Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Aging gracefully: Connection among caregiver, hospice, Alzheimer's big

by Dotty St. Amand

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Month, and National Hospice Month. While each designation focuses on an important issue, the connection between the three is significant.

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive illness for which there is no cure. In spite of treatments that help people remain more independent and in the earlier stages for a longer time, the reality remains that we cannot stop the disease course. The person will gradually progress through the early and middle to the late stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Once a person is experiencing middle and then late stages of Alzheimer's disease, he will be dependent on a caregiver for daily care and assistance. In most cases, that caregiver is a family member.

Finally, the connection between the person with Alzheimer's, the family caregiver and hospice evolves as the person progresses to the late stage of the disease, which can last for several years during which the person requires total care.

In late, or end stage Alzheimer's, the person is not able to communicate verbally, doesn't recognize people including family members, cannot move, is incontinent, has trouble swallowing and experiences decline in overall physical health. The overall decline results in frailty that makes it difficult for the body to fight complications such as pneumonia, infection and coronary arrest.

As scary as that sounds to caregivers who are now facing early or middle stages, gaining knowledge and preparing to address these challenges is critical. Never is it so important for the family to rally around the person and advocate for the best possible care for the final days and years of the person's life.

While the person is no longer able to verbally communicate basic needs and feelings, non-verbal cues are critical. Caregivers can help address concerns by paying close attention to signs that the family member's condition has changed. Look for clues that the person may be experiencing pain - grimacing, moans and facial expressions can be telling.

Focus on the person's body position at bed rest. If his arms and legs are tightly curled in an apparently stressed manner, ask yourself if this could be a signal of pain. Family caregivers are the best source of information for the hospice and nursing home staff. Help them understand the nature of your family member's personality and clues that may be signals of distress for him.

Ask for hospice intervention earlier rather than later. Hospice offers palliative care that focuses on providing comfort and symptom relief without aggressive medical treatment in the end stages. Often caregivers do not realize that hospice provides care for end stage dementia.

In our community, caregivers have an advantage with the availability of services offered by Hope Hospice. While caregivers may think hospice is only for the person's final days, the reality is approximately 20 percent of people on Hope Hospice care receive services for over one year. It is common for persons with Alzheimer's disease to receive hospice services for more than 12 months.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hope Hospice helps make wishes come true

Originally published in the Fort-Myers News Press
by Francesca Donlan

There is always hope.

That’s why the staff and volunteers at Hope hatched a plan to make each moment special for those in their care.

Everyone who is in Hope’s care has a special wish that gives them hope, said president and CEO Samira Beckwith.

They try and grant those wishes, she said.

Mckenna Smith, a 7-year-old in Hope’s program for chronically ill children, wanted to do only one thing last summer. She wanted to go to the Sun Splash Family Waterpark in Cape Coral.

Sun Splash made it a day to remember, said her father, Justin Smith.

The staff gave all of her friends and family free admissions, lunch and snacks.

“That brightened her summer,” Jason said. “She couldn’t do a lot this summer, and that helped her a lot.”

Mckenna spends most of her life on physical restrictions because of tumors that continue to grow back after they have been removed.

But on that summer day at Sun Splash, no one knew how sick she was.

“She’s a happy, happy child,” Jason said. “But she can’t do soccer or softball or ballet. But she swims like a fish. Everyone there treated her like an angel.”

Doctors were worried about Mia Terranova, 2, who faced heart surgery. Her mother, Amy Hoogstraal, didn’t know if her daughter would survive the operation.

One of Hope’s art therapists made prints of Mia’s tiny feet as a lasting keepsake for the mother, with framing donated by Cape Coral Art & Frame. Wal-Mart store No. 987 in Fort Myers provided toys, story books and other items to help the mother and baby through the long recovery period.

Mia sailed through the operation and endured more than a month in the hospital.

“She’s doing absolutely wonderful,” Amy said. “She was born missing half of her heart, but the prognosis is looking really good.”

The framed prints and the abundance of art materials helped Mia and Amy.

“She was fairly isolated during her recovery,” Amy said. “It meant a lot to us.”

