How Your Gift Helps
Thanks to generous support from our community, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is the largest hospice program in this region and the area’s leading expert in end-of-life care. We are a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated solely to providing hospice and palliative care. We are not affiliated with any health care system and devote 100% of our human, financial and physical resources to being the community’s most comprehensive source for end-of-life care and information.
Why Private Support is Needed
While the basic cost of providing hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most other health insurance plans, many of the most valued services we provide—for patients, families and the community—are funded solely by private gifts. Furthermore, as “the community’s hospice,” we turn no one away due to inability to pay.
Services Made Possible with Your Gifts
Gold Standard of Care
Patients and families on our program report being satisfied 99% of the time, which is due not only to the excellent care and support they receive but to the many additional services community gifts provide. These include such things as:
- The region’s largest, most specialized medical team dedicated solely to end-of-life care;
- Excellent staff-to-patient ratios;
- Massage and music therapy and art expression;
- A Positive Memories program which helps patients and families accomplish end-of-life goals;
- More than 300 highly trained volunteers;
- Free bereavement services following the death of a patient;
- Two state-of-the-art hospice centers.
Responding to the need for a broader understanding of the role of hospice care, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is committed to educating the medical community and other professionals about end-of-life care. Private donations help fund:
- The training we provide for hundreds of medical, nursing and pharmacy students every year, as well as many professionals already practicing in the community;
- Staff education for area health agencies, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics;
- Extensive education to clergy and parish nurses;
- The Annual Dr. Sharon Erel Lecture, which brings a nationally known speaker to our community to enlighten professionals and/or the community on topics related to end-of-life care.
Thousands of people every year benefit from the services Hospice of Northwest Ohio provides—free or for a nominal fee—throughout the community. These include:
- Bereavement Support Services to schools, churches and businesses as well as to thousands of individual community members, whether or not they’ve had a previous relationship with Hospice;
- Special initiatives for underserved populations such as minorities, veterans and children who need - but often don’t access - hospice care;
- Our Caring for the Caregiver program, which provides support and education for people who are struggling to look after ailing loved ones;
- Hands-On Caregiving workshop, which provides demonstrations and tips for providing physical caregiving basics in the home;
- Advance Care Planning assistance for individuals in the community who wish to prepare living wills and durable (medical) powers of attorney.
How can I make a gift to Hospice of Northwest Ohio?
There are many ways to make a meaningful contribution, including a memorial, tribute or annual gift, or a planned gift such as a bequest, life insurance policy or trust. Please call to discuss your giving interests or to learn about special projects that currently need funding. Please click here to make a gift now OR print a gift form that you can complete and mail in.
John Lechman, CFRE
Vice President, Philanthropy
Hospice of Northwest Ohio
30000 East River Road
Perrysburg, OH 43551
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