Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hope Hospice Volunteers Spread Cheer with Pet Parade

Pet Parade

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

Start the Conversation: April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day

As our community rises to meet the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, people are likely spending more time than ever communicating with their families, whether they’re sheltering in place together or calling loved ones regularly to check in. This unprecedented time and focus on health care provide opportunities to make connections and start conversations – including a discussion about your health care plans should you become unable to make your own decisions.

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

Sewing Masks and Isolation Gowns: More Ways to Help

We are so grateful to our wonderful volunteers and supporters who have been tirelessly creating fabric masks. We're now also requesting isolation gowns. If you don’t sew, but would still like to support Hope’s efforts, you can also help by donating fabric, flat elastic, cutting materials, or delivering/picking up items for sewers who can't leave home. For more, please see https://hopehcs.org/covid19/

Thanks To:

Bayside Sewing Guild
Joann Fabrics
North Star Yacht Club
The Little Family
Anonymous
Tracy Alford
Kay Austiff
Darlene Bell
Donna Boxhill
Emily Brigalli
Mary Ellen Burnup
Susan Cameron
Barbara Camp
Samantha Castle
Cathy Castner
Joyce Clark and Granddaughter
Barbara Cleaver
Kathryn Compton
Phyllis Contino
Dayna Sylvester
Ursula Deetscreek
Sandy d'Eustachio
Evelyn Gagnon
Ellen Gillis
Georgia Goyette
Julie Ann Gray
Arline Hansen
Kim Hansen
Katherine Jesionowski
Colette Johns
Stanhope Kathleen
Ann Koppe
Carol Krohse
Sophia Kuharich
Jacine Lester
Veena Maheshwari
Beverly Miles
Ann Olson
Jill Pellis
Bobbi Phillips
Christine Sharpe
Janice Smith
Lainee Specter
Vicki Spencer
Karen Springer
Fran Stevens
Bob Stream
Gladys Vanderbeck
Joan Warren
Denise

Hope Parkinson Program Offers New Teleconference Support Groups

Continuing the Connection During Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Each April, the 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

Please Help: Fabric Masks Needed

Even if you don't sew, will you help us by sharing this information with anyone you know who does sew?

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
    https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask
Place all completed fabric face masks in a sealed plastic bag, and label the bag with the following information:
  • Your full name, mailing address, and phone number
  • Number of face masks included in bag 
  • ATTN: Hope Volunteer Department
Masks can be dropped off to any Hope Care Center or the North Fort Myers Community Center:
  • 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)
All visitor/guest restrictions apply; see HopeHCS.org/covid19 for details on our entry policies. For questions, please contact Colette Johns at (239) 985-7728.

THANK YOU to everyone who has already donated to this special effort. We are incredibly grateful for your help!