someone caring.

Expressing your grief and fears openly can relieve stress and help you to come up with solutions for difficult situations.  Grief often feels frightening and full of unknowns. Awareness of the normal symptoms of grief can be very helpful.

Pathways of Hope can provide reading material, support groups and one-on-one support to help you control anxiety.  If interested, contact 937-258-4991.

*This article is featured in the Pathways of Hope Bridge Summer 2015 newsletter.

Turning Grief Into an Art Gallery

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Connie Crosby came to Pathways of Hope at Hospice of Dayton eight years ago following the loss of her husband.  Sometimes her support group would convene in the café down the hall in Hospice of Dayton.  A former gallery owner, Connie enjoyed the art displayed on the café walls.  When she learned that the art display might end when the staff member coordinating the project left, she volunteered for the job.

Through Connie’s efforts, local artists display artworks at Carole’s Café dining room on a two-month rotation.   It gives local artists exposure to a new audience.  It offers comfort to patients, families and hospice staff while enabling them to enjoy an art experience at no cost.  If they fall in love with one of the pieces, the artwork is for sale, with each artist pledging 25% of the proceeds as a donation to Hospice of Dayton.   Every artist displayed is local and, according to Connie, many of them are seniors.  A number of items have sold, including one painting that was purchased and taken home by a Chinese physician who was visiting a family member at Hospice.

The art display is available to visitors 24/7 in the Café dining room.  Inquiries about art purchases can be directed to Vicky Forrest at 937-256-4490 ext. 4409.

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Hospice of Dayton Campus Construction Projects

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Several construction projects are underway on the Hospice of Dayton campus on Wilmington Avenue.  The projects are underway with a goal of improving campus accessibility and safety, and to enhance the experience of patients and visitors who come to the Hospice House and campus.

A new main entry is being created at Irving Avenue, with a brick wall under construction at the outskirt of the campus.  Upon completion, there will be new signage to mark the new main entry, and a separate entry off of Wilmington Avenue will be closed to through traffic to create a safer access to the campus.


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A second project involves the construction of a Veterans Memorial to honor servicemen and women for their sacrifice and patriotism. The new memorial will be located near the north pond adjacent to Wilmington Avenue with plans for completion and dedication to coincide with Veteran’s Day in November. The project is being funded by donors and information about contributing is available by contacting the Foundation Department at 937-258-5537.


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In addition to the Memorial, a limestone retaining wall is being added to the north pond to prevent erosion. The retaining wall and landscaping will also beautify and enhance the pond area.

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Volunteer Sisters Bring Sunshine to Hospice of Dayton

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Petersons 1Good luck to two vibrant young ladies, sisters, Aan’Jayla and Aa’Leeyah Peterson as they head back to school. They volunteered in the Volunteer Services workroom for 2 days a week, and at Carole’s Café for 2 days a week through the Montgomery County YouthWorks summer program.

YouthWorks provides summer employment opportunities for in-school youth ages 14-17, helping to develop fundamental life skills including personal growth, interpersonal relationships, and career development.

The Petersons attend Belmont High School and are cheerleaders.  Director of Volunteer Services, Maureen Swarts says, “They are the sweetest girls and work hard! They learned a lot and are a blessing to us!”

We look forward to having them back to volunteer throughout the school year and next summer!

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, click here.

More information about the Montgomery County YouthWorks program can be found here.