Friday, September 1, 2017

Celebrating Inaugural National PACE Month in September


Hope Healthcare’s PACE Program is celebrating the inaugural National PACE month this September with the theme “Delivering Independence,” which celebrates the role of PACE providers in promoting independence for aging adults.

Designed to meet the needs of seniors while also helping their families and caregivers, PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) provides comprehensive, coordinated health care and dental services, therapies, transportation and meals for those who would prefer not to live in a nursing home.

Hope Healthcare’s main goal when implementing the PACE Program in 2008 was to help seniors continue to live independently in the place they call home, according to Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare and the founding president of the Florida PACE Association.

“The challenges of aging or living with chronic illness can make it difficult to remain at home, especially when the individual has increased needs,” said Beckwith. “PACE brings essential health care services together to ensure participants find the help they need to live well and independently at home with physical, emotional and social support.”

Hope’s PACE program currently serves more than 400 participants in Florida’s Collier, Charlotte and Lee counties. Support for those who are 55 and older is provided in Hope Care Centers located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Naples and Port Charlotte, as well as in participant’s homes. In addition to meeting health care needs, PACE offers help with personal care and light housekeeping.

The program can coordinate with the participant’s doctor and provide all health care services, including primary and specialized medical care; medications; medical supplies and equipment; lab and diagnostic services; occupational, speech and physical therapy; all necessary prescription drugs; home care and personal care aides; and hospitalization and skilled nursing facility care.

Learn more by calling Hope PACE directly at (239) 985-6400.

Monday, August 28, 2017

After Addiction Takes a Life: Grief Support for Special Circumstances


A unique support group is available for those who have lost a friend or loved one to substance abuse. Find support through your grief journey from your fellow participants as well as a licensed counselor from Hope Healthcare. These ongoing sessions are open to everyone in the community and are provided at no charge.

2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Hope Healthcare Community Room
Hope Care Center in Lehigh Acres
1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

To join this group, please contact Edita H. Kulichova at 239.333.4245. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Congressman Francis Rooney visits Hope PACE and Hope Hospice



Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith hosted Congressman Francis Rooney at Hope’s PACE Center and Hospice House in Fort Myers.

Rooney visited with several participants in Hope PACE, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. While at the Care Center, he learned how the program’s multifaceted services allow aging adults in southwest Florida to stay healthy, active and socially connected. With this unique support, PACE participants are able to remain safely in their own homes, rather than being placed in a nursing facility.

“I am looking forward to working with Samira Beckwith and her amazing team, to make caring for seniors in our community less burdensome,” said Congressman Rooney. “I have written a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, requesting relief from excessive labor regulations on home health care workers. We should be supporting programs like PACE, and making it easier on caregivers, not making it more difficult for them to function.”

Rooney also thanked the staff and volunteers at the Hope Hospice House in Fort Myers and spent time with those in Hope’s care.

“It was inspiring to see how invested Congressman Rooney is in both Hope’s mission and its innovative programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community,” said Beckwith. “He truly cares about the issues that affect their lives.”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hope Hospice Kids’ Room Gets Makeover with BB&T’s Help


Thanks to help from BB&T–Oswald Trippe and Company, visitors to the Kids’ Room at Hope Hospice House in Fort Myers will be greeted by new toys and DVDs, a TV, artwork and fresh furnishings in a completely updated space that serves as a cheerful respite for children with family members in Hope’s care.

After selecting Hope Hospice as the recipient of their Safeco Lighthouse Project grant, BB&T team members worked together with Hope to coordinate renovations throughout the summer.

“We had a great time remodeling the Kids’ Playroom. We helped to create a warm and inviting place for children and parents to unwind while visiting their loved ones,” said Stacey Mercado, marketing and sales development specialist at BB&T–Oswald Trippe and Company.

 Updates to walls, flooring, furniture and decor completed the new playroom.

“We are so grateful to BB&T for volunteering their time and making the Kids’ Room renovation a reality,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Caring community partners like BB&T help us make a difference to the families we serve.”