Older patients have wishes, too.

Widner Dolly, 63, mentioned that he would really like to go fishing but had no gear. Bass Pro Shops in Fort Myers fulfilled his Hopeful Wish.

The community plays an important part in Hopeful Wishes, Beckwith said.

“These are all gifts and gestures that will be cherished for a lifetime,” she said.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thanksgiving and Hope Hospice Bring Attention to Good Life

At Thanksgiving, many Americans express their gratitude for the opportunity to live a good life. Even people who are appropriate for hospice care can share that opportunity.

Recently a little child in our care told us that if he could do just one thing, it would be to spend a day at a theme park with his family. For many, that would be relatively easy. For others, including this child’s family, it would be a major undertaking, financially and physically. We were able to make it happen, and for him, it was no ordinary day at the park. It was a very special, one-time-only experience. Mom and Dad did not take his laughter and smiles for granted, and they will cling lovingly to that memory forever. We helped the little boy and his family to have a good life.

It is fitting that National Hospice Month is observed in November, at Thanksgiving time. President Bush has issued a Proclamation stating, “Americans believe that every person has matchless value throughout all of life’s stages. Our nation’s hospice caregivers lift up souls, offer peace of mind, and strengthen America’s culture of life.”

Making people aware of this is purpose of National Hospice Month. Everyone in the community should know about the care and support available to them through Hope.

Our mission is to provide exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey. Our care includes pain management, symptom control, emotional support, and spiritual care as well as medications and supplies. The focus of care is quality of life for each day, making each moment count and providing hope.

During National Hospice Month and all year long, we encourage the community to be mindful of this special care available to everyone in need, regardless of age, type of illness, or ability to pay.
Hospice care can be provided for as long as needed. In some cases, care has continued for years. Most people in hospice care can remain in their own home. Hospice involves the family and offers professional support and training in caring for their loved ones.

The Thanksgiving season is a good time to talk with loved ones about living a good life, even near its end. Together, you can plan for your future health care needs and wishes, and you can document your instructions in the event you become unable to speak for yourself.

Hope also offers long-term care programs for the seriously ill who do not require hospice.

To learn more about how we can help, please visit our Web site at www.hopehospice.org or call Hope at (239) 482-4673 or (800) 835-1673.

Monday, October 27, 2008

“Hope HealthCare Services” Encompasses Hope’s Care Programs

When Hope was founded by volunteers nearly 30 years ago, hospice was the single program. Today, Hope provides services to meet a variety of vital health care needs to the most frail and seriously ill in our community.

“Hope provides quality care and is focused on living life as fully as possible. Each of our programs offers ‘Hope’ in its own special way,” according to President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. These programs and services are now provided under the umbrella of “Hope HealthCare Services.”

“’Hope HealthCare Services’ encompasses all of our care programs and represents who we are today, serving 2,000 people daily in an eight county area,” Beckwith said. She added that each person is still cared for as an individual, with their own unique needs.

Hope HealthCare Services:

Hope Hospice – End-of-life care, comfort and support provided by professionals and volunteers working together to meet the physical, social emotional and practical care needs of each person and their families. Services are available in the person’s home, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and Hope Hospice Houses. Lee, Glades, Hendry, Highland, Hardee and Polk counties

Pathways of Hope – For those who have experienced a personal loss, Hope’s individual and group grief support services are pathways to recovery. These programs are available to everyone in the community. Lee, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Hardee, Polk, Charlotte and Collier counties

Hope Life Care – Many people age 65 and older share an important goal: living in their own home. They can be supported by this comprehensive program that meets all medical, health care and personal needs all medical, health care, personal and day-to-day needs specific to each individual. Lee, Charlotte, Collier and Hendry counties

Hope Connections – Meals, personal care, transportation, medical equipment, emergency response – all necessities, available though this program for seniors age 60 and older. Glades and Hendry counties

Hope Adult Health Center – A special place in Fort Myers where adults participate in social activities, wellness programs, therapies and meals under the supervision of a licensed professional staff that includes Registered Nurses. Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte and Collier counties

