At Capital Caring Health, Every Day is Veterans Day

What Matters Most: Services, Support, Someone who Understands

For Capital Caring Health, Veterans Day is just one of the 365 days each year that we honor the service and sacrifices of our vets, with deeds beyond words. Specifically, we help the thousands of aging and ill former military members in our care—and others throughout the area— learn how to live their best possible lives on Veteran’s Day and every day.

It’s a tradition dating back to our founding in 1977. Since then, we’ve proudly served members of the military with a full array of advanced illness care, support services, recognition ceremonies and more. And we’ve recently expanded our offerings to match the growing needs of our area’s large population of retired military members.

Statistics bear us out. Nationwide, there are 12.4 million veterans aged 65 and older. And according to a 2014 study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 600,000 veterans over 65 resided in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. As the region’s numbers of retired military continues to grow, so too will the need for more tailor-made services and programs.

In response, we launched a Veterans Health and Support Services program last fall under the direction of David Benhoff (Lt. Col., retired), a former Marine and previous volunteer coordinator for Capital Caring Health. After being deployed several times during his 25-year military career, Benhoff knew from his own experience that many area veterans were not getting the special care and assistance they needed, earned and deserved.

Part of that, he says, is due to a certain mindset: Members of the military are trained to provide help, not seek it. But a bigger problem lies in navigating the complex VA system to unlock the often-generous government benefits so many vets have earned. Other veterans may not even be aware of all the help they are entitled to, such as in-home caregiver support, disability compensation, pensions, and healthcare benefits.

Yet, among those we meet or care for, veterans often have the greatest needs, suffering from service-related illnesses and severe chronic conditions.

Take those who served in the Persian Gulf War, for instance. As a group, they develop chronic conditions including high blood pressure, heart attacks, diabetes, stroke, and arthritis about 10 years earlier than non-veterans of the same age, according to a 2019 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Veterans are also more likely to report fair or poor health, limitations with activities of daily living, depression and chronic conditions (LTSS Center in Boston). The result is a lower quality of life and shorter life expectancy.

So Capital Caring Health is devoting more energy and resources to help veterans get what they need to improve their lives.

To be as effective as possible, we’ve established relationships with state-level Veterans Affairs offices, accredited agencies and established veterans’ organizations, to help former military members throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., with:

  • Enrolling in the VA healthcare system;
  • Obtaining an accurate diagnosis for service-related conditions;
  • Determining eligibility for disability compensation and pensions;
  • Receiving in-home caregiver support and other services;
  • Gaining access to additional resources for help with everyday challenges, such as transportation, home maintenance, pet therapy, and more.

Beyond service-related support, Capital Caring Health provides a full range of medical and psychological services for those facing life-limiting illness. Care is provided wherever our veteran patients call home from a private residence to a senior living facility or VA nursing home, and more.

As part of that effort, we’re identifying physicians attuned to medical conditions related to military service. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and ALS all have higher incidences among veterans than the general public. Correctly documenting a diagnosis can release a flood of VA benefits and entitlements, improving the lives of patients and their families in the process.

To make sure veteran patients feel heard and understood, we also match them with former or active duty military volunteers to provide companionship and serve as champions. So far, we’ve partnered with the honored veterans’ organization Heroes Bridge and have formed a “buddies” program comprised of volunteers who are able to assess quality of life and whether there’s appropriate day-to-day support to live at home.

Lastly, we’re partnering with local and regional VA medical facilities, VA community-based outpatient clinics and active duty medical installations to raise awareness of how palliative, hospice and bereavement services can support their medical missions. Toward that end, second-year medical residents from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital do rounds with Capital Caring experts for a week, as an introduction to advanced illness and end-of-life care.

Altogether, our goal is to offer “boots-on-the-ground” assistance that makes a difference in the quality of life for our veteran patients. Call our 24-hour Care Line at (800) 869-2136 to ask questions or schedule a consultation.


