FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Hosts 27th Annual Celebration of Life  Tree of Remembrance In-Person

FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Hosts 27th Annual Celebration of Life Tree of Remembrance In-Person

FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. will host their 27th Annual Celebration of Life Tree of Remembrance lighting in person on Wednesday, December 13 starting at 5 p.m. at the FAIRHOPE Pickering House, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster.

The tree’s ornaments and donations are in honor of loved ones during the holiday season and benefit the FAIRHOPE Hospice Memorial Fund. The Tree of Remembrance provides a time to reflect and celebrate and at the same time, helps others who come to FAIRHOPE seeking care. Ornaments come in the shapes of an angel, cross, or heart and will be available for purchase in remembrance of loved ones.

“We understand remembering loved ones this time of year can be difficult,” said Kristin Glasure, President & CEO of FAIRHOPE. “The main reason we offer this special tradition is to allow people to celebrate and remember the many cherished memories and traditions they have made over the years with families and friends in their memory. We’re also grateful that this beloved event is returning to in-person for the first time since 2019.”

Memorial ornaments are available with a $15 or more donation and ornaments not shipped immediately will be displayed on the tree through December 31, 2023. To reserve your ornament, please order online at: https://fairhopehospice.org/donation-page/.

FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care Announces Hiring of Vice President

LANCASTER, Ohio (November 9, 2023) — Seth White, LNHA, recently joined FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care as vice president. Prior to joining FAIRHOPE, White served as the associate executive director at Friendship Village of Dublin. In his role, he supported all operations of the organization with a heavy focus on the licensed care areas. He has a varied background in healthcare operations including in assisted living and post-acute skilled nursing facilities.

As vice president at FAIRHOPE, he will work closely with President and CEO Kristin Glasure, the board of trustees and the entire staff to ensure the vision and mission of the organization continues to grow while providing compassionate end-of-life care.

“I’m a second-generation healthcare administrator who had the fortune to recognize my passion for serving seniors and helping others at an early age through the work of my father,” said Seth White, vice president of FAIRHOPE.

White graduated from Ohio University with a degree in long-term health care administration with a certificate in gerontology. He also obtained a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA) designation.

“We are thrilled to have Seth join our team,” said Kristin Glasure, President & CEO of FAIRHOPE. “He brings a unique skill set that complements FAIRHOPE’s strengths while also looking at new opportunities for growth. We look forward to Seth meeting our wonderful community members, patients and families.”

White resides in Logan with his wife, Kristy, and daughter.

Methods to Reduce or Prevent Caregiver Stress Step 5: Respite Care

By Kristin Glasure, FAIRHOPE President and CEO

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This month we are covering respite care, this service provides a primary caregiver a temporary break from the demands of caring for a sick, elderly or disabled family member. Respite care can be provided at home, daycare facilities, or residential or nursing institutions with overnight or weekend accommodations.

What are some benefits of using respite care? It provides time to recharge, take a trip, visit relatives or schedule appointments. Caregiving is a full-time job, so a temporary break can help reduce stress and fatigue. While also getting a temporary break, it helps to have peace of mind having certified care or help, taking care of your loved one while you recuperate. It is healthy and crucial for individuals to keep their sense of identity outside of the constant responsibilities of caregiving.

Let’s break down the process with steps and trusted resources.

Facilities that provide options for respite stays in Fairfield County: 

  1. The Pickering House – 740-654-7077
  2. Synergy Home Care – 625-965-6760
  3. First Light Home Care – 740-322-6000
  4. Carroll Place – 740-654-4529
  5. Primrose – 740-653-3900

Facilities that provide options for respite stays in Perry County: 

  1. The Pickering House – 740-654-7077

Facilities that provide options for respite stays in Hocking County: 

  1. The Pickering House – 740-654-7077


How to schedule brief respite during the day/week: 

You can schedule brief respite care within daycare, day camps, assisted living, nursing homes or in-home services. Respite care can also look different ways, such as:

  1. Volunteers- This may be available with faith-based, community, and other nonprofit organizations in and out of the community.
  2. Trained staff- Can come from home-care businesses that are available to cover short periods of time in and out of the home.
  3. Personal care providers- Can assist with daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, or feeding, which can be done in the home. This can also be an option for trusted family and friends to assist.
  4. Homemaker services- This is the support of meal preparation, shopping and housekeeping, which can also be an option for trusted family and friends to assist.


Respite care options on the ability to pay: 

Assisted living facilities will typically cost more than adult day care programs. Most insurance plans won’t cover the cost of respite care. However, there are resources you can turn to for assistance. Such as a Medicaid Waiver Program, VA pension (you might qualify for a benefit called Aid and Attendance), long-term care insurance (call your insurance company and check) and adult services, especially those offered by community-based senior centers, nonprofit organizations, or churches, have sliding scale payment options.

Remember, respite care is available at our Pickering House for any of our hospice and palliative care patients and families without an additional cost. We’re happy to discuss options that may work best for your loved ones.

Our goal is to inform and educate those on respite care. Please remember that everyone deserves a break from an ongoing duty, and this is not selfish – this is self-care and beneficial for the caregiver and loved one. Stay tuned for our next blog on becoming an educated caregiver.



Methods to Reduce or Prevent Caregiver Stress Step 4: Physical Activity

By Kristin Glasure, FAIRHOPE President and CEO

Can physical activity help reduce stress? The simple answer is yes, according to an article from Harvard Medical School, “Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.” Your body, metabolism, heart, and spirits will all experience extraordinary changes as a result of regular exercise. It has a unique ability to energize, stimulate and calm, to combat depression and reduce stress.

