Monday, July 6, 2020

Hope Choices Program Extended

With a year-long extension of their Hope Choices program, Hope Hospice will be able to continue offering special access to additional, personalized care for Medicare participants receiving curative treatment for chronic illness – along with counseling, education, family support, and respite to ensure their caregivers and loved ones also receive much-needed help.

In 2018, Hope was among a select number of hospices in the country chosen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to offer the Medicare Care Choices Model. Through the recent MCCM extension, Hope Choices will continue allowing more Medicare beneficiaries to receive supportive care.

For people with cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or human immunodeficiency virus, Hope develops a specialized plan with their physician and coordinates care through a combination of in-person visits and 24/7 telephone access. The program is a step forward for Medicare, and an option already available for many people with private insurance.

“With Hope Choices, people can receive special care and support earlier, while still pursuing treatments,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “We are happy to have the opportunity to continue adding more hope and quality of life to every day.”

Hope Choices is available at no cost; all services are covered for Medicare beneficiaries. To learn more about the program, call 239-482-4673.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Hope Hospice Receives Community Grant from Cape Coral Walmart


Hope Hospice received a $2,000 community grant from Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2020 NE Pine Island Road in Cape Coral to support Hope’s mission of providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.

Walmart Manager Tanya Parrish and Pharmacists Jignesh Patel and Mittal Patel from Store #6941 helped coordinate the award for Hope with the Walmart Community Grants Team.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Dr. Lenis and Dr. Broderick join Hope PACE

Hope has named Dr. Claudia Lenis and Dr. Elisabeth Broderick physicians for Hope PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, which provides comprehensive medical and therapeutic care, medications, social activities, and meals at special PACE centers to keep Lee and Collier seniors at risk for nursing homes healthy, comfortable and independent in their own homes.

Dr. Lenis, who will provide care in Lee County, has worked at the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida. Dr. Broderick, who was the medical director and primary care physician of a PACE program in Massachusetts, will serve Hope PACE participants in Naples.

“Dr. Lenis’ and Dr. Broderick’s expertise supports Hope PACE’s goal of keeping our Southwest Florida seniors healthy, engaged and connected in their communities,” said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Our innovative, personal approach ensures they safely receive the care they deserve in the place they call home and helps avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.”

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Hope Hospice receives $25,000 as Nealon’s charity of choice on Celebrity Family Feud

Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon prevailed on Celebrity Family Feud, winning $25,000 for the beloved comedian’s charity of choice: Hope Hospice. The episode aired on Sunday, June 7 on ABC-7 and is now available for viewing on Hulu.

Joined by his wife, actress Susan Yeagley, brother Chris Nealon, mother-in-law, Dr. Sally Yeagley, and actress Cheryl Hines, Nealon competed against The Price is Right host Drew Carey’s team.

“Kevin is a longtime friend of Hope Hospice, and it was so exciting to watch him play on our behalf,” said President and CEO of Hope Healthcare, Samira K. Beckwith. “His generosity ensures that Hope can continue its mission, and his public support reminds people that we are here to help.”







Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Kevin Nealon to compete on Celebrity Family Feud for Hope Hospice

Kevin Nealon, Dr. Sally Yeagley, Susan Yeagley, Chris Nealon, and Cheryl Hines
Beloved comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni Kevin Nealon has named Hope Hospice his charity of choice as leader of “Team Kevin Nealon,” competing on Celebrity Family Feud on Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. on ABC-7.

Nealon’s team – including his wife, actress Susan Yeagley; his brother, Chris Nealon; his mother-in-law, Dr. Sally Yeagley; and actress Cheryl Hines – will compete against The Price is Right host Drew Carey and his team in the second game of the episode. After the airing, episodes are available for on-demand viewing on Hulu.

“My first experience with Hope Hospice was when they cared for my grandmother about 20 years ago. Since then, they’ve shown compassion and comfort to both my parents as well,” said Nealon. “I’m honored for this opportunity to support Hope in its mission to help others in Southwest Florida in the same kind and caring way they helped my family.”

Nealon stars in CBS’s “Man with a Plan” and starred in “Weeds” on Showtime. He has appeared in several movies, including “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer.” He also hosts the popular YouTube series “Hiking with Kevin.”

