Friday, October 16, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
The Knights of Columbus from St. John XXIII parish will be holding a charity golf tournament on October 30, 2020 at the Forest Country Club located at 6100 Club Boulevard SW, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
- Admission: $125 per player
- Sponsorships: Available for $100
Friday, October 2, 2020
|Peggy Evans tries virtual reality at Hope Hospice|
With the introduction of a new virtual reality activity, Hope Hospice is helping to alleviate feelings of isolation for those in their care and encourage a sense of connection with others through a shared experience.
Hope's counselors can customize the VR activities as users exercise their minds and check items off their bucket list. Specially-designed VR headsets allow access to simulated activities like skydiving, swimming with dolphins, or exploring must-see spots in different countries. Virtually visiting a specific place - like a childhood home or a favorite vacation destination – promotes reminiscence therapy, which is especially helpful for those with Alzheimer's disease or related memory disorders. Family and friends are able to connect with their loved one by sharing a VR experience together. Themed experiences based on holidays and seasons are available, along with interactive VR games and activities designed to help reduce stress and increase movement.
"Improving quality of life is the cornerstone of Hope's mission,” said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Offering a virtual reality activity helps us give those in our care an opportunity to feel the excitement of travel and the sense of well-being that comes from connecting with others - without fear of coronavirus."
Monday, September 21, 2020
Hope Hospice is inviting individuals, business, and civic groups to join them in the movement to give “More Hope” to those in need - to help raise much-needed funds for hospice care in our community.
With MoreHope.org, Hope has launched a campaign to help replace essential dollars lost from the absence of annual fundraising events that support unfunded care. Donations will help cover additional expenses from ensuring staff and patient safety during COVID-19.
The not-for-profit health care organization provides more than $2.5 million in unfunded hospice care annually. Last year, Hope provided comfort to more than 6,000 hospice patients and their loved ones as they fulfilled life’s journey.
“As we celebrate our amazing journey through the past four decades, I invite you to join us in creating an even brighter future for hospice care in Southwest Florida,” said Samira K. Beckwith, Hope president and CEO. “On behalf of our staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors, I want to thank you for believing in our mission. Together, we can provide More Hope for generations to come.”
MoreHope.org offers donors the option of making recurring gifts or pledging a future gift in support of hospice care. Information about hosting a fundraiser and becoming a sponsor is also available on the website. Donors are encouraged to wear the “I gave More Hope” t-shirt they will receive in recognition of their support and share the message of #MoreHope on social media.
As a local charity, Hope Hospice has served Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties since 1979. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people facing issues related to serious illness. Hope Hospice is one of many programs and services provided by Hope Healthcare. For more information, call 239-482-4673 or visit www.MoreHope.org.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Hope PACE, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, has received 10 buses from the Florida Department of Transportation in support of their mission of maintaining the quality of life and optimal ability for Lee, Collier and Charlotte county seniors at risk for nursing home placement and keeping them healthy, comfortable and independent in their own homes for as long as possible.
Transformed into Hope Mobiles, the buses will be used to transport program participants to special Hope PACE Care Centers, where they receive comprehensive medical and therapeutic care, medications, and – prior to the pandemic – social activities and meals. Hope PACE also provides transportation to appointments with specialists and other needed services.
"Hope PACE’s innovative, personal approach helps avoid unnecessary hospitalizations by ensuring our elderly remain safely in the community and receive the care they deserve in the place they call home," said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. "With these buses, FDOT helps make possible the relied-upon, essential element of transportation for our PACE program seniors."
The ten buses were an in-kind gift in lieu of funding Hope PACE has traditionally received from FDOT.
"FDOT supports Hope PACE along with other deserving nonprofit organizations that work hard to ensure the elderly and frail have access to critical community resources,” said L.K. Nandam, FDOT District One Secretary. “We are happy to help further their worthy efforts this year with vehicles to help serve those most in need."
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Several members of our Bereaved Moms Support Group are opening their hearts to share their thoughts and feelings with us. This is what they would like you to know about the profound experience of losing a child.
It is a difficult time for the parent – nothing you say will be correct or comforting. Just listen, and be there for them to talk, cry, scream with you. The moral support is worth a lot.
I would like people to acknowledge my loss and not try to avoid me. I am not contagious. Just a simple “I’m sorry for your loss” is enough.
I would like people not to judge how long it should take me to recover from my losses.
In today’s Covid environment, virtual hugs are encouraged.
