Hospice of Central Ohio Annual Education Conference Slated for October 3

Home administrators, nurses and social workers can earn continuing education credits at a day-long educational conference slated by Hospice of Central Ohio for October 3, 2018.

The program will begin with registration at 8 am and course offerings from 8:30 to 4 pm, with lunch included. Cost for the daylong conference is $75. Participants can earn up to 6 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Topics include Toolbox for High-Risk Situations which addresses the unique challenges posed for clinicians by complex family situations.  This course is designed to identify ways in which some of these situations can create barriers to care, and how clinicians can be prepared to address them. Presenters include Susan Boesch, RN, OCN, CHPN, RN Care Manager at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Susan has over 23 years of experience working in hospice and palliative care settings. Susan is a frequent and experienced presenter at local, state, and national hospice conferences. Susan will be joined by Bonnie Orlins MSW, LISW-S, ACHP-SW, a Bereavement Counseling Professional at Pathways of Hope grief support services of Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties. She provides ongoing counseling and support to individuals and families in the surrounding community and helps facilitate regular support groups. Bonnie is also an experienced presenter at local, state, and national hospice conferences and nephrology conferences.

Mark Pierce, MDiv, BCC, and Kelly Stansel, LSW, CHP-SW, of Hospice of Central Ohio, will offer Cultural Differences at the End of Life. More than ever before, healthcare workers are providing care to a very diverse community.  People from all cultural backgrounds need quality, compassionate care.  This program will enable participants to become more culturally competent. Mark has been a full-time chaplain serving Hospice of Central Ohio for fourteen years. He has extensive experience and is passionate about caring for individuals who have dementia and is attentive to their unique spiritual needs. He serves people in a wide variety of faith backgrounds. Kelly Has a combined twelve+ years of experience with Hospice of Central Ohio and is currently a home team social worker.  Kelly received her Hospice and Palliative Care certification in 2016 and offers frequent presentations on hospice and end of life care for local organizations.

Universal Precautions for Drug Misuse and Diversion in Hospice will provide much-needed information on drug regulations and effective medication management, now more important than ever due to the current drug epidemic in the country.  Participants will learn about the current epidemic of drug misuse and diversion and how it compels hospice programs to provide effective management of scheduled medications; examine the state and federal regulations with which medication protocols and policies must be compliant; explore the components of an effective toolkit for medication management in hospice and techniques for proper medication disposal and discover how a policy of universal precautions for medication management improves safety, compliance, and engagement for patients, families and staff. Presenters are Lisa Maurer, DO, Hospice of Central Ohio, and Cleanne Cass DO, FAAHPM, FAAFP, Director of Community Care and Education at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. Dr. Lisa Maurer is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians with Subspecialty Board Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  She serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She has been practicing in central Ohio since 1995 and joined Hospice of Central Ohio as an Associate Medical Director in 2012. Dr. Cass is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. Dr. Cass is a clinical professor of Palliative Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Clinical Associate Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boonshoft College of Medicine, Wright State University.  She serves as Chair of the American Osteopathic Association’s Council of Palliative Care Issues and is a member of the Board of the Ohio Pain Initiative and previously served on the National Quality forum Advisory Committee for Hospice and Palliative Care. She is also an appointed member of the Governor’s Cabinet Opioid Action team which is developing guidelines for safe opioid prescribing in the state of Ohio and is c active with the task force working to implement MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) in the state of Ohio. Dr. Cass was the 2013 recipient of the Ohio Osteopathic Association’s Trustee’s Award for Distinguished Service and recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Chapter, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Go In Peace, The Caregivers Role in Healing the Soul Wounds of Veterans will focus on care for Veterans.  One-fourth of Americans who die this year will be Veterans.  Healthcare professionals are now caring for 3 different War Eras of Veterans, all who are nearing end of life.  This presentation focuses on recognizing these individuals and understanding some of the specific care needs that may present challenges to quality care.  Presenter Robert “Bob” Allen is a decorated Army officer who flew helicopters in Vietnam. The son of a career Army veteran, Bob grew up in the military and traveled the world with his family during his father’s assignments. His experience has given him a lifelong affinity and passion for veterans and for his work with helping them overcome the emotional and silent scars they sometimes carry. Bob holds a BS in Marketing and an MA in Marketing Management. He began his career as a corporate pilot before working in college and university admissions for over thirty years. Bob is co-founder of “Awakenings,” an organization promoting care and healing for Veterans through peer mentoring. He is also an active public speaker for Veteran’s issues.

Registration is available here.