“Kevin has been a longtime friend of Hope Hospice, and we are truly grateful for his generosity in sharing his time and talent to help Hope improve the quality of life for those experiencing serious illness and their families,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto Named Executive Vice President of Hope Healthcare

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, announced that Florida State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto has been named executive vice president of the not-for-profit organization.

With a distinguished career in public service that spans two decades, Benacquisto was first elected to the Florida Senate to represent Southwest Florida in 2010 and was subsequently reelected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. She served as the Majority Leader from 2012 to 2014 and the Deputy Majority Leader from 2011 to 2012. Previously, she served as Councilwoman for the Village of Wellington, Florida, from 2002 to 2010.

Benacquisto has been involved with Hope for several years, serving as co-chair of the annual Yachts of Hope and Shine events that benefit Hope Hospice. She has been recognized with numerous honors and awards and served in volunteer positions with a broad variety of political, civic and human service organizations.


“Lizbeth’s knowledge and skills will be an incredible asset to Hope,” said Beckwith. “She brings a unique understanding about  healthcare and services that matter most to Southwest Floridians. The board and I are confident Lizbeth will help support Hope’s mission of improving the quality of life for those experiencing serious illness and frailty.”

Journaling through the Grief Journey: An 8 Week Series for Teens Ages 15-18

If you’re a high school student who is struggling with grief after the loss of a loved one, our group will help you connect with peers, find a creative outlet for self-expression, and explore coping skills.

You will need WiFi and a quiet setting to join the group meetings on Zoom, led by Hope Bereavement Counselor Jessica Eastham and Art Therapist Danielle Brant. No prior experience in writing or art is required. After registration, we’ll discuss a simple list of supplies that may be helpful during your journaling process.

The group is limited to the first 12 participants to register, and parent/guardian permission is required for those under the age of 18.

Every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:30 PM 
8 Week Series from June 17 through August 5 

To join, contact Jessica Eastham at 239.415.7219 or Jessica.Eastham@HopeHCS.org.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Five Tips to Cope with Mother's Day after Loss

For some people, Mother’s Day isn’t a day-long celebration with brunch, presents, cards, and flowers. Instead, it can be a difficult reminder of the very special mom who they loved and lost. Here are some simple ideas for coping with this holiday when your mother is no longer with you.

Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Open your dusty photo albums, and relive happy memories from the past. If you feel like sharing, snap a picture of an old photo to share with close friends or on social media.

Write a Thoughtful Note
What would you say to your mother if she were still here? Put your thoughts in writing on pretty notepaper or in a special notebook.

Make a Memorial Gift
Many not-for-profits like Hope allow donations to be made in memory of a loved one. Not only will you make a special tribute to your mother’s memory, but you’ll also be supporting others during this difficult time.

Light a Candle
If a financial gift is uncomfortable right now, consider lighting a candle in your mother’s memory. Can you send positive thoughts or say a prayer in support of her favorite charitable mission?

Ask for Help
If you think you would benefit from talking to a professional bereavement counselor at Hope, call 239.482.4673. Remember, we're always here to help.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hope Hospice Volunteers Spread Cheer with Pet Parade

Pet Parade

More than a dozen Hope Hospice volunteers – and their dogs – spread cheer to Hope’s patients, family and staff during a festive Pet Parade around the grounds of Hope’s Fort Myers Care Center.

Hope President and CEO Samira Beckwith thanked the volunteers for what they do every day at Hope, and explained why events like this are especially important for those in Hope’s care.

“People in our care and their families really need the opportunity to smile and to laugh,” said Beckwith. “Watching the parade of dedicated Hope volunteers with their uplifting signs and adorable pets provided some much-needed joy.”

Lehigh resident Geri English, who has volunteered with Hope for nearly four years, said she takes her rescue pug Lilly with her on visits to Hope’s Lehigh Care Center and on weekend home visits. A Navy veteran, she also helps with Hope’s VALOR program.

“Hope volunteers can use their strengths to help out in different ways. It’s a great way to do something special for others,” said English.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Start the Conversation: April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day

As our community rises to meet the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, people are likely spending more time than ever communicating with their families, whether they’re sheltering in place together or calling loved ones regularly to check in. This unprecedented time and focus on health care provide opportunities to make connections and start conversations – including a discussion about your health care plans should you become unable to make your own decisions.