Please do not tell me you understand unless you have lost a child yourself.
We have never imagined our children not being a part of our lives. It is not the natural order of things that they die before their parents.
Losing a son to suicide – what I wish others knew
Please don’t ask me how he died. It is painful to describe the manner of his death.
Don’t ask me if he had “mental illness” or if he showed signs.
Don’t ask me if he left a suicide note. Notes don’t always give answers and in fact lead to more questions.
Don’t tell me that you know how I feel if you have never lost a child.
Do ask me his name.
Do know that sometimes all I need is a hug or your presence.
Do know that it is okay not to know what to say. Silence is okay.
Do ask me about him.
Do know that I will have good days and bad days even after years, and I still cry a lot.
Do feel free to wish me Happy Mother’s Day as I am still a mother even though he was my only child.
As a nurse, I’ve dealt with many patients’ deaths; I’ve also lost my parents and my husband. However, I was not prepared for the death of my daughter, my only child. She fought metastatic breast cancer for eight years. Even though her death was expected and accepted to end her pain, it is the worst pain of my life. Grief after the loss of a child doesn’t have a timeframe to get over, it changes you for life. I want friends and family to talk to me about my daughter and the good memories they have of her. Yes, I may still cry sometimes, but they are healing tears. I never know when something will still trigger pain in my heart. Just check on your family and friends after their loss and touch base ongoing. Don’t let it feel like an elephant in the room whenever you see or talk to them.
Suicide is less accepted and has a stigma attached to it, so people shy away from discussing it or approaching you. People don’t understand how someone could take their own life. If they don’t have an understanding of mental illness and drug addiction, you can’t expect them to. I am grateful for some friends who did listen – and did not give advice. I’m not ashamed to share that I lost a child to this, and I appreciate others coming forth to share their stories.
After the death of my son, as the shock gradually wore away, I came to understand the degree of seismic shift this loss had on my soul. Almost immediately my mind's ability to prioritize what used to be important, what I needed for my grief journey, and what no longer mattered much was magnified. Now I am able to continue my life with new compassion and insight, while still loving and missing my son. I will always want and need to talk about my son – and to hear your remembrances too. Also, a hug or a listening ear will soothe my soul.
I’d like to let people know that it’s okay to ask about our children. Maybe ask what he or she liked - or was like. Ask if there are any special memories that we may like to share. Don’t be afraid that it may be too painful, we’re in pain already. Don’t be afraid of our tears. They are a part of us now. Just listening can be comforting. You’ve laughed with us, maybe you can cry with us as well. Perhaps they will be happy tears. We will never forget our child, not having any new memories doesn’t mean we forget the memories we have and cherish deep in our hearts.
Bereaved Moms Grief Support Group
Held virtually on Zoom Videoconferencing
Mondays from 11am – 12:30pm
Preregistration is required
Call 239-985-7716 or email Lorrie.McCann@HopeHCS.org
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
In 2018, Hope was among a select number of hospices in the country chosen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to offer the Medicare Care Choices Model. Through the recent MCCM extension, Hope Choices will continue allowing more Medicare beneficiaries to receive supportive care.
For people with cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or human immunodeficiency virus, Hope develops a specialized plan with their physician and coordinates care through a combination of in-person visits and 24/7 telephone access. The program is a step forward for Medicare, and an option already available for many people with private insurance.
“With Hope Choices, people can receive special care and support earlier, while still pursuing treatments,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “We are happy to have the opportunity to continue adding more hope and quality of life to every day.”
Hope Choices is available at no cost; all services are covered for Medicare beneficiaries. To learn more about the program, call 239-482-4673.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Hope Hospice received a $2,000 community grant from Walmart Neighborhood Market at 2020 NE Pine Island Road in Cape Coral to support Hope’s mission of providing care and comfort to every individual and their loved ones as they fulfill life’s journey.
Walmart Manager Tanya Parrish and Pharmacists Jignesh Patel and Mittal Patel from Store #6941 helped coordinate the award for Hope with the Walmart Community Grants Team.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Dr. Lenis, who will provide care in Lee County, has worked at the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida. Dr. Broderick, who was the medical director and primary care physician of a PACE program in Massachusetts, will serve Hope PACE participants in Naples.
“Dr. Lenis’ and Dr. Broderick’s expertise supports Hope PACE’s goal of keeping our Southwest Florida seniors healthy, engaged and connected in their communities,” said Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Our innovative, personal approach ensures they safely receive the care they deserve in the place they call home and helps avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.”
