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.