Capital Caring Launches New Website

(Falls Church, VA) Oct. 1, 2018 – Capital Caring is inviting visitors to explore its new website (capitalcaring.org) which has been redesigned to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality.

As one of the largest and oldest non-profit hospice and palliative care providers in the mid-Atlantic region, Capital Caring serves communities from Prince George’s County, Maryland, to Richmond, Virginia including Washington, DC and some 1,400 patients and families each day facing advanced illness.

“Patients struggling with serious illnesses and their caregivers need a special kind of care and support,” said Tom Koutsoumpas, interim CEO of Capital Caring. “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 can offer them the relief and support they need,” he continued.

Visitors to the site will now have access to updated content on common medical conditions that most frequently benefit from hospice care, with downloadable brochures on topics such as Caring for a Loved One with Dementia, and How to Care for Elderly Parents.  Additional new features include a Caregiver Blog, videos showcasing our special inpatient facilities, comprehensive information on how hospice care is paid for and eligibility requirements, along with opportunities to volunteer and become part of the Capital Caregiver Community.

“Capital Caring’s website will include a Community Calendar of upcoming events throughout our service area, such as movie screenings, support groups, our annual gala, and Caregiver Expo, and be updated regularly with information about our various programs and services, and personal stories about how our care teams and volunteers have made a difference in the lives of our patients and families,” said Koutsoumpas.

The newly designed website is the launch pad for Capital Caring’s enhanced digital marketing program as we seek to reach more members of our community who are unaware of the benefits of hospice and palliative care for people living with advanced and life-altering illness.

 

 

 

Capital Caring to Host Family Caregiver Expo


A Celebration for Those Who Provide a Vital but Unappreciated Role

November is typically a time when families gather for the holidays and celebrate quality time with friends. But for families who are providing care for their loved ones facing advanced illness and deteriorating health, the holidays may also bring additional stress and challenges.

 

There are approximately 43.5 million caregivers in the United States providing support to their loved ones, and the month of November has been designated as National Family Caregivers Month. To celebrate and support family caregivers, Capital Caring will host its first Caregiver Expo on Saturday, November 10 at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia.

The event is being presented in partnership with WJLA-TV and AARP, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The expo is free and will feature information highlighting resources and support programs available to family caregivers, including home care services, financial and estate planning, elder law, and information sessions on such topics as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Preservation of Assets, and Caring for the Caregiver. Free health screenings will be offered as well as free massages. Free respite care will be provided upon request to enable caregivers to experience the event.

“In addition to providing quality and compassionate care to our patients with advanced illness, we are excited to have an opportunity to recognize and support family caregivers at our inaugural Caregiver Expo,” said interim CEO, Tom Koutsoumpas. “Serving patients with advanced illness and supporting their families is at the heart of our mission. Our entire team of clinicians, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, counselors, and staff is focused on helping our patients and their families make the most of every moment.”

For more information or to register for this event, visit  www.capitalcaring.org/caregiverexpo.

ABOUT CAPITAL CARING
Since 1977, Capital Caring has simply improved care for those facing life‐limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education and advocacy. Since its inception, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to nearly 120,000 patients and their families. Almost 800 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 patients each day. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non‐profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring is proud to provide nearly $3.3 million in charitable care to families in need annually. To learn more about Capital Caring, visit www.capitalcaring.org or call 800‐869‐2136.

Capital Caring Joins Movement to Encourage Conversations About End-of-Life Care

FALLS CHURCH, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Capital Caring, one of the largest and most experienced providers of hospice and palliative care in the mid-Atlantic region, has teamed up with The Conversation Project to educate people on the value of making decisions about their own wishes for end-of-life care. Together the organizations are combining efforts to create positive change in the way our society deals with and prepares for their final days.

Starting today, the partners will leverage National Healthcare Decision Day, recognized April 16, to kick off a grassroots and digital campaign to stimulate family conversations and offer local and national resources about end-of-life care options.

“We know that 90 percent of Americans say that talking about their end-of-life care wishes is important, but that only 30 percent of people are actually having these conversations. Our goal is to close this gap,” says Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of The Conversation Project. “People fear that speaking to their loved ones about their final days would be too grim, but in reality, these are among the most intimate and meaningful conversations people can have.”

Capital Caring has served patients and families struggling with advanced illness for more than 40 years. The comment Capital Caring employees hear most frequently is, “I wish I had known about you (hospice care) sooner.”

Partnering with an organization dedicated to having the conversation before it’s too late, will help Capital Caring educate the countless members of our community  about value of making decisions about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Capital Caring’s service area includes northern Virginia to Fredericksburg and Richmond; suburban Maryland; the District of Columbia; and 13 counties in northern West Virginia. It is the home of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) and part of the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Paradigm that originated in Oregon in the 1990s to combat the “failure of advance directives.”

