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January 5th, 2015 - Hope Chaplain John Campbell shares testimonial

Listen here or to KGNB/KNBT for Hope Hospice Chaplain John Campbell’s testimonial!

December 24th, 2013 - Local Businesses Spread Holiday Cheer to Hope Hospice Patients

New Braunfels, TX:  A Canyon Lake man is likely facing his last months of life and all he wants for Christmas is to spend time with his family. Mr. Myers’ children and grandchildren are all coming home for Christmas and he and his wife wanted this Christmas to be a very special one for the whole family.   Carol Irwin, owner of Buttermilk Café, and Mark Segovia, one of their lead chefs, are making sure of it. With all the food donated from the restaurant and Segovia volunteering his time to prepare and deliver the meal on Christmas day, the Myers family will be getting a real treat with a Christmas dinner for all twenty-one of them. This act of kindness enables the family to spend more time visiting with their husband, father and grandfather.

Hope Hospice has been experiencing many acts of kindness this season. Adobe Café and Sysco foods donated food and labor to the Hope Hospice Foundation Pearl Anniversary Gala, ensuring more funds raised would go straight to patient care. Home Instead, as they do annually, facilitated the adoption of a dozen Hope Hospice patients so those without friends and family nearby would get a Christmas gift.

Literally thousands of individuals, businesses and other organizations have made gifts of all sizes to the Hope Hospice Foundation this season. On behalf of families like the Myers, the Board, Staff and Volunteers extend their gratitude. Funds raised are used to support Hope’s programs and services, primarily the Children’s Grief Program and the Community Assistance Program that assists under- and un-insured patients, most of whom are working-age professionals whose illnesses caused them to lose their jobs and, therefore, their insurance.

Donations are accepted here. Be sure to donate by year’s end for 2013 tax credit.

October 25th, 2013 - Hope Hospice Commemorates National Hospice Month

New Braunfels, TX: Hope Hospice, a non-profit, community-owned hospice serving Bexar, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Travis and Wilson counties, joins hospices across the nation in recognizing National Hospice Month. Hope will be recognized for its work in the field of hospice care and the lives of local families at proclamations in city halls and county courts across this service area.

Facts about Hospice Care Everyone Should Know

Hospice isn’t a place. It’s a type of care that focuses on living… living as fully as possible, up until the end of life. Hospice brings comfort, love, and respect to the patients and families they care for.

Considered to be the model for high-quality, compassionate care in the last months of life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to care that includes expert medical care, pain-and-symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. All care is expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.

Hospice offers the services and support that Americans want when coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. The goal of this type of care is to treat the person instead of the disease, and focus on the family caregivers, not just the individual.  The quality of life is emphasized, not its duration.

Just the Facts: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports:

  • Hospice usage in the U.S. is growing. Every year, more than 1.65 million Americans with life-limiting illness are cared for by the nation’s 5,100 hospice providers.
  • The median length of service for hospice patients is 19.1 days (half of patients receive care for more days, half of patients receive care for fewer days).   Yet, more than 35 percent of patients die or are discharged in seven days or less – too short a time to benefit from the full ranges of services a hospice can offer.
  • Cancer accounts for less than 38 percent of hospice patients – which surprises many people who mistakenly think hospice only serves cancer patients. The five other leading diagnoses are: heart disease, debility, dementia (this includes Alzheimer’s disease), lung disease, and stroke.
  • Hospice is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs and other managed care organizations.
  • An estimated 450,000 trained volunteers contribute more than 21 million hours of service every year.
  • Research shows that 8 out of 10 Americans would want to stay in their homes surrounded by family and loved ones if they were faced with a life-limiting illness. Hospice makes this happen.

For more information, contact Hope Hospice at (830) 625-7525 or (800) 499-7501.

Testimonials
It made no difference the time of day or the Hospice Member, whether it was on the phone or in person. They all took the time and made a special effort to counsel, comfort and help all of us understand what was going on.

Noreen Means, Adult Bereavement Counselor, understands sorrow. "I know what it feels like to lose important people in your life." After her husband died suddenly and unexpectedly, her world seemed to fall apart. Grief-stricken, lost, lonely and broken, she said "I could barely swallow." In time, her joy and sense of purpose were finally restored. She had spent 37 years in education: 20 years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher and Reading Specialist and 17 years as a school counselor. She had helped start the Gifted & Talented Program in the Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio. "I wanted to continue giving back to the world." So, in 2008, she began working as a volunteer at Hope Hospice. By 2010 she had joined our staff as a grief counselor. Her kind and gentle spirit and natural empathy provide a soft landing spot for all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Her words of wisdom and deep understanding help guide others from darkness into the light. "I've loved my life," Noreen says. And we love her. ❤️ #WeAreFamily #HopeHospice ...

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"NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS." -MARGARET MEAD Thirty-two years ago, this small group of citizens came together to form the first hospice in New Braunfels. Stop by our office, sit in one of our comfy chairs, and read through two scrapbooks that tell our story. 32 years....and still going strong. #HopeHospice ...

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Great minds think alike? No one planned it, but orange was the color of the day for these staff members! We just had to take a picture. 🍊🍊 Yep, #WeAreFamily #HopeHospice ...

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Araceli French, a Registered Nurse, serves as Clinical Team Leader. She has devoted her entire adult life to patient care, providing her a unique perspective on every facet of nursing. Her career began 25 years ago when she was a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), then a Medication Aide. In 1999, she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). In 2011, she rose to the rank of Registered Nurse (RN). Her specialty was working in nursing homes and in assisted living facilities, with an emphasis on Alzheimer's and geriatric patients. Fluent in both Spanish & English, she communicates effortlessly in either language. Her first role at Hope Hospice was as a Care Manager RN, before becoming Clinical Team Leader. "I love my job because I get to work with all disciplines and departments, from intake to the business department to social workers, chaplains, and the whole team." She has many duties, but her main responsibility is to coordinate patient care. Outside of work, Araceli's joyful spirit soars as she spends time with family. She loves vacations & recently returned from a Disney Love Cruise. She likes spending time with friends and loves music and dancing. Araceli is married to Austin French and has two daughters, Stephany & Priscilla, and a son, Kevin. She has 5 grandchildren whom she adores. And, as everyone knows, she loves taking pictures...of everybody...anywhere...all the time. 😃 #WeAreFamily #HopeHospice ...

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❤️❤️We are proud to be hosting a blood drive for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center today. Their mobile unit will be parked at our offices until 1:00 p.m. Come on down! Giving the gift of life are HH staff members Monica Morales, Jamie Lynn Papiez & Melissa Ortiz.❤️❤️ ...

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