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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.

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Get to Know our Interdisciplinary Care Team!

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Hospice care is a holistic approach to end-of-life care that addresses the physical, social and spiritual needs of patients. Our interdisciplinary team is committed to providing the highest possible quality of life for patients. Our hospice team includes the talents and expertise of many to achieve that goal. The team includes:

Physicians: Our doctors are certified specialists in hospice and palliative care. Their expertise is in managing symptoms and developing personalized solutions for patients. They work directly with the primary care physician to address the needs of patients and provide support to families.

Nurse Care Managers: Our nursing staff monitor and address the changing needs of patients and provide education to patients and families. They focus on symptom control and improving quality of life by coordinating a wide range of support to benefit patients and families.

Personal Care Specialists: Our expert team of Personal Care Specialists provides assistance with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, eating, light housekeeping and more.  They are essential to the quality of life our patients enjoy.

Chaplains: Our chaplains deliver spiritual support for patients from a starting point of respect for the personal beliefs of each individual. Our chaplains honor and encourage their faith, joining with personal clergy to reinforce spiritual foundations and religious traditions.

Social Workers: Social workers play a central role in holistic hospice care serving as advocates for patient and family and connecting them with community resources important for quality of life. Social workers help with the emotional impact of grief and bereavement as well as practical concerns such as insurance and veteran’s benefits.

Pharmacists: Our pharmacists monitor patient medications to assure safety and tailor medications to meet individual patient needs. When cost might compromise patient quality of life, our pharmacists work with drug manufacturers to provide medications through patient assistance programs.

Therapists: Our therapy teams bring an additional level of comfort, care and quality of life to patients. Respiratory, occupational and massage therapists assure comfort and care, while music, art and pet therapies contribute to quality of life. Aromatherapy, light and Reiki therapies are additional levels of comfort available to our hospice patients.

Volunteers: Our volunteers receive special training to support patients and provide patient companionship, caregiver relief, errand running and a multitude of other services to enhance patient and family care.

To learn more about how we can assist you or your loved one, please give us a call at 888.449.4121 or visit or contact us page. 

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PARO – A Positive Substitute for Pet Therapy

Some people complain that technology can be dehumanizing. Those people have not yet had the privilege of meeting PARO.

PARO is the nickname of an advanced interactive therapeutic robot that is being used at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton with patients. Designed to look like an adorable baby harp seal and covered with synthetic fur, PARO is loaded with sensors in his long whiskers and entire body, enabling him to react to sound, light and touch. PARO blinks his eyes, moves his head, makes sounds and reacts as a real animal does when interacting with a human. PARO evokes the same emotional pleasure as a pet therapy animal but can serve patients in situations where real animals cannot.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton added two of the baby seal robots to the clinical team a few years ago as part of an innovative approach to patient care. For patients in settings that do not permit animals, such as nursing homes, PARO is a tool to encourage patient interaction.

Occupational Therapist Angelene Volpatti highlights how PARO affected one patient. “The patient was well-educated and confined to a wheelchair in a nursing home. Her children were literally all over the country – Alaska, Florida and Washington state. They spoke frequently by phone, but conversations were limited mostly to what the patient had to eat and how she was feeling.

During our first meeting I discovered the family were animal lovers and always had pets. Pet therapy was not offered by the nursing home, so we brought PARO to visit. The patient responded to PARO just like she would a pet, speaking to him and petting him, smiling and enjoying PARO’s reactions. She immediately relaxed and was less physically contracted. The conversations with her children became more rich, as she talked about PARO and together they reminisced about pets.”

Research with PARO has shown that patients experience a reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure and are more calm after interacting with the robotic seal. They engage in more social interaction. Such positive outcomes, without the potential side-effects of pharmaceutical interventions, are convincing evidence of the value of robotic therapy.

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Hospice of Dayton Earns NIJH Accreditation

Jewish Hospice AccreditedHospice of Dayton is now included in a select group of 60 hospices nationwide after earning accreditation with the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH). The accreditation links Hospice of Dayton with NIJH which provides staff training and insights on treating Jewish patients who are terminally ill, and access to resources and education about Jewish custom and practice that may arise while caring for a hospice patient who is Jewish.

 

According to Hospice of Dayton’s Team Leader for Chaplain Services, Gayle Simmons, “The training and resources available through NIJH enables our interdisciplinary teams to provide specialized care to patients of the Jewish faith who are at the end of their life,” says Simmons. “We can now offer appropriate emotional and spiritual support to our patients and their families as they go through this most difficult journey.”

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R.J.’s Story

R.J. and Ada Neace shared a childhood crush, a teenage romance and 44 years of marriage.  It was a childhood romance that would never end.

R.J. was born in Kentucky, one of six children.  He and Ada made Medway, Ohio their home.  R.J. had a career and retired from the Teamsters Union.  He and Ada raised two sons and celebrated the births of two granddaughters before R.J. faced health challenges that reached the point where his doctor asked if he wanted to be placed on a respirator. The couple faced a choice and a life chapter that brought them to Hospice of Dayton.  R.J. received care in the home he and Ada shared, saving R.J. from worrying about Ada driving home alone from the hospital after dark.    R.J. was a loving husband, father and grandfather who is truly missed by his family

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