Hospice of Southwest Ohio embraces the positive effect of making memories.
Staff members ask patients: “What is one thing you would like to do?” And then they work to make it happen.
And so it came about that Hilda Goodman, her granddaughter, granddaughter’s husband and great-granddaughter attended the Warren County Fair.
Goodman worked at the fairgrounds 17 years and expressed her desire to attend this year’s fair. The Warren County Fairgrounds provided admission tickets, plus T-shirts and a ball cap. Helping fulfill the dream were Lebanon Country Manor, Hospice of Southwest Ohio volunteer Anita Patrick, social worker Maria Fuentes and Tim Verville, director of volunteer services.
Don Zaidel is another area resident who benefited from the program. An avid Cincinnati Reds fan, he rode in the team’s opening day parade last spring. Hospice provided care for Zaidel’s late wife and helped him deal with his grief.
All requests by patients and their families are considered, said David Walsh, CEO of Hospice of Southwest Ohio. “It could be as simple as an anniversary dinner, travel to a wedding, go to a grandchild’s birthday celebration, or a sporting event,” said Walsh.
“We have taken patients to enjoy spa treatment for a day of pampering and traveled to the Air Force Museum to enjoy some history,” said Walsh.
The Make a Memory program receives no public funds, said Walsh. It relies on private donations and in-kind goods and/or services to the nonprofit Hospice of Southwest Ohio Foundation.