Thursday, August 10, 2017

Congressman Francis Rooney visits Hope PACE and Hope Hospice



Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith hosted Congressman Francis Rooney at Hope’s PACE Center and Hospice House in Fort Myers.

Rooney visited with several participants in Hope PACE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. While at the Care Center, he learned how the program’s multifaceted services allow aging adults in southwest Florida to stay healthy, active and socially connected. With this unique support, PACE participants are able to remain safely in their own homes, rather than being placed in a nursing facility.

“I am looking forward to working with Samira Beckwith and her amazing team, to make caring for seniors in our community less burdensome,” said Congressman Rooney. “I have written a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, requesting relief from excessive labor regulations on home health care workers. We should be supporting programs like PACE, and making it easier on caregivers, not making it more difficult for them to function.”

Rooney also thanked the staff and volunteers at the Hope Hospice House in Fort Myers and spent time with those in Hope’s care.

“It was inspiring to see how invested Congressman Rooney is in both Hope’s mission and its innovative programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community,” said Beckwith. “He truly cares about the issues that affect their lives.”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hope Hospice Kids’ Room Gets Makeover with BB&T’s Help


Thanks to help from BB&T–Oswald Trippe and Company, visitors to the Kids’ Room at Hope Hospice House in Fort Myers will be greeted by new toys and DVDs, a TV, artwork and fresh furnishings in a completely updated space that serves as a cheerful respite for children with family members in Hope’s care.

After selecting Hope Hospice as the recipient of their Safeco Lighthouse Project grant, BB&T team members worked together with Hope to coordinate renovations throughout the summer.

“We had a great time remodeling the Kids’ Playroom. We helped to create a warm and inviting place for children and parents to unwind while visiting their loved ones,” said Stacey Mercado, marketing and sales development specialist at BB&T–Oswald Trippe and Company.

 Updates to walls, flooring, furniture and decor completed the new playroom.

“We are so grateful to BB&T for volunteering their time and making the Kids’ Room renovation a reality,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Caring community partners like BB&T help us make a difference to the families we serve.”

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hula Connection Entertains at Hospice House

On Sunday, July 30, dancers from Hula Connection came to entertain guests at the Hope Hospice House. Volunteers threw a luau - complete with grass skirts, leis, tiki hut, virgin mai tai's and piña coladas. There was even an audience participation dance held in each wing!







Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dad's Grief Toolkit Series Coming in September

An 8 Week Series for Men Coping with the Loss of a Child

This series of classes, led by professional Hope staff, will cover topics such as Grief 101, Talking to Your Children, and Defining a New Normal.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-on-one counseling session with a Hope bereavement counselor prior to attending. There is no charge for either the individual session or the biweekly classes. Please call ahead to reserve your space for this workshop.

Series begins Wednesday, September 6th from 6:00-7:30 pm
Continues 1st and 3rd Wednesday of Each Month
Hope Community Room, HealthPark Office
9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908

To attend, please contact Lorrie McCann, LMHC at (239) 985-7716.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Issue of Parkinson Program Newsletter

The summer edition of the Hope Parkinson Program newsletter is available. This issue includes information on:
  • Xadago Add-On Therapy
  • Foods for Living Well with Parkinson’s
  • SpeechVive Medical Device
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
You can also subscribe to this quarterly newsletter, provided at no cost to participants, by joining the Hope Parkinson Program.

Partnership with United States Vietnam War Commemoration

Hope Healthcare has announced its partnership with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the nation.

Following in the footsteps of commemorations honoring military service in World War II and Korea, this multiyear commemoration – instituted by the United States government under the auspices of the Department of Defense – aims to thank and honor 7 million living Vietnam veterans and the families of all 9 million who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

“Hope has a long tradition of honoring our veterans through our VALOR program and Honor Guard,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “This partnership with the Department of Defense provides an additional opportunity for Hope to give special recognition to those in our care who served in the Vietnam War.”

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dixieland Band Delights Guests at Hope's Care Center in Lehigh Acres

On June 13, the Dixieland Jazz Band gave their first performance at the Hope Care Center in Lehigh Acres. When the band members started showing up, they were worried that they would be too loud for our guests, but were reassured that they were welcome.

The band started in the first wing, where two family members sat at a back table. As they set up, our volunteers started walking from room to room offering cake and ice cream to the residents and families. Staff members closed the doors to reduce the volume a little, but as soon as the band started playing, doors started reopening. Family members came out with big grins on their faces.

Before the first song had ended, every table was full, and there were family members dancing and swaying to the music. People who had turned down refreshments walked up to the volunteers and said “You know, maybe I WILL have cake and ice cream after all!”

There were two little girls visiting their great-grandmother, Barbara, who originally started following the group because of the cake, but they became absolutely enamored of the band, and stayed as close as they could to them. One of the band members plays the washboard, and at one point he let both girls play it, to their utter delight.

After finishing 4 or 5 songs in the first wing, the band traveled onward, with the girls in tow. When the group arrived, two residents were already sitting in the common area waiting for us. All of the band members went out of their way to go over and individually greet each resident, shaking their hands. They even took requests.

After the third song, the little girls’ mother came over to a nurse and said, “My mother would like to come out to hear the music!”

Barbara was too ill to even sit up, so Hope staff wheeled her bed out into the common area – and she was clapping along to the music as she was moved! One at a time, the band members walked over as they were playing and surrounded Barbara's bed, so that they were playing directly to her as she clapped.

Barbara teared up several times, and her daughter asked her why. She replied, “Because I’m so happy!”

