Monday, April 29, 2013

Visiting Nurses Association of Southwest Florida joins Hope HealthCare Services

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Fort Myers-based Hope HealthCare Services, announced today that Visiting Nurses Association of Southwest Florida, a community-based home health care agency, has become part of Hope’s Continuum of Care.

Services will continue with no interruption or changes for current patients of VNA, Beckwith said, adding that she hopes all VNA staff will remain in place for the comfort and care of patients during the transition and beyond.

“Hope HealthCare has been providing services in Southwest Florida for over 30 years, and the Visiting Nurses Association is the oldest home healthcare agency in the region,” Beckwith said. “We are both long-standing community organizations dedicated to providing access to quality care, regardless of an individual’s illness or ability to pay. We share the same values and the same commitment to providing excellent, compassionate care to members of our community during difficult times.” 

Hope now will offer Medicare-certified home health and private duty services. According to Beckwith, more than 90 percent of seniors prefer to receive care in their homes, and nearly 66 million American caregivers need home health support.

 “Home health is a natural complement to the services Hope has provided for decades,” Beckwith continued. “Our entire healthcare model is based on caring for people with serious illness - and for most of those individuals, our care takes place in their homes. Now, in addition to our community based programs, services and hospice care, we can use our outstanding skill set to provide the same compassionate, comforting care to those who require home health services.”

“This model is the future of healthcare,” she said. “We can serve individuals over a longer period of time, allowing us to provide more seamless, personalized care and attention, and offer the opportunity for more family involvement. We will continue to partner with organizations that can help us provide comprehensive care to all who are in need.” 

The Visiting Nurses Association of Southwest Florida was established in 1966 as Lee County’s first home health agency. The agency has provided medically needed services to clients in their place of residence by nurses, therapists, social workers and home health aides; all services are ordered and monitored by a physician, which will continue under Hope. “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to welcome VNA into the Hope HealthCare family,” Beckwith said.

Hope Labyrinth at the Cape Coral Tribute Garden

We have recently opened our new Tribute Garden at our Cape Coral Care Center. We invite you and your community group to enjoy this public space.

Our redesigned and enhanced Tribute Garden includes new fountains, refreshed trees and garden plantings, a memorial wall and an impressive labyrinth. Your group can enjoy:
  • A short retreat and peaceful gathering
  • An outdoor meeting space
  • Strolling, conversing in the sunlight
  • Quiet reflection in a natural setting 
One of the most significant enhancements is the extensive Hope Labyrinth, which now features a stone path and waist-high plantings that lead visitors into the center and back out again. The labyrinth is often visited by churches, school children and other community groups. Anyone is invited to walk along this gently meandering pathway and enjoy the serene setting for quiet reflection and meditation.

Visit the labyrinth and Tribute Garden located at 2430 Diplomat Parkway E, Cape Coral.

Learn more about the labyrinth at

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Issue of Wings of Hope Now Available

Art and music therapy are the focus of the most recent issue of the Wings of Hope newsletter.

"Music has always been instrumental to my happiness, and playing is certainly much better than lying in bed and suffering. Thanks to Hope's Music Therapy program, I now look forward to each day with interest."