Thursday, May 24, 2012

Alison A. Lauber, MD, Joins Hope Hospice

 Palliative care expert Dr. Alison Lauber has joined Hope Hospice as Associate Medical Director.

Dr. Lauber’s primary area for providing care and support to patients and families will be in the Lehigh Acres and Clewiston areas. “Dr. Lauber is highly experienced in family health care as well as hospice,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “She is an expert in providing person-centered care, giving people dignity and comfort when they need it most.”

Most recently Dr. Lauber served as Associate Medical Director at Haven Hospice, headquartered in Gainesville. Previously she served as the Director of the Palliative Consult Service at the Medical College of Georgia, the state’s largest academic medical facility, where she had also received her medical degree. Dr. Lauber holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Hope is the only hospice authorized by the State of Florida to serve Lee, Glades and Hendry counties. For more than 30 years, Hope has provided end-of-life care, comfort and support for patients and their families.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Collier County Seniors Now Have Access to Affordable, Comprehensive Healthcare

Like many people throughout the country, Collier County’s frail elderly residents are concerned about the future of quality healthcare and the support they will need.

In response to these concerns, Hope HealthCare Services has introduced Hope PACE®, the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE enables Collier County seniors to have all of their required preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services brought to their door.

According to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, “People often have a need for special healthcare services in order to maintain their independence. Hope PACE meets their needs and at the same time makes life much easier for their family caregivers.”

Hope PACE is a Medicare/Medicaid or private pay program. Enrollees 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 medical appointments and outings
The broad range of services also includes transportation to the Hope Care Center of Naples, a state-of-the-art adult day health facility. Here, clients can socialize and participate in stimulating activities including light exercise, games, and arts. Healthcare services are also available on site. The Center is located at 13020 Livingston Road.

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

“A critically important benefit of Hope PACE 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.”

Beckwith added that Hope PACE is now among other Hope Life Care programs also available in Collier County. The organization 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.

Also available to Collier County residents:
Hope Adult Day Health Services – Therapeutic social and health activities for adults with functional impairments, provided in the protective environment of the Hope Care Center
Hope Healing Hearts – Counseling and support for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one

Enrollment is now open for Hope PACE in Collier County. For more information, call toll-free (855) 454-3100, or visit