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Community Care Hospice

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

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice Logo

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

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care Logo

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
1.800.654.4490

Cincinnati

11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
1.800.654.4490

Meeting Community Need: Volunteers

COVID-19: Volunteers Continue To Make a Difference

When the COVID-19 pandemic was at the crest of its initial wave, when PPE was nearly impossible to find, when knowledge about how the virus was transmitted was still hard to pin down, when hospice volunteers were sent home for their own safety as well as that of hospice patients and their in-home caregivers, talented Ohio’s Hospice volunteers all across the state stepped up and delivered the most precious of timely gifts: homemade face masks, gowns and visors to keep patients, their loved ones, and Ohio’s Hospice staff safe and well protected.

“Our volunteers have proven their ingenuity and resiliency time and again throughout the pandemic,” notes Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio’s Sparks.

Volunteers who normally were devoted to visiting patients in person at the bedside began to check in with patients regularly by phone or even by video calls. Many wrote cards and letters not just for hospice patients but all those residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities feeling the loss of routine, visits from loved ones, and socializing with friends and neighbors.

The pandemic canceled the traditional volunteer appreciation luncheons and gatherings associated with National Volunteer Week in April. But that didn’t stop Ohio’s Hospice from finding new ways to thank its hundreds of volunteers across the state. Staff, for example, staged appreciation events during which volunteers drove into their local Ohio’s Hospice office parking lot to be greeted by a socially distanced, sign-holding cheering section of hospice staff members and then picked a goodie bag stuffed with small gifts, treats, thank-you cards and other fun items.

Volunteers are an integral part of American Pride® Veteran Care by Ohio’s Hospice, a program that honors the service of Veteran patients and assures them of receiving the highest quality of care. In addition to celebrating and thanking Veterans for their service, American Pride assists patients in obtaining access to all the benefits to which Veterans are eligible, provides spiritual support and addresses individual post-traumatic stress issues.

In pre-pandemic times, Veteran or active-duty volunteers would visit hospice patients who are Veterans and honor them with a brief ceremony that would include a hand salute, certificate of appreciation and a pinning as well as other meaningful tributes, according to American Pride Program Coordinator Bob Allen, a retired U.S. Army captain. Allen adapted the presentation to allow for a Veteran volunteer to conduct the ceremony by telephone or video call while an Ohio’s Hospice staff member in full PPE was at the patient’s side to present the pin, certificate and other mementos.

It is an experience that is equally moving for patients and their loved ones, Allen notes. And something Ohio’s Hospice American Pride volunteers are eager to resume in person when the all-clear signal is given.

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