Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Community Event for National Fall Prevention Month

Hope Parkinson Program is hosting a special community education event for National Fall Prevention Month on Friday, Sept. 7 in the Hope Healthcare Cape Community Room at 2430 Diplomat Parkway East in Cape Coral at 1 p.m.

 Guest speaker Leslie Strubbe, a physical therapist from Hope Visiting Nurses, will discuss valuable tips and tricks to help lower the risk of falling. The event will also include a Tai Chi demonstration by Hope’s “Tai Chi for Better Balance” class participants. There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited; please call 239-985-7727 to RSVP.

 Hope Heathcare recognizes the importance of fall prevention all year long by offering Tai Chi classes to the community through the Hope Parkinson Program. People over 60 years of age who would like to work on their balance are invited to attend Hope Parkinson Program’s weekly Tai Chi open practice classes held Mondays at 3 p.m. in Hope Cape Community Room and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the Hope HealthPark Community Room at 9470 HealthPark Circle in Fort Myers. There is no cost to attend, and no RSVP is required.

See video from a previous Tai Chi class.

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hope Hospice Expands Doula Services


For nearly 40 years, Hope staff and volunteers have served as doulas to support people throughout their end-of-life journey. Now, as this role becomes more recognized, Hope’s doula program has significantly expanded in size and scope to offer even more support to families during the final days and hours of life.

More than 30 Hope volunteers have completed a specialized hospice doula educational program, where they learned about creating and maintaining a sacred space by using sound, touch, color, and other sensory experiences to alleviate pain and anxiety. Doulas can also offer legacy projects that serve as emotional touchstones and family keepsakes.

“Much in the same way a doula helps a new mother navigate childbirth, end-of-life doulas help enhance Hope’s holistic, personalized approach by facilitating a gentle, tranquil, and meaningful passing whether in a Hope Care Center, the hospital, or home,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith.

Hope Hospice honors each person’s beliefs about life, death or the afterlife. Doulas are non-denominational and work with all faith traditions, as well as with those who are not religious.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recognizes the value of end-of-life doulas, who enrich the experience for patients, family members and friends and strengthen the relationship between medical and nonmedical end-of-life support.

Upcoming doula education series:
Mondays, October 8, 15, and 22
HealthPark Office, Fort Myers
Each class is held from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Current Hope volunteers are welcome to sign up

Monday, August 13, 2018

Board of Directors Announces Shaffer as New Board Member

Hope Healthcare’s board of directors has announced Lori Shaffer, senior vice president at Chico’s FAS, as a new board member.

Shaffer joined the company in 1998 and has held numerous leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including director of merchandising and vice president controller. In 2008, she assumed responsibility for the Chico’s FAS outlet business and has been instrumental in driving growth of that division.

“Lori’s expertise is a great complement to our board,” said Hope Healthcare President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “We welcome her insights as we remain dedicated to serving the most vulnerable in our community despite decreasing reimbursement and increasing needs.”

Board members serve three-year terms and contribute their expertise, time, talent and resources to advancing Hope’s mission of providing exceptional care and support to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.