Wendy Schmitz, MD, HMD, FAAHPM, Earns Fellow Status from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Wendy Schmitz, MD, HMD, FAAHPM, of Dayton, Ohio, recently earned the designation Fellow of the…
With so many unknowns and information changing rapidly about the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that the dedicated healthcare professionals at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton remain focused on providing individualized care and a calming presence to patients and families, while employing the guidelines set forth by the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many in the community have reached out offering support and asking how they can help.
While we are privileged to serve the most vulnerable patients in our communities, this virus adds a greater risk for these patients and our staff serving them. Our mission is to provide superior care and superior services to our patients and their loved ones during one of the most uncertain times in their lives. Amidst the turmoil, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton continues to focus on delivering care with our compassionate approach, while taking all the needed precautions.
Here are a few ways you can help:
As we take care of our patients and families during the COVID-19 outbreak, we welcome donations of specific medical supplies. While we must follow specific rules around chain of custody for supplies used in direct patient care, donations of some supplies may help. If you are able to donate N95 respirators, face masks, procedure gowns, gloves, and face shields, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome donations of unopened hand sanitizer (greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol) and sanitizing wipes. In addition, we are accepting bandanas for visitors to wear. All supplies must be new, unopened and from a smoke-free, pet-free environment.
The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA), in partnership with Declare, United Way – Dayton and Montgomery County Emergency Management, has created a streamlined process for individuals to volunteer in essential activities in hospitals and community agencies. As the Dayton region plans for the surge in COVID-19 patients, hospitals and community agencies know there will be a need for additional help outside their current staff in order to meet the needs.
Ohio’s Hospice is looking to mobilize an army of crafters who can sew face mask covers and make face shields to help with the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) healthcare workers are facing throughout Ohio and the nation as they treat patients with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more information.
If you know of a loved one, friend or elderly neighbor or caregiver who can’t get to the grocery store easily, volunteer to do the shipping for them. You can leave the groceries on the front porch to follow social distancing recommendations. In some areas, you may be able to order groceries and supplies and have them shipped directly to their home online for them.
Staying connected is more important than ever during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As we work to stay safe, it’s vital that we practice social distancing. Despite social distancing, we can continue to connect with our loved ones in other ways. Stay connected through video conferencing, phone calls, snail mail, scrapbooking/e-albums and music. Click here to learn more.
Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing. According to the CDC, the virus is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet). It also is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
You’ve heard it multiple times, but it doesn’t hurt to hear it again. Wash your hands often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands after you have been in a public place, blown your nose, coughed or sneezed. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. It should contain at least 60% alcohol. Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with hands that have not been washed.
As we work to nurture and care for those in need, we ask you to provide support in any way you can. Please consider visiting us at https://www.hospiceofdayton.org for more information about our organization and what we are doing to protect those we serve during this outbreak of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support of our mission.