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  • Hospice ·

Life-Limiting Illnesses – When to Call Hospice

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 weight loss (with consideration to weight gain factors such as edema, when applicable) Decreasing appetite Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing Increased weakness or fatigue Decline in cognitive status…
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  • Grief ·

The Grief Survival Kit

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 and family expect you to be upset. While they may not always know the right things to do or say, they do want to be there for you even if it’s just to listen or offer affection. Never…
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  • Grief ·

Journaling Through the Grief

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 through the grief. This is why it is a great idea to keep a grief journal. There are many, different ways you can start to fill up your journal. From creative writing and poetry to journaling and writing letters to your…
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  • Uncategorized ·

National Nursing Assistant Week- June 12-19

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 individual becomes not only emotionally difficult, but, at times, almost physically impossible. Our Hospice Aides are the hands-on care…
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  • News & Events ·

Coffee And Conversation: Support Groups for those grieving a loss

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 sense of understanding and connection with others who are also experiencing loss. These groups are a warm, informal place to share and support each…
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  • Videos ·

NHPCO LAUNCHES NEW MOMENTS OF LIFE CAMPAIGN

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 the end of life for patients and loved ones. A father’s final wedding dance with his daughter, a veteran’s visit to the WWII Memorial, the opportunity to…
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  • News & Events ·

Hospice of the Miami Valley, Named a 2015 HOSPICE HONORS Recipient

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—May 6, 2015 Hospice of the Miami Valley, Named a 2015 HOSPICE HONORS Recipient Dayton, Ohio Hospice of the Miami Valley, with offices in Xenia, Middletown and Springfield, and serving the Greater Miami Valley area, has been named a 2015 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta, an industry leader in data-driven management. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of satisfaction as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. “This is the third year that we are presenting this award to top performers, and it’s very rewarding to recognize their hard work and commitment to improving care,” said Kevin Porter, Senior Vice President of Deyta Analytics. This notable recognition is determined by using the Deyta Family Evaluation of Hospice Care (Deyta FEHC) survey results from approximately 1,700 partnering hospices contained in Deyta’s FEHC database with an evaluation period of October 2013 through September 2014. Deyta identified Hospice Honors recipients by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of eighteen satisfaction indicator measures. The set of questions included only indicator measures, omitting qualifying, leader and demographic questions. Individual hospice performance scores were aggregated for the evaluation period and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a national average score calculated from Deyta’s FEHC database. Tara Brodbeck, MS, RN, President and Ceo said, “We are very honored to have achieved this award because our patients and families’ perspective and their satisfaction is the reason for why we are here. What is particularly gratifying is that this time period was also the time of our greatest growth and outreach. Meeting both of these challenges truly speak to the high caliber and caring of our physicians and staff. Our mission is to provide the very best in hospice services.”
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  • News & Events ·

NEWS RELEASE June 2012

NEWS RELEASE June , 2012   LOCAL HOSPICE ORGANIZATION SELECTED FOR HOSPICE  PILOT DATA COLLECTION PROJECT Hospice of the Miami Valley, serving the greater Dayton area volunteered for and was one of only nine hospices selected nationwide by RTI International, a contractor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in a pilot to test the collection of specific data items for hospice quality measures.  This is part of the national effort mandated by the Affordable Care Act to develop a Quality Reporting Program for hospices.  The information collected is focused on patient symptom control and care…
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  • News & Events ·

News Release 2011

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time when hospices across the country focus special attention on educating their communities about End-of-Life Care. To mark this annual celebration,  The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington, DC started the tradition of creating a “National Hospice Quilt” 12 years ago. Why a Quilt? Historically, quilting was a time for communities to share creativity, stories and memories.  Quilts were made for special occasions like celebrating the arrival of a newborn, or to memorialize the life of a loved one.  They provide warmth and comfort, but also represent love, care…
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  • News & Events ·

Serving Patients, Families in Springfield Ohio Area

Hospice of the Miami Valley Serving Patients, Families in Springfield Area Hospice care is on the rise:  more than 1.58 million Americans that were diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses were cared for by hospices across the nation last year.  This growth is being felt in the Ohio’s Miami Valley as well. As the need increases, local hospice providers must also rise to meet growing patient and family needs. Patients and their families in the Springfield area now have a new choice for loved ones with serious illnesses. Hospice of the Miami Valley has opened an office at 1948 North Limestone Street…