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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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Amerinet Healthcare Achievement Award goes to Hospice of Dayton

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Hospice of Dayton, Inc. and Ohio’s Hospice, Inc. have been named one of three winners of the Amerinet Healthcare Achievement Awards in the Supply Chain/Data Management category.

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Amerinet, a leading national healthcare solutions organization, announced the winners of its seventh annual Amerinet Healthcare Achievement Awards. All Amerinet members were eligible to submit entries for this awards program, which recognizes providers’ outstanding and innovative contributions to their patients, community and business partners in reducing healthcare costs and improving healthcare quality.

“In 2015 and beyond, hospitals, health systems and non-acute care providers will need to continually monitor performance and manage costs while maintaining high levels of quality,” said Todd Ebert, Amerinet president and CEO. “Whether it be supply chain efficiency, enhanced clinical or financial outcomes or population management solutions, our awards program is an opportunity for Amerinet to recognize our members for their success in taking on and meeting these challenges in new and innovative ways.”

Supply Chain/Data Management or Supply Cost Efficiencies category winners:
Hospice of Dayton, Inc., Dayton, Ohio
• Intermountain Healthcare, Murray, Utah
• Northern Arizona Healthcare, Flagstaff, Ariz.

You can find the excerpts about Hospice of Dayton from Amerinet’s compendium publication by clicking here and here.

Respect Veterans as You Celebrate

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A reminder from our American Pride program: While they may be an Independence Day tradition, fireworks can be troubling for veterans who experience PTSD. Before you set off fireworks, please be respectful, as your celebrations could be triggering some traumatic memories for those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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From a 2013 Facebook post:

A day that we used to enjoy celebrating our country’s freedom, it’s independence, has ironically become a tremendous source of added mental anguish for my husband, and for many other Veterans, the very people who have fought the hardest for our freedoms. Last year’s FOUR days in a row of explosions…. started my hubby on a PTSD downhill spiral that wound him up in an inpatient lockdown facility a few days later….

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma. If the reactions don’t go away over time or disrupt your life, you may have PTSD. Estimates suggest 60 to 80% of veterans experience PTSD. Sometimes symptoms not appear until months or years after a traumatic experience. They also may come and go over many years.

Learn more here:

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If you are a veteran with PTSD, help is available locally at the Dayton Vet Center, 627 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., East Medical Plaza, Phone: 937-461-9150 or 877-927-8387 and at the Dayton VA Medical Center, 4100 W. 3rd St. Phone: 937-268-6511 or 937-268-6511.

Girl Power!

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This is Girl Power!

This is Girl Power!


Addison Harold (pictured) may be small, but she’s a big hospice supporter.  When Addi was seven, she lost her Aunt Deb to ovarian cancer at Hospice of Dayton. That’s when Addi formed the Ovarian Cancer Club and started fundraising for cancer research and for Hospice of Dayton. Now eleven, Addi was the guest speaker at the Hope Society reception Thursday night. She brought along the members of her Ovarian Cancer Club, six girls who have sold original paintings, done chores and sold lemonade from a street side stand to raise money for the two charities they champion. So far they have donated over $750 to Hospice of Dayton. You can watch Addi’s testimonial about her Aunt’s hospice experience at the link below. Addi and her posse are Girl Power personified!

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Education Series Helps Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Dr. BharwaniMany families try to deal with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care challenges while keeping loved ones at home.  Wright State University, Hospice of Dayton and the Greater Dayton Mental Health Foundation are teaming up to offer a series of educational programs focused on practical techniques for home caregivers to improve quality of care for people with dementia, as well as reduce the stress on caregivers.  The program is tailored to the needs of caregivers and there is no cost and no clinical credit attached.

The series offers monthly presentations led by Dr. Govind Bharwani, Co-Director of Ergonomics and Alzheimer’s Care at Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton, OH.  Dr. Bharwani earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from WSU and has consulted for more than 100 organizations in the application of ergonomics and Alzheimer’s care.  Dr. Bharwani has effectively applied the science of ergonomics and neuroscience research to improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s in long-term care facilities across the nation.  His innovative program called Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) has received six national awards.  Dr. Bharwani received the 2012 Leaders of Tomorrow Award from Long-Term Living magazine and the 2014 Public Service Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA).

Each session addresses specific topics related to Alzheimer’s disease.  For the schedule of presentations click here.   Advance registration is required for each individual session.  Registration is available by calling 937-256-9507, ext. 2237 or by visiting the website www.hospiceofdayton.org/Alzheimers.

Hospice of Dayton Joins in Observance of National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16

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Hospice of Dayton, along with other national, state and community organizations, is involved in leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Hospice of Dayton is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws.

“We want to be able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so,” says Dr. Ruth Thomson, Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of Dayton.  “We want to encourage many more people in our community to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known.”

The state of Ohio has recently updated advance directive forms, and Hospice of Dayton offers the new documents for download by clicking here.  The forms can be easily printed and completed to help guide healthcare providers in addressing your individual preferences for care.

“Pledge to yourself — and just as importantly your family — that by the time National Healthcare Decisions Day ends, you will have taken steps to make sure your wishes are clear to your family or the person you choose to make decisions for you if you can’t make them for yourself,” Dr. Thomson suggests.  “It is a gift of peace of mind that only you can give to your loved ones.”

New Chapel Full of Serenity and Symbolism

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A dedication service for the newly renovated Chapel space at Hospice of Dayton was held on Friday, April 3, 2015.  The original Chapel was part of the Colp Building addition and opened in 1990.

The designer of the new Chapel, Beth Striebel, along with Architect, Paul Striebel, and Franklin Art Glass, paid homage to Biblical symbolism throughout their beautiful design.  The serene water fountain symbolizes baptism and renewal, while the stone wall mimics the look of the “Wailing Wall” for prayer in Jerusalem.

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Beth Striebel explains the inspirational symbolism evident throughout her design:

 “The stained glass panels convey a sense of tranquility, stirs the imagination, and presents an image of God’s outreach of His love.  The flowing design brings together the separated panels of glass and encloses the space of the Chapel the same way a prayer shawl, Tallith, ‘Little Tent’, provides enclosure to us, while in prayer. The lines in this piece represent the fringes of thread, Zizith, ‘Tassels’, found at the four corners of the prayer shawl, Tallith, ‘Little Tent’. The Tallith is symbolic of God’s love and provisions for His people, as is said in Psalm 61:4 (‘Let me dwell in Your tent forever!; Let me take refuge under the shelter of Your wings’)…The stained glass depicts a sweet sense of our loving Father’s care at a time when life seems so fragile, and encourages all that allow their imagination to receive, what their heart can feel.”

Welcomed with the soft guitar and vocals of Chaplain Mollie Magee, dedication service attendees joined in a Litany of Thanksgiving for the Chapel, along with a blessing, and the Hospice Prayer. We are thankful for this new Chapel for our patients, family members, and staff to enjoy this space for peaceful prayer and reflection.

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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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