Capital Caring Health's Passion for Caring Gala to Highlight the Latest Innovations in the Delivery of Advanced Illness care for Patients and Families

Capital Caring Health's Passion for Caring Gala to Highlight the Latest Innovations in the Delivery of Advanced Illness Care for Patients and Families

Special Honorees Include: The Washington Home, and Adam Boehler, Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Washington, D.C. - Capital Caring Health's 30th annual Passion for Caring Gala will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons corner. The annual gala is Capital Caring Health's largest fundraising event of the year with nearly 500 guests in attendance. WUSA 9's award-winning journalist, Lesli Foster, will emcee this exciting event.

This year's theme is There's No Place Like Home. Proceeds will benefit Capital Caring Health's hospice and palliative home care services to support families who face the challenge of serious chronic illness allowing them to receive the services they need in the comfort of their homes. Almost 90 cents out of every dollar Capital Caring Health receives goes directly to support our Mission.

Guests will join co-chairs Sharon and Donn Davis and Danni and Dave Lougee for an inspirational evening and to celebrate another year of extraordinary care in our community with a festive cocktail reception, a silent and live auction, delicious dinner, and dance the night away with hundreds of Capital Caring Health’s friends and supporters.

Capital Caring Health will also recognize The Washington Home with the 2019 Passion for Caring Award in recognition of its more than 100-year history of caring for individuals with advanced illness. Sharon Collins Casey, Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors, will be in attendance and accept the award on behalf of The Washington Home.

Additionally, the 2019 President’s Award will be presented to Adam Boehler, Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, for his work as a champion of value-based advanced illness care.

The Passion for Caring Gala will also highlight the impact that generous community support has made on patients and families through the wide range of programs Capital Caring Health offers.

For more information about Capital Caring Health’s Passion for Caring Gala, visit https://www.capitalcaring.org/galarsvp/.

What:              Capital Caring’s Passion for Caring Gala

Where:            The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
                        1700 Tysons Blvd.
                        McLean, VA 22102

When:             Saturday, November 16, 2019
                        5:30 -10:30 p.m.

For more information about Capital Caring Health’s programs, visit www.capitalcaring.org.

Capital Caring Health thanks the 2019 Passion for Caring sponsors for their generous support: The Adler Foundation; Sharon and Donn Davis; Lynn and Ted Leonsis; TEGNA, Inc.; The Washington Home; Wise Hospice Options; Campion Asset Management; Direct Cremation Services of Northern Virginia; and Hamilton Insurance Agency.

Media passes are available. For additional information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie Tran-Lam at ktranlam@capitalcaring.org or call 703-531-2386.

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ABOUT CAPITAL CARING HEALTH

Capital Caring Health is one of the leading nonprofit providers of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region.  A member of a national network of more than 65 nonprofit hospice providers, our mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care that is second to none.  We also have special hospice teams serving children and veterans.  On an annual basis we serve over 7,000 hospice patients and provide more than $3 million in charity care to those who are uninsured and have nowhere else to turn.  Almost 90 cents out of every dollar goes to caring for patients and their families. Our website, capitalcaring.org is available in English, Spanish, and Korean plus offers 24/7 Live Chat.  Since the beginning of hospice care over 40 years ago, we have served 120,000 patients and their families in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

24 Hour Care Line:  800-869-2136
capitalcaring.org

Media Contact:
Nancy Cook, VP Marketing & Communications
703-531-6241


No Place like Home

"Home, Sweet Home." "East or West, home's the best." "Home is where the heart is."

Home. It's a cherished concept that spans the ages, stirring up memories of warmth and caring for most of us. And it's a welcomed reality for the 1,400 people with advanced, life-limiting illnesses whom Capital Caring Health (CCH) sees each and every day - right in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.

So in conjunction with November’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Capital Caring Health is launching “No Place Like Home,” a community education campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of both forms of care.

First, it’s important to note that hospice is not so much a place, as an approach.

Hospice brings care to you, rather than you having to go find the care you need. In fact, more than 95 percent of CCH’s palliative care and hospice patients are cared for where they live, whether that’s an assisted living community, a skilled nursing facility, or—more often than not—their very own homes.

