February Caregiver Excellence Award Winner

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for February was presented to Jane Barthen, hospice social worker at Gallagher Hospice, on March 14.
Jane was surprised with her award at a staff meeting. Her sense of gratitude touched everyone in attendance. Jane has worked as a hospice social worker for more than 10 years, caring for and helping patients and families through their end of life journey. Her compassion and support has substantially influenced patients’ quality of life, and has assisted with caregivers’ coping and adjusting — not only before, but also after the passing of a loved one. Jane is highly respected and is known to go above and  beyond in her mission to provide compassionate, quality care to patients and their families.
Jane was presented her award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director.  —  Congratulations, Jane!
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
 
Make your nominations for March now! 
Nominations can easily be made in one of three ways
By mailing in a hard copy of the nomination form found at your hospice to Katie Brandt, Beinhauers FFS, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray PA 15317
OR
By filling in a nomination form ONLINE on our website (click here- https://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/).
OR
By providing the info requested on the nomination form in an email sent to kdb@beinhauercares.com.

January Caregiver Excellence Award

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for January was presented to Solomon Labwon of Family Hospice on February 27.
Solomon was surprised with his award at a staff training meeting, complete with cake and a balloon!  He was nominated as an excellent caregiver with heartfelt compassion, a calming presence, and a smile so bright he lights up the whole room. Families have often said that their loved one’s dignity was so respected with the kind and patient end of life care provided by Solomon that they will be forever grateful!
Solomon was presented his award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director, and is pictured here along with Katie and with Marcy Schott of Family Hospice, who had nominated him  
Congratulations, Solomon!
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
 
Make your nominations for February now!  (They will be accepted through Saturday, March 3!)
Nominations can easily be made in one of three ways
By mailing in a hard copy of the nomination form found at your hospice to Katie Brandt, Beinhauers FFS, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray PA 15317
OR
By filling in a nomination form ONLINE on our website (click here- https://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/).
OR
By providing the info requested on the nomination form in an email sent tokdb@beinhauercares.com.

How to Write a Thank You Note After a Funeral to Fully Convey Your Gratitude

Whenever someone from your immediate family dies, you may be surprised by how much emotional support you receive. Even those you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while are likely to send their condolences and offer to help during this difficult time.

Although technology makes it easier than ever to send a quick “thank you” – whether it’s via text, email or instant messaging – to those who donated flowers, food or money in honor of your loved one’s funeral, the importance of a handwritten thank you note shouldn’t be overlooked. Continue reading

How to Repurpose Excess Funeral Flowers

After a loved one dies, it’s common to receive floral arrangements from other family members and close friends as a way to express their sympathy toward your loss.

Funeral flowers are thought of as a meaningful gift that can help the grieving individual begin to move on emotionally.  

Following the service, you may realize that you have more flower arrangements and plants than you know what to do with.  Instead of simply discarding the flowers in the trash, repurpose them to further honor the memory of the deceased. Continue reading

December Caregiver Excellence Award

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for December was presented to Paul Holland, home health aide at Compassionate Care Hospice, on January 19.
 
Paul was surprised with his award at a staff meeting, much to the delight of everyone there. He has been with Compassionate Care for a number of years, and is said to embody the name of the organization in his very person. He treats patients as if they were his own family, with a kindness in his eyes that makes everyone who comes into contact with him love him, and look forward to his visits.
Paul was presented his award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director.  —  Congratulations, Paul!
 
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
 
Make your nominations for February now! 
Nominations can easily be made in one of three ways –
By mailing in a hard copy of the nomination form found at your hospice to Katie Brandt, Beinhauers FFS, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray PA 15317
OR
By filling in a nomination form ONLINE on our website (click here- https://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/).
OR
By providing the info requested on the nomination form in an email sent to kdb@beinhauercares.com.

Congratulations to the November Caregiver Excellence Award Winner!

THE BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for November 2017 was presented to Kim DiPiazza of ViaQuestHospice.
 
Kim is the volunteer coordinator for ViaQuest. One of her volunteers, in nominating her, praised Kim for doing a great job keeping him up-to-date on the needs of the ViaQuest patients he goes to see.
Kim not only trains and equips volunteers for visiting patients, however – she often makes visits herself, as well!  Along with Ellie, Kim’s chocolate lab, she has made over 250 therapy visits to date. Ellie usually wears costumes and makes people laugh. Maybe even Kim makes them laugh! They both definitely make them smile!
Kim was presented her award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director.  —  Congratulations, Kim!!
 
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for the Caregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
 
 
The winner for the month of December will be announced soon….
Make your nominations for January now! 
Nominations can easily be made in one of three ways –
By mailing in a hard copy of the nomination form found at your hospice to Katie Brandt, Beinhauers FFS, 2820 Washington Road, McMurray PA 15317
OR
By filling in a nomination form ONLINE on our website (click here- https://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/).
OR
By providing the info requested on the nomination form in an email sent to kdb@beinhauercares.com.

How to seek funeral reimbursement if death was direct result of natural disaster

There’s never a good time to experience the death of a loved one. From funeral planning and execution to arranging a burial place, a lot goes into ensuring that your friend or family member’s life is celebrated appropriately.

But what happens when the death is the unfortunate result of a natural disaster – such as a flood, hurricane, tornado or wildfire – and you’re unable to pay for the funeral because of a loss of assets caused by Mother Nature?

Although a scenario like this is more likely to affect those who live in certain parts of the country, it’s important to realize that some funeral-related costs may be covered through FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Funeral Assistance program, which reimburses funeral costs if the death is attributed to a major disaster. Continue reading

Stockings for Soldiers 2017 Results

 The Beinhauer Family and staff are delighted to announce that this year’s Stockings for Soldiers program delivered 2,210 stockings to veterans at home and abroad!  

We sincerely thank all members of the community who came together to help make the 2017 program a success!

Fourth-grade students and staff at Memorial Elementary School in the Bethel Park School District filled 61 Christmas stockings with non-perishable food items and delivered them to the Beinhauer Funeral Home on Route 19 to be distributed to veterans and service men and women through Beinhauer’s Stockings for Soldiers program. Pictured here are some of the fourth-graders who participated in this project. CREDIT: The Almanac
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