The two gentlemen who'd been there all along were asked if the band should keep playing, and they responded with an enthusiastic YES. One asked if they could come back again.

At the same time, the little girls had been playing with their great-grandmother’s white board, and during the last song, they wrote THANK YOU in great big letters and held it up. Including Barbara, there were four generations of her family there enjoying the day.

When everyone was finished cleaning up, the husband of one of our residents stopped on his way out to thank everyone for the party, and said “What a way to send my wife out!”

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hope Connections Addresses Senior Hunger

Hope Connections, a program of Hope Healthcare that provides at-home senior support, soon will be able to feed an additional 1,450 seniors in Hendry and Glades counties.

Residents who are at least 60 and have a household income that meets federal poverty levels can enroll in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commodity Supplemental Food Program during sign up events at Hope Connections, which serves as a local administering agency.

CSFP provides a monthly box of canned fruits and vegetables, juice, dry beans, rice, peanut butter, cereal and other food to eligible seniors so they don’t have to choose between eating or paying bills or buying medicine.

Public open enrollment events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following Hope Connections dates and locations:
  • Thursdays, May 18 and May 25 at 101 Florida Ave. NW, Moore Haven
  • Tuesdays, May 23 and May 30 at 1200 South W.C. Owen Ave., Clewiston
Last year, Hope Connections provided more than 24,000 meals to underprivileged seniors in Hendry and Glades counties through home delivery and social meal centers.

“Throughout Glades and Hendry counties, so many seniors are going hungry. Working together, Hope Connections and Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida will serve as a safety net for all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Requests to join our Hope Connections program grow exponentially with each passing year, and we depend on key partnerships with other organizations, as well as donations, to meet the increasing need.”

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida president and CEO, Richard LeBer and Samira K. Beckwith load a participant’s trunk with nutritious food.

Program participant Shurland “Duke” Williams volunteers to distribute food to others

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cinco de Mayo event at FINS Seafood & Dive Bar to benefit Hope Hospice



FINS Seafood & Dive Bar, located at 3422 Del Prado Blvd. South in Cape Coral, is hosting “Cinco de FINS Parking Lot Party” Friday, May 5 to benefit Hope Hospice.

Managing Partner Kelly Feather said she chose Hope for this event in memory of her stepmother Gwen Hope Feather, who served as Hope’s Director of Patient Services and as a member of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Social Work Advisory Board.

The taco eating contest and piñata bashing event will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free, and guests will enjoy special pricing on food and beverages. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 239-984-5499 or visit FINS Seafood & Dive Bar on Facebook.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Help Win a Grant for Hope Kids Care

Your online vote can help us win a grant through ACT (A Community Thrives), sponsored by USA Today. Debbie Regnone, owner of Resort Sports, has submitted a video entry for a ‘Superhero Campaign’ for Hope Kids Care. Vote on her page at act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60426536 once a day until May 12. Hope will receive $50,000 or $100,000 for this program if we win! Special thanks go to Debbie for her thoughtful submission.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Hope Healthcare hosts 16th Annual Conference on Aging


Hope Healthcare is hosting the 16th annual Southwest Florida Conference on Aging, a multi-disciplinary conference for health care professionals, older adults and family caregivers. The conference offers education on generational aging; elderly exploitation; senior social issues; postoperative delirium; and self-advocacy and medical conditions and will conclude with a conversation about gratitude.

The conference takes place from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 at Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at the Bell Tower Shops, located at 13051 Bell Tower Drive. Registration is $85 for licensed professionals and includes six contact hours; $70 for United Way Partner Agencies; and $50 for caregivers, students and the public. Registration fees include lunch and program materials.

Presenters for the conference include Glenn Gutek, Atticus Practice Management Systems; Heather Conley, Department of Children & Families; Dr. Thomas Felke, Florida Gulf Coast University; Dr. Ajay Mayor, Lee Health; Dr. Susan Cassidy, CriticalMD; and Jonathan Scalone, Hope Healthcare.

The Conference on Aging is sponsored by Prather & Swank, P.A.and hosted by Hope Healthcare in partnership with Arden Courts, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee Health and United Way of Lee County.

The registration deadline is May 10. To register online or to print the registration form, visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/COA17. For more information, call (239) 482-4673. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Notes from the Past Spur Memories and Conversation

While working with George, one of Hope's spiritual care staff noticed that he had very charming notes in his room. Although George couldn't explain exactly what they were, it seemed as though they might hold clues to the important people in his life. And, since it is often easier for people to recall long-term memories when prompted, these references might help provide new avenues of conversation.

The text of the nearly 100 year old notes was originally in Greek. Fortunately, Father Dean of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was able to translate some passages so that we could ask George more about them!



To remember your happy marriage 
Dear brother and sister Evagela and Ifigenia, 
On the event of your happy marriage, we send our wishes. We wish your life to be full of flowers and sweetness, never finding it difficult, full of thanks, happiness and joy, and fresh flowers to surround your life. 
Your sisters, Avrakome, Sophia, Katina
11-20-1922

My dear children,
Evagela and Ifigenia 
On the event of your marriage, accept my motherly and heartfelt wishes. The jasmines and the laurels, lilies, and myrtles I send, and I shower you with wishes. And my wishes are - to have joy in your hearts and the smile never to leave your cheerful lips. 
Your mother, Eleni

To my dear brother and sister,
I do not have flowers to send to you. So to shower you with happiness, instead I send my wishes from the depths of my heart. I wish you long life, for you to never face grief, sorrows and tears, and for the joy in your life to always increase. 
Meleaas