Secondly, advanced illness (palliative) care and hospice care are highly specialized, recognized medical disciplines. A dedicated, interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, physicians and other healthcare professionals coordinate all the services you need from diagnosis to treatment to monitoring. We focus on relieving the symptoms, pain, stress and other burdens of advanced illness, keeping you comfortable, out of the hospital and at home. Furthermore, you may also ask your regular doctor or nurse practitioner to partner with us as your primary attending medical supervisor. The choice is yours.

Third, anyone suffering from a chronic, progressive disease can receive advanced illness care, at any point during treatment, at any age. Our team of medical specialists can help you get relief from pain and other symptoms even while your personal doctors work to treat or cure your disease. We care for anyone who needs our unique services, from infants to the elderly.

And lastly, advanced illness care and hospice care are two different stops along a disease’s progression. If you or doctors decide that curative treatment is no longer effective or desirable, you can count on us to remain with you as you transition from palliative to hospice care. Either way, our goal is the same: to help you live your fullest life possible and improve quality of life for both you and your family.

As part of the “No Place Like Home” campaign, Capital Caring Health is also extending the benefits of our care and services to even more individuals throughout our area. First on the list are the growing numbers of seniors throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

By 2035, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that older adults will outnumber children under the age of 18 by approximately 2 million. Moreover, estimates suggest that even today’s seniors have many unmet healthcare needs, particularly those who are home-limited due to disability, illness or transportation issues.

CCH is evolving to keep pace with these changing needs. This December, we’re launching a new Primary Care at Home (PCH) program designed for older individuals who may have trouble getting out to get the care they need. As such, the program features a comprehensive team focused on person-centered primary and urgent care as well as social support. The goal is to help seniors stabilize and maintain their health, control chronic conditions, stay out of the ER and hospital…and remain in the comfort, familiarity and security of their own homes for as long as possible.

The first phase of the PCH program will debut in select zip codes in Chevy Chase, Maryland; Northwest, D.C.; and Fairfax/Arlington, Virginia. Additional neighborhoods will be added at a future date.

A companion program will give home-limited individuals extra options to help with non-medical needs. Through Stay-at-Home Services, a menu of offerings —ranging from housekeeping and meal delivery to transportation and pet care—will help individuals with advanced illness, chronic disease or disability get the assistance they need, with only one phone call.

Other specialty programs also have expanded scopes of services, including:

  • Veteran’s Health and Support Services, to help military veterans with advanced illness access the key benefits and services they earned, and help improve their quality of life by partnering with vet volunteers.
  • An enhanced Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care program to deliver an even greater level of care and services to patients and families, through a new partnership with Children’s National Medical Center.
  • Pet Therapy and Care with specially trained dogs to help bereaved children and adults with communication problems, and pet care volunteers so patients and their beloved furry or feathered family members may remain together, at home.

All in all, the new and expanded offerings will let us help even more individuals maintain health and independence, peace of mind and quality of life in their own homes, even as they deal with aging or advanced illness, disease or disability. It’s been part of our mission since first opening our doors in 1977, and remains integral to everything we do.

“There’s no place like home.” We couldn’t agree more.


2019 Passion for Caring Gala

The annual Passion for Caring Gala is Capital Caring’s largest fundraising event of the year with nearly 500 guests in attendance.

November 16, 2019 - 5:30 - 10:30pm at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, VA

Join Gala Co-Chairs Sharon and Donn Davis, and Danni and Dave Lougee, along with leading philanthropists, families, caregivers, community partners, business leaders, and Capital Caring supporters for a fun and inspirational evening to advance care in our community. This elegant affair will include a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, live auction, live music by ENCORE, dancing, hosted bar, and a photo booth. The program will highlight the impact that generous community support has made on patients and families through the wide range of programs Capital Caring offers.

Proceeds from the Passion for Caring Gala benefit Capital Caring to help families make the most of every moment together.