Hope Select Care – A single point of access for all health care needs for people 55 and older: medical services and supplies; medicines; case management; transportation; social and wellness activities and more. Hope Select Care is a Medicare/Medicaid program, part of the nationwide Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Lee County

Hope Child and Teen Care – Children who are dying, seriously ill or grieving require special, developmentally appropriate care. The program is also a provider of Partners In Care/Together for Kids (PIC-TFK). Lee, Glades and Hendry counties

Hope Comfort Care – For those of all ages who live with a serious, Hope Comfort Care provides management of symptoms and counseling support. Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties

“As Hope HealthCare Services, we continue to provide ‘Hospice and Community Services’ to all in need.” Beckwith said. “’Hope’” is the core of all of our programs and the core of our mission.”

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hope Receives National Award for Quality Care

Hope Hospice and Community Services is among the country’s first recipients of the Quality in Palliative Care Leadership Award, in recognition of its innovative patient care.

Palliative care provides comfort and improves the quality of life of a person whose illness cannot be cured. It also offers a support system to help the family cope during their loved one’s illness and in their own bereavement. Hope provides palliative care through all of its programs including Hope Comfort Care, Hope Hospice as well as its special programs for seriously ill children and adults.

The Leadership Award will be presented annually to organizations which have enhanced their palliative care services and adhere to the principles of the National Consensus Project for Quality Care and the National Quality Forum, national organizations working to improve quality of care. Hope is one of only nine organizations in the country to be honored in 2008, the award’s first year.

“Hope’s approach to palliative care addresses each person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs, with an array of therapies, counseling and support,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Our staff is committed to providing care and comfort in a way that is unique to each person we serve. This award recognizes their deep commitment, and we are honored to be among the first recipients.”

The award will be presented to Hope during a national ceremony in 2009.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Hope Observes World Hospice Day as a Means of Informing the Community

World Hospice Day is observed internationally on the second Saturday of each October. Unfortunately only half of the world’s countries have access to hospice care.

In our own community, where Hope Hospice and Community Services offers care to people of all ages who have a life-limiting illness, there are still those who do not yet know about the care we provide. They do not know that they can be living a better, more comfortable life at this crucial time. Hope cares for each individual, addressing their own needs. We help the entire family with the challenges they are facing.

The goal of World Hospice Day is to raise awareness of how the medical, emotional and spiritual support available through hospice can make a positive difference for everyone.

One fundamental goal in hospice care is to enable people to maintain their dignity. Bono, of the Irish rock band U2, whose father was a hospice patient, said, “In life, you try your best to hold on tight to your dignity; in death sometimes others have to hold onto it for you. How we care for the sick and dying is surely a litmus test of our humanity.”

One of our hospice patients, in his nineties, enjoys playing the harmonica. We make sure he always has an audience when he wants one, and we look forward to seeing the smile on his face as he hears our applause. As a Hope Hospice patient, he is living his life. Our role is to enable each patient to live life as fully as possible, in comfort and with dignity. Hospice is about living.

The earlier that a person chooses hospice, the more we can help in relieving their pain, easing their emotional stress and helping the family to cope.

Hope is working to make our community a better place by offering our services to everyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay, age, type of illness or any other life circumstance. We are a resource for making informed decisions about end-of-life care. Raising everyone’s awareness of this is the purpose of World Hospice Day.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Accent Business Products Supports New Hope Hospice House

Accent Business Products and the Turbeville family of Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, have donated $10,000 to Hope Hospice and Community Services for the construction of a Hope Hospice House in Lehigh Acres.

Accent Vice President Bo Turbeville said his company and his family are proud to support the new facility, which will serve Lehigh Acres, LaBelle, Clewiston, the Gateway community, Alva, East Fort Myers, Buckingham and all points in between. It will include 24 private patient care suites, bereavement counseling offices, a chapel, and community rooms for education.

“It is this kind of community spirit and commitment that makes our mission possible,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “The Turbeville family and Accent Business Products have set a great example for other businesses to follow.”

The gift of $10,000 becomes part of the $5 million capital campaign for construction of the hospice house. More than $1 million has been raised to date.

