FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Purchases Building to Expand Palliative Care Services

LANCASTER, Ohio (April 15, 2024) — FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. announced today that it has purchased a building at 1319 E. Main St., Lancaster. The building will allow FAIRHOPE to expand its palliative care services by opening a clinic specifically designed for palliative patients.

Palliative care is medical care that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, while enhancing the quality of life for patients and families. Palliative care is a nurse practitioner program that is overseen by physicians. Currently, FAIRHOPE serves 300 palliative care patients.

In 2004, FAIRHOPE established a palliative care program which was a partnership with Fairfield Medical Center (FMC). A four-bed palliative care unit was created at the hospital for patients with serious illnesses. FAIRHOPE also provided leadership and educational training for the palliative care staff at FMC.

“We are thrilled to have this amazing opportunity to expand our palliative care program to meet the growing needs of our community and patients,” said FAIRHOPE CEO Kristin Glasure. “Opening a clinic that allows us to better respond to patients with serious illnesses has been in our vision for several years.”

“Patients who may have a serious illness are still active,” said Seth White, vice president of FAIRHOPE. “Many patients who suffer a serious illness may go to work and their doctor’s appointments. They do not always want us to come to their home. They are still independent and would prefer to visit a clinic. This new palliative care clinic will allow them to continue their independence.”

Once FAIRHOPE completes all the necessary regulatory requirements, it will move forward with setting an opening date for the clinic. The palliative care clinic will be in Dr. Scott DeLong’s former building. Dr. Jerig’s practice will remain on one side of the building, and the palliative care clinic will occupy the other.

“We look forward to continuing our outstanding partnerships with local medical care professionals and providers, including Fairfield Medical Center,” said Glasure.

To learn more about FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, visit www.fairhopehospice.org, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FairhopeHospice.

FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since 1982, FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care has provided exceptional and compassionate care in our community. We are dedicated to meeting the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of those we serve by honoring life during its most difficult times. We will meet you on your journey wherever you need us. This includes serving you at our serene 38-acre campus in Lancaster, home to the Pickering House hospice in-patient facility and the Anita M. Turner grief center. We invite you to learn more about us by visiting our website at www.fairhopehospice.org.

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Methods to Reduce or Prevent Caregiver Stress Step 8: Make Legal and Financial Plans

Kristin GlasureBy Kristin Glasure, FAIRHOPE President and CEO

When you become a caregiver, you need to be authorized to act and make decisions on your loved one’s behalf. This can be difficult but requires preparation, patience and understanding. The three key areas are managing the legal, financial, and medical decisions for your loved one. This blog will cover some of the legal and financial plans. We encourage you to work with professionals to ensure your loved ones’ wishes are identified.

The first step is to work with an elder law attorney. They can assist with a range of services such as last will, testament, Durable Power of Attorney, preparing the estate for Medicaid Eligibility, and more. While you can execute some legal forms without an attorney, it is imperative to have legal advice and assistance from an elder law specialist. Below are a few local and trusted law firms:

As a caregiver, taking on the financial responsibility of your loved one can be challenging. It is important to keep your finances on track while caring for someone else. Below are some places to explore financial help.

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), monthly payments for people unable to work due to a serious medical condition.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI), is a safety-net benefit for older, disabled, and blind people with minimal income and assets.
  • Medicare is the federal healthcare program for people aged 65 and older.
  • Medicaid is the federal healthcare program for low-income individuals and families.
  • Veteran benefits, including financial support for caregivers of former service members.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps).
  • Personal Care Agreement, which helps manage caregiving responsibilities. These are formal contracts that state what care needs to be provided.

“The ultimate goal is to make sure you have all the decision-making rights you need to manage your loved one’s affairs,” advises Charles Sabatino, director of the Commission on Law and Aging at the American Bar Association (ABA).

Our goal is to help support you in your caregiving role. We hope this series helped you prepare and understand what is available. Everyone’s situation is unique. Some advice may work for some but not others. It is important to give yourself grace during this time. Stay tuned for our next blog series!

FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care Welcomes New Development Manager

Jennie ArterJennie Arter recently joined FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care as the development manager. She has held several positions throughout her career including being part of the marketing medical field for 14 years. In her role at FAIRHOPE, Arter will focus on building relationships in philanthropy in order to support patients and their families.

As a native Ohioan, born and raised in Lancaster, Ohio, Arter has a firm commitment to her community. She graduated from Lancaster High School, as did her husband and three sons. Along with her sons, she, and her husband Steve, were blessed with a daughter, Elizabeth Rose (Beth).