Tickets for the 2019 Passion for Caring Gala Vacation Raffle are now available here. Only 100 tickets will be sold for a chance to relax in Bali, dine at a world-class restaurant in Bermuda, or tour beautiful Barcelona.

A discounted rate of $149 per night plus tax is available for guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. To confirm a room at this special rate, please click here. All reservations must be made by October 17 to receive the discounted rate. 

For more information on the 2019 Passion for Caring Gala or sponsorship details, please contact Katie Tran-Lam at ktranlam@capitalcaring.org or call (703) 531-2386.

2019 Event Sponsors

2019 Gala Executive Committee

Kathryn and Chris Adams
Dale and Len Adler
Jill and Josh Baker
Marijke and David Dupree
Carla and Craig Seebald
Beth and Fred Singer
Alisa and John Whyte, M.D.
Suzanne and Glenn Youngkin

Additional Gala Supporters

Guernsey, Inc.


Highly Respected Hospice and Palliative Care Executive is Joining Capital Caring Health

Falls Church, VA - October 24,2019 - Capital Caring Health (CCH) is pleased to announce that Kieran Shah, who is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the Hospice of Santa Cruz County, will be joining us as Chief Growth Officer.

In this new role, Kieran will direct all the activities of our Patient Advocate Group. Kieran will use his vast experience in strategic planning and execution to better inform the medical community and other key decision makers on what makes CCH special and often unique in how we deliver world class advanced illness and hospice care.

Kieran is well known for his innovative approach to business development leading to increased patient access for both Hospice and Palliative Care. He has in the past and will now coordinate with all parties involved in these services - the medical community, community government and business leaders, insurers, service partners, patients and their families, and internal staff and volunteers.

Accordingly, Kieran will elevate our mission, values, and care services to a wider population of influencers and will work closely with other senior management to cross pollinate among these influencers what makes CCH so special - an around-the-clock focus on putting patients and family first and always doing the right thing.

Remarked the CEO, Michael Milward, of the Hospice of Santa Cruz County, "Our colleagues across the country have recognized Kieran's wide skill set, his passion for our mission and his focus on innovation and excellence." Mr. Milward goes on to say, "for HSSC it will be great to have another friend and colleague in Washington, D.C. on the national stage."

Our CEO Tom Koutsoumpas replied: "There is no greater compliment that a professional can have than his soon to be former boss being thrilled for Kieran and for our collective approach through the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI) a national organization of non-profit hospice providers, and other means to educate all American families regarding serious illness and end-of-life care."

About Capital Caring Health
Capital Caring Health is one of the leading nonprofit providers of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region. A member of a national network of more than 65 nonprofit hospice providers, our mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care that is second to none.  We also have special hospice teams serving children and veterans.  On an annual basis, we serve over 7,000 hospice patients and provide more than $3 million in charity care to those who are uninsured and have nowhere else to turn.  Almost 90 cents out of every dollar goes to caring for patients and their families. Our website, capitalcaring.org, is available in English, Spanish, and Korean plus offers 24/7 Live Chat.  Since the beginning of hospice care over 40 years ago, we have served 120,000 patients and their families in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
24-Hour Care Line: 800-869-2136
capitalcaring.org

Media Contact:
Nancy Cook, VP Marketing & Communications
703-531-6241

 


New Medical Staff Join Capital Caring Health

Capital Caring Health is pleased to announce the addition of Amanda Keerbs, MD and Maleeha Ruhi, MD to its outstanding team of board-certified physicians.

Amanda Keerbs, MD is a graduate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. With more than 22 years of direct patient care experience, Dr. Keerbs is board certified in Family Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Her postgraduate training included a residency in Family Medicine at a UCLA affiliated program in Northridge, California, and she completed a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship in 2013 through a joint program with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Capital Caring.

She previously worked for the University of Washington for 11 years where she was a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine.

Over the past six years, Dr. Keerbs has had the opportunity to provide both inpatient and outpatient palliative care as well as hospice care to patients in Maryland and Virginia.

