Capital Caring Launches New Veterans’ Impact Program

Capital Caring’s new Veteran’s Impact Program (VIP) Focused on Enhanced Support for Those Who Have Served

Capital Caring is proud to serve the many veterans and their families within our community covering Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. While we have been recognizing the veterans in our service for more than 40 years, we have discovered that what veterans and their caregivers need most is ‘boot-on-the ground’ help – help in securing more in-home caregiver support, assistance in securing veterans’ benefits, such as disability compensation, Veterans Affairs healthcare, and veterans’ pension with aid and attendance. In addition, veterans need assistance in working with physicians attuned to diagnosing conditions peculiar to active duty service.

Working in collaboration with all major departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and active duty medical facilities in the Virginia, Maryland, and DC area, as well as the numerous VA Community-based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), Capital Caring will help  facilitate access to the valuable resources and benefits that veterans and their families are entitled to and build a world-class veterans care program for other hospice organizations to follow.

David Benhoff was recently selected to develop and implement a ROBUST and multi-faceted Veterans Program throughout all of Capital Caring.  David served over 25 years as an intelligence and counterintelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, during which time he deployed and took part in Operations Just Cause (Panama invasion and stabilization, 1989-90), Iraqi Freedom (Iraq, 2005), and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan, 2009).

Following retirement from the Marine Corps in 2012, David transitioned into the healthcare field as a way to continue serving—working as the Veteran Program Coordinator for several years with another hospice provider before coming to Capital Caring in 2016 as a Volunteer Coordinator, and later, serving as a Care Representative in the Manassas neighborhood.

In addition to his role with Capital Caring, David is also vice-president and co-founder of Hero’s Bridge, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting older veterans in need.  David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Virginia Military Institute and a Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Lynchburg University.

For more information on Capital Caring’s Veterans’ Impact Program, contact David Benhoff at dbenhoff@capitalcaring.org.

Capital Caring Announces New Children’s Program

“I found out that other kids in my school had a parent die and now I will have better ways to deal with it.  I learned that when there’s grief, there’s happiness too.”-Katherine, age 12

Katherine participated in Capital Caring’s 6 week in-school grief club called Caring Circles.

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, and for children, coping with grief and the life changes that often accompany it, is especially challenging. Capital Caring has served as an oasis of caring for hundreds of children who have experienced the loss of a close loved one, providing them access to experienced grief counselors, art, music and pet therapists, grief education workshops and trained volunteers to nurture them along their grief journey.

And, while not as common, children suffering with chronic, life-challenging illness may need palliative and hospice care themselves. Our holistic palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for the child and the family through expert management of pain and other physical symptoms. To help the child and family cope with the complex issues resulting from a serious illness or condition, we provide emotional, spiritual and other support services.

It is with these small and vulnerable persons in mind that Capital Caring announces the establishment of a new Children’s Program to provide more comprehensive, coordinated care for children. The goal of the program is to ensure that every child facing a life-challenging illness has access to our state-of-the-art palliative and hospice care, and that each child who has lost someone they love has access to our compassionate bereavement care.

Thanks to a new partnership with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), Capital Caring’s pediatric hospice program is integrating web-based video consultations to discuss patient symptoms, treatment and support services, providing an even greater level of service to our patients and their families.

Additionally, Capital Caring’s grief program for children includes The Point of Hope  bereavement camp, held annually in several Capital Caring neighborhoods. This program is designed to allow children of all ages to engage in traditional camp activities while learning healthy ways to express and cope with their grief and connect with other children who have experienced a loss.

Tara Hoit has been named Director of Capital Caring’s Children’s Program to help create, implement and sustain children’s bereavement and pediatric palliative support programs based on best practices. She has more than 15 years of experience as a children’s program development professional and has a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis on healthcare organizational communication. Her duties include raising funds for children’s programming through grants, private donations and corporate sponsorships. She helped raise $450k for Capital Caring’s recent Passion for Caring Gala supporting pediatric hospice and palliative care.

For more information on Capital Caring’s Children’s Program, contact Tara Hoit at thoit@capitalcaring.org.

 

Capital Caring Launches Care Choices Program

Capital Caring is pleased to have been chosen by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in an investigational study called the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM). We are privileged to be one of 140 hospices across the country to participate in this program designed to explore ways to improve care options for hospice-eligible beneficiaries. The Care Choices program provides patients with greater flexibility in deciding between hospice care and curative treatment.

Care_Choices_Logo_4cpUnder the Care Choices program, beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice requirements under the Medicare hospice benefit, will be able to receive palliative care services from hospice providers participating in the study, while concurrently receiving curative services provided by their own medical providers.

