Ohio’s Hospice is adding a new service for its hospice patients and families — Flight to Remember. Through drone technology, patients can experience a bird’s eye view of a place that is meaningful to them and their loved ones.
“Flight to Remember enables us to bring patients to a place they can no longer visit through aerial videos taken by drones,” said Amy LeVan, director of volunteer services at Ohio’s Hospice. “Flight to Remember has helped patients revisit old memories and create new ones with their families. This experience provides patients comfort by sharing special moments and memories with their loved ones.”
Patients and their families who are interested in this service should contact their medical social worker at an Ohio’s Hospice affiliate. They will be asked to provide the address of a specific location and a brief description of why that place is important to them. Locations could be a favorite vacation spot, a childhood home or neighborhood, or another special spot the patient would like to visit.
Flight to Remember will go to work to locate a drone pilot, many of whom are volunteers, to get footage of that special place. The footage will be edited into a five– to seven-minute video for patients to watch and share with their loved ones.
Ohio’s Hospice is a partnership of mission-driven, not-for-profit hospices in Ohio committed to a shared vision of strengthening and preserving community-based hospices. Members of Ohio’s Hospice share the values of serving each patient in an atmosphere of hospitality, respect and caring; attending to the social, physical and spiritual needs of each person they are privileged to serve; preserving and enhancing patient dignity; celebrating the life of each individual they serve; and reducing unnecessary suffering in the communities they serve.
Affiliates of Ohio’s Hospice include Community Care Hospice, Ohio’s Community Mercy Hospice, Ohio’s Hospice at United Church Homes, Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, Ohio’s Hospice Loving Care, Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties, Ohio’s Hospice of Central Ohio, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County and Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County.
Submitted by Craig Schrolucke, vice president of mission engagement and brand care, Ohio’s Hospice.