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, West 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.
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.
At the heart of Capital Caring’s dedicated staff you’ll find our Nursing Assistants – caring professionals whose calling has led them to help individuals in need. It is an honor to recognize our Nursing Assistants this week and to thank them for all they have done for Capital Caring and the nearly 110,000 moms, dads, and kids who entrust their care to us. Our nursing assistants have committed countless hours to ensuring the comfort of men, women, and children facing life-limiting illness.
This week is the 40th anniversary of the annual recognition of National Nursing Assistants Week – coincidentally, it is also Capital Caring’s 40th anniversary year, and we are so pleased to have worked with hundreds of Nursing Assistants over the past four decades. National Nursing Assistants Week was created to show gratitude to the Nursing Assistants who have a direct impact on our lives – and in the case of Capital Caring, the impact they have on advanced illness care and support.
Nursing Assistants can represent as much as 80-90 percent of the direct care that patients in long-term care receive – they provide stability, support, and compassion to those whose condition requires assistance from others. All of us at Capital Caring know that we could not meet our mission to simply improve care without the dedication of the Nursing Assistants who devote their time and expertise to hospice and palliative care.
Capital Caring has long been a model for hospice care across the nation, and much of the pride that we feel in our ability to provide this world-class care is directly tied to the passion we celebrate in our Nursing Assistants.
So, as we celebrate National Nursing Assistants Week, all of us at Capital Caring would like to take a moment to thank these kind souls and all the love they pass directly from their soothing touch to the nearly 1,400 people we care for every 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.
This 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:
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.