Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hope Announces Adult Day Health Services: Includes services and amenities unique in Collier County

Photo: Representatives of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and other guests join Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Hope Care Center of Naples.

Hope HealthCare Services has announced the opening of a special new facility to add to the quality of life of adults in Collier County. According to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, the agency saw an increasing need for the care of people who may need assistance during the day but prefer to live at home. Adult Day Health services can be especially helpful for adults with functional impairments requiring a protective environment. Therapeutic social and health activities are integral parts of the program.

“The facility and the program have been carefully and thoughtfully designed to enrich the lives of those in our care,” Beckwith said. “Their days will be meaningful and rewarding, and each person can be as active and involved as they are able to be.”

Hope’s Adult Day Health services will be provided at the new Hope Care Center of Naples, a spacious, comfortable state-of-the-art facility located at 13020 Livingston Road.

Individual care programs are determined at enrollment, based on each person’s interests, hobbies and career history so that daily activities can be customized.

Each client’s day will begin with conversations with Hope staff members and volunteers about the news of the day and other topics of interest, along with a discussion of plans and goals for the day. Light exercise sessions will help the individual to maintain body strength, primarily for balance and fall prevention. The day will also include rest periods, games, gardening, art, music and pet therapy, and even dancing if desired. A nutritious lunch and snacks will be available.

Among the unique features of the Hope Care Center of Naples are specially designed therapy areas. For example, an individual who is new to a wheelchair will be able to learn how to easily get in and out of bed, and how to maneuver indoors. A nurse will always be on duty.

Family members will have peace of mind knowing their loved one is being well cared for in their absence, in a safe environment.

The facility is open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, and participants may attend all day or for only a few hours. Transportation is available.

Hope has served the residents of Collier County for more than seven years through Hope Choices, a long-term, at-home program of care provided by Medicaid and the Department of Elder Affairs for people 65 and older, whose goal is to remain in their own home.

Also available to Collier County residents:

● Hope Healing Hearts – Counseling and support for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one

● Hope Comfort Care – Symptom management and counseling in the home for people of all ages with a serious illness

Adult Day Health is the first phase of services to be provided at the facility. Later in 2012, the Hope Care Center of Naples will also offer Hope PACE, a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. This Medicare/Medicaid or private pay program will enable people 55 and older to maintain independent living as they enjoy the amenities of the Center in addition to care and supportive services at home.

“With our Adult Day Health services, we can now offer even more people the opportunity to have a comfortable, satisfying and dignified life,” Beckwith said.

For more information about Hope’s Adult Day Health services, call (toll free) 1-855-454-3100.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hope Parkinson Program Presents the 2012 Parkinson Symposium

The public is invited to the 2012 Parkinson Symposium, hosted by the Hope Parkinson Program.

The symposium is an educational seminar for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. Participants will learn more about the disease and how to improve their quality of life. A representative from the Michael J. Fox Foundation will provide the latest information about their Parkinson Research Projects.

Featured speakers

J. Eric Ahlskog, MD, Mayo Clinic Parkinson Specialist
Nima Mowzoon, MD, Neurologist, Director of the Hope Parkinson Program

Event details and online registration available at

Registration fee: $10 per person
Seating is limited

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Seniors get novel health care: Hope PACE in Port Charlotte

Originally published in the Charlotte Sun

The Hope PACE Center in Port Charlotte is a fresh concept in health care for aging adults in the area.

Hope PACE, which stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, is a program of Hope HealthCare Services, a community-based agency and Medicare provider that meets the total healthcare needs of its participants while providing other services and allowing them to be independent and continue to live at home, according to the website  . Hope PACE also has facilities in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, with an additional one planned for Naples.

Not only does the multi-purpose center offer healthcare services, it offers activities, nutritious meals and the opportunity to socialize and make new friends, its website states.

“This program is the first in the area and way ahead of other forms of providing care for the elderly, said John Strickling, community relations director for the Port Charlotte Hope PACE. “The baby boomer population is growing and they are living longer. We will and can meet their needs.”