 

New Office Location Announced for Hospice of Central Ohio

 


Hospice of Central Ohio, an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, is opening a new office location and will celebrate with an Open House Thursday, August 23, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11:00 am at the new location, 1166 Military Rd., Suite A, in Zanesville.

Hospice of Central Ohio has served patients and families for 35 years in nine central Ohio counties. Currently serving over 350 hospice patients and families and providing palliative care services to more than 200 patients daily, Hospice of Central Ohio is an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice. As one of nine mission-driven, not-for-profit hospices in central and southwestern Ohio, Ohio’s Hospice affiliates are committed to a shared vision of strengthening and preserving community-based, not-for-profit hospices and share the values of:

  • Providing a patient atmosphere of hospitality, respect and caring
  • Attending to the social, physical, and spiritual needs of each person we are privileged to serve
  • Preserving and enhancing patient dignity
  • Celebrating the life of each individual we serve
  • Reducing unnecessary suffering in the communities we serve

Hospice of Central Ohio offers:

  • Superior care and superior services to patients and families
  • Resources like respiratory therapy, massage, occupational and additional therapies
  • Support for patients wherever they call home, in every care setting, including extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, hospice houses and hospital inpatient settings.
  • Hospice-certified nurses and doctors on staff and available 24 hours per day.
  • Hospice services accredited by The Joint Commission and approved by Medicare
  • Palliative care services certified by The Joint Commission for Community Based Palliative Care
  • Coming soon - Inpatient services at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and University Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Inpatient care through the Selma Markowitz Inpatient Center at Licking Memorial Hospital

 

 

Loneliness Can Have Serious Health Consequences


Loneliness is not to be taken lightly.

While everyone feels lonely and socially isolated sometimes, those who live in a persistently lonely state are subject to increased levels of stress and health problems that can be downright deadly. As a hospice organization, we are aware that many of those we serve find themselves increasingly isolated as they suffer from chronic pain or become fulltime caregivers.

Our volunteer services offer “friendly visitors” who visit on a regular basis and establish ongoing relationships with patients and caregivers who have found their social connections shrinking. Support groups for the recently bereaved and for caregivers are another resource that enables those who are lonely to connect with others who are sharing their struggle, pain or loss.

Choosing the best time of day to connect with someone who is ill – when pain and symptoms are more under control – may enable those with illnesses to more comfortably interact with others. Reducing the amount of time, while emphasizing the importance and desire to continue seeing loved ones, can be a better option for visits.

Direct person-to-person connections are invaluable, but some who are lonely find regular connections by texting, Facebook messaging or use of other social forums helps them stay in touch. Online support groups can be validating and offer encouragement from others who have special insights and suggestions for how to overcome isolation.

If you are concerned for someone who appears to be lonely, find a way to include them in your life. Invite them along on an errand or a walk. Include them in gatherings of family or friends. Call to check in on them and express your concern. By reaching out to them, you can expand your own social network and give strength to someone who needs your support.

Loneliness is often a normal part of the grief experience. If you are a grieving person struggling with loneliness, we have grief support options that can help. Hospice of Central Ohio offers bereavement care to anyone living in our service area, regardless of his/her affiliation with our hospice program.  All services are free of charge to the community.  If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak to a member of our bereavement services team, please contact Maria Johnson at 740.788.1474.

Resources:
https://www.caring.com/articles/loneliness-and-health
https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/loneliness-can-really-hurt-you/
http://princessinthetower.org/the-isolating-loneliness-of-chronic-pain-invisible-illness/

HOSPICE OF CENTRAL OHIO EARNS JOINT COMMISSION ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION FOR ITS COMMUNITY-BASED PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM

Hospice of Central Ohio has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care. In addition, Hospice of Central Ohio earned “deemed” status, which indicates a provider meets or exceeds Medicare conditions of participation. Hospice of Central Ohio is also one of the few hospice organizations in Ohio to receive simultaneous Joint Commission certification in Community Palliative Care services and accreditation for home health care services. Accreditation evaluates the quality and safety of healthcare organizations, provides an audit of the delivery of critical services and patient care and validates continuous improvement efforts of healthcare providers.

Hospice of Central Ohio underwent a rigorous on-site survey that examined compliance with standards regarding the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership. The accreditation process also provided Hospice of Central Ohio with education and guidance to help staff continue to enhance its program performance.

Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program supports the efforts of its accredited organizations to help deliver safe, high-quality care and services. More than 6,000 home care programs currently maintain accreditation, awarded for a three-year period, from The Joint Commission.

"Hospice of Central Ohio is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Hospice of Central Ohio President/CEO Kerry Hamilton. “Accreditation honors the hard work and dedication of our staff in providing superior care and superior services of the highest standards. Staff from across our organization continue to work together to strengthen the continuum of care and to deliver and maintain optimal hospice care services for members of our community.”