For more information on supporting Hope’s campaign to “Bring Hope Close to Home” with its new hospice house, call Hope’s Development Department at (239) 482-4673.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Hope Hospice benefits from ‘wing-off’ contest; Hogbody’s hosts first competition/fundraiser

Originally published in the Cape Coral Daily Breeze
by Drew Winchester

Competition was fierce at Hogbody’s Grill on Del Prado Boulevard Saturday, as the top two contestants in the restaurant’s first ever wing-eating contest faced off for the distinction of top-wing eating champion.

Bryan “The Lyon” Miller, previous winner from the Del Prado location, battled Todd Brewster, the winner from the Hogbody’s North Fort Myers restaurant earlier this month.

Miller clearly had home court advantage on Saturday, as patrons cheered him on, waving homemade signs plastered with Miller’s face.

According to Miller, he was once ranked 23rd in the world on the professional eating circuit. He cited downing 34 ears of corn in just eight minutes as one of his highlights.

Miller said he really wanted to participate in the contest because it was benefitting Hope Hospice. His mother passed away in early June. And before her death, she stayed at Hope Hospice.

“When you go to Hope, they are just great, just really good people,” Miller said.

“They took great care of my mother, and I just wanted to give something back.”

That was the exact intent of Hogbody’s owner, Debbie Jordan, who said the restaurant is going to start doing fundraisers for local charities and other organizations on a regular basis.

She added that Hogbody’s had been wanting to do a wing eating contest for quite some time, and it made perfect sense to help out Hope Hospice in the process.

“I said, a wing eating contest sounds like fun, but let’s do it for a reason,” Jordan said. “We’re selling cookies, we’re washing cars, we’re doing anything we can do to get money for Hope.”

Miller eventually bested Brewster in the so called ‘Wing Off’, eating two pounds, 2.9 ounces of wings in just five minutes.

Brewster, who signed up for the contest because it was “just something to do”, thought there might be some controversy in the final ‘Wing off’ tally. He ended up eating one pound, 10 ounces of wings.

Still, Miller came out on top. He said, “I can eat a lot.”

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Conversation with Mark Meyers

Mark Meyers and Tenya with their children
In 1999, filmmaker Mark Meyers and his wife, Tenya, learned that their newborn son, Kaymen, had severe cerebral palsy - leaving him with no ability to hear, to see or to suck/swallow; only his brain stem was functioning. At the time, the Meyers were not at all familiar with hospice care, but today they count themselves among the field's strongest advocates. Here Mark talks about the experience as well as the public service announcement he is creating to raise awareness and contribute to a cause he now believes in.

How did you finally learn about palliative and hospice care for your son?
We learned about it through the West Side Regional Center in Los Angeles and our pediatrician, Dr. Richard Levy.

What was your initial reaction to hearing the "H" word? 
Nervous and scared, but at the same time we found comfort in knowing that someone was going to help us through this situation. What did you and your wife find most helpful about the services you received? The love hospice brought into our house. I will never forget when the hospice nurse, Kelly Klem, entered our home for the very first time. She stopped, looked around, took a deep breath, smiled and said, "I can't believe it! This house is filled with so much love and positive energy. I can feel it flowing through the air. This is good. You guys are going to be just fine. Kaymen is going to be just fine." She walked over and gave us both a huge hug and kiss, and told us that Kaymen was very lucky to have us as his parents. After days upon days of seeing our son in this condition and still alive, we became frustrated about when he was going to die. Kelly taught as that this was Kaymen's time and he was going to decide when he was going to die. Kelly explained that this is the first time Kaymen is going to get to make a decision. When he dies will be up to him. Let him have his turn. Let him decide. Kelly taught us to surrender. This saved us.

What motivated you to produce this PSA about hospice care?
To change the world's first impression of hospice. If people have more of an understanding that hospice is about living, they will be more open to it. They will be able to help themselves or someone they know who is struggling with end-of-life decisions - not only for the person who is dying, but also for the people who survive that person. If we can bring more awareness to people, we can help people and we can save people.