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hula Connection Entertains at Hospice House

On Sunday, July 30, dancers from Hula Connection came to entertain guests at the Hope Hospice House. Volunteers threw a luau - complete with grass skirts, leis, tiki hut, virgin mai tai's and piña coladas. There was even an audience participation dance held in each wing!







Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dad's Grief Toolkit Series Coming in September

An 8 Week Series for Men Coping with the Loss of a Child

This series of classes, led by professional Hope staff, will cover topics such as Grief 101, Talking to Your Children, and Defining a New Normal.

Participants will be asked to complete a one-on-one counseling session with a Hope bereavement counselor prior to attending. There is no charge for either the individual session or the biweekly classes. Please call ahead to reserve your space for this workshop.

Series begins Wednesday, September 6th from 6:00-7:30 pm
Continues 1st and 3rd Wednesday of Each Month
Hope Community Room, HealthPark Office
9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908

To attend, please contact Lorrie McCann, LMHC at (239) 985-7716.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Issue of Parkinson Program Newsletter

The summer edition of the Hope Parkinson Program newsletter is available. This issue includes information on:
  • Xadago Add-On Therapy
  • Foods for Living Well with Parkinson’s
  • SpeechVive Medical Device
  • Calendar of Upcoming Events
You can also subscribe to this quarterly newsletter, provided at no cost to participants, by joining the Hope Parkinson Program.

Partnership with United States Vietnam War Commemoration

Hope Healthcare has announced its partnership with The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the nation.

Following in the footsteps of commemorations honoring military service in World War II and Korea, this multiyear commemoration – instituted by the United States government under the auspices of the Department of Defense – aims to thank and honor 7 million living Vietnam veterans and the families of all 9 million who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

“Hope has a long tradition of honoring our veterans through our VALOR program and Honor Guard,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “This partnership with the Department of Defense provides an additional opportunity for Hope to give special recognition to those in our care who served in the Vietnam War.”

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dixieland Band Delights Guests at Hope's Care Center in Lehigh Acres

On June 13, the Dixieland Jazz Band gave their first performance at the Hope Care Center in Lehigh Acres. When the band members started showing up, they were worried that they would be too loud for our guests, but were reassured that they were welcome.

The band started in the first wing, where two family members sat at a back table. As they set up, our volunteers started walking from room to room offering cake and ice cream to the residents and families. Staff members closed the doors to reduce the volume a little, but as soon as the band started playing, doors started reopening. Family members came out with big grins on their faces.

Before the first song had ended, every table was full, and there were family members dancing and swaying to the music. People who had turned down refreshments walked up to the volunteers and said “You know, maybe I WILL have cake and ice cream after all!”

There were two little girls visiting their great-grandmother, Barbara, who originally started following the group because of the cake, but they became absolutely enamored of the band, and stayed as close as they could to them. One of the band members plays the washboard, and at one point he let both girls play it, to their utter delight.

After finishing 4 or 5 songs in the first wing, the band traveled onward, with the girls in tow. When the group arrived, two residents were already sitting in the common area waiting for us. All of the band members went out of their way to go over and individually greet each resident, shaking their hands. They even took requests.

After the third song, the little girls’ mother came over to a nurse and said, “My mother would like to come out to hear the music!”

Barbara was too ill to even sit up, so Hope staff wheeled her bed out into the common area – and she was clapping along to the music as she was moved! One at a time, the band members walked over as they were playing and surrounded Barbara's bed, so that they were playing directly to her as she clapped.

Barbara teared up several times, and her daughter asked her why. She replied, “Because I’m so happy!”

The two gentlemen who'd been there all along were asked if the band should keep playing, and they responded with an enthusiastic YES. One asked if they could come back again.

At the same time, the little girls had been playing with their great-grandmother’s white board, and during the last song, they wrote THANK YOU in great big letters and held it up. Including Barbara, there were four generations of her family there enjoying the day.

When everyone was finished cleaning up, the husband of one of our residents stopped on his way out to thank everyone for the party, and said “What a way to send my wife out!”

