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Hospice of Cincinnati Newsletter – Fall 2018

Sitting down, one human being to another. Read about how this and the power of listening made a difference for one family.  Another family was so inspired by their experience, they were compelled to say “thanks” in a very unique way. In this issue, you’ll also learn about: our new Anticipatory Grief Program, the four types of pain (it’s more than physical); how community organizations share their talents with Fernside; volunteer opportunities; Cincinnati International Wine Festival grant to Fernside; our volunteer award winners; and another successful Gourmet Melodies.

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2018-11-06T19:48:56+00:00November 6th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Hospice of Cincinnati Newsletter – Summer 2018

Long-time friendships make up the good stuff in life. Read about a special team member and volunteer who’ve supported our mission through decades of their time and talent. In this issue, you’ll also learn about: the benefits of early hospice care;  a chaplain’s above-and-beyond support; how an NFL pair of cleats is making a difference for Fernside; community supporters such as Meijer, LaRosa’s Pizzeria and the Jay and Beulah Raymond Gift Fund; a Hospice of Hamilton pancake breakfast fundraiser; our award-winning volunteers and tips for planning your estate with a charity focus.

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2018-08-01T08:21:52+00:00July 31st, 2018|News|0 Comments

Hospice of Cincinnati Newsletter – Spring 2018

In this issue: A magical moment at the end of life. CEO message: moments and memories. Did you know? Medical Director recognized as Health Care Hero Finalist. New website offers soft landing spot. In the community: Workshop helps prepare educators for crisis; Empowering caregivers; Tufts Schildmeyer, Buchanan support Fernside. Save the date: Gourmet Melodies. Improving the Hospice experience through many eyes. Turn your Kroger trips into fund-raising dollars. Play Shaker Run Golf Club and support Fernside. Giving Ways: Thanking those who cared for the love of her life. Tips for coping with life. NFL player donates custom cleats to Fernside.

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2018-08-01T08:22:36+00:00April 26th, 2018|News|1 Comment

Hospice of Cincinnati Newsletter – Winter 2018

In this issue: Virtual Honor Flight events bring meaning to veterans. Message from the CEO. New equipment benefits patients, staff. The power behind non-profit. Fernside helps schools help students. Be a Hospice volunteer! Ruehlman joins Board of Trustees. Inpatient care centers provide options. Law firm helps make “more” possible. Community supports hikes in Blue Ash, Hamilton. Save the dates: Hike for Hospice, Hike for Hamilton and Fernside Classic.

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2018-07-31T18:09:30+00:00February 9th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Hospice of Hamilton, Local Partners Create Virtual Honor Flight

Hospice of Hamilton and its staff are actively involved in providing services and support to residents of Hamilton and surrounding communities.

On November 2, we partnered with Tri-State Honor Flight and the Westover Retirement Community in Hamilton (a part of Community First) to create a “Virtual Honor Flight.” The event was held for veterans from WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War who are medically unable to make the traditional 18-hour Honor Flight trip to and from Washington DC.

Nearly 40 vets, some well into their 90s, along with their “guardians” (usually a friend or loved one), were recognized with speeches, patriotic music and a video “Honor Flight” tour of the DC sites that honor our country’s veterans. The ceremony ended with a Welcome Home parade (which many vets never received when they returned home from war), as the vets were cheered on, saluted and/or applauded by loved ones and representatives from the National Guard, Boy Scout Troop 956 and Hamilton firefighters.

2018-01-25T14:37:46+00:00January 3rd, 2018|News|0 Comments

Hospice of Cincinnati Newsletter – Winter 2017

Articles: Keeping family together in life and in death. Fernside Classic gets new venue! Message from the CEO. Family’s loss becomes gift to others. Volunteers needed. Letters from Home. Join us on Facebook! Community supports hikes in Blue Ash, Hamilton. Alzheimer’s Association features Conversations program. Parade brings cheers. Save the Dates! Giving back to a cherished place. Nichols honored at Caregiver Recognition Mass. Where’s the donor list? Video wows judges. Courtney Seitz joins Board of Trustees. Your decisions matter. Fernside updates “How to help” booklet series. The Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center.

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2017-12-22T10:20:34+00:00February 10th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Hospice of Cincinnati Newsletter – Fall 2016

Articles: Veteran makes trip of a lifetime. Helping tough conversations surface. Blue Ash becomes home to Loveland sweetheart. Donor feeds birds, lifts souls. Conversations of a Lifetime™ completes 3 year community outreach initiative. Things You Shouldn’t Wait To Say sign campaign unleashes power of words. TED Talk alum headlines community event. New app guides conversations. Where is the donor list? Gifts of stock yield win-win. Anderson Pavilion provides new view for Gourmet Melodies. Volunteers honored for direct patient care. Fernside celebrates 30 years of impact.

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2017-12-22T10:21:05+00:00November 3rd, 2016|News|0 Comments

Hospice of Cincinnati Featured on Local 12 News

Janet Montgomery from Hospice of Cincinnati spoke with Dan Hurley from Local 12 Newsmakers about the recent attention to end-of-life issues brought to the national stage by Brittany Maynard who posted a video on YouTube about her request to choose her death date and die with dignity. This 25 minute interview discusses a variety of issues related to end-of-life choices in detail.

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2018-01-25T14:33:13+00:00August 27th, 2016|Getting Started, News, Video|0 Comments

Research Shows Patients May Live Longer with Hospice and Palliative Care

A new study released by the New England Journal of Medicine found that among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, those who received palliative care lived, on average, almost two months longer than those who received standard care.  Researchers also found that the patients receiving palliative care reported a higher quality of life through the final course of their illness.

The goals of palliative care are to improve the quality of a seriously ill person’s life and to support that person and their family during and after treatment. Sharing the same philosophy of hospice care which is usually provided in the final months of life, palliative care may be provided at any stage during a serious or life-limiting illness.

Researchers also found that when patients received palliative care services, they were also more likely to elect hospice services.

“With earlier referral to a hospice program, patients may receive care that results in better management of symptoms, leading to stabilization of their condition and prolonged survival,” wrote the authors of the study released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This new study adds to the body of evidence showing that many patients live longer with hospice and palliative care.

A 2007 study that looked at Medicare beneficiaries with some of the most common diagnoses leading to death, found that patients who received hospice services lived on average, 29 days longer than those who did not receive hospice care. This study, published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (March 2007) looked at 4,493 terminally ill patients with either congestive heart failure or cancer of the breast, colon, lung, pancreas, or prostate.

In an earlier study looking at patients with 16 of the most common terminal diagnoses, researchers found that hospice patients lived longer. On average, this ranged from 20 days for those with a diagnosis of gallbladder cancer to 69 days for the cohort of breast cancer patients (JPSM, September 2004).

“There’s an inaccurate perception among the American public that hospice means you’ve given up,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Those of us who have worked in the field have seen firsthand how hospice and palliative care can improve the quality of and indeed prolong the lives of people receiving care.”

NHPCO encourages all families who are diagnosed with a serious illness to ask their healthcare providers about hospice and palliative care services.

“The time to learn about these services is before a person is in a medical crisis. Patients and families must learn about these options of care as soon as possible,” Schumacher added.

Both hospice and palliative care focus on helping a person with a serious or life-limiting illness by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain, or suffering. Hospice and other palliative care providers have teams of people working together to provide care.

More information about hospice and palliative care is available online at www.caringinfo.org or by calling the InfoLine at 800-658-8898.

2018-04-07T13:18:31+00:00August 27th, 2016|Article, News, Website|2 Comments