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HopeWest

With your generosity, HopeWest will "profoundly change the way our community experiences aging, serious illness, and grief -- one family at a time." We strive to bring hope and comfort to families & patients by providing hospice care, palliative care, grief support for adults, teens and kids.

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HopeWest Adult Grief Support

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Families
General Public
General Public/Unspecified

Description

HopeWest offers an array of support groups within our new Center for Hope and Healing where you can learn how to cope with grief and connect with others who share a common bond. We also offer 13 months of bereavement support to the family after the death of their loved who received hospice care. This includes phone calls, personal visits from bereavement volunteers and a series of newsletters aimed at helping people work through the grief process. We also offer grief support services that are open to anyone in the community dealing with the loss of a loved one

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Evidence of Program's Success

-488 adults found comfort through our 3,320 hours of community support groups and individual counseling - extending support to those who are grieving.

HopeWest Hospice Care Center

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families

Description

The first of its kind on the Western Slope, the Hospice Care Center provides a comfortable, home-like environment for patients and their families and focuses on intensive medical end-of-life care for patients who can no longer be at home, but would rather not be hospitalized.

Each of the rooms provide a living space for families to "be" - where they can spend time together and be close to the patient. Family members can stay in the large comfortable rooms with the patient or leave the care to the staff when they want to take a break and rest at home. Pets, too, are able to visit!

Additional amenities include living rooms for larger families to get together and a kitchen where they can prepare a special meal. For those who desire the comfort and quiet of a spiritual place, a chapel is also located in the building. The Hospice Care Center and its trained staff provide short-term care in a home-like setting in the most difficult times. Our approach to care includes comprehensive physical, emotional, social and spiritual support.

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Evidence of Program's Success

-HopeWest was able to assist 1,772 hospice patients in 2018. Of those, 615 hospice patients were cared for at our onsite HopeWest Care Center where doctors and nurses provide care at the bedside of our Care Center patients all day, every day.
-A place like home where loved ones and even the family pet can be together 24 hours a day.

HopeWest Hospice

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
General Public
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

HopeWest is dedicated to profoundly changing the way our communities experience serious illness and grief - one family at a time.
We provide open access to care and welcome those in need. The mission statement of HopeWest is "to enhance the quality of life of those facing serious illness and grief." The mission and vision are focused on comfort, choice and dignity for those living with a serious illness and compassionate support for families, caregivers and friends. As a non-profit hospice we provide care to everyone regardless of their condition or ability to pay.
Patients and their families, who are facing a life-limiting illness and a six-month prognosis, initially contact hospice with more needs than answers and more fears than hope. Our staff and volunteers are committed to providing the level of support and compassionate care that each patient and family requires. Support comes in the form of "being there" from the time of diagnosis of a serious illness to after death. We provide home care services across three counties in Western Colorado (Mesa, Delta and Montrose) and inpatient care at our thirteen bed Hopsice Care Center in Mesa County.
We've been there to hold a hand when life's end is near, to provide insight and thoughtful counsel when the way is dark, and to ease pain and suffering along the way. In our communities, we are seen as "hospice angels" and our families so often tell us, "I don't know what we would have done without hospice."

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Evidence of Program's Success

-In 2018, 1,772 hospice patients received compassionate support.
-HopeWest reaches out to families across 9,000 square miles of the Western Slope in Delta, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray and Rio Blanco Counties.
-Over 90% of people surveyed said they would recommend HopeWest to a friend.
-Over 90% of people surveyed reported that they received the "right amount" of emotional support.

HopeWest Palliative Care

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

The HopeWest Care Program is designed to provide effective symptom management to patients with a serious illness. It extends the principles of hospice care to people who could benefit from coordinated care earlier in their illness or disease process.

Palliative Care is targeted at patients who traditionally fall between the cracks of the traditional health care system despite the fact that they suffer from advanced illness. They fall between the cracks because they are: indigent not covered for advanced illness care by insurance and or ineligible for Medicare home health or hospice services. Care during this period is commonly extremely fragmented rather than coordinated and integrated.

We use a multi-disciplinary team concept to provide a wide range of services to individuals and their families who are coping with a serious illness. Services provided include: 1) care coordination visits and phone calls from the nurse care coordinator as needed, 2) assistance with advance care planning, 3) assistance with locating and applying for community resources, 4) physician palliative care consults, 5) counseling related to spiritual issues, 6) 24 hour on-call service, 7) symptom management and 8) volunteer assistance. The delivery of these services is driven by the patients and families needs and wishes.

The focus of the program is to strengthen the family unit and to optimally access community resources, to coordinate care among providers and to assist the patient in advance planning and adjusting to the realities of the final phase of the illness. Studies show that patients enrolled earlier in Palliative Care programs typically live 2.7 months longer, with a higher quality of life, than patients receiving standard medical treatment.

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Evidence of Program's Success

-In 2018, the Palliative Care Program served 414 patients.
-Over 95% of people surveyed said they experienced improvement in their level of pain.
-100% of people surveyed reported improved symptom management.
-Over 95% of people surveyed reported their quality of life had improved.
97% reported increased knowledge of their medical care.
"The peace of mind HopeWest gives me is huge. The team helps me and my wife who is my caregiver. I worry less because I know she can get answers and support from the team."

HopeWest Kids

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

HopeWest Kids is designed to provide supportive services to the entire community, not just hospice patients and families, for grief has no boundaries. Statistics show that 1 in 20 children lose a parent by age 18 and that 75% of children who attempt suicide have had someone significant in their lives die.

After the death of a loved one, surviving children have unique mental health needs that are often unnoticed by the rest of their family. Not having words for the sadness, anger, and fear that surge within them, children often withdraw and bottle up their feelings. When death is a parent, children undergo a profound loss of security, nurture, and affection.

In 1997, we created HopeWest Kids, our Child & Teen Center to address these needs. The program is unique to Western Colorado and is the only program that deals strictly with those coping with serious illness and/or death. HopeWest Kids is one of the largest children's grief support programs in the State and offers a variety of unique programs and services.

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Evidence of Program's Success

-In 2018, 761 children were served through our HopeWest Kid's Program
-Data is compiled for HopeWest Kids which includes the amount and type of services, as well as the client's response to services. Some of our evaluation results are:
-School counselors report that 90% (193 out of 214) of students in our school-based grief groups have learned and applied positive coping skills resulting in improved attendance and better focus.
-The number of kids at our 2017 Camp Good Grief: 59. Out of the 59 evaluations, 75% wrote down 2 coping skills they learned from the camp that can help with their grief and make them feel better.
-School grief groups: (Questions varied between Elementary and Middle/High evaluations) 100% of participants would recommend it to other children
-Elementary: coming to grief groups helped me feel better about death, 98(88%) of 111 said "Yes".
-Middle/High: How helpful was the group to you in dealing with your grief, 75(67.5%) of 111 said "Very", 36(32.5%) of 111 said "Some", 0(0%) of 111 said "Not".
-We have found that phone surveys with the parent or guardian have been the most successful. Responses have been very positive. Parents state that they see noticeable improvements in their child's confidence, attitude and overall adjustment. They also note a decrease in "acting out" behaviors.
-Children and teens that participated in the programs report improved grades, better sleeping at night, and overall "feeling better."
-Teachers report classroom improvement when students participate in the groups.

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