Since August 2012, The Conversation Project has been inspiring end-of-life conversations. The Conversation Project’s website is the heart of the campaign’s work, which includes The Conversation Project Starter Kit, a free, downloadable, step-by-step guide developed to help individuals and families start the conversation about end-of-life care.

Contacts

Capital Caring
Nancy Cook
703-531‐6241
ncook@capitalcaring.org
or
The Conversation Project
Kate DeBartolo, Director
617-301-4976
kdebartolo@ihi.org

Helping youth heal after the death of a loved one

Capital Caring Prince George’s County to hold grief camp for youth who have suffered the loss of a family member

When a family member dies, children react differently from adults as they deal with feelings of loss, emotional distress and, in some cases, depression. For the past two decades, Capital Caring has embraced grieving children by offering support at local Point of Hope Camps.

On Aug. 11, Capital Caring Prince George’s County will host a Point of Hope Camp for children ages 6 –15.  The half-day camp is provided at no cost and intended for children who have had a close loved one die recently. Campers will partake in expressive arts, crafts, movement therapy and connect with others who have lost a loved one. The camp will be held at Watkins Park Nature Center in Prince George’s County from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

More about Capital Caring Point of Hope Camps
Our Point of Hope Camp staff are trained and licensed social workers, counselors and chaplains who provide support to those facing loss throughout their emotional journey. The camp offers grieving adolescents the opportunity to connect with others who have also suffered a loss in a safe, therapeutic environment. All activities that campers are engaged in are designed to be fun and help campers work through the grief process by building trust, self-esteem and skills to cope with their recent loss.

ABOUT CAPITAL CARING
Since 1977, Capital Caring has simply improved care for those facing life‐limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education and advocacy. Since its inception, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to nearly 120,000 patients and their families. Almost 800 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 patients each day. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non‐profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring is proud to provide nearly $3.3 million in charitable care to families in need annually. To learn more about Capital Caring, visit www.capitalcaring.org or call 800‐869‐2136.

Making Memories: Capital Caring Sponsors Taylor Swift Concert Experience

MEDIA ADVISORY – July 6, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Cook, VP, Marketing and Communications, Capital Caring ncook@capitalcaring.org / 703-531-6241

EVENT
Children who have suffered the loss of a parent or loved one, along with family members or guardians, will be attending the July 10, 2018 Taylor Swift concert thanks to Capital Caring and its community partners. Capital Caring (one of the largest and oldest non-profit hospice organizations in the mid-Atlantic region) has embraced grieving children and teens for more than two decades by offering grief support through specialized bereavement programs held in individual Capital Caring neighborhoods across the MD, VA and D.C. metropolitan region. Through its community partnership with the Washington Redskins, Capital Caring has access to a private suite at FedEx Field for the concert. Financial gifts from Apple Federal Credit Union and other donors will allow 17 children and their guardians to be treated to an all-expenses-paid experience, including transportation, food, concert tickets and souvenirs. Transportation is being provided courtesy of DC Trails.

DATE/TIME Tuesday, July 10
Concert will begin at 7 p.m. EDT LOCATION FedEx Field, 1600 Fedex Way, Landover, MD 20785 ABOUT CAPITAL CARING Since 1977, Capital Caring has simply improved care for those facing life‐limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education and advocacy. Since its inception, Capital Caring has provided hospice, palliative care, and counseling to nearly 110,000 patients and their families. Almost 800 employees and 1,000 volunteers provide these services to nearly 1,400 patients each day. As one of the nation’s oldest and largest non‐profit providers of hospice and palliative care, Capital Caring is proud to provide nearly $3 million in charitable care to families in need annually. To learn more about Capital Caring, visit www.capitalcaring.org or call 800‐869‐2136.

Increased Awareness by Primary Care Physicians Could Boost Hospice Utilization

Jordan A. Keen, MD, and Matthew G. Kestenbaum, MD, both Board-certified hospice and palliative care physicians at Capital Caring, reviewed an article published in January in Annals of Family Medicine that focused on regional variations in primary care provided at end-of-life and corroborated previous findings regarding the importance of PCPs in EOL care. They offered several potential explanations for the reduced hospice utilization amongst this cadre of patients, including a fear of losing a long-established PCP relationship or impaired ability of new physicians to accurately treat an individual facing end-of-life concerns.

“We know that individuals facing advanced illness have specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs that hospice providers are uniquely positioned to address,” remarked Dr. Kestenbaum. “There exists the possibility that primary care physicians are not aware of the benefits of hospice care for those patients dealing with end-of-life stress or that many people live longer when under hospice care than those who do not access this level of care. We agree that more education about hospice care aimed at primary care physicians could improve the care provided to individuals under their care. At the end of the day, we all want to ensure each of our patients lives as full a life as possible for as long as possible, and access to hospice care is an essential component of the full continuum of healthcare.”

