Ensure the safety of important personal documents before your death

Throughout your life, you’ve probably saved dozens of boxes that contained important information.  Whether financial statements for tax purposes or other personal records, you surely thought, one day, they’ll be useful.

It’s better to be safe, rather than sorry, in terms of keeping paperwork.  However, problems can arise when you need immediate access to a specific document in the event of an emergency. Continue reading

Caregiver Excellence Award Winner – May 2018

She was presented her award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director.

The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for May was presented to Karen Miyares, a retired clinical social worker, and current Hospice and Palliative Care  volunteer at Family Hospice. 

Karen has made a big impact, because she has brought her therapeutic skills to help many who are coping with the loss of a loved one. It is a very difficult and solitary journey that you go through when you lose someone that means the world to you, but Karen is always willing to walk this difficult journey with each the bereaved whom she meets.

Also present was Family Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Nick Petti. 
Currently, she runs two bereavement support groups for Family Hospice, and is in the process of starting a third. All these groups are open to anyone who has had a loss. Neither rain, sleet or snow could keep Karen from providing this valuable service. She is also helping with Family Hospice’s Camp Healing Heart, which is a day camp for children between the ages of 6-12 who have lost a loved one. Karen has a huge heart, and Family Hospice is grateful for all her great work. 

April Caregiver Excellence Award

Also pictured, to the left, is Louise Carlson, Clinical Director at Three Rivers Hospice.
The BEINHAUER CAREGIVER EXCELLENCE AWARD for April was presented to Karen Lash, bereavement counselor at Three Rivers Hospice, on May 25.
Karen is considered a “traveling angel”, or also a “life enhancement specialist”. She is well known for being there for patients, family members, staff and others in large portions of Western Pennsylvania – from Cheswick to Apollo, from Kittanning to Grove City, from New Castle to Mercer. She gives of herself one hundred and fifty percent, often on her own time, and on her own dime. She is a light and support to all she sees, including her peers – in other words, she is, without a doubt, everything that an excellent caregiver should be, and more!
She was presented her award by Katie Brandt, Beinhauer’s Community Outreach Director. 
Take a minute NOW for you to nominate that special someone for the next Caregiver Excellence Award! Nominations arriving after June 4th will be considered for the Award for June….a new winner is chosen each month!!
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
By filling in a nomination form ONLINE on our website (click here- http://www.beinhauer.com/caregiver-excellence-award/).
By providing the info requested on the nomination form in an email sent tokdb@beinhauercares.com.
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.

Honoring Your Deceased Dad’s Memory on Father’s Day

For most, Father’s Day is viewed as a time when children of all ages are able to celebrate the paternal bond they have with the man who helped raise them.

It’s a way to thank your dad for always attending every Little League game or dance recital and to let him know that he’s had a lasting influence on the person you’ve become.

However, if your father has recently died, the third Sunday in June can be especially tough from an emotional standpoint. While others may be taking their dads to the ballgame or showering him with love, affection and gift cards, you’re left with only memories. Continue reading

Top Five Funeral Planning Mistakes

It seems as if almost every major event in our lives that celebrates an achievement is planned to a T. From weddings and bridal showers to graduation, retirement and/or birthday parties, we like to preciously plan those gatherings and engagements that are meant to honor an individual to ensure that the hiccups are kept to a minimum.

The one thing many people don’t organize in advance, however, is their own funeral. Sure, getting things in order now for a day that, hopefully, won’t occur until years down the road can be a morbid thought. Continue reading