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hope Connections Addresses Senior Hunger

Hope Connections, a program of Hope Healthcare that provides at-home senior support, soon will be able to feed an additional 1,450 seniors in Hendry and Glades counties.

Residents who are at least 60 and have a household income that meets federal poverty levels can enroll in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commodity Supplemental Food Program during sign up events at Hope Connections, which serves as a local administering agency.

CSFP provides a monthly box of canned fruits and vegetables, juice, dry beans, rice, peanut butter, cereal and other food to eligible seniors so they don’t have to choose between eating or paying bills or buying medicine.

Public open enrollment events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following Hope Connections dates and locations:
  • Thursdays, May 18 and May 25 at 101 Florida Ave. NW, Moore Haven
  • Tuesdays, May 23 and May 30 at 1200 South W.C. Owen Ave., Clewiston
Last year, Hope Connections provided more than 24,000 meals to underprivileged seniors in Hendry and Glades counties through home delivery and social meal centers.

“Throughout Glades and Hendry counties, so many seniors are going hungry. Working together, Hope Connections and Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida will serve as a safety net for all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Requests to join our Hope Connections program grow exponentially with each passing year, and we depend on key partnerships with other organizations, as well as donations, to meet the increasing need.”

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida president and CEO, Richard LeBer and Samira K. Beckwith load a participant’s trunk with nutritious food.

Program participant Shurland “Duke” Williams volunteers to distribute food to others

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cinco de Mayo event at FINS Seafood & Dive Bar to benefit Hope Hospice



FINS Seafood & Dive Bar, located at 3422 Del Prado Blvd. South in Cape Coral, is hosting “Cinco de FINS Parking Lot Party” Friday, May 5 to benefit Hope Hospice.

Managing Partner Kelly Feather said she chose Hope for this event in memory of her stepmother Gwen Hope Feather, who served as Hope’s Director of Patient Services and as a member of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Social Work Advisory Board.

The taco eating contest and piñata bashing event will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free, and guests will enjoy special pricing on food and beverages. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 239-984-5499 or visit FINS Seafood & Dive Bar on Facebook.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Help Win a Grant for Hope Kids Care

Your online vote can help us win a grant through ACT (A Community Thrives), sponsored by USA Today. Debbie Regnone, owner of Resort Sports, has submitted a video entry for a ‘Superhero Campaign’ for Hope Kids Care. Vote on her page at act.usatoday.com/submit-an-idea/#/gallery/60426536 once a day until May 12. Hope will receive $50,000 or $100,000 for this program if we win! Special thanks go to Debbie for her thoughtful submission.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Hope Healthcare hosts 16th Annual Conference on Aging


Hope Healthcare is hosting the 16th annual Southwest Florida Conference on Aging, a multi-disciplinary conference for health care professionals, older adults and family caregivers. The conference offers education on generational aging; elderly exploitation; senior social issues; postoperative delirium; and self-advocacy and medical conditions and will conclude with a conversation about gratitude.

The conference takes place from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 at Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at the Bell Tower Shops, located at 13051 Bell Tower Drive. Registration is $85 for licensed professionals and includes six contact hours; $70 for United Way Partner Agencies; and $50 for caregivers, students and the public. Registration fees include lunch and program materials.

Presenters for the conference include Glenn Gutek, Atticus Practice Management Systems; Heather Conley, Department of Children & Families; Dr. Thomas Felke, Florida Gulf Coast University; Dr. Ajay Mayor, Lee Health; Dr. Susan Cassidy, CriticalMD; and Jonathan Scalone, Hope Healthcare.

The Conference on Aging is sponsored by Prather & Swank, P.A.and hosted by Hope Healthcare in partnership with Arden Courts, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee Health and United Way of Lee County.

The registration deadline is May 10. To register online or to print the registration form, visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/COA17. For more information, call (239) 482-4673. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Notes from the Past Spur Memories and Conversation

While working with George, one of Hope's spiritual care staff noticed that he had very charming notes in his room. Although George couldn't explain exactly what they were, it seemed as though they might hold clues to the important people in his life. And, since it is often easier for people to recall long-term memories when prompted, these references might help provide new avenues of conversation.

