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County’s hospice services awarded $49,540 grant

YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice, greater Youngstown, has received $49,540 to enhance hospice services in Trumbull County.

Expected to serve 315 people, the gift was awarded from the Hospice Trust of Trumbull County Fund and Hospice Trust-Schlecht Fund, component funds of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. This is the largest grant received from this funder, that has supported hospice services in Trumbull County since 2015, according to a news release from Ohio Living.

“We’re grateful to these local funds for supporting our shared mission of providing the best possible care for hospice patients,” said Sarah Hadley, executive director of Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice, greater Youngstown. “With these funds we can focus on providing more Trumbull County patients with the programs and therapies that bring added comfort and meaning at the end of life.”

The grant will fund program expenses and a part-time program coordinator to enhance hospice patient care and education and training for hospice professionals.

The grant will expand programs and therapies:

l Mary’s Angels, on-call after-hours nursing services during the last 72 hours of life for added support during the dying process;

l Music and Memory, which uses music to stimulate memories deep inside and offering comfort;

l Compassionate Touch, a combination of skilled touch, along with specialized communication, to enhance the quality of life for hospice patients by reducing depression, agitation and discomfort;

l Dementia Live, an immersive dementia awareness and sensitivity training;

l Life Review legacy videos and memory books.

An investment in hospice training for health care professionals will create a stronger workforce to match the pace of an increasing aging population. This grant will fund two, one-day conferences in Trumbull County for a variety of health care professionals including social workers and nurses and physicians from local practices and hospitals. Continuing education credits will be provided.

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