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Archive | January, 2014

I am Hospice

afiaAfia N Green, STNA, CHPNS, PCS Excellence Mentor

Afia has served in the health care field for 18 years,  coming to Hospice of Dayton in 2009 and being named PCS Excellence Mentor in 2012.  She serves as a member of the Performance Improvement team. 

Coming to Hospice was always what I wanted to do. It was the best way for me to make a positive impact, to assist in the final days, weeks, or month of someone’s life. I am honored to become a part of a family of people who look to me for answers and compassion. It makes me feel I’m doing an angel’s work.

Following the mission of Hospice of Dayton, I celebrate the lives of patients and families.  I’m always looking for new ways communicate with my patients, who may not be able to see or hear – sometimes through touch or sound,

through singing and prayer. I offer my assistance with whatever the need may be with staff at every facility I enter,  always with a friendly, caring smile. I’m often complimented for my makeup. One patient always asked if was I going somewhere special. I would  say  “I’m coming to see you.”

Tribute & Naming Opportunities

Celebrate the life of someone you love with whom you shared precious moments by choosing a personalized plaque or garden on the campus of Hospice of Dayton. Ask about other available naming opportunities such as statuary, fairy gardens, planting beds, waterfalls, arbors, and benches.

Our campus has been creatively designed by award-winning landscaping professionals to provide a comforting stroll for families visiting their loved ones. It also provides our patients with views from their rooms of well-manicured grounds featuring butterfly gardens, shade trees, flowering plants, water features and unique statuary.

Click here for pricing and more information.

Donate to the Hope Society

The Hospice of Dayton Foundation Hope Society is a way to support the unique programs and activities that Hospice of Dayton offers every day of the year to the community.

 

Hope is a powerful word, which expresses an even more powerful emotion. We have chosen the word “hope” for this philanthropic group because it conveys the confidence that Hospice of Dayton instills in the individuals and their families under our care.  It is hope that allows those in our care to move forward – knowing that at a time when they need the most support, the entire Hospice of Dayton staff is there to help them navigate this new and unchartered journey.

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Hope Society donations support Hospice of Dayton’s one-of-a-kind programs including Pathways of Hope, a grief center providing bereavement support to patients and family members which also offers a special summer camp for children; the Hope Fund, which supports patients and families in low-income or poverty households where hospice care alone is not enough for quality end-of-life care. As servants to our community, Hospice of Dayton guarantees care to every patient eligible for hospice services, regardless of insurance coverage or their ability to pay. Donations from the Hope Society also help make future initiatives possible.

Hospice of Dayton expresses appreciation to the following contributors to the Hope Society for their commitment to the Hospice of Dayton mission.

Aspiration
Kent & Teri Anderson
Robert H. Brethen Foundation
Lisa Hanauer & Sue Spiegel
The Steve Mason Family
Therapy Support

Belief
Brown & Bills Architects
Dayton Power & Light Foundation
Tom & Lois Mann
Pamela Morris & David Lemmon
Jerry Tatar
Thompson Hine LLP

Promise
Advantage Benefits Group
Gosiger Foundation
Brenda Humfleet
Chirag & Ranapreet Patel
PNC
Kim Vesey
Richard H. & Mary Kay Wick

Hope
Jack & Carol Adam
Champion Apparel

Jerry & Donna Durst

Fidelity Health Care
David & Evie Freimuth
Drs. Felix & Erika Garfunkel
Franz & Margaret Hoge
Miriam & Jay Morrison
Mary & Don Murphy
Nova Creative
Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Nugent
Parker Carlson & Johnson
Jeff & Lori Poelking-Igel
Randy Ray & Family
Dr. John M. Roll
Colleen Ryan
The Schade Family
Dr. Jules & Ava Sherman
Christoper & Bev Shillito
Toni & Robert Sprinkel
Lois & Roger Sutherland
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
The Dr. Ruth Thomson Family Fund
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Toman
Amy & P.J. Wagner
Weber Jewelers
Jack Whitmer

 

 

Gone Fishing

By Laura Colliflower, OTR/L 

I was fortunate to meet Jack during his first stay at the Dayton Hospice House. Jack talked about being down because he had given up fishing. It took too much energy to go out, walk down to the creek and stand there the whole time. I met Jack on a Monday, the week the first fishing group of the season was scheduled at Hospice of Dayton. I explained to Jack that there was a fishing group planned for Friday morning, that the paths were paved out by the pond and we could get him out to the pond by wheelchair, if he was too fatigued to walk that distance. Jack was encouraged to invite family. That entire week every time I passed Jack’s room or talked to a staff member working with him, they said Jack was looking forward to the group on Friday.

When Friday came–Jack’s grandson Taylor came. He and Taylor put on their lucky fishing hat and vest and had the fishing rod and tackle box in tow. Jack went out to the pond in a wheelchair to save his energy and then once there he stood on the banks beside his grandson where he was proud to announce that he caught the first fish of the day. Jack and his grandson were invited to come back and fish whenever he desired after his return home. Jack transferred home later that day but returned one month later to the Dayton Hospice House. This time he returned for end of life care. His family brought the picture of he and Taylor and placed it on the nightstand by his bed. His Social Worker from home care came to visit him just a couple of days before he died. He opened his eyes and said with a smile on his face, “Holly, is it warm enough to drop a line?” For our patients in the course of their disease process, their lives can become solely focused around the ability to perform basic self care and they lose ability to engage in tasks that support quality of life. In a sense our patient’s can begin to feel like they are losing who they are.

As Hospice of Dayton Occupational Therapists, our focus is to assist in improving or maintaining a person’s ability to safely engage in activities that are meaningful in their life. These tasks can include; dressing, bathing, preparing meals, mobility, and also leisure activities.

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