The text of the nearly 100 year old notes was originally in Greek. Fortunately, Father Dean of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church was able to translate some passages so that we could ask George more about them!



To remember your happy marriage 
Dear brother and sister Evagela and Ifigenia, 
On the event of your happy marriage, we send our wishes. We wish your life to be full of flowers and sweetness, never finding it difficult, full of thanks, happiness and joy, and fresh flowers to surround your life. 
Your sisters, Avrakome, Sophia, Katina
11-20-1922

My dear children,
Evagela and Ifigenia 
On the event of your marriage, accept my motherly and heartfelt wishes. The jasmines and the laurels, lilies, and myrtles I send, and I shower you with wishes. And my wishes are - to have joy in your hearts and the smile never to leave your cheerful lips. 
Your mother, Eleni

To my dear brother and sister,
I do not have flowers to send to you. So to shower you with happiness, instead I send my wishes from the depths of my heart. I wish you long life, for you to never face grief, sorrows and tears, and for the joy in your life to always increase. 
Meleaas

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wings of Hope Magazine - New Issue Released


Read about the individuals in our care, see event photos, and learn about the many Hope programs and services available in southwest Florida in the newest issue of Wings of Hope magazine.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hope Parkinson Program participants honored


Hope Parkinson Program participants Barbara Lea and Jerry Bramlett were honored this month at the Davis Phinney Foundation Victory Summit Southwest Florida symposium for their contributions to the Hope Parkinson Program and for serving as motivation to the Southwest Florida Parkinson’s community.

Featuring researchers, clinicians and physical therapists specializing in the field of movement disorders, The Victory Summit – co-hosted by the Hope Parkinson Program – presented therapy treatment options, lifestyle modifications and local resources for people with Parkinson’s and their families and care partners at Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Friends of Hope Women’s Committee raises $104,000 for Joanne's House

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee for Hope Hospice, led by chair Etta Smith, raised more than $104,000 for Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice at “Champagne Under the Stars.”

Approximately 150 guests enjoyed a champagne reception at the 1920s-themed event at Bonita Bay Club, which included a live auction featuring a stay at The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza New York.

Champagne Under the Stars was sponsored by Brown & Brown Insurance/Florida Blue; Louis and Najla Lataif; Northern Trust; American House Senior Living; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wynne; TWC Services; Carol Wood and Claire McMahon Team, John R. Wood Properties; CRAVE Culinaire/Venue Naples; Harriet Harnar and Scott Culbertson, Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty; Jim and Cathy McCormick, Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty; Mrs. Ross Roberts; Naples Fire Protection Inc.; and The Gulati Family Foundation.







Friday, February 24, 2017

Beckwith appointed to the National Quality Forum’s Care Coordination Standing Committee

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare, has been appointed to the National Quality Forum’s Care Coordination Standing Committee.

A non-profit, independent organization, NQF leads national collaboration to improve health and health care quality through measurement and innovation. Beckwith joins national health care experts on the Care Coordination Standing Committee to review performance measures focused on patient experience, health information technology and transitions of care.

“Communication between clinicians and providers is essential when patients transition between care settings,” said Beckwith. “By standardizing measures utilized to assess quality of care coordination, health care providers will be better able to serve patients and their families.”

Thursday, February 2, 2017

“Weekend of 2,000 Dresses” at Hope Chest Resale Store


Shoppers will discover a delightful assortment of dresses – including many still with original tags – as they browse the racks at Hope Chest’s “Weekend of 2,000 Dresses.”

The special event will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hope Chest, located at 13821 N. Cleveland Ave. in North Fort Myers.

Making their Hope Chest debut from a private donor’s collection, the dresses range from casual to formal and include cocktail and evening wear in women’s sizes 8 through 16, with a majority in size 12. Shoppers will recognize brand names including Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors, Max and Cleo, Nicole Miller, Jill Stuart, Donna Ricco, bebe and Forever 21, as well as designs from other stores. See examples in this photo collection.

