Monthly Archives: November 2016

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Avow Palliative Care Center Now Open for Consultations, Education

Southwest Florida residents suffering from a serious illness and in need of symptom relief and emotional support can now find help at a new outpatient palliative care center on the Avow campus, 1223 Whippoorwill Lane in central Naples (Pine Ridge Road west of I-75). The facility, located in the new Lyon Center for palliative care, hospice and bereavement, features comfortable spaces for patients and families to discuss treatment options with Avow’s palliative care specialists. Patients and their primary care physicians [...]

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We’re Hiring! Join us at the Avow Job Fair on February 4, 2017

Join Avow on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Homewood Suites on 5255 Big Pine Way in Fort Myers for Job Fair specializing in Healthcare Clinical Positions (RNs, LPNs and CNAs). You will meet Avow representatives and learn about open clinical positions. Bring your resume to the Fair and ASK about SIGN-ON BONUSES! For more information, please contact Ken Rodgers at 239.430.3477 or by emailing at kenneth.rodgers@avowcares.org. View current job openings at by clicking here.  

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Palliative Care Changed My Quality of Life

When four-time cancer survivor Janice Feenstra was diagnosed with an incurable, but treatable cancer, she was hopeful and ready to endure chemotherapy and radiation to keep the cancer under control. Over time Janice became "sick and tired of being sick and tired" so she turned to Avow's palliative care team for help. A year later, Janice was able to spend quality time with family instead of suffering from the symptoms of her illness. "My experience with Avow has been amazing," [...]

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At Group We Listen, Acknowledge and Learn From Each Other

Connie Hill was apprehensive to attend her first grief support group, but she's very thankful she did. Avow's bereavement counselor instantly put her at ease. Connie describes her experience as "uplifting, positive and healing, and a very productive way to deal with grief." After losing the love of her life to cancer, Connie found added benefit in the bond she made with her support group peers. "Family and friends mean well, but they can't truly understand what you are going [...]

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They Cared for Dad and Showed Concern for Me Too.

While sitting vigil at his father's bedside at Avow's Frances Georgeson Hospice House, Chris Farrugia observed nurses speaking warmly and compassionately to his father as they adjusted pillows and offered a gentle touch to his forehead. "Each nurse treated my dad as if he was his/her own spouse or father," Chris shared in a letter to Avow. At one point, a nurse asked Chris how he was doing and if he needed anything. "At first I thought, 'I'm not the patient. [...]

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Grief at the Holidays – Tips for Coping

Grieving the loss of someone is always challenging, but it can be increasingly so during holiday time. If you are dealing with loss or know someone who is, the following tips may be helpful… Tips for those dealing with grief: Don’t be afraid to change traditions. Old ones won’t be the same – so new ones may help. Keep the ones that are comforting. Show your emotions – expression is healthy and positive. Rely on others. Remember children and encourage [...]

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Avow has successfully earned the 4th Star

4 Stars! Avow has successfully earned our 4th star from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) for our completion of requirements of the We Honor Veterans Program. But our work is far from finished. We will continue to strive to meet the needs of our Veterans. As a We Honor Veterans Founding Community Partner (Dignity Memorial) or Community Partner, there are four levels we can achieve. Each level guides you through specific activities to progressively increase your ability to serve Veterans and [...]

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