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During National Nursing Assistants Week, June 17-24, Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice, takes a moment to recognize and thank our personal care specialists for all they do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide superior care to our patients and families we are privileged to serve.
At Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, personal care specialists are state tested nursing assistants (STNAs). They provide the essential daily, hands-on care in homes, nursing homes and inpatient settings. As professionals, the personal care specialists are instrumental in promoting and safeguarding the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of the patients and their families.
They participate as members of the interdisciplinary team and communicate any patient changes or updates to ensure proper response time and quality patient care. Ohio’s Hospice also has several STNAs who serve the organization in non-clinical ways, including scheduling and pharmacy services. Others serve as buyers, Hospice House coordinators and excellence educators.
Our personal care specialists go above and beyond each and every day. They work days, evenings, weekends and holidays. They provide or assist with personal care, including but not limited to bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, hair care, meal preparation, feeding, transfers and exercises.
Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County is grateful and thankful for its personal care specialists’ kindness, compassion and expert care. They make a difference in the lives of patients and families with every interaction. We appreciate all they do to serve our mission.
We invite you to get to meet two of our personal care specialists.
- Barb Depweg made a career change at the age of 52, after a family member passed away in hospice care. Barb said it was the best decision she ever made. For her, being a personal care specialist is very fulfilling. “To know they look forward to my visit is confirmation I make a difference in the time they have left,” said Barb.
- Nikki Gold said that the best part of caring for patients and families is knowing that she is making a difference, whether she has given a family member a break or provided helpful ways on how to care for a loved one. Her favorite memory is reading the book of Psalms to a patient while holding her hand.