Hope Healthcare has been the local resource in facilitating the advance planning discussion in our community by providing resources and education events. On April 16, Hope recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day: a nationwide initiative that encourages adults of all ages to consider the care they may want or may not want, discuss it with family members, document the plan in writing, and choose a health care surrogate.

Sadly, the consequences of delaying the discussion and not communicating your thoughts, concerns, and desires can affect loved ones in unintended ways. Heartbroken families can fall apart, wracked with confusion and guilt. Sometimes, the emotional intensity of this situation can overtake a lifetime of great memories.

Creating a plan gives loved ones a map to follow, confident in knowing your intentions. At Hope, we recommend reviewing Five Wishes – an easy-to-use guide that provides direction and guidance to discuss your personal, emotional and spiritual preferences. The form legally documents desires for future medical care and provides information for family and physicians, such as: Who should make care decisions on your behalf if you’re unable? What kind of medical treatment options are acceptable or desired?

It is also an opportunity to share other important details. Do you want to be surrounded by family and friends, or do you want only your closest loved ones nearby? Which are your favorite hymns and flowers? Do you want friends to honor your passing by contributing to your favorite charity in your name?

As a community service, Hope Healthcare is offering complimentary copies of Five Wishes, which is considered a legal document in Florida as well as 41 other states. To request a complimentary copy by mail, call Hope at 239-482-4673 or visit www.fivewishes.org/redeem and enter promo code APRIL2020. There, you can either print a Five Wishes document to complete by hand - or enter your information on-screen and print a completed document to sign. You can return to your Five Wishes online to edit and reprint it for a full year.

Let someone you trust know you’ve completed Five Wishes and where it will be kept, and consider sharing it with your clergy, doctor, attorney, and other trusted advisors and care providers.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Sewing Masks and Isolation Gowns: More Ways to Help

We are so grateful to our wonderful volunteers and supporters who have been tirelessly creating fabric masks. We're now also requesting isolation gowns. If you don’t sew, but would still like to support Hope’s efforts, you can also help by donating fabric, flat elastic, cutting materials, or delivering/picking up items for sewers who can't leave home. For more, please see https://hopehcs.org/covid19/

Thanks To:

Bayside Sewing Guild
Joann Fabrics
North Star Yacht Club
The Little Family
Anonymous
Tracy Alford
Kay Austiff
Darlene Bell
Donna Boxhill
Emily Brigalli
Mary Ellen Burnup
Susan Cameron
Barbara Camp
Samantha Castle
Cathy Castner
Joyce Clark and Granddaughter
Barbara Cleaver
Kathryn Compton
Phyllis Contino
Dayna Sylvester
Ursula Deetscreek
Sandy d'Eustachio
Evelyn Gagnon
Ellen Gillis
Georgia Goyette
Julie Ann Gray
Arline Hansen
Kim Hansen
Katherine Jesionowski
Colette Johns
Stanhope Kathleen
Ann Koppe
Carol Krohse
Sophia Kuharich
Jacine Lester
Veena Maheshwari
Beverly Miles
Ann Olson
Jill Pellis
Bobbi Phillips
Christine Sharpe
Janice Smith
Lainee Specter
Vicki Spencer
Karen Springer
Fran Stevens
Bob Stream
Gladys Vanderbeck
Joan Warren
Denise

Hope Parkinson Program Offers New Teleconference Support Groups

Continuing the Connection During Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Each April, the Hope Parkinson Program commemorates Parkinson’s Awareness Month as a highlight of its robust, year-round schedule that provides education, socialization, and support to more than 2,000 active participants.

While regularly scheduled events are postponed, the program is continuing the connection and inspiring participants through regular emails, social media updates, and new teleconference support groups.

“Since its inception in 2009, a goal of our Parkinson Program has been to use the power of community to bring people together to share their experiences,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Although they are not able to gather in person, Hope Parkinson Program participants can still benefit from the connections and support of our caring PD community.”

Throughout April, Hope Parkinson Program teleconference support groups will also help connect members to resources to help manage COVID-19 anxiety.

To participate, members must RSVP 24 hours prior to the teleconference by contacting Hope Parkinson Program Manager Michelle Martin at 239-985-7727.
  • Monday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m.
    Open support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and care partners
     
  • Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m.
    PD Care Partner support group
     
  • Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
    Monthly Ladies with PD group
     
  • Thursday, April 30 at 2 p.m.
    Open support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and care partners