Hospice of Central Ohio has provided a holistic, community-based approach to hospice care for over 30 years. Hospice of Central Ohio is a not-for-profit organization serving nine counties in Central Ohio and is dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families dealing with life-limiting conditions. The Selma Markowitz Inpatient Center is located on the 6th floor of Licking Memorial Hospital. In addition, Palliative Care of Central Ohio, a service of Hospice of Central Ohio, is among the few Ohio palliative care services certified by the Joint Commission.

Hospice of Central Ohio is a member of Ohio’s Hospice, a partnership of mission-driven, not-for-profit hospices in Ohio committed to a shared vision of strengthening and preserving community-based hospices.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commissionseeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

 

OHIO STATE WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER TO ADD INPATIENT HOSPICE SERVICES

COLUMBUS, DAYTON & NEWARK, Ohio – To best meet the end-of-life needs of patients, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is creating a new 12-bed inpatient hospice unit at University Hospital that is scheduled to open fall 2018.

“A pillar of The Ohio State University’s strategic plan is to enhance patient care with an emphasis on an unparalleled patient experience,” said David McQuaid, CEO of The Ohio State University Health System and chief operating officer of Wexner Medical Center. “This new unit will ensure our patients who have a serious or life-limiting illness receive the care, support, dignity and comfort needed to have a meaningful end-of-life experience without having to leave our medical center.”

The new hospice service will provide end-of-life care to patients from all of our hospitals and will include pain management and symptom control, spiritual support, bereavement support and support groups. Offering the comforts of home, the unit’s 12 patient rooms will feature a nature motif incorporating woodgrain and natural finishes to provide a peaceful environment for patients and families, along with flexible space dedicated to facilitating family gatherings. Staff will include experts in end of life, palliative and bereavement care, such as physicians, nurses and social workers. Families will be able to stay with or visit their loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“End of life is an emotional time that is often filled with grief and difficult decisions,” said Dr. Susan Moffat-Bruce, executive director of University Hospital. “We are proud to offer this vital supportive care service so our patients are empowered to live each day as fully as possible.”

Kris Kipp, executive director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute said, “When our cancer patients transition from curative to supportive care, the new inpatient hospice unit will be there to address their medical, nursing, emotional, social and spiritual needs.”

Ohio’s Hospice affiliate Hospice of Central Ohio will manage the inpatient hospice unit at Wexner Medical Center. Ohio’s Hospice is a partnership of mission-driven, not-for-profit hospices in 36 Ohio counties.

“We’re honored to provide our world-class end-of-life care to patients at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center,” said Kent Anderson, president and CEO of Ohio’s Hospice. “Patients and their families from across the state can expect smooth transitions of care from inpatient to home hospice when needed.”

Hospice of Central Ohio President and CEO Kerry Hamilton said, “This new partnership enables us to enhance and expand services to our central Ohio community and statewide, creating seamless continuity of care when patients and families most need it.”

The addition of hospice services highlights Wexner Medical Center’s commitment to improving healthcare delivery by expanding its continuum of care.

Podcasts That Speak Your Grief

Grief can set in at the most inconvenient of times.

During a business meeting, all it took was one look at your coworker’s butterfly mug, and you’re remembering your mother giving you the nickname “Butterfly." You choke back tears, hoping no one notices.

You’re out with your family at the park and see the same pine tree that sheltered you with your father while reading together. The memory brings a wave of grief that immediately drains you.

Not everyone you know may understand these experiences. Thanks to digital podcasts, it’s easy to access conversations with others sharing grief situations similar to yours – from a comfortable distance.

Give a listen to these podcasts covering various grief topics:

What’s Your Grief

This podcast is produced by two mental health professionals who have both lost a parent. They cover a wide range of grief topics including loneliness in grief, parenting while grieving, going back to school after a death, and more. Find them all here.

Hospice of Central Ohio: Listen and Learn

Yes, we have a podcast! Our Listen and Learn podcast is volunteer-driven covering topics about end of life, spiritual care, grief, and more. One of our topics is supporting someone who is grieving. Find our podcast here..

NPR Stories About Grief

Did you know NPR has a website section called Stories About Grief? If you saw the viral video about the bond this 81-year-old man and young girl formed after his wife’s death, you’ll want to hear the podcast here.

Grief Dreams

Have you ever had dreams about a deceased loved one? You’re not alone. Grief Dreams Podcast talks about these dreams and other subjects tying into grief. Listen to their topics here.