How is this PSA different from others that have been created for hospice in the past? 
I went to hospice a year ago with a crazy idea - let's do something that people are not expecting from hospice. Let's catch them off guard, get their attention, and send as much love their way as possible. Let's make it a more abstract message filled with animation and a world we have not seen before. Let's make it 'its very own fairy tale.' Then I heard the song, "It Must Be Love," by the band Madness and had to have it. I showed the band and the record label company the concept and they granted us the rights to the song for this purpose. And now here we are. I hope everybody enjoys it.

Did the process of creating the PSA help you at a personal level?
Absolutely. Creating this PSA was something I felt I needed to do for a long time. It was something I needed to express on behalf of my son and the experience he gave me. Even though my son is not physically with me, his energy and love is abundant in this message. It feels good to do something that will help people.

How are you and your wife doing now? 
Tenya and I have three other children and a fourth on the way. Julian is 7, Bella is 5, and Lotus is almost 2. We adopted Lotus from Vietnam when she was 5 months old. I think our lives are very good and well rounded. We have our good days and bad days. And all you can do is take it day by day, and do the best to make the most of the moment.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Long-Term Care Can Be a Precious Gift for Dad

Father's Day is a traditional time to honor our fathers and all men who serve as a father figure. For many of us, it is a time to honor the memory of a special man. For those whose fathers or father figures are still living, it is a time to express your love and gratitude.

As our population has grown and changed over the past several generations, terms such as “fatherhood” and “parenting” have taken on new meanings. In many instances, adult children have become the caregiving “parents” of their aging mom or dad.

Caring for an aging loved one with limited abilities is one of the most difficult things we can do. One of the greatest gifts that you can give to your parents – and to yourself – is caregiving support.

Hope Hospice and Community Services now offers a variety of programs to help the elderly who want to live at home rather than be placed in a nursing home. Many of those in our care have children who live far away, and their only regular contact is a phone call. Often, Dad will say, “I’m doing fine son. Don’t worry about me.” While Dad may not be at his best, he does not want to be a burden. However, with the support of Hope’s caregivers, the family is assured that he is being given the best of care and attention. Everyone benefits.

Our programs offer total long-term health care solutions for seniors who want to remain independent and live their lives as fully as possible. Through these not-for-profit programs, Hope can provide primary medical and nursing care, physical therapy, all necessary prescription drugs, transportation to medical appointments, and much more. Hope’s service providers include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and personal care aides, all readily accessible.

Services can be provided in the home, in a retirement community, nursing home, assisted living facility or a hospital. At the Hope Health Center in Fort Myers, we serve adults with functional impairments who require a protective environment along with therapeutic social and health activities.

One of the greatest benefits of each of these programs is peace of mind for the entire family.

Long-term care can be a wonderful gift. For a free consultation on how Hope can help, call (239) 482-4673, or (800) 835-1673.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hope for Mother’s Day: Coping With Loss

For many, Mother’s Day is an occasion to celebrate with your mother and remind her of how much you love her. For many of us, it is be a time to reflect on that very special person in our life whom we have lost.

This day can be difficult for people as they cope with their loss, whether it happened recently or years ago. Even feelings of grief from years past can seem fresh. It can affect us emotionally, mentally and physically. The sadness of not having our mother is normal.

When we lose our mothers, we lose much that cannot be replaced. We may even feel that we have lost a part of who we are. Letting go can be a long process that requires being patient with ourselves.

Thoughtful preparation is a way to help cope with the grief. Be careful not to isolate yourself. It is important to take quiet, reflective time for ourselves, yet we should also accept the support offered by family and friends. Respect the choices and needs of other family members as well.

Although you miss her, you can celebrate her memory. Share your favorite stories with your family and friends. You may want to do something special for others, such as making a contribution in her name to a charitable cause.

Remember, a mother’s love is never lost as long as we continue to hold them in our hearts and minds.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hope Hospice President Joins National Hospice Foundation Board

Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Hospice and Community Services, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Hospice Foundation (NHF).