Those who enroll at Hope PACE get all their medical care through the center.

“Instead of the person having to go to various offices throughout the area we can provide these services all in one place at the Hope 4 4 Center. Home health care is also part of the supplied service,” said Port Charlotte Hope PACE Manager Mary “Maggie” Magagnos, a registered nurse who is certified in hospice and palliative care. “Many seniors choose to live at home rather than in a nursing home. We help them to do this by providing special health care.”

The center is set up for total health care, with fully equipped exam rooms. It receives laboratory and diagnostic services, as well as care from specialists in cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopedics, podiatry and more.

Services offered include transportation to and from the center; medical appointments and outings, primary medical and nursing care; occupational, physical and speech therapy; prescription drugs and medical equipment, according to its website. Services are provided for diabetics and heart disease patients. The center provides daycare for those whose assessment warrants the need, as well. Participants at Hope PACE come to the center on an individually planned basis, which can range from a few days a month to a full week at time. Normally, a client who qualifies can come to the center three days a week from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Other social activities, meals and services are available as well. Transportation is provided. Musicians often provide entertainment during the day.

Dorothy Barklay, who has come to the center for four months said, “I really enjoy the companionship here. I live by myself and enjoy doing crafts and the entertainment. “This place is fabulous,” said another client, Linda Dukes, who has been enrolled at Hope PACE since January. “We get medical attention and the nurses are aware of wound care. This is an excellent place and it allows me live in my own home and meet people. There is no other place like this in the area.”

Hope PACE also aids individuals who can no longer live at home with help finding nursing home services, hospitalization or hospice care.

To be eligible for the Port Charlotte Hope PACE, individuals must be 55 years or older, reside in Charlotte County and have health problems that qualify them for nursing home care but are able to live safely in the community.

Hope PACE is covered for those who have both Medicare and are Medicaid eligible at no cost. For those who are Medicare eligible only, there is a fee. There is no cost to those who are Medicaid eligible only. Private pay is also accepted.

For more information or to sign up, call 866-659-7223 and ask for information about the Hope PACE Center in Port Charlotte. The Port Charlotte office is at 3280 Tamiami Trail, suites 45 to 47.

The Senator’s Award – 2012

Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith Receives "The Senator's Award - 2012"

Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare Services, has received “The Senator’s award – 2012,” presented annually by State Senator Michael “Mike” Bennett, Chair of the Senate Community Affairs Committee.

According to Senator Bennett, the award is presented to “citizens in southwest Florida who have responded to the new century and to these times in unique ways.”

As the Senator explained to Beckwith, “Your working relationship with so many people in the community and your ability to provide ‘out of the box’ approaches for the benefit of the patients and their care is an example for all of us.”

The Senator continued, “Your work in hospice and end-of-life care has made you a pioneer not only in our community but our state. Florida is all the more enriched with your work and the work of your organization. You prove the observation that Florida’s greatest resource is her people.”

Beckwith said, “I am grateful for this honor, and would like for it to be a reminder to the community that Hope is here to help everyone in need. For more than 20 years, my staff and I have worked to provide the best healthcare possible, and we deeply appreciate this special recognition.”

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hope Chest Announces Special Sales Event for Brides-to-Be

Hope Chest, the Hope Hospice resale store, will host a special sale of wedding gowns on Sunday, January 15.

More than 100 new and gently used gowns, from the simple to the extravagant, ranging in size from 4 to 26, will be available for purchase.

The gowns were originally donated to the “Love That Dress” event held by the Lee County PACE Center for Girls. Through a joint partnership between the PACE Center for Girls and Hope PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), the gowns are available at a fraction of their original prices.

What: Hope Chest wedding gown sales event
When: Sunday, January 15, 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: 13821 North Cleveland Avenue, North Fort Myers

Note: Hope Chest is normally closed on Sundays and will be open on this date exclusively for this event.