Monday, August 31, 2015

Hope's Bereavement Department: Crisis Counseling

Our bereavement department recently assisted with a tragic suicide in Hendry County. Shortly after law enforcement responded to the 911 call, they contacted Hope for our expertise in crisis counseling.

A Hope bereavement counselor went directly to the home of the parents and sibling of the suicide victim. She spent time with each family member, supporting them through basic decision-making, referring them to helpful community resources and providing emotional support. As other friends and loved ones arrived to the home, our bereavement counselor was able to offer assistance with their initial grief work.

The next day, we went to the local middle school and high school, taking an active lead in communicating with the students and offering crisis management. We returned later for additional follow-up and provided individual counseling as needed.

 Hope’s bereavement counselors are on call 24 hours a day; they are able to respond to all crises in the southwest Florida community. Throughout the year, we work closely with local sheriff’s departments, victim advocates and school guidance counselors; however, anyone can make a referral for crisis counseling. Please call our main line at (239) 482-4673 or toll-free (800) 835-1673 for help.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hope Hospice selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model

Model aims to increase choice and quality by enabling individuals to receive hospice and curative care concurrently

Hope Hospice has been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. The model provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit the option to receive comforting hospice care while still receiving curative services. This model is part of a larger HHS effort to deliver cost-efficient, patient-centered care.

Hope Hospice was selected as one of 140 Medicare-certified hospices to take part in the five-year program expected to care for as many as 150,000 eligible participants. The new model offers care similar to Hope’s current palliative care program – providing support for seriously ill individuals such as those with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

“We are proud to be part of this initiative because it reinforces our belief that everyone should receive the best care possible. Comfort is essential at every stage of illness,” said Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Participating in this model allows Hope to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support as soon as it is needed.”

Monday, August 10, 2015

Clewiston Field Trip for Hope Connections

Our friends at Hope Connections enjoyed a one-of-a-kind 'Lunch and Learn' field trip on Thursday, August 6.

The City of Clewiston provided free transportation and the Clewiston Museum and Chamber of Commerce gave free history lessons and tours. Everyone also enjoyed the delicious, discounted lunch provided by the Tiki Restaurant.

It was an exciting day full of first experiences and explorations. We are very grateful to the local businesses and organizations who made this event possible!