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Breast Cancer Awareness | Be Involved

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Did you know? October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to increasing awareness of breast cancer, raising funding for research into the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of breast cancer, and providing information and support for those with breast cancer or for those who may be at risk for breast cancer. Here are six ways ...

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It’s Okay to Feel Shocked

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The death of a loved one is a hard reality to grasp. Often, it can feel like a bad dream that you just can’t wake up from. Although you may know that your loved one is very sick or in the process of dying, the unavoidability of dying always feels sudden, unforeseen and unbelievable. It’s shocking.

It is important to ...

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Keeping Dignity | Caregiver Tips

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Your loved one can no longer do the many tasks they once could. They now depend on you for many of these things. The easiest solution may be to simply take over and make decision, but it’s important to be respectful of your loved ones. As a caregiver, you want to protect your loved one’s dignity and sense of ...

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Our Bereavement Services

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Grieving for loved ones who are experiencing a life-limiting illness is natural for families and friends. This process can often begin before death occurs. Hospice of the Miami Valley Bereavement Services are available for those who are coping with losing a loved one. Our staff is committed to working closely with families who are working through the grieving process. ...

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Life-Limiting Illnesses – When to Call Hospice

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A life-limiting illness is an incurable chronic disease or condition that no longer respond to curative treatments.

Examples of a life-limiting illness include:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
  • Stroke
  • ALS
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • End-stage Renal Disease
  • AIDS
  • Cancer

A life limiting illness, coupled with symptoms below, could be indicators of decline and hospice eligibility:

  • Frequent hospitalizations, ER visits, or visits to the physician within the last six months
  • Progressive ...
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The Grief Survival Kit

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Let yourself grieve. It’s important to let yourself take this roller coaster ride and feel your emotions rather than suppress them. No matter how hard you try to bury those feelings of grief, they will continue to resurface, and you won’t be able to truly move on. Start the healing process by giving into grief.

Lean on friends and family. Your friends ...

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Journaling Through the Grief

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Journaling while grieving can help you document and process the feelings of grief you are experiencing. As you begin the healing process and reconnecting with who you once were, you may start thinking about or telling yourself things you would want to record. Putting these thoughts and feelings into words can be very beneficial and help in better working ...

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National Nursing Assistant Week- June 12-19

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This is National Nursing Assistant week, and we at Hospice of the Miami Valley want to take a moment to thank our Hospice Aides for all the caring they do for our patients.

As a Community Educator, my role is to explain the hospice benefit to families and to providers utilizing hospice services. One of the most frequently asked questions from these conversations is how often they can see an aide. The reason this is often the case is because the care of an ...

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Coffee And Conversation: Support Groups for those grieving a loss

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The Hospice of the Miami Valley offers nine bereavement support groups and one dementia support group. These groups are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Download the brochure above for meeting times and locations.

The Benefits of Support Groups

Grief is a powerful emotion that affects each of us at some point in our life. As social interaction is a critical part of our healing process, grief support groups help promote a ...

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NHPCO LAUNCHES NEW MOMENTS OF LIFE CAMPAIGN

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Patients’ and families’ stories show hospice is about more than death – it’s about life

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 15, 2014 / PRNewswire / — In celebrating the 40th anniversary of hospice care in the United States, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is excited to introduce a new national campaign, “Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice,” that will show all Americans that hospice focuses on living and enables special moments and memories at ...
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