Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eight Things You Need to Know About Hope Hospice (Before You Need Hope Hospice)

As part of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November, Hope Hospice is committed to providing community education about hospice care so that you and your loved ones have all the information you need – even before you need us.

  1. Hospice is a program of comprehensive care and services that brings the patient and family the medical, emotional and spiritual support they need during life’s final journey.
  2. Hospice care is about adding quality to each individual’s life for as long as possible.
  3. Hope’s palliative care programs ensure comfort and dignity and prevent needless suffering.
  4. Hope Hospice is committed to providing quality care and support to patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or in one of our four Hope Hospice houses.
  5. Eligibility for hospice benefits often begins sooner than you think and is typically available much longer than you might expect.
  6. Hope Hospice cares for every individual facing a life-limiting illness, regardless of age, illness or ability to pay – nobody is denied our care.
  7. Hope Hospice offers grief and bereavement services to family members – including programs specifically for children.
  8. Hope Hospice serves people of all backgrounds, traditions and religions, and allows them to be with their families while receiving care. Emotional and spiritual support are tailored for each individual’s personal needs.
Hospice can enhance patients’ quality of life and ease the transition for their loved ones. Remember to speak with your doctor about the options for hospice as soon as a life-limiting diagnosis is made.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Food Distribution for Seniors in Hendry and Glades

Hope Connections, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the United Way coordinated another successful food distribution for hundreds of seniors in Hendry and Glades counties. Through the Senior Food Box program, they can receive this important assistance.

The community volunteers and staff members truly enjoyed giving out the food bags, especially this close to the Thanksgiving holiday, and were humbled as the recipients expressed their gratitude.

With generous community support, volunteers were also able to distribute extra goods, including nutritious foods like milk, fresh fruits and veggies.

These pictures were taken at the Hope Connections center in LaBelle; additional distributions were made in Clewiston and Moorehaven.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Samira K. Beckwith published in American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine

To ensure that people across all cultures and communities benefit from hospice care, Hope HealthCare Services President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith, MSW, LCSW, FACHE, LHD, has published an article in the November issue of the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine with co-author Dona J. Reese, PhD, MSW, LCSW.                                

The article, “Organizational Barriers to Cultural Competence in Hospice,” was based on results from a national mixed-method study with directors of 207 hospices. The study was undertaken to identify major barriers to cultural competence, seek input on strategies to address those barriers, and make progress toward increasing access and utilization of hospice for diverse cultural groups.

“Across cultures, patients and their families approach the end of their journey in unique ways,” said Beckwith. “Hope’s professionals are experts in reaching out and sharing spiritual and emotional support to ease that journey. The comfort and care Hope Hospice provides connects all communities.”

Annual Sanctuary Tennis Tournament Benefits Hope

The Sanctuary's Christie Bradley, Director of
Tennis and Fitness with Craig Wolf

With Tennis Guru Nick Bollettieri

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

We Honor Veterans


Honor Guard Volunteers
Ralph Boettger - Jay Burgess - Ralph Camp - Ken Clark - Jerry Conway - Kurt Daume - Tom Donnelly - Jim Edwards - Michael Einhorn - Dave Fetters - Mike Freedman - Raymond Gauthier -Dave Grossi - John Hicks - Yale Kanter - Joe Kauanui - Richard Klish - Terry LaBarge - Bob LaChance - Jim Lehman - John Mitchell - John Panko - Dick Phillips - Nick Piccoli - George Pickel - Frank Powers - Darrell Ramsden - Bill Riccio - Jeff Rockhey - Mariette Roy-Franco - Joe Ryan - Tom Sudol - Bill Warner - Al Wolstenholme

Hope VALOR Program Donors
Lanfah Braswell - Kenneth Brister - Dan Bullock & Barb Ladwig - Cape Royal Community Foundation Inc. - Michael Copper - Phyllis Cranston - John Davis - B.G. & Rosana Hutchison - Tom & Ruth Iversen - Elena Johnson - Marcia Jones - Don Lindsey - Barbara Monti - Inez Patten - Carol S. Preble - SWFL College Rotaract, Inc. - David Van Leuven

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Day of Learning in LaBelle: Friday, November 20

Join us for an afternoon of informative, educational and inspirational presentations:
  • Hope Connections Manager Kristina Rodriquez will present an overview of Hope’s programs and volunteer opportunities in the LaBelle community.
  • Jonathan Scalone, MA, DMin., retired Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force, will lead a discussion about veterans and the causes, recognition and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in Delayed Onset PTSD: The Legacy of War.
  • Certified Alzheimer Educator Patty Sullivan, RN, will present Understanding Alzheimer’s, including information about early warning signs and caregiver support.
Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, however seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Please call 863-675-1576.

Friday, November 20 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Hope Connections
475 East Cowboy Way
LaBelle, FL

Thursday, November 5, 2015

VALOR to receive three-year matching grant totaling $192,000

Hope has been named the recipient of a three-year matching grant totaling $192,000 to support its VALOR program from the AmeriCorps Legacy Corps for Veterans and Military Families, in collaboration with the University of Maryland Department of Health Services.

“We’re extremely appreciative of both the grant and our partnership with the AmeriCorps Legacy Corps,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “Through all of Hope’s programs, including the VALOR program, we are able to ensure our servicemen and servicewomen receive the loving care and support they deserve. It is our privilege to honor their dedication to our country as they fulfill life’s journey.”

Hope collaborates with the Veterans Administration to help make arrangements for replacement medals, military funeral honors, burials in a VA national cemetery, and donations of artifacts to historical societies and museums. VALOR also provides emotional support through chaplains and counselors familiar with veterans’ issues, including post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and other symptoms caused by combat or wartime experiences.

Through the AmeriCorps Legacy Corps program, Hope will recruit additional Honor Guard volunteers to provide respite care, disseminate veteran service information, create peer-to-peer networks for veterans, provide transportation for veterans and caregivers, and provide caregiver support.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Discounts at Evelyn & Arthur in honor of National Hospice Month

Visit the Evelyn & Arthur store in the Promenade from November 2 - 21, and donate your gently used items to receive a special discount on your in-store purchase. Clothing will be donated to our newest resale store, Hope Chest at The Crossings in Bonita Springs.

Evelyn & Arthur is located in the Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S. Bay Drive, Suite 124.

Thanks to the Evelyn & Arthur store for helping us celebrate National Hospice Month once again!