Prices range from $10 to $200 based on dress style and formality. Fitting rooms are available but extremely limited, so shoppers should wear garments that will allow trying on dresses without access to a fitting room.

During these special store hours, only dresses in this collection, new shoes, and Chico’s jewelry will be sold. All other Hope Chest merchandise, including bargain clothing, home goods and furniture will not be available for purchase.

Cash and major credit cards will be accepted for payment. All sales are final, and no coupons or store discounts will apply for items in this special collection.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Why Attend a Bereavement Group?

Bereavement Group

"The quality and quantity of understanding support you get during your work of mourning will have a major influence on your capacity of heal. You cannot – nor should you try to – do this alone. Drawing on the experiences and encouragement of friends and fellow grievers is not a weakness but a healthy human need."
~Alan Wolfelt, Understanding Your Grief 

The loss of someone you love can be one of life’s most difficult experiences. A bereavement group is a safe place for you to share the story of your loss under the guidance of a highly skilled professional counselor. Through the group, you can come together with others who are also grieving during this sensitive, vulnerable time.

You need to tell your story, again and again. You need someone to listen to you with acceptance, without judgment. You need to feel understood. Through this process of telling, re-telling, listening, and sharing, our group members realize that they are not alone. Those who are farther along in the process may provide a beacon of hope for others.

During these helpful sessions, Hope's bereavement counselor will provide educational material on the grief process. Participants will learn that much of what they're experiencing is completely normal. The counselor is not the only resource; many times, other group members will share tips on what they're doing to cope with loss.

As the weeks pass, bereavement group members form a community. You will find that you are no longer alone. Together, you can move from the depths of grief to a place where the memory of your loved one brings a smile before a tear.

Champagne Under the Stars to benefit Hope Hospice

The Friends of Hope Women’s Committee for Hope Hospice is hosting Champagne Under the Stars at the Bonita Bay Club Saturday, February 11 to benefit Hope Hospice.

The 1920’s-themed event begins with a champagne reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Guests will have an opportunity to bid on unique auction items including a framed watercolor by French artist Lucien Delarue; a wine and champagne gift basket; a vintage bank, lamp and quilt for a grandchild’s nursery; a set of hand-cut, jade cordial glasses; a catered dinner party by Chef Brian Roland of CRAVE Culinaire; and a stay in The Fitzgerald Suite at The Plaza New York.

Visit https://donate.hopehcs.org/champagne for tickets starting at $235 for Guests, $300 for Patrons, and $500 for Underwriters. Tables can accommodate eight or ten guests. For more information, contact Heather Chester at 239-489-9164.

Champagne Under the Stars sponsors include Brown & Brown Insurance/Florida Blue; Louis and Najla Lataif; Northern Trust; American House Senior Living; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wynne; TWC Services; Carol Wood & Claire McMahon Team/John R Wood Properties; CRAVE Culinaire/Venue Naples; Harriet Harnar & Scott Culbertson/Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty; Jim & Cathy McCormick/Premiere Sotheby’s International Realty; Mrs. Ross Roberts; Naples Fire Protection Inc.; and The Gulati Family Foundation.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Upcoming Seminar: Integrative Therapies for PD

The Hope Parkinson Program invites health care professionals, therapists, volunteers, caregivers, and those living with Parkinson’s disease to attend Integrative Therapies for PD, an educational seminar on  Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops.

Dr. Amanda Avila, Hope Parkinson Program medical director, will present How Complimentary Therapies Can Help Treat PD. Local movement disorder specialist Dr. Khadijah Shamseddine will discuss the value of keeping active in her presentation Move it or Lose it: Why exercise is important in Parkinson’s disease.

Seminar check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. $10 per person includes valet parking and light refreshments. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required by Wednesday, Jan. 11 and can be completed online or by calling 239-985-7727.

The seminar is provided in partnership with Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Medtronic.