19 We are the safety net for those with no experience in this situation. For many they encounter this for the first time in their immediate family and are lost. They need love, care, and support, and that is already the specialty of Hope Hospice, so working with these intimate end-of-life issues is a natural progression for our expertise. InnovativeHealthMag.com if it’s only 24 hours after someone’s diagnosis - whenever they are bothered by symptoms or struggling with a diminishing quality of life, we can help.” Although Hope HealthCare Services is most frequently associated with their hospice program, Samira knows that palliative care will be embraced by individuals who are not terminally ill. “Everyone deserves the expert care we can provide.” says Samira. “Providing comfort is what we do best. Helping those who are seriously ill and their families is truly our area of expertise.” The expanded program, Hope Palliative Care, works together with an individual’s current doctor and care team. Hope’s physicians, nurse-practioners and support staff work closely with families to monitor medications and treatments. For added peace of mind, registered nurses are available to respond to questions 24-hours a day. Furthermore, Hope Palliative Care’s holistic approach offers extensive education about serious illness, side effects and the spiritual and emotional journey through disease. “Not everyone knows how to take a blood pressure reading or how to adjust a bed to make it comfortable for Mom. For many families, this might be their very first experience with caregiving. They feel lost and overwhelmed,” says Samira. “Having Hope Palliative Care is like having a best friend who’s already done this hundreds of times before, someone who you can call day or night with any question and feel like you’re not alone.” “Sometimes it’s the simple things that get overlooked when so much is happening at the same time. For example, a new medication or treatment can wreak havoc with your diet. We’ll provide suggestions on what to eat, when to try a new meal time or how to make it easier to swallow,” says Samira. “With this education, caregivers can find renewed confidence that they’re providing the best possible care for their loved one.” Hope Palliative Care also helps by translating complicated medical instructions into plain English. Even in the best possible doctor’s visit, it can feel like the information is coming at a rapid fire pace. On the drive home, as everything starts to sink in, three new questions may come to mind. Families who have the support of Hope Palliative Care can get further advice, instructions and explanations in a more relaxed setting, where they have plenty of time to absorb the information and ask questions. “With our help, people will find a greater sense of control over their care and enjoy a renewed strength along their journey,” Samira emphasizes. “We want everyone to have the energy to live their life and pursue what matters most to them.” To learn more about this new opportunity for individuals who are critically ill in Southwest Florida, contact Hope Palliative Care at (239) 482-4673 or learn more about Hope HealthCare Services at HopeHCS.org. ‘‘ ‘‘ I Hope president and CEO, Samira K. Beckwith, with a fleet of Hope Mobiles utilized to take participants to and from the four Hope PACE Care Centers.
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