“We are overjoyed to have Jennie on our team,” said Kristin Glasure, President & CEO of FAIRHOPE. “She brings a unique skill set to our team and has a deep understanding of non-profits. I am impressed with her passion for improving the quality of life for others. We look forward to introducing Jennie to our wonderful patients and families.”

Arter developed a keen sense of devotion to the non-profit sector as a beneficiary of generous support while raising their four children, especially when it came to her medically fragile daughter, Beth. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how non-profits seek to improve the quality of life for others.

Methods to Reduce or Prevent Caregiver Stress Step 7: Set Healthy Boundaries and Expectations

Kristin GlasureBy Kristin Glasure, FAIRHOPE President and CEO

Establishing boundaries defines what you are willing to do, how you want to be treated, and how you want people to behave around you. Establishing your expectations is your strong hopes or principles that a certain event will occur or that you will obtain the desired outcome.

It’s important for everyone to understand the power and need of setting boundaries, but it is especially critical for caregivers. It helps prevent burnout and additional stress. It permits you to ask for help. No one can do it all, and protecting your well-being while caring for a loved one is equally important.

Caregivers, ask yourself a few critical questions:

  1. When was the last time you got a full eight hours of sleep?
  2. When was the last time to ate a healthy meal?
  3. When was the last time you asked for help without feeling guilty?

If you struggled to answer these questions, it is time to consider your own needs and set boundaries. Being a caregiver doesn’t mean you need to skip out on life. Caregivers deserve to have hobbies, get enough sleep, and exercise. Boundaries can help meet the caregiver’s needs.

That leads us to – how to set boundaries. A good first step is to connect with peers who can help. Or you can communicate your boundaries to your family or friends.

Wherever you are on the caregiving spectrum, it is important to remember boundaries are not cruel but critical and expectations are not meaningless but meaningful. When put in any situation where you may need boundaries remember:

  • The power of saying no.
  • Catch stress early.
  • Communicate.
  • Get support when needed.
  • Feel your emotions.
  • Set realistic boundaries for your expectations or goals.

We understand setting boundaries can be difficult for some and easy for others. We also understand every situation is different, but everyone deserves to avoid burnout physically and mentally and have their boundaries respected. When in doubt take a step back and evaluate if you need to set boundaries or respect boundaries. Do not miss our last blog in our Methods to Reduce or Prevent Caregiver Stress article on making legal and financial plans!

 

FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Gives Back to Community During Hospice and Palliative Care Month

LANCASTER, Ohio — FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. is celebrating Hospice and Palliative Care Month this November. To thank the community, FAIRHOPE has placed umbrellas around Fairfield County to use and borrow.

“We are grateful to be part of such an extraordinary community that always supports us,” said Kristin Glasure, FAIRHOPE President/CEO. “We wanted to do something impactful and unique for our community as a thank you for their endless support!”

You can find the umbrella pickup and drop-offs at these Fairfield, Hocking and Perry County locations:

 

 

Amanda:

Baltimore:

Canal Winchester:

Pickerington:

Downtown Lancaster:

Logan:

New Lexington:

Bremen:

Carroll:

  • Fairfield Health Professionals of Carroll

Methods to Reduce or Prevent Caregiver Stress Step 6: Become an Educated Caregiver

Kristin GlasureBy Kristin Glasure, FAIRHOPE President and CEO

Becoming a caregiver often happens by default by taking care of a loved one who needs more help than they used to. Whether you are helping your grandfather clean his house or your mother with daily care, you may not feel equipped for this new role. We understand this can be overwhelming and it is okay and normal to feel unprepared. In this article, we are going to help ease the transformation with some guidance in becoming an educated caregiver.

By becoming an educated caregiver, we do not mean you need to take courses to become a doctor or nurse. Simply, it is educating yourself and the caregiver team (which can be families, friends, neighbors, or anyone you trust) on the diagnoses and rehabilitation of your family member/s.

Here are our suggestions for becoming an educated caregiver:

  1. Go to your loved one’s doctor appointments to get familiar with the diagnosis and ask questions.
  2. Seek organizations or non-profits related to your loved one’s specific diagnosis for support and resources.
  3. Visit websites with available information, such as:
    1. Alzheimer Association Local Chaptersalz.org
    2. Parkinson Disease Associationapdaparkinson.org
    3. Lewy Body Dementialbda.org
    4. The Association for Frontotemporal Dementiatheaftd.org.
  4. Visit the community resource finder tool at org to find local education programs, workshops and support groups that can help you learn caregiving techniques.
  5. If you feel it is necessary, take an online training course. There is a free online course through Coursera at org/learn/dementia-care.

There are several ways to become educated in caregiving. Our goal is to help you ease into this new role. Remember everyone learns differently and every situation is different. Stay tuned for our next blog on setting healthy boundaries and expectations.