Established in 1992, the NHF is committed to leading global, philanthropic efforts advancing quality, compassionate, end-of-life care for all. Beckwith joins other Board members from around the country in working to ensure that at the end of life, people have the opportunity to maintain their dignity and self respect, live their final days pain-free, and have access the highest quality care available through hospice.

“Service on the National Hospice Foundation Board is another way of serving our own local community,” Beckwith said. “Working with the other Board members and sharing ideas will lead to improving the overall quality of hospice care for everyone.”

As an NHF Board member, Beckwith will work to increase awareness and access, while educating the public about the quality and availability of hospice care.

“The ultimate vision of National Hospice Foundation is a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer,” remarked Foundation President J. Donald Schumacher. “The dedication and participation of recognized leaders in the hospice and palliative care field, like Samira Beckwith, are vital to the ongoing advancement of the Foundation.”

Monday, March 10, 2008

Acclaimed local producer creates a new perspective for the meaning of hospice

Award-winning TV commercial producer Mark Meyers of Sanibel, Fla., has seen hospice care in a dramatically new way and has captured it on film.

Through his production company, TradeMark Films, Meyers has produced commercials for Nike, Toyota, Coca-Cola and other brands well-known internationally. His work has appeared during the Super Bowl, the ultimate stage for the world’s best producers of TV commercials.

After a family experience with hospice, Meyers approached Hope Hospice and Community Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith with an idea for a TV message, focused on the “uplifting feeling” of hospice.

“Traditionally, hospice messages on TV have featured seniors holding hands as a symbol of caring,” Beckwith said. “That’s very nice, although it does not really tell our whole story.” Beckwith added that hospice care is for people of all ages, from all walks of life, and at Hope, special care services are offered long before the end of life. “In his TV spot, it’s as if Mark is looking into people’s hearts and seeing what our care really means to them.”

Beckwith saw Meyers’ concept as fresh and thought-provoking, and she wanted it to be experienced nationally. She introduced him to the President of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Donald Schumacher, who also saw it as a new way to illustrate hospice. The NHPCO, which has member hospice organizations throughout the country, supported Meyers in the production project.

The sixty-second public service announcement features the soundtrack is the pop song “It Must Be Love,” which was also the theme of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November, 2007. The announcement is being distributed to TV stations locally and around the country.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Hope introduces new, comprehensive care program for seniors

One of only two approved programs in Florida

Hope Hospice and Community Services has introduced a new health care program to provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long term care services to the frail elderly in Lee County. Hope Select Care enables seniors to continue to live independently at home.

According to Hope Hospice President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, “People usually want to live at home for as long as possible, although they may need special health care services in order to remain at home. Hope Select Care meets their needs and at the same time makes life much easier for their family caregivers.”

Hope Select Care is a PACE program, which stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. It is a Medicare Provider type that meets the total health care needs of its participants with a unique array of services. Hope Select Care is only the second such program approved in the state of Florida, and one of only 35 in the country.

Hope Select Care serves individuals age 55 and older who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid and receive an appropriate level of care assessment by the Department of Elder Affairs CARES team. Additionally, the enrollee must be able to live at home safely with additional services as needed. Upon enrollment, participants may receive:
  • Primary medical and nursing care
  • Occupational, physical and speech therapy
  • Medications and medical equipment
  • Laboratory and diagnostic services
  • All necessary prescription drugs
  • Skilled home care and personal care aides
  • Hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care and end of life care
  • Care from medical specialists in cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopedics, surgery and podiatry
  • Transportation to and from the Hope Select Care facility, medical appointments and outings
The broad range of services also includes access to the Hope Health Center in Fort Myers, a state-of-the-art adult day health care facility. Here, clients may participate in stimulating activates including light exercise, games, gardening and arts. Beautician services and other amenities are also available.

This comprehensive, coordinated approach eliminates the need to access individual services from multiple care providers.

“Another critically important benefit of Hope Select Care is the support it gives to family members,” Beckwith said. “Caring for an aging loved one is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Family members have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their loved one is receiving all the care they need in a safe, comfortable and familiar environment – their own home.”

For more information about Hope Select Care, call (239) 985-6400.