Not only does physical activity help reduce stress, but it also helps prevent the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, osteoporosis and fractures, obesity, depression, and even dementia. Physical activity also helps slow the aging process, increases energy, and is said to prolong life, states an article from Harvard Health Publishing.

Below is a list of physical activities to help reduce stress:

  • Yoga
  • Playing sports such as tennis, golf, pickleball, etc.
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Weightlifting
  • Hiking
  • Water aerobics
  • Stretching
  • Pilates
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Dance

As a caregiver finding time for exercise can be difficult, but it’s critically important for your health. Try to find time to do some physical activity every day. Maybe that’s doing yoga at home in your living or taking a walk in one of the Lancaster City Parks. If you think a local fitness class would provide the accountability and connection you need, here’s a list to get you started.

We hope we’ve provided some valuable information along with some physical activities you can use to relax and reduce stress. Be sure to look for our next article in the series, which will focus on finding time for yourself during respite care.

Methods to Reduce or Prevent Caregiver Stress Step 3: Relaxation Techniques


By Kristin Glasure, FAIRHOPE President and CEO

At this point in our article series, it is abundantly clear that caregiving is stressful. And, if you have been a caregiver, you know that is true. As a caregiver, you also likely have people encouraging you to take care of yourself and relax. As well-intentioned as they are, the thought of finding time and ways to relax can simply add to the stress of a busy caregiver. We are here to provide you with some ideas to help you incorporate relaxation in your schedule.

Working these relaxing techniques into your schedule does not have to be a huge time commitment. Sometimes it is as simple as pausing to take a few deep breaths. The following are eight simple relaxation techniques you can try this week.


  1. Music – Music is easily accessible, whether you take five minutes and listen to your favorite songs or choose meditation or calming music. YouTube is a good resource for different categories of music and guided meditation. Researchers at Stanford University found that “listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.” They note that music is something that almost anybody can access which makes it an easy stress-reduction tool.
  2. Positive Visualization – Creating a clear mental picture can give you the confidence, motivation and courage you need to make the most of your day – even the difficult ones. Positive visualization can include affirmations, vision boards, being in your happy place, drawing your goals, meditation, success mapping, etc. Click here to read more information about positive visualization.
  3. Breathing Exercises – Yes, just breathing can help you manage stress. Slowing your breathing helps you calm down. The next time you feel the stress bubbling up, take a couple of minutes to do some breathing exercises. WebMD has a few different breathing exercises that are easy to follow. Click here for more directions.
  4. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) – PMR exercises help reduce stress and anxiety by having you slowly tense and then relax each muscle. To see how this can work, watch this video: https://www.utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/counseling/anxietytoolbox/pmr.html
  5. Reading – Grab your favorite book and read for 30 minutes. Reading can relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing tension in your muscles. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. Click here to read more from National Alliance on Mental Health.
  6. Journaling – Writing in a diary or journaling helps you express thoughts and emotions, which can reduce your stress and anxiety. For more information from Purdue University, click here.
  7. Create Mindfulness Moments (CMM) – CMM is a type of meditation in which you focus on being deeply aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment this helps relax the body and mind and reduces stress. For more information from The Mayo Clinic, click here.
  8. Prayer – Prayer can create a relaxation response which lowers blood pressure and other factors heightened by stress. According to a study at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, prayer can also release control to something greater than oneself, which can reduce the stress of needing to be in charge. Click here for more information.

We hope you’ve found a couple of ideas you can use to relax and reduce stress. Be sure to look for our next article in the series, which will focus on the use of physical activity.


Methods to Reduce or Prevent Caregiver Stress Step 2: Get Help and Support

By Kristin Glasure, FAIRHOPE President and CEO

According to the Mayo Clinic, about one in three adults in the United States provides care to another adult as an informal caregiver. A caregiver is defined as anybody who provides direct care to a person’s needs, such as an ill spouse or partner, a disabled child, or an aging relative. Regardless if you are a professional caregiver or not, it’s important to seek help and support. This might be through virtual or in-person support groups, or for many caregivers it’s simply confiding in family, friends, faith family, or neighbors.

There are eight methods commonly used to reduce and prevent caregiver stress, and this month we are sharing some tips for how to get help and support. In my career, I have spoken to many caregivers who all share common challenges. One of the most common frustrations they share is a lack of knowledge about what resources are available to them and how to find them. Caregivers are simply too busy surviving the day to have the energy and skill it takes to do the research.

Following are a few trusted online resources that can help simplify the process:

Caring Bridge – This website makes it simple and safe to offer or ask for support when it’s needed most. Caring Bridge offers a private and ad-free platform that allows caregivers to share health updates and friends and family to rally around loved ones. The site even offers a meal train for people to sign up and bring meals.

For more information, call 651-789-2300 or visit https://www.caringbridge.org/

Shipt – This website is used to order groceries, everyday essentials and so much more from your favorite stores. Items are delivered on the same day by friendly shoppers who care about getting things just right. There are a number of different companies that provide similar services, based on your location.

For more information, call (205) 502-2500 or visit https://www.shipt.com/

Lotsa Helping Hands – An online caring community that helps restore health and balance to caregivers’ lives, Lotsa Helping Hands brings together caregivers and volunteers to organize daily life during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion.

For more information, visit https://lotsahelpinghands.com/

We have worked with these trusted organizations and are available to answer any questions you may have as you navigate the unknown territory of caregiving. Be sure to look for our next article in the series, which will focus on relaxation techniques.