Maleeha Ruhi, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

She is a graduate of Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and she completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Ruhi recently completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine at George Washington University.

A member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Dr. Ruhi is also a clinical assistant professor at George Washington University where she teaches fellows in the Palliative Medicine Program. Prior to joining Capital Caring Health, Dr. Ruhi was a hospitalist at Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery, Alabama.

She has presented on topics ranging from spirituality in Palliative Medicine to the cultural aspect of care, LGBTQ health and wound care in the elderly.

Dr. Ruhi is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi. She enjoys kickboxing, hiking, biking and traveling with her family.

She provides care for patients throughout Washington, D.C.

 

If you or a loved one need help with pain and symptom management associated with cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS, HIV/AIDS, neurological diseases, and other serious and chronic progressive conditions, call Capital Caring Health’s 24-hour care line at (800) 869-2136.

Visit www.capitalcaring.org to learn more about the services we provide to individuals with advanced illness and the support we offer to their families.

 


Capital Caring Health Announces A Unique Hospice Role with Major Benefits for the DC Metro Area

(Falls Church, VA) Oct. 8, 2019 - With the appointment today of longtime clinical specialist and pastor Carolyn Richar as our first Chief Mission Officer, we believe we are the first Hospice in the nation to provide local community service that reinforces our Mission and Core Values with two community outreach services and four specialty teams under Carolyn’s direction.

Capital Caring Health is very proud of our extensive Family Services outreach offered through social workers and chaplains who provide presentations on advanced illness topics at the request of local community groups. Over 1,000 Community Engagement volunteers work closely with the other support teams to help families discover all the care and support available to them from our dedicated staff.

Additionally, these four specialty teams include: 1) our Point of Hope Grief Counselors for all ages; 2) Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care; 3) Veterans’ Health and Support; and 4) Pet Peace of Mind which helps our patients keep their pets at their side throughout their illness.

Remarking on her new appointment Reverend Richar said,” I am thrilled to lead our inhouse teams and our wonderful volunteers that day in and out have a real and permanent impact on all the communities we serve.”

Under Carolyn’s leadership increased emphasis will be placed on explaining Hospice care to community senior citizen centers, community faith leaders, and other community counselors in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

“One major offering that should be better known,” said Carolyn,” is that our Point of Hope grief counseling teams are available to every family in our service area—they need not be under our Hospice Care nor do we charge for this invaluable support.”

Asked about Carolyn’s appointment CEO Tom Koutsoumpas said,” Carolyn and her dedicated team members and volunteers will enhance our mission of advanced illness care of the highest quality for every family who needs us when they need us.”

For specific information on the four specialty teams and the care and counseling they provide-- families can go to capitalcaring.org which in addition to English provides translation in Spanish and Korean and 24- Hour Live Chat. Or folks can call our 24- Hour Care Line: 800-869-2136.

About Capital Caring Health
Capital Caring Health is the leading nonprofit provider of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region. A member of a national network of more than 65 nonprofit hospice providers, Capital Caring Health’s mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care of the highest quality. Since 1977, we have served more than 120,000 patients and families across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 2018 alone, we served over 7,000 hospice patients and provided more than $3 million in charity care to those who had nowhere else to turn. Capital Caring Health serves families and patients throughout Northern Virginia, as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond, as well as Prince George’s County, Maryland, and DC. 800-869-2136 (24/7)

Contact: Nancy Cook, VP Marketing & Communications
703-531-6241
ncook@capitalcaring.org


The Washington Home and Community Hospices Transfers its Maryland Hospice Care Services to Capital Caring Health

Makes Major Gift to Support Capital Caring Health's New Hospice Inpatient Unit at Sibley Hospital 

The Washington Home and Community Hospices transferred its Maryland hospice business to Capital Caring Health on October 1, 2019 and plans to transfer its Washington, DC business at the end of October, pending regulatory approval. The Washington Home’s Board of Directors determined that it could better carry out its mission by transferring both in-home and in-patient hospice services to Capital Caring Health, a much larger non-profit hospice organization with similar values and mission.  The Washington Home will also make a major gift to Capital Caring Health’s new in-patient hospice unit at Sibley Memorial Hospital, which will be named “The Washington Home.”

