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Pathways of Hope Grief Retreat for Children is Scheduled for Martin Luther King Day

 

A one-day grief support program for children helps kids develop skills to cope with grief.

Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is offering a one-day grief support program designed to help youngsters and teens ages 7 to 17 who have experienced the loss of a parent, sibling or significant loved one.  Pathways Breakaway is free of charge and participation is limited to 50.  Advance registration is required.

Pathways Breakaway is a day filled with support and fun for grieving teens and children.  The day-long program includes grief activities involving discussion, art and swimming.  Pathways Breakaway is slated for Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day) from 8 am to 5:30 pm at the Kettering Recreation Complex, 2900 Glengarry Drive in Kettering.  Lunch and snacks are provided

For advance registration click button below or contact Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, 937-258-4991.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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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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Apply Now and Attend Last Volunteer Training for 2017

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Offers Final Volunteer Training for 2017

Volunteers play a vital role in supporting hospice patients and families. As members of the interdisciplinary team, they provide a variety of services including respite care, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, beautician and barber services, birthday celebrations, gardening, companionship and more.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will hold the final new volunteer orientation of 2017 on December 6. Volunteer training acquaints new volunteers with information on

  • History and goals of end-of-life care
  • Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton history
  • Role of Volunteers and opportunities
  • Confidentiality, infection control, and safety
  • Boundaries
  • Effective listening
  • Loss and grief

Maureen Swarts, Volunteer Services Manager, welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds and of all ages.  “Volunteers give from their hearts and enable us to touch the lives of patients and families with enhanced compassion and care. They are essential to our mission of providing superior care and superior services.”

Additional information can be found here. 

 

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Our Mission Includes a Calling for Kindness

We are living in turbulent times. Rampant change and uncertainty create an unsettling and uncomfortable environment for us. In times like these, it is important to find familiar touchstones and institutions to trust.

At Ohio’s Hospice, we strive to be a reliable touchstone for our communities and an institution worthy of community trust. Providing superior care and superior services to families facing life-limiting illnesses is our only mission. As we help families facing a final goodbye, we bring the highest level of expertise to our work. But expertise alone is not enough to comfort. It is even more important to be gentle, merciful, compassionate and tender. These are attributes so rare in our world that we must remind ourselves of the power and value they bear.

Ohio’s Hospice embraces kindness as a core value. Kindness is a simple but demanding expectation. When families face the unbearable loss of a loved one, kindness is the most critical component of our mission. As author Roy T. Bennett notes, “Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Kindness can help change our turbulent times into individual moments of compassion that outweigh uncertainty and doubt. Kindness is the beginning of all that is good and worthwhile in our lifetime.

We thank our community for the kindness and support that enables us to continue our hospice mission. You can join in our calling by making a donation.

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Proud Marine Laid To Rest in Formal Dress Blues

Tommy Hance had one final request.

He wanted to be buried in the Marine dress blue uniform of his service to his country. And he was.

Tommy is described by his sisters as gentle, intelligent, an excellent cook, a lover of classical music and opera. He had a great sense of humor and loved starting and growing his own vegetables from seed. He loved books and hated owing anyone a debt. Respectful of others and a fighter to the end.

For the last ten years, Tommy had been caring for his aging mother. Then came what was believed to be a bad cold and cough that turned out instead to be a cancer diagnosis.

Tommy attended Stivers High School and had enlisted in the Marines at age 17, believing he could make a difference. The oldest of five children, Tommy trained at Camp Lejeune and then shipped off to Vietnam. Tommy was called “Rocket Man” by his platoon. Small in stature, Tommy was tasked with carrying a rocket launcher on his back, the first to blaze the trail through rice paddies. He was, his sisters say, “proud to be a Marine, but not proud of what he had to do.” Tommy was exposed to Agent Orange and returned home a victim of PTSD. His military experience left many marks.

When he returned to Dayton, Tommy earned a certificate in heating and air conditioning from Sinclair Community College. He worked a variety of jobs, loved working on cars and was a talented mechanic. When his father passed away, Tommy moved back home and assumed responsibility for caring for his mother.

Over the months of Tommy’s treatment for cancer, he spent hours talking and laughing with family and friends. He told them he wished he still had his Marine dress blues so he could be buried in the uniform that made him feel proud. They shared the story with his caregivers at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, who promptly went to work to ensure his final request could be fulfilled. Working with the VA and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, hospice staff made arrangements for a uniform of appropriate size to be shipped overnight.

Tommy Hance got his final wish, once again a proud Marine, handsome in his formal dress blues.

 

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Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties Offers Holiday Grief Support Program


Hope for the Holidays Supports Those Grieving

The holiday season is a time of great emotion.  For those who are experiencing their first holiday following the loss of a loved one, the emotions of the holiday season can be overwhelming.  Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties offers “Hope for the Holidays” to help.

Open to any member of the community who has lost a loved one, “Hope for the Holidays” is a presentation by the bereavement counseling staff that will celebrate and honor lost loved ones and offer insight into ways to cope with grief during the emotionally charged holiday season. Light refreshments will be served and participants will receive a keepsake ornament. The program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. When making your reservation please indicate the number attending, as well as the name of the loved one you would like to honor.

“Hope for the Holiday” will be held:

Thursday, November 30 from 7-8 pm

at the Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties Team and Staff Center

5940 Long Meadow Dr., Franklin, Ohio

Please RSVP by November 22 to 937.258.4991.

 

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Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Pathways of Hope Offers Holiday Grief Support Program

The holiday season is a time of great emotion.  For those who are experiencing their first holiday following the loss of a loved one, the emotions of the holiday season can be overwhelming.  Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton offers “Hope for the Holidays” to help.

