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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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Thank You to Girl Scout Troop 30429!

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Hospice of Dayton patients are the recipients of the generosity of Girl Scout Troop 30429  - and the girls are thanking US for the opportunity.  Here’s what was posted on Facebook:
On behalf of Girl Scout Troop 30429, we want to thank Hospice of Dayton and Linda Simpson for taking the time to invest in our girls. The girls decided they wanted to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award, by helping Hospice patients and their families. The girls all have experienced a loss of a close love one that had gotten care at Hospice. Hospice has a special place in their hearts, because they know that Hospice was making their love ones comfortable and happy at the end of their journey in this life. So they wanted to help bring comfort and joy to Hospice patients and their families by making BASKETS OF LOVE. They had Family, friends, and their classmates donate items to put in these special baskets. They worked hard and ended up making 50 baskets that are filled with Snacks, drinks, games, coloring books, stuffed animals, and so much more. The girls met with Linda Simpson to deliver the Baskets of Love and take a tour of Hospice of Dayton. Linda did such an AMAZING job with the girls. The girls and the leaders learned so many special things that Hospice does for their patients and their families. The girls love Hospice of Dayton and can’t wait to do more special things to help out . Thank you again for all that you do!

 

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New Event Brings Best of Dayton to One Place for One Night – to Benefit Hospice of Dayton

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Steins, Stems and Savories will bring together the best of Dayton in one great night at one great location to benefit Hospice of Dayton services.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 25 from 7 to 11 pm, the event brings top chefs from locally owned restaurants Coco’s Bistro, Coldwater Cafe, El Meson, Meadowlark, Roost, Rue Dumaine and Zetland Street together to serve culinary masterpieces; the Stivers Jazz Orchestra entertains while those in attendance swing and sway; and it all takes place in the historic splendor of America’s Packard Museum.   Beverages will be provided by Warped Wing Brewing Company, 5th Street Brew Pub and Rumbleseat Wine.

Reservations are required.  Seating for the event is limited.  Convenient and valet parking is available.  Recommended attire is Urban Chic.  Tickets for Steins, Stems and Savories are available for $90 each, with $70 of that amount tax deductible as proceeds benefit patient care at Hospice of Dayton.

For tickets click here or call Marsha Bernard at 937.258.5537.

 

Nurses Week Invitation

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In Celebration of National Nurse’s Week

MONDAY, MAY 11 AT HOSPICE OF DAYTON

5-7 pm (light meal included)

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

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Final Gifts, Messages of Hope

with Author Maggie Callanan

CE  Approval pending

No Cost

 

 

Cast in Bronze

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ek4Elefherios Karkadoulias is a man who knows heroes and Gods to their very bones.  He has coaxed their images from bronze and cast them, immortal, for our eyes to behold. His work celebrates the strength and vision to which every man aspires.

Elefherios was born of Greece and born of the Greek traditions. His art form, bronze sculpture, was nurtured as a young apprentice to a family member in his home country.  He immigrated to the United States in 1967, establishing an art studio in Cincinnati. From there, his art has found homes throughout the United States. In Pittsburgh, you can visit his Hygieia, Greek goddess of health.  In Iowa, you can embrace his Icarus, arms flung wide. In Cincinnati, his Cincinnatus stands testament to Gods of War and of the Harvest. His soldier tribute stands guard at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, along with his Icarus Memorial remembering the men and women graduates of the Air Force Institute of Technology who gave their lives in service to our nation. He crafted and supervised placement of the crosses atop the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton.

For every one of his statues, there is a story. Elefherios loved working in bronze to tell those stories because, he says, bronze does not disappear.

In addition to creating his own great works of art, Elefherios labored to restore and preserve the work of other sculptors whose art suffered the ravages of time and the elements.

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Like those heroes and Gods he has represented, the life work of Elefherios continues to endure and inspire.

