Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness, hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults
Avow delivers a better quality of life by providing comfort, care, understanding and dignity to those who are seriously ill and their caregivers, as well as those mourning a loved one’s passing. We are a support system in our community, providing our services to anyone who needs them, including those whose loved ones were not in our programs. We also support those who are suffering the illness or loss of a companion animal.
Avow’s promise is to help members of our community provide care at home and live at home during an illness or death, surrounded by the people, pets and things they love most. We are teachers and guides, offering our expertise and loving support but always respecting the beliefs, choices and wishes of those we serve.
We often make positive, life-altering changes in someone’s life in as little as a moment. Therefore, even if our time with a patient, family member or community resident is brief, we bring it our full attention and focus on resolution and healing.
Help for Those in Grief
Whether you’ve lost someone who utilized our hospice care or not, Avow welcomes the grieving with open arms.
The following grief support services are available to anyone in the community…
Grief and bereavement support through individual or group meetings and regular follow-up.
Support for children who will or have experienced the loss of a parent or other loved one.
Help planning a private memorial service, if desired.
Community memorial programs including Butterfly Releases and Avow RememberingSM memorial services. Invite family and friends. Click Here To Learn More(Check ourcalendarfor the date of our next offering or call us.).
Dealing with the symptoms of any painful or serious illness is difficult. Palliative care can help. Palliative care can be offered at the same time you’re receiving treatments for your illness. Its primary purpose is to relieve the pain and other symptoms you are experiencing and improve your quality of life.
Live your life more comfortably
Palliative care provides relief from distressing symptoms including pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, problems with sleep and many other symptoms. It can also help you deal with the side effects of the medical treatments you receive. Most important, palliative care can help improve the quality of your life.
Palliative care also provides support for you and your family and can improve communication between you and your health care providers.
It’s never too early to learn about the benefits of hospice care. It’s not just for people in the last days of their lives. The reality is that, in many cases, hospice care can actually help people live longer. In virtually every case, hospice care brings significant comfort, peace and dignity to patients who are fearful, vulnerable, confused or exhausted from curative medical treatments that have failed to stop the progress of their illness.
Hospice cares is for people who are terminally ill and have an estimated lifespan of six months or less. Hospice is for anyone, of any age, who has a life-limited illness.
Each hospice patient and family has a team working together that supplements, but does not replace, the care provided by families, staff at an adult living facility, and other full-time caregivers.
Caregiver Support Programs
Caring for someone with a serious illness can be very rewarding, but it can also be difficult and overwhelming. Avow is here to ease your mind and help you cope. We offer a variety of services including support groups, volunteer support and help finding resources in the community that can help you.
Avow’s caregiver support groups are open to anyone in the community; neither the caregiver nor the patient needs to be associated with Avow’s hospice services in any way. Attendees may be parents, spouses, children or friends of people suffering from cancer, dementia, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, frailty or any other condition. Attendees can participate at whatever level they feel comfortable. Group leaders also help caregivers find resources in the community for whatever types of assistance their loved ones may need. See the link at the bottom of the page to view monthly support group schedules.
We are a private, non-profit organization with a mission to safeguard the human dignity of people as they age or face serious illness. For nearly 20 years, Aging with Dignity has been an advocate for quality care for those near the end of life. We have touched the lives of more than 23 million people and their families. And we have been honored to work with more than 40,000 organizations across America that distribute our Five Wishes document to help people plan in advance of a serious illness. With resources available in 27 different languages, we serve all people of diverse cultures and faith traditions.
Today we are the most trusted resource for people who want to plan for care in advance of a health crisis. Our Five Wishes document is the most widely used advance directive or living will in America. It is often called the “living will with a heart and soul” because it includes the things that matter the most. Unlike most other advance directives, it is easy to use and understand. Caring for people with a serious illness involves more than providing the best medical care. It means helping them to maintain their human dignity. That’s where we come in.
PO Box 1661
Tallahassee FL 32302-1661
Hope Hospice Health Care – Physicians, nurses and pharmacists control pain and manage symptoms, supply medications, monitor drug interactions and provide medical supplies and equipment. Medical options will be discussed with you – allowing you, or your loved one, to determine your preferred course of care.
Personal Care Specialists help with daily activities such as bathing, dental care and other elements of personal hygiene.
Navigating financial matters can cause tremendous stress at this time. Social Workers will help you with insurance paperwork and other complex financial matters. They