Ensuring the Protection of Digital Assets Prior to Your Death

Each time you sign up for an online service, send an email or post a status update to Facebook, your digital footprint is left on the web.  Because most of us use the Internet on a daily basis, there’s literally thousands of pages and portals that house our personal information.

While it may not seem like a big deal now since you can always delete your email inbox or deactivate social media accounts if you fall ill later, consider what would happen to your online profiles if you unexpectedly passed away. Continue reading

Consider a Pet Trust to Ensure the Well-Being of Your Beloved Friend

Until hotel heiress Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her Maltese dog, Trouble, following her 2007 death, the idea of a pet trust seemed foreign to most. Why would a millionaire give part of her fortune to a dog while leaving two of her four grandchildren out of the will?

Despite the negative attention that this story garnered more than a decade ago, pet trusts are a practical way for an owner to ensure the safety of his or her special friend – even if the funds don’t amount anywhere close to $12 million. Continue reading

Caregiver Excellence Grand Prize awarded!

Over the past year, Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services have offered a program which recognizes the tireless dedication and hard work by hospice caregivers, whether they are employees or volunteers, serving hospice patients in a variety of ways. This program is called the Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award.

 

Each month, one of several caregivers who are nominated by their peers is selected by the Beinhauer Executive Team to receive this special award, consisting of a framed certificate and a Visa gift card. After the first year of this ongoing program had passed by, all the monthly winners were invited for a festive Annual Awards Banquet, and for the drawing of the Grand Prize winner. The Beinhauer Executive Team and several funeral directors joined the winners and their guests for a time of celebration and encouragement at the Capstone Grill in McMurray in early November.

 

The Grand Prize, consisting of an overnight at the OMNI Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, with two meals and other special perks included, was awarded via a random drawing to Shane Rawlings Mahoney, the September 2016 winner from Paramount Hospice. It was presented to Shane by Rick and Scott Beinhauer, along with Katie Brandt, Community Outreach Director for Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services.

 

Congratulations to the October Winner of the Caregiver Excellence Award!

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for October was presented to Wendy Ackman of Seven Oaks Hospice.
During a staff meeting at Seven OaksWendy was surprised with this award. Among the many outstanding nominations we’ve received over the past year,Wendy’s nomination is, so far, the most imaginative of all! Part of it reads, “Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it in lotion and a smile or two? — The Wackman, the Wackman can, the Wackman can, cause she mixes it with love and makes the pureed taste good. Who can take a rainbow, wrap it in a blanket, soak it in the sun and make a toastee patient smile? –The Wackman, the Wackman can, the Wackman can, cause she mixes it with love and makes the pureed taste good …!”
Wendy is patient and kind and has a special way about her. Patients adore her and families trust her. She has a true gift of making patients feel good about themselves and giving them the gift of laughter, collecting all the tears, as it were.
Wendy was presented her award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director.  —  Congratulations,Wendy!
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate, along with an entry into the drawing for theCaregiver Excellence Award of the Year.
The winner for the month of November will be announced soon!
Make your nominations for December 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 September Caregiver Excellence Award Winner!

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for September was presented to Shirley Bailley of Interim Hospice on November 24.
Shirley was surrounded by staff at Interim when she was surprised with this award. She had been a long-time employee with Interim Healthcare. When she retired, they missed her so much that she became a hospice volunteer. Shirley is beloved by the patients she serves because of her weekly “tuck in” phone calls and frequent visits. It does not take long for someone to feel like Shirley has been a longtime friend. Her empathy is sincere and much appreciated.
Shirley was presented her award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director.  —  Congratulations, Shirley!
The Beinhauer Award consists of a $50 gift card and a certificate.  Shirley’s name will be entered into the drawing for Caregiver of the Year.    
Make your nomination for November 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.

USING LIFE INSURANCE MONEY TO PAY FOR A FUNERAL

There are many options when paying for a funeral service.  Some families plan to use life insurance as a means to pay the costs of your funeral. At Beinhauer’s, we offer many options by which you can pay for a funeral at the time of death, as well an irrevocable trust for those who would like to pay in advance.  A life insurance policy, may, in some circumstances, be used at the time of a loved one’s death to pay for a funeral. Continue reading

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CHOOSING A CREMATION URN

Cremation is a popular choice over a burial in a funeral ceremony in today’s modern society. 70% of people choose cremation today and cost is a primary factor. While a cremation may be more reasonably priced, the urn you choose as your final resting place can vary wildly in price, according to material and style. The amount of money spent on the cremation urn is completely up to the consumer. Continue reading

Caregiver Excellence Annual Awards Banquet

This past year, the Beinhauer Family began a Caregiver Excellence Award Program for hospice caregivers who provide dedicated, unselfish care to hospice patients.
 
Each month, a candidate is selected from the nominations received either from their peers or through families they have served.
 
All monthly award winners were invited to join together for a festive Annual Awards Banquet, during which the Grand Prize Winner would be selected.
 
The Awards Banquet took place on Wednesday, November 8, at the Capstone Grill in McMurray, PA. The Beinhauer Executive Team and several funeral directors joined the winners and their guests for a time of celebration and encouragement.
 
In a special twist of fate, the Grand Prize winner whose name was drawn turned out to be one of only two monthly winners who were unable to attend the November 8 event….. And the reason he was away was that he was on his honeymoon! How fitting that a “Downtown Date Night” (the Grand Prize) will await him and his bride upon their return to Pittsburgh!
 
The Beinhauer Caregiver Excellence Award for hospice caregivers continues to be awarded every month, with another Annual Awards Banquet planned for next November.
 

Stockings for Soldiers 2017

The 2017 Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes 3rd Annual Stockings for Soldiers Program has finished for the year.  Any stockings donated after December 1st will be given to local veterans charities.  For more information, please see the fliers or call Amanda at 724-969-0200.

The Why and How of Preplanning

Pre-planning a funeral can be an anxiety provoking task – something not many of us want to think about. Yet, a little bit of discussion and planning will help ease the tension following the death of a loved one. Preplanned funeral services, offered by the professionals at Beinhauer Funeral Home, will help you to have a strategy in an uncertain future. Continue reading

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