Reviews such as this one, published in Palliative Care – Fast Article Critical Summaries for Clinicians in Palliative Care (PC-FACS), provide valuable summaries of key recently published research for clinicians specializing in the care and treatment of individuals facing advanced illness. As a testament to its commitment to excellence in care and the distribution of knowledge to support the care of individuals across the country, Capital Caring is honored that Dr. Kestenbaum serves on the Editorial Board of PC-FACS, which is published by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Happy Father’s Day

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes

Today, as families across the country set aside time to thank the dads in their lives on Father’s Day, Capital Caring reflects on the many fathers we have cared for – fathers who have passed and left us with fond memories, as well as all the fathers who remain in our care.

Anne Geddes’ quote gets to the core of the way we refer to the nearly 110,000 people who have been served by Capital Caring over the past 40 years. The people who invite us into their homes to help ease pain and stress are not “patients”; rather, they are typically moms and dads. Sometimes, they are kids. While those in the medical community typically refer to all those they treat as patients, at Capital Caring we all understand how clinical and impersonal that term can be.

We see each person under our care as an individual – as someone’s mom or dad, as a son or daughter, or as a friend or loved one – not as a patient with a unique identifying number. By seeing each of those under our care as more than a patient, we are more easily able to treat them as we would want others to see and treat us and our own loved ones when facing end-of-life stress, ultimately helping us simply improve the care we provide to nearly 1,400 of our neighbors’ moms, dads, and kids every day.

Capital Caring recognizes and celebrates the special bond between a dad and his family, so thank you – to all the dads in our community – for all you’ve done for us. We promise to provide the care for you that you’ve provided for your loved ones.

Why do we #DoMore?

Chip Cagle and Kendrick CurryThis Thursday, June 8, Capital Caring is part of something big and impactful – Do More 24, a 24-hour online fundraising program organized by the United Way of the National Capital Area.

Beginning at midnight on Thursday, #DoMore24 will raise funds online that benefit more than 700 participating local nonprofits providing services throughout the capital area, including DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Capital Caring is excited to participate in the #DoMore24 campaign again this year!

What can donations to the #DoMore24 campaign support for Capital Caring? Any level of giving will be put to good use as we care for nearly 1,400 moms, dads, and kids in our community every day. For example:

  • $24 provides four days of medical supplies for a hospice patient.
  • $48 will send a child to one of our Point of Hope Camps. These camps provide safe and supportive spaces for grieving children, teens, and young adults, offering them an opportunity to learn from, and bond with, others facing similar challenges.
  • $124 provides a physical therapist visit to someone in our care – these individuals may be suffering from the side effects of treatments, illness, or even emotional distress.
  • $240 allows Capital Caring to provide one complete day of compassionate, patient-focused hospice care for an uninsured hospice patient, wherever that individual calls home.

See, #DoMore24 is dedicated to making real change in neighborhoods across the region.

As a nonprofit and the region’s premier hospice and palliative care provider, Capital Caring understands the power of charitable giving – in fact, philanthropy is how we do what we do. Our Patient Care Fund provides more than $3 million annually in charitable care to ensure everyone who needs compassionate hospice care receives it, regardless of their ability to pay.

Capital Caring is proud to work alongside our partners at the United Way and #DoMore24. We all share a commitment to serving individuals throughout the metro DC community and will continue working together to ensure we simply improve care for all those who come to us in need..

So please help all of us at Capital Caring #DoMore on June 8. Once you make a contribution, tell your friends, family members, and colleagues to do the same. Share your donation on social media to encourage your network to join in on this 24-hour effort!

Join Capital Caring – visit DoMore24.org to learn more and to donate.

When winter weather arrives

snow‘Tis the season for snow, ice, slush, and all forms of wintery mixes throughout Capital Caring’s service area. What is most important for the moms, dads, and kids in our care to know is that all of us at Capital Caring – your social workers, nurses, doctors, counselors, and aides – are looking out for your safety as well as your comfort. After all, our mission to simply improve care applies regardless of the weather conditions outside.

If bad weather threatens our service area, our patients can be assured that we are working for you and addressing what matters most. We will work with our patients and their caregivers to prepare for emergencies by ensuring each home has adequate medications and supplies and that each person knows how to reach us at any time, day or night. Simply call 800-869-2136 to access our Navigation Center – the center is staffed 24 hours a day by Capital Caring employees who are able to address whatever you need.

Of course, our TeleCaring program will continue regardless of inclement weather. TeleCaring is a robust and innovative program that ensures patients and their caregivers receive the care they need, whenever they need it. We are better able to respond to possible issues quickly, even if a Capital Caring employee is not in the home. TeleCaring calls help families feel safe, comfortable, and where they need to be, while also increasing caregiver confidence.

We never know how bad winter weather will be in the mid-Atlantic region, but Capital Caring is prepared to continue improving care for each of our patients, regardless of what Mother Nature might have in store for us.

Treating patients does not always mean extending life