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.
On Thursday, April 20, five of Capital Caring’s most dedicated volunteers were recognized by the Bowie Baysox baseball team. The volunteers, all of whom work with Capital Caring’s Prince George’s County (Maryland) neighborhood, were selected based on their commitment to serving their local community and were each given two tickets to the game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Capital Caring could not be more proud of these five volunteers, nor of the nearly 1,000 volunteers whose generosity knows no limits in simply improving care for the 1,300 moms, dads, and kids we support every day in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.
“I don’t know what I did to deserve this recognition,” said James Ealey. “I enjoy volunteering for Capital Caring. Providing companionship for the patients is a gift in itself.” James has been volunteering with Capital Caring for about four years. When his wife became ill, she came to Capital Caring for hospice support. After she passed, James took a month off from volunteering but then resumed his service with us.
“I was nervous about volunteering at first, but I’m not anymore,” admitted Kristen Waugh. “I wish more people knew about this great service. So many people could benefit from it.”
If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Capital Caring, please visit our Volunteer page!
Forty years ago, a doctor in Northern Virginia, Josefina Magno, learned of people in her community who were living with advanced illnesses whose treatments were no longer effective. Dr. Magno understood that individuals nearing the end of their lives had specific medical needs that could no longer be effectively addressed by their doctors, so she and a dedicated group of volunteers took it upon themselves to care for these individuals. It was this group of volunteers that laid the foundation for what would become Capital Caring. Today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our organization’s founding by those dedicated volunteers and committed neighborhood partners.
Thanks to the efforts of thousands of employees and volunteers over the past four decades, Capital Caring is now the largest hospice and palliative care provider in the mid-Atlantic region. Our service area expands as far south as the North Carolina border, and as far east as Prince George’s County, Maryland. We serve families in our nation’s capital and as far west as West Virginia. We are confident Dr. Magno would be proud of everything our staff, volunteers, donors, and partners have accomplished as we continually work to realize her vision to provide care for all those who need it.
Our vision remains unchanged: we strive every day to be recognized as a Center of Excellence in providing and catalyzing world-class advanced illness care. As one of the original hospice providers in the United States, we are driven by our desire to improve hospice care standards and to increase access to these services nationwide. In the early-1980s, we were pleased to serve as a hospice demonstration project, which ultimately led to the creation of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, a program that provides for hospice services nationwide and is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We are proud to remain partners with CMS as we seek to provide – and measure the outcomes of – world-class care offered to those living with advanced illness.
We take great pride in delivering innovative, transformative, and holistic advanced illness care and support to the 1,300 moms, dads, and kids who entrust us to simply improve their care every day. Our doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, and volunteers work with each person to address what matters most and to provide care that fits their lives and allows them to enjoy precious time with their loved ones.
Capital Caring approaches each individual’s care with a goal to reduce pain and anxiety and to ensure every person is comfortable and able to spend time focusing on what matters most. While a majority of the care we provide is wherever each person calls “home,” we know that some people require additional support and now provide nearly 60 inpatient beds throughout four facilities in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, that allow us to offer round-the-clock acute care when needed. Our TeleCaring program provides an extra layer of support to patients and families via daily proactive phone calls to check in on patient and caregiver comfort, which allows us to address individual needs, even when our clinical teams are not in the home.
We also understand the impact that losing a loved one can have on an individual’s family and friends and are proud to offer more than a year of bereavement counseling to surviving family members of those who pass away under our care while also supporting their extended communities. Our counselors’ reach extends to church support groups, home visits, and even school-based support groups throughout our service area, while our Point of Hope camps offer a safe space for children experiencing loss to share their feelings with other kids experiencing the same emotions, all with the goal of helping them learn to adapt to their new life situations.
As we celebrate all that we have accomplished during the past four decades of caring, we are using this anniversary milestone to recommit ourselves to work every day to give moms, dads, and kids, as well as their families, the resources they need to make the right decisions about their healthcare. We believe all people deserve world-class care and serve individuals and families regardless of their ability to pay. The last thing anyone wants to worry about is how they or their family will manage health care services.
When thinking back to our opening in 1977 as just a small collection of devoted volunteers, we cannot help but take pride in how far we have come. We have helped transform how hospice and palliative care is provided in the United States, and we have inspired thousands of individuals to embrace hospice care as their personal and professional passions.
But we know there is more we can do. Far too many individuals and families in our region, and throughout the entire United States, who suffer with advanced illness and do not experience the comforting touch of a caring hospice provider. They are simply unaware of hospice as a service and a provider of emotional, physical, and spiritual relief for those facing serious illness.
So while we celebrate our accomplishments today and reflect on 40 years of caring, tomorrow is a new day. We will re-double our commitment to reaching every mom, dad, and child for whom we can provide comfort and simply improve care.