Starting October 1, 2019 Capital Caring Health will provide clinical care to The Washington Home and Community Hospices’ patients who elect to transfer to Capital Caring Health.  Most Washington Home and Community Hospices’ employees providing clinical hospice care are being offered employment with Capital Caring Health, which ensures no service disruption to  Washington Home patients and their families.

“We are pleased that clinical operations for quality hospice care will be offered by a well-established non-profit organization that shares our mission, values and commitment to the community,” said Sharon Collins Casey, Chair of the Board of The Washington Home. “Our financial support for Capital Caring Health’s new hospice IPU at Sibley Hospital evidences the continuation of our dedication to serving the needs of terminally ill patients and their families.”

“We are gratified by the shared excitement of both Boards and between staff of both organizations including physicians and other care professionals responsible for quality and clinical oversight,” said interim President and CEO of Capital Caring Health Tom Koutsoumpas.” Our common shared values and non-profit mission means the highest quality care available anywhere will be provided mostly with Care Teams they already rely on-- to the patients and their families who elect Capital Caring Health.”

Transferring its hospice business to Capital Caring Health is part of a larger strategic decision to deploy The Washington Home’s financial resources for maximum impact by supporting various programs related to elderly and end-of-life services. “Going forward, The Washington Home will build alliances with existing organizations that have strong track records in serving the elderly population in all four quadrants of Washington, DC,” said Washington Home COO/CFO Phyllis Dillinger.  “I have been meeting with innovators and thought leaders in the community and we have many exciting ideas to pursue. We expect to announce several major initiatives in the near future.”  The Washington Home also intends to continue its own Caregiver Relief Program, a very popular program that provides short-term relief for people caring for family members receiving hospice services at home.

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The Washington Home & Community Hospices is a 501(c)(3) non-profit hospice organization that provides compassionate end-of-life care to residents in the District of Columbia, and in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland. The interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, counselors, and volunteers has served thousands across the Washington metropolitan region, caring for both the patients and their families in a holistic approach. Founded in 1888 as The Washington Home for Incurables, it is with the unwavering support of the community—with supporters donating of their time, their talents, and their resources—that this nonprofit has been able to care for its neighbors for well over a century. Beginning as a nursing home and evolving into a stand-alone hospice in 2016, The Washington Home & Community Hospices continues to be a strong pillar of support within the community, helping families identify solutions for end-of-life care. To learn more about hospice and the services The Washington Home & Community Hospices provides, please visit thewashingtonhome.org.

Capital Caring Health is the leading nonprofit provider of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region. A member of a national network of more than 65 nonprofit hospice providers, Capital Caring Health’s mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care of the highest quality. Since 1977, we have served more than 120,000 patients and families across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 2018 alone, we served over 7,000 hospice patients and provided more than $3 million in charity care to those who had nowhere else to turn. Capital Caring Health serves families and patients throughout Northern Virginia, as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond, as well as Prince George’s County, Maryland, and DC. 800-869-2136 (24/7)
capitalcaring.org

Media Contact for The Washington Home
Kumar Dixit, Director of Development
(202) 876-6014

Media Contact for Capital Caring Health
Nancy Cook, VP Marketing & Communications
(703) 531-6241


Capital Caring Health Launches New Website

New Name. More Care.

(Falls Church, VA) Oct. 1, 2019 – Capital Caring Health is inviting visitors to explore its new website (capitalcaring.org) which has been redesigned to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation, enhanced content, and more opportunities to engage and explore the new services available to the community.

As one of the largest and oldest non-profit providers of hospice and advanced illness care in the mid-Atlantic region, Capital Caring has added ‘Health’ to its name, a reflection of its expanded offerings in elder care for medical and social support.

