State of the Heart Hospice through its Coldwater office has served residents of Mercer County for 32 years, providing quality, compassionate care to those patients and families confronting a life limiting illness. The nonprofit agency anticipates caring for about 250 patients this year who reside in Mercer County. State of the Heart receives funds from the Celina Combined Services Appeal, Inc.
In addition to the Coldwater office, which is located at 230 W. Main St., the agency has offices in Greenville and Portland. Patients living in eastern Indiana and western Ohio are cared for by the agency.
The needs of both patient and family are addressed by a team of caregivers who meet regularly to assure that all of the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs are being taken care of. The team consists of a physician, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, bereavement specialists, chaplains, volunteers and music therapists. No patient is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers pay for hospice care.
An important part of State of the Heart’s care is the bereavement support offered families. This support continues for up to 13 months after a patient has died. State of the Heart holds grief support meetings for adults as well as children. The agency’s grief support services are provided free to anyone in the communities served and there need be no association with hospice care.
Each summer, State of the Heart Hospice conducts the agency’s annual Camp BEARable for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp is free and is open to any child, six to 15, who is grieving the loss of a loved one; there need be no connection with hospice care. This past July, 64 youngsters attended the camp at the Spiritual Center at Maria Stein, the same number as in 2012. In previous years the largest number was 50 kids. Of these, 16 youth were from Mercer County. Only ten of the 64 had any connection with State of the Heart Hospice. The agency estimates it takes about $400 per child to attend the camp. The camp will be held July 11-13 next year.
State of the Heart has a music therapy program with two music therapists and one music therapy intern. Music therapy is being used increasingly in hospice care for pain management, to ease restlessness, and to help patients reminisce about former times and find relief from symptoms. Out of over 100 hospices in Ohio, State of the Heart is one of three to offer a music therapy internship. In addition to music therapy, State of the Heart recently introduced pet therapy for patients and families.
Volunteers are an important part of the team of caregivers. After an orientation, volunteers can choose what they prefer to do for State of the Heart. Volunteers are needed to sit with patients while caregivers are given a break, do routine clerical tasks in the various offices, and help with fund raising activities. Volunteers can decide what they prefer to do and how many hours they can volunteer. Orientations are held throughout the year at the agency’s various offices.
For more information about any of the services provided by State of the Heart, or to learn more about volunteering, call the agency’s Coldwater office at 419-678-4808, or 800-584-9853. Visit the agency web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.