Grief Out Loud

The Dougy Center’s Grief Out Loud podcast talks about grief stories and support surrounding children and families. Find out more here.

Are you ready to talk about your grief with our professionals? Contact our bereavement center by clicking here.

Hospice of Central Ohio Helps Kids Experiencing Grief at Camp HOCO


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Hospice of Central Ohio has been instrumental in helping kids who have lost a loved one learn how to handle grief for over 20 years. The 21st annual Camp HOCO grief camp for grieving children ages 6 – 12 is slated this summer from June 25 – 29.

Camp HOCO is open to the community at no cost in partnership with the Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio. Camp HOCO brings together the best of summer camp experiences  -  making new friends and experiencing new adventures – with services and support to ease the pain of kids who have lost loved ones. With a theme of “On Safari – Trekking Your Way Through Grief, camp activities include arts and crafts, hiking and music.  In addition to these traditional camp activities, children participate in grief support activities gain skills in managing their personal grief.

Camp HOCO is a day camp meeting from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center, 2734 Seminary Rd., Newark, OH 43056.

Need to speak with someone? Contact Sheri Weiner at 740.788.1482

Hospice of Central Ohio Joins in National Healthcare Decisions Day Effort

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16, 2018, with focus on reminding people, regardless of age or current health status, of the importance of making their personal healthcare decisions known. Hospice of Central Ohio is joining the effort to encourage members of our community to participate in important discussions about end-of-life care.

Every day at Hospice of Central Ohio we help families come to terms with the unimaginable loss of a loved one. Family members are torn as they consider what is right, what is best, how to best honor the life of their loved one. There may be differences of opinion that can fracture families forever. This does not need to happen.

By sharing information with loved ones and your doctor about what you would want when you are facing life-limiting circumstances, you are not only helping yourself, you are also alleviating family members of guilt, stress, fear and potential long-lasting conflict.

According to a National Institute of Health study, only 26.3% of U.S. adults have completed an Advance Directive. Why not more? Most had thought about it but not completed the forms. The primary reasons offered were that they did not know about the forms or were concerned about cost or complexity.

In reality, it is simple, easy and free to take the steps to assure your healthcare decisions are honored.

  • Talk with your loved ones about your preferences for healthcare planning
  • Forms can also be found online at ohioshospice.org/ACP

Show your love for your family by taking the necessary steps to establish your wishes during National Healthcare Decisions Week. They will be forever grateful to you for it.

Social Workers Contribute to Quality Care

March is National Social Work Month and an important time to recognize and express appreciation for the social workers who are central to our Quality of Life Teams.

Hospice of Central Ohio social workers help patients and families address the practical and emotional issues that come with serious illness.

  • They help families connect with valuable community resources, including meals on wheels, in-home caregiver support and financial assistance.
  • They educate and inform family caregivers so they feel confident in caring for their loved one.
  • They help patient and family openly discuss their fears and concerns.
  • They help smooth the way when patients need to transition from one living environment to another.
  • They serve as advocates for patients, helping to identify and plan so patients can achieve their end-of-life goals.
  • They assist with completing advance directives and funeral planning.
  • They help assure that children receive the services and support they need when facing the loss of a loved one.

Social workers bring knowledge and expertise in working with ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity. They are familiar with navigating the complexities of health care systems. They understand bereavement and are focused on enhancing quality of life and well-being for patients and families.

While accomplishing all these things, social workers also provide emotional support and understanding as families face the most difficult challenge of saying goodbye.

We are grateful for the role our social workers play in providing superior care and superior services in the communities where we have the privilege of serving.

 

Pet Therapy Companions Needed to Visit Patients and Families

Hospice of Central Ohio wants to expand pet therapy programs for patients and families and is seeking more animal owners who are interested in becoming pet therapy companions.

Pets have a long-standing history of providing companionship and unconditional love for humans in their lives, creating a powerful bond. Studies have shown that interaction with pets can reduce stress and anxiety, lift spirits and decrease feelings of isolation. The resulting health benefits include reduced blood pressure, improved cardiovascular health and the release of endorphins that have a calming effect. Interaction with animals can also encourage communication and socialization.

Liz Adamshick, Manager of Volunteer Services at Hospice of Central Ohio, says such responses make pet therapy a wonderful addition to patient care. “We require animals to be trained and certified in order to see patients who request a pet therapy companion visit,” she explains. “We have had wonderful feedback on the impact interactions with animals have with our patients and families.”

To find out more about pet therapy and how you can become a part of this important service for patients and families please contact volunteer services at Hospice of Central Ohio, 740.788.1404 or volunteerservices@hospiceofcentralohio.org.