“We’re excited to expand our care for one of the largest and fastest growing segments of our community – those who are 65 years of age and older,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, President and CEO of Capital Caring Health. “There is a significant unmet need for primary care for seniors who are home limited, due to a chronic condition or illness.  Our new Primary Care at Home service will bring much needed medical and social support services directly to the home, bringing piece of mind to families and patients and allowing seniors to age in place.”

Capital Caring Health’s new web site showcases all of the programs and services available, including our Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care program, Veterans Health and Support Services, Grief Support and Stay-at-Home Services, in addition to Advanced Illness and Hospice Care.

Additional features on the new web site include a multi-lingual function to view the site in Spanish and Korean, with more language options to be added in the near future.

“Patients struggling with serious illnesses and their caregivers need a special kind of care and support,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, “They need information and guidance on the best care options tailored to their condition, that enables them to remain as comfortable and active as possible in their own home, or wherever they call home, and Capital Caring Health can offer them the relief and support they need,” he continued.

The newly designed website also features videos of our various clinical and support staff sharing how they support patients and families, opportunities to join our team, become a volunteer, or make a donation to help provide care for persons who are not covered by Medicare or private insurance.

“We hope our new web site will help reach more members of our community who are unaware of the benefits of advanced illness and hospice for people living with advanced and life-altering illness, and for elders who are in need of primary care at home,” said Koutsoumpas.

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Capital Caring Health is the leading nonprofit provider of elder health, hospice, and advanced illness care for persons of all ages in the mid-Atlantic region. A member of a national network of more than 65 nonprofit hospice providers, Capital Caring Health’s mission is to provide patients and their families with advanced illness care of the highest quality. Since 1977, we have served more than 120,000 patients and families across Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 2018 alone, we served over 7,000 hospice patients and provided more than $3 million in charity care to those who had nowhere else to turn. Capital Caring Health serves families and patients throughout Northern Virginia, as far south as Fredericksburg and Richmond, as well as Prince George’s County, Maryland, and DC. 800-869-2136 (24/7)

Contact: Nancy Cook, VP Marketing & Communications
(703) 531-6241

capitalcaring.org


Capital Caring Health’s Primary Care at Home (PCH) Service Is Just What the Doctor Ordered for Seniors

New Service Premieres in Chevy Chase, MD/NW D.C. and Falls Church /Arlington, VA

The rapidly growing population of seniors can find it hard to get primary care services they need. Regular care is critical at any age, but especially for those over 65 who may face diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and other serious chronic health issues. These conditions have a major impact on quality of life and independence.

When you suffer from advanced illness, getting to a doctor’s office may seem hard or impossible. If that sounds familiar, Capital Caring Health’s new Primary Care at Home (PCH) program may be just what the doctor ordered.

Starting this December, we will provide the primary medical care and social support you need – delivered in the comfort and safety of your own home. With a focus on primary and urgent care, the PCH team concentrates on maintaining health and independence at home. The program offers:

A dedicated, mobile team to coordinate all the medical and social services, from diagnosis to treatment to monitoring
State-of-the-art mobile technology and access to daily support services
24/7 phone access to nurse practitioners and physicians with a 30-minute or less response time for urgent questions
Affordable services for any home-limited individual, tailored to your specific health and financial circumstances
When needed, a close link to Capital Caring Health’s premium hospice services

Through these services, we help you avoid unnecessary 911 calls, ER visits or hospital stays and thereby reduce stress, anxiety, and costs. Our goal is to help you live life to its fullest—with dignity and independence—and provide peace of mind.
Primary Care at Home services will initially be available in the Chevy Chase, MD/NW D.C. and Falls Church/Arlington, VA areas. Additional neighborhoods will be added at a future date.
PCH is part of a larger initiative, called Elder Health, designed to help older adults with advanced illness. The effort builds on more than 40 years of non-profit experience providing expert and compassionate care for those with advanced illness in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The Primary Care at Home Program is led by our new Chief of Geriatrics, Dr. Eric De Jonge, who has built similar elder services in the D.C. region for over 20 years.

For more information, please contact 800-869-2136.