Friday, March 27, 2020

Our Charitable Mission Continues during Coronavirus

A Note from Our President and CEO
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.

Friday, March 20, 2020

National Hotline to Not-for-Profit Hospice and Palliative Care Providers

The 70 nonprofit hospice providers that comprise the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NHPI) have set up a hotline for patients, caregivers, and families who need home- or community-based end-of-life or palliative care.

The number for the new hotline is:
(844)-GET-NHPI
(844) 438-6744


“Making the decision to receive hospice, advanced illness, or palliative care can be stressful under the best of circumstances, let alone when patients and families are unsure of their options and the quality and safety of the care provided,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, president and CEO of NPHI. “This new toll-free number makes a formerly complicated process simple by providing access to all 70 providers, allowing families to find the care they need, even when they and their loved ones are in different parts of the country.”

"When families consider their care options for a loved one dealing with an advanced illness, our hope is that they choose a not-for-profit palliative care and hospice provider. It can make a huge difference in their loved one’s quality of life in their final months, weeks and days,” said Robert Cahill, president and CEO of NorthStar Care Community, which is providing the infrastructure for the toll-free number.

Important Note: the hotline number above is intended for patients and families living outside of southwest Florida. If you or your loved one reside in Lee, Hendry, or Glades counties and need hospice or palliative care, please call Hope directly at:
(239) 482-4673
(800) 835-1673

Monday, March 16, 2020

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19

Hope is implementing multiple safeguards and protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health. Please be assured we are doing everything possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Absorb COVID-19 News at a Reasonable Pace
While it’s important to stay informed by keeping up with reliable news sources, constant exposure to scary headlines can be counterproductive. If you find yourself spending hours online looking up COVID-19 news, consider if this is causing you unnecessary anxiety or panic.

Monitor Advisories from Reliable News Sources
Don’t believe everything you might read on social media. Misleading information can be scary – and also dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Florida Department of Health are good websites to check for the latest information.

Focus on Actionable Tasks
Channel your energy into productive outlets – be vigilant about handwashing, practice social distancing, and be ready to stay at home for an extended time if you are sick or quarantined. Consider checking in with friends and family by phone, email, or video chat to maintain social bonds, even when you can’t meet in person.

Accept Uncertainty
None of us can predict the future. Even in the best times, accidents, illnesses, and unexpected events may disrupt the pattern of our lives. Rather than focusing on worst-case scenarios, get plenty of rest, exercise if possible, and connect with loved ones. Remember that each day is a gift.

Hope’s Infection Control Policies and Procedures
Hope always maintains the strictest standards of hygiene and cleanliness – at our Hope Care Centers and also for everyone we care for in their own homes. All Hope locations are now following the latest guidelines for allowing visitors. Staff providing care outside of our facilities are also carefully monitoring for any potential exposures to COVID-19.

Furthermore, 100% of Hope’s staff and volunteers must pass annual examinations regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), infectious diseases, and legal requirements. Staff who provide direct care complete additional requirements and attend skills fairs to demonstrate their knowledge of proper techniques.

We’re Here to Help
If you are a patient, participant, loved one, or family member in Hope's care, please ask a staff member if you have questions about our infection control practices or if you need additional help for coping with stress and anxiety.