End of Life Education for Clinicians

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Hospice of Dayton is offering a day-long educational conference offering 6 Continuing Education Credits for nurses, social workers and nursing home administrators on Wednesday, March 11.  Superior End of Life Care for Our Patients, Our Families and Ourselves will cover such topics as Regulatory Myths versus Clinical Realities in End of Life Care; Do’s and Don’ts of Dementia; Nutrition and Hydration Concerns at the End of Life; “Final Hours” Conversations:  What to Say…And What Not to Say as Death Approaches; From Hurting to Healing:  Supporting the Bereaved and Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma (When Caring Hurts.)

The program cost is $75 and includes CEU credits, educational materials, continental breakfast, lunch buffet and beverages throughout the day.  The event will be held at Top of the Market, 32 Webster Street, from 8 am to 4 pm.  Participants are invited to register online

Clergy Invited to Matters of the Heart Presentation

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The first in a series of quarterly presentations by Hospice of Dayton for members of the clergy is slated for Thursday, February 12.

Hospice of Dayton invited members of the clergy to discuss how best to partner in addressing the needs of those terminally ill in the community.  The first of the quarterly programs in response to their interests will focus m Matters of the Heart – Funeral Myths and Planning and Advance Directives.   The program will be held at the Kroc Salvation Army Center, 1000 North Keowee St. from 10 am to 12 pm.  Lunch will be included along with a networking opportunity from 12 to 1 pm.

Clergy members who are interested in attending can contact Kim Vesey, Vice President of Mission Support with Hospice of Dayton, at 256-8142 or via email at kvesey@hospiceofdayton.org.  The goal of the quarterly presentations, according to Vesey, is to provide local members of clergy with resources and support for ministering to the sick, dying and grieving members of congregations in the Miami Valley.

 

End of Life Education Program Offered by Hospice of Dayton

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Nursing, Social Work and Nursing Home Administrative professionals are invited to attend a March 11 program on Superior End of Life Care for Our Patients, Our Families and Ourselves presented by Hospice of Dayton.  The link below details the presentations offered in the day-long program, which includes 6.0 Continuing Education Credits:

 

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Registration is available at www.hospiceofdayton.org/superior    

Hospice Seeks to Involve Clergy

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Hospice of Dayton is reaching out to members of the clergy to better serve the needs of the terminally ill in the community.

Hospice of Dayton recently conducted a survey of community clergy seeking feedback on how to best meet the needs of parishioners at the end of life.  Based on that survey, Hospice of Dayton is launching new programs and providing support to clergy members.  According to Kim Vesey, Vice President of Mission Support with Hospice of Dayton, “We continue to seek involvement and recommendations for ministering to the sick, dying and grieving members of congregations in the Miami Valley.”

For additional information about the initiative, please contact Kim Vesey at kvesey@hospiceofdayton.org or 256-4490.

 

 

I am Hospice of Dayton

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Henrieta Sulag, STNA, CHPNA, joined the Hospice of Dayton staff four years ago.  How she came to Hospice of Dayton and why she is so committed to our mission is an inspirational story.
henrietaHenrieta Sulaj was born in Albania, the daughter of a physician and a journalist.  Like her brothers, Henrieta earned a degree in mathematics and served as a teacher for over 28 years.   When she arrived in Chicago twelve years ago, she spoke no English, and struggled to find work for over a year.  Finally (and fortunately for Hospice of Dayton) she became a nursing assistant at Dayton area extended care facilities. While at Kingston, she encountered members of the Hospice of Dayton staff, and embraced the hospice mission as her own.  “I could not help my mother when she became ill and needed me there,” Henrieta says.  “So I told her I was going to help other people, and treat them as I would have treated her.”

Henrieta’s heart is with Crisis Care.  Asked why, she explains “It’s the personal relationships with patients and families.  If I make the patient comfortable, I am comforting the family.  I want to help them find peace.”  Sometimes families are suspicious and unwelcoming because of her accent.  ”When I can win over those families, it makes me so happy!” she says.  She extends her love of her own family as she cares for patients.  “I was not able to kiss my Mom good-bye.  I can kiss my patients.  It’s so personal.”

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