Currently, Medicare beneficiaries are required to forgo curative care in order to receive access to services offered by hospice.

The Care Choices model will study whether access to such services will result in improved quality of care and patient and family satisfaction, and whether there are any effects on use of curative services and the Medicare hospice benefit.

Capital Caring’s Care Choices program will be piloted in our Richmond neighborhood, beginning January 1, 2018 and running through December 31, 2020.

A special landing page has been created (capitalcaring.org/carechoices) with information about the program for patients and providers. For more information or to enroll in the program, you may call our 24 hour, toll-free number – 1-800-869-2136.

The Care Choices program provides another valuable option for patients enabling us to provide care coordination earlier for patients, along with easier access to hospice care.

“40 for 40” Goes Live!

As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, Capital Caring just launched it “40 for 40” campaign, an interactive online project to encourage our patients, donors, neighbors, staff, and others whose lives we have touched since 1977 to share their reflections of the impact we have had on them and their families. The “40 for 40” project will share at least 40 stories of compassion from our expansive network throughout the mid-Atlantic region. As the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in our area, Capital Caring has cared for nearly 110,000 moms, dads, and kids in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, since being founded by committed volunteers in Northern Virginia.

Capital Caring was founded on the belief that everyone facing advanced illness needs access to compassionate care that addresses what matters most and ensures they and their families are comfortable, so it is particularly fitting, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary year, that we are launching this new and interactive campaign to give voice to those whose lives we have touched throughout our service area. Our mission at Capital Caring is to simply improve care, and we are so excited that this project will give us an opportunity to hear how we have impacted the lives of so many in our community.”

The “40 for 40” campaign can be found at capitalcaring.org/40-for-40.

#ImprovingCare at the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center

Nestled in a warm and welcoming neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia stands Capital Caring’s storied inpatient hospice care facility, the Roy and Margaret Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center.

At the heart of Capital Caring’s mission is to “simply improve care” for those who need it most. For nearly 40 years, the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center has delivered world-class care in a home-like setting. It’s really the best of both worlds–the renowned expertise and compassion of board-certified hospice and palliative care physicians, nurses, and other caregivers all delivered with outstanding personal attention in a home-like setting.

The peaceful and immaculate gardens, the warm and inviting living room, and other amenities make the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center family-focused. But what makes Halquist most unique is our extraordinary staff and volunteers.

Meet our team, and learn how they are #ImprovingCare:

Rula Brown, RN believes in #ImprovingCare -- Rula has been a hospice and palliative nurse for many years.

Rula Brown, RN believes in #ImprovingCare — Rula has been a hospice and palliative nurse for many years.

Sherrie Edgar, MSW, and Brad Burton, NP and Executive Director, work closely with patients and families everyday to ensure #ImprovingCare is a priority.

Sherrie Edgar, MSW, and Brad Burton, NP and Executive Director, work closely with patients and families everyday to ensure #ImprovingCare is a priority.

Cassandra Bell & Rick Mead are both Certified Nursing Assistants #ImprovingCare through their intellect and compassion towards patients living with an advanced illness at Capital Caring.

Cassandra Bell & Rick Mead are both Certified Nursing Assistants #ImprovingCare through their intellect and compassion towards patients living with an advanced illness at Capital Caring.

Volunteer Katherine Buell is #ImprovingCare through helping care for our hospice patient & their families. Whether stocking our shelves or reading to patients she is helping to ensure a world-class care experience.

Volunteer Katherine Buell is #ImprovingCare through helping care for our hospice patient & their families. Whether stocking our shelves or reading to patients she is helping to ensure a world-class care experience.

Chef Bonita Wood & Adam Schroeder are #ImprovingCare by ensuring our patients & families have nutritious and high-quality meals.

Chef Bonita Wood & Adam Schroeder are #ImprovingCare by ensuring our patients & families have nutritious and high-quality meals.

Bill Sargent retired from Capital Caring several years ago, but continues his dedication to #ImprovingCare at Capital Caring through volunteering at our front desk several times a week. We cherish our volunteers!

Bill Sargent retired from Capital Caring several years ago, but continues his dedication to #ImprovingCare at Capital Caring through volunteering at our front desk several times a week. We cherish our volunteers!

Dr. Candace Greene is #ImprovingCare everyday through her expertise in pain & symptom management at our Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center.

Dr. Candace Greene is #ImprovingCare everyday through her expertise in pain & symptom management at our Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center.

Share with us how you are #ImprovingCare: whether it's exercising more or eating well, caring for your loved one, referring a loved one to Capital Caring who may need our help, or volunteering your time, share with us how you are #ImprovingCare!