Open to any member of the community who has lost a loved one, “Hope for the Holidays” will be held to support those who have lost a loved one. This presentation by the bereavement counseling staff will celebrate and honor lost loved ones and offer insight into ways to cope with grief during the emotionally charged holiday season. Light refreshments will be served and participants will receive a keepsake ornament. The program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. When making your reservation please indicate which date you wish to attend and the number attending, as well as the name of the loved one you would like to honor.

Because of limited seating, reservations are required and will be accepted until the dates listed below or until capacity is reached, whichever comes first.  To make reservations, call (937) 258-4991 or email agoins@ohioshospice.org.  When making reservations, please indicate the date of the program you plan to attend as well as the name of the loved one you’d like to honor and the number attending.  The program is free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community.

Hope for the Holidays

When: 7 to 8 pm, Thursday, December 7 OR Wednesday, December 13

Where: Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Community Room

               324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420

To Register:     RSVP by November 22 to (937) 258-4991

 

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Bowl for Hospice Benefits Patients and Families of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton

Bowl for Hospice, a benefit for patients and families served by Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, will be held Sunday, November. 5.

Who:  Community members are invited to participate

What:  20th annual Bowl for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. This fun family event offers participating bowlers two hours of bowling, an event t-shirt, and complimentary Papa John’s Pizza with their $50 registration. Event highlights also include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and much more.

Proceeds support patient programs including:

  • Indigent care – At Hospice of Dayton, everyone receives care regardless of his or her ability to pay.
  • In-patient care options – We provide in-patient hospice care options at our Care Centers in Dayton and Franklin, offering intense care for patients experiencing medical situations or symptoms that cannot be managed in the home or facility-based setting.
  • Focused & Palliative care – Donor dollars enable us to provide Focused Care, highly specialized disease-specific treatment for hospice patients, and palliative care for patients with significant pain and symptom control issues. 
  • Community-wide grief support services Our Pathways of Hope Grief Support Services are available at no cost, regardless of whether our hospice services have been used, and in multiple locations, making it more convenient.

When:  Date/Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Sunday, November 5, 2017

Where:  Woodman Lanes, 3200 Woodman Dr., in Kettering

How: Registration and pledge sheets are available by contacting Ashley Robison at the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Foundation at 937.723.2899 or email arobison@hospiceofdayton.org

 

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Raffle of Commemorative Quilt Contributes to Patient Care

Supporters of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton will be joining in the annual 3k/5k Remembrance Walk on Saturday, October 21. Proceeds from the event will benefit patient care at the not-for-profit organization. Organizers are also offering a one of a kind commemorative quilt as a raffle prize. The quilt includes past Remembrance Walk t-shirts in the design. Participants are invited to celebrate 13 years of the Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Remembrance Walk with purchase of a raffle ticket to win.

Tickets are available for a donation of:

$1 for 1 ticket

$5 for 6 tickets

$20 for 25 tickets

Raffle tickets are available for pre-sale by contacting Ashley Robison at 937-723-2899, or at arobison@hospiceofdayton.org and will also be sold at the Remembrance Walk on October 21. Winner must be present to win if tickets are purchased the day of the 2017 Remembrance Walk; those who pre-purchase tickets do not have to be present to win.

Proceeds from the raffle and 3k/5k Remembrance Walk will enable Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization, to provide superior care and superior services to all patients with life-limiting illnesses, regardless of ability to pay.   Programs supported by Remembrance Walk include:

Indigent Care – Hospice services are available to everyone in the greater Dayton community regardless of ability to pay.

Hospice House In-patient care options – In addition to serving patients in their homes, extended and assisted living facilities, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton offers in-patient care at the Dayton Hospice House, providing intense care for patients experiencing medical situations or symptoms that cannot be managed in the home or facility setting.

Complementary, Focused & Palliative Care – Donor dollars enable patients to receive services such as highly specialized disease-specific treatment for hospice patients, and palliative care for patients with significant pain and symptom control issues. Massage, art, music and occupational therapies are also provided to assure an improved quality of life for patients.

Community wide Grief Support Services – We provide Grief Support Services at no cost, regardless of whether our hospice services have been used

Walk Registration: Visit www.hospiceofdayton.org/Walk2017 or call 937-222-WALK 

Contact:  Ashley Robison, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Foundation, 937-723-2899, or email arobison@hospiceofdayton.org

 

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CARNATION Award Goes to Deborah Jorgenson

A colleague nominated Pharmacy Services Coordinator Deb Jorgenson for the CARNATION Award based on her commitment to the hospice mission.

“Over the past few months of working with Deb, I have noticed her unwavering commitment to her job and to the hospice mission,” the nomination reads. “There has never been a day that has gone by that Deb has not gone above and beyond for fellow employees, patients and family members. She is always quick to take action when someone is in need, whether it be giving a tour of the facilities to family members or making a phone call to Therapy Support about equipment needs, and everything else in between. I have noticed that if there are loved ones searching for a patient room, she never gives verbal directions, but instead, always walks them to the room, always with a warm smile on her face.”

“Deb is also always professional and courteous to work with. She will listen to the problem or challenge and always offers helpful and constructive advice and insight on how to resolve the situation. Her tireless work ethic and sheer enjoyment of her job are evident each and every day.”

We join with the colleague submitting the nomination in saying “Deb is a pleasure to work with, and someone we should all aspire to emulate.”

A sincere thank you to Deb for always exemplifying our hospice mission!

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