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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

1830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503
937.390.9665

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
740.629.9990

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

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Ohio's Hospice of Morrow County

228 South St.
Mount Gilead, OH 43338
419.946.9822

Ohio's Hospice

Ohio's Hospice

Dayton

7575 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Cincinnati

11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
1.800.653.4490

Camp HOCO at Home: Request Your Camp Experience Box

Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio Expands Children’s Grief Support Services Through Camp HOCO at Home Boxes

To provide greater access to grief support for children experiencing the loss of a loved one, Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio has expanded its children’s grief support services with Camp HOCO at Home, an innovative box version of the in-person camp. The Camp HOCO at Home boxes allow Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio to provide grief support services to children throughout the year.
 
Traditionally, Camp HOCO has been an in-person grief camp held annually each summer for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. In June, Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio hosted its 25th annual Camp HOCO, where children, ages 6-12, participated in arts and crafts, hiking, and music, in addition to grief support activities to learn how to manage their grief.
 
But now, alongside the in-person camp offering, Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio is offering Camp HOCO at Home boxes with the support of an anonymous donor who donated $15,000. Through this innovative offering, Ohio’s Hospice has more than doubled the number of children it has supported in previous years.
 
“We’re so grateful for this donor’s generous gift which enabled us to provide grief support to children who had lost a loved one. This initial gift provided materials needed to create 200 boxes. We continue to seek funding so that Camp HOCO at Home remains available to anyone seeking support,” said Stacy Geller, vice president of philanthropic development at Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio. “With the support of our community, we are able to offer grief support to all members of the community, regardless of whether a loved one has received services from Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio.”
 
The Camp HOCO at Home boxes allow Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio to provide care to children year-round, without the challenges of summer schedules and transportation across the service area.
 
“Timing is also a big benefit. For some children, their loss is only a few weeks or months before camp, and it feels too soon to attend,” said Maria Johnson, manager of patient and family support services at Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio. “Children may feel increased grief around birthdays, holidays, or anniversaries. The box allows them to work on their grief in a home setting. No matter what time of year it is, they can use it when they need it.”
 
The Camp HOCO at Home box comes with instructions for parents and guardians to follow. The box includes information about how children grieve, common emotions, and coping skills that can be helpful, as well as activities for the family to do to explore common issues children experience when grieving.
 
“The goal of the box is to give the family tools to start having the conversation about their grief so they can lean on each other for support, get help if they need it and begin the healing process together,” Johnson said. “Children work at different paces and enjoy different activities. At camp, there’s a timeline. But at home they can take the time they need and focus on what makes a greater impact on them personally.”
 
Camp HOCO at Home boxes are available, free of charge. For more information about the program, contact Maria Johnson at MJohnson@HospiceofCentralOhio.org or call 740.788.1474.

To learn more about how you can help support Camp HOCO at Home, please contact Stacy Geller at Stacy@HospiceofCentralOhio.org or 740.788.1488.

Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio, an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, has provided a holistic, community-based approach to hospice care since 1982. With locations in Newark, Columbus, Lancaster and Zanesville, the not-for-profit organization serves 13 counties in central Ohio and is dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses. In addition, two inpatient care centers at Licking Memorial Hospital and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are available for symptom management.

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