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Joined by his wife, actress Susan Yeagley, brother Chris Nealon, mother-in-law, Dr. Sally Yeagley, and actress Cheryl Hines, Nealon competed against The Price is Right host Drew Carey’s team.
“Kevin is a longtime friend of Hope Hospice, and it was so exciting to watch him play on our behalf,” said President and CEO of Hope Healthcare, Samira K. Beckwith. “His generosity ensures that Hope can continue its mission, and his public support reminds people that we are here to help.”
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Kevin Nealon, Dr. Sally Yeagley, Susan Yeagley, Chris Nealon, and Cheryl Hines
Nealon’s team – including his wife, actress Susan Yeagley; his brother, Chris Nealon; his mother-in-law, Dr. Sally Yeagley; and actress Cheryl Hines – will compete against The Price is Right host Drew Carey and his team in the second game of the episode. After the airing, episodes are available for on-demand viewing on Hulu.
“My first experience with Hope Hospice was when they cared for my grandmother about 20 years ago. Since then, they’ve shown compassion and comfort to both my parents as well,” said Nealon. “I’m honored for this opportunity to support Hope in its mission to help others in Southwest Florida in the same kind and caring way they helped my family.”
Nealon stars in CBS’s “Man with a Plan” and starred in “Weeds” on Showtime. He has appeared in several movies, including “Happy Gilmore” and “The Wedding Singer.” He also hosts the popular YouTube series “Hiking with Kevin.”
“Kevin has been a longtime friend of Hope Hospice, and we are truly grateful for his generosity in sharing his time and talent to help Hope improve the quality of life for those experiencing serious illness and their families,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare.
Monday, May 18, 2020
With a distinguished career in public service that spans two decades, Benacquisto was first elected to the Florida Senate to represent Southwest Florida in 2010 and was subsequently reelected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. She served as the Majority Leader from 2012 to 2014 and the Deputy Majority Leader from 2011 to 2012. Previously, she served as Councilwoman for the Village of Wellington, Florida, from 2002 to 2010.
Benacquisto has been involved with Hope for several years, serving as co-chair of the annual Yachts of Hope and Shine events that benefit Hope Hospice. She has been recognized with numerous honors and awards and served in volunteer positions with a broad variety of political, civic and human service organizations.
You will need WiFi and a quiet setting to join the group meetings on Zoom, led by Hope Bereavement Counselor Jessica Eastham and Art Therapist Danielle Brant. No prior experience in writing or art is required. After registration, we’ll discuss a simple list of supplies that may be helpful during your journaling process.
The group is limited to the first 12 participants to register, and parent/guardian permission is required for those under the age of 18.
To join, contact Jessica Eastham at 239.415.7219 or Jessica.Eastham@HopeHCS.org.
Friday, May 8, 2020
Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
Write a Thoughtful Note
What would you say to your mother if she were still here? Put your thoughts in writing on pretty notepaper or in a special notebook.
Make a Memorial Gift
Many not-for-profits like Hope allow donations to be made in memory of a loved one. Not only will you make a special tribute to your mother’s memory, but you’ll also be supporting others during this difficult time.
Light a Candle
If a financial gift is uncomfortable right now, consider lighting a candle in your mother’s memory. Can you send positive thoughts or say a prayer in support of her favorite charitable mission?
Ask for Help
If you think you would benefit from talking to a professional bereavement counselor at Hope, call 239.482.4673. Remember, we're always here to help.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
More than a dozen Hope Hospice volunteers – and their dogs – spread cheer to Hope’s patients, family and staff during a festive Pet Parade around the grounds of Hope’s Fort Myers Care Center.
Hope President and CEO Samira Beckwith thanked the volunteers for what they do every day at Hope, and explained why events like this are especially important for those in Hope’s care.
“People in our care and their families really need the opportunity to smile and to laugh,” said Beckwith. “Watching the parade of dedicated Hope volunteers with their uplifting signs and adorable pets provided some much-needed joy.”
Lehigh resident Geri English, who has volunteered with Hope for nearly four years, said she takes her rescue pug Lilly with her on visits to Hope’s Lehigh Care Center and on weekend home visits. A Navy veteran, she also helps with Hope’s VALOR program.
“Hope volunteers can use their strengths to help out in different ways. It’s a great way to do something special for others,” said English.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Hope Healthcare has been the local resource in facilitating the advance planning discussion in our community by providing resources and education events. On April 16, Hope recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day: a nationwide initiative that encourages adults of all ages to consider the care they may want or may not want, discuss it with family members, document the plan in writing, and choose a health care surrogate.
Sadly, the consequences of delaying the discussion and not communicating your thoughts, concerns, and desires can affect loved ones in unintended ways. Heartbroken families can fall apart, wracked with confusion and guilt. Sometimes, the emotional intensity of this situation can overtake a lifetime of great memories.
Creating a plan gives loved ones a map to follow, confident in knowing your intentions. At Hope, we recommend reviewing Five Wishes – an easy-to-use guide that provides direction and guidance to discuss your personal, emotional and spiritual preferences. The form legally documents desires for future medical care and provides information for family and physicians, such as: Who should make care decisions on your behalf if you’re unable? What kind of medical treatment options are acceptable or desired?
It is also an opportunity to share other important details. Do you want to be surrounded by family and friends, or do you want only your closest loved ones nearby? Which are your favorite hymns and flowers? Do you want friends to honor your passing by contributing to your favorite charity in your name?
As a community service, Hope Healthcare is offering complimentary copies of Five Wishes, which is considered a legal document in Florida as well as 41 other states. To request a complimentary copy by mail, call Hope at 239-482-4673 or visit www.fivewishes.org/redeem and enter promo code APRIL2020. There, you can either print a Five Wishes document to complete by hand - or enter your information on-screen and print a completed document to sign. You can return to your Five Wishes online to edit and reprint it for a full year.
Let someone you trust know you’ve completed Five Wishes and where it will be kept, and consider sharing it with your clergy, doctor, attorney, and other trusted advisors and care providers.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Hope Parkinson Program commemorates Parkinson’s Awareness Month as a highlight of its robust, year-round schedule that provides education, socialization, and support to more than 2,000 active participants.
While regularly scheduled events are postponed, the program is continuing the connection and inspiring participants through regular emails, social media updates, and new teleconference support groups.
“Since its inception in 2009, a goal of our Parkinson Program has been to use the power of community to bring people together to share their experiences,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Although they are not able to gather in person, Hope Parkinson Program participants can still benefit from the connections and support of our caring PD community.”
Throughout April, Hope Parkinson Program teleconference support groups will also help connect members to resources to help manage COVID-19 anxiety.
To participate, members must RSVP 24 hours prior to the teleconference by contacting Hope Parkinson Program Manager Michelle Martin at 239-985-7727.
- Monday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Open support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and care partners
- Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m.
PD Care Partner support group
- Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m.
Monthly Ladies with PD group
- Thursday, April 30 at 2 p.m.
Open support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and care partners
Thursday, April 2, 2020
We are asking volunteers to create homemade face masks. Hope has already distributed over 700 of these masks, and more are needed. Even if you don't have elastic, you can still create a mask with fabric ties. Guidelines:
- Good coverage is important: masks should reach above the bridge of the nose and below the chin.
- Fit is important: masks should be snug.
- Many online tutorials and patterns exist, an example is available at
- Your full name, mailing address, and phone number
- Number of face masks included in bag
- ATTN: Hope Volunteer Department
- 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (map)
- 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 (map)
- 2430 Diplomat Pkwy. E, Cape Coral, FL 33909 (map)
- 1201 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 (map)
- 13821 N Cleveland Avenue, N Fort Myers, FL 33903 (map)
Friday, March 27, 2020
During these unprecedented times, Hope's mission is abundantly clear. We're working diligently to ensure the health and safety of the people in our care as well as our dedicated staff and volunteers. As a not-for-profit organization, we must rely on your generosity as we prepare for the many challenges ahead. While our fundraising events are suspended and our resale stores are closed, we sincerely hope you will make a donation to help those who are touched by serious illness here in southwest Florida. Thank you for being our partner in caring for the most vulnerable members of our community! ~Samira K. Beckwith
Donate Medical Supplies
Hope is accepting donations of gloves, masks, and personal protective equipment (PPE) gear - especially N95 masks. Anyone who has items available and is willing to donate, please contact Sabrina Bennett at 239-322-5364 for delivery or pick-up options.
Volunteers to Sew Masks
Local sewers and sewing groups have already begun creating fabric face masks for Hope staff. Over 200 have already been delivered. Can you join them? A short description, video tutorial link, and delivery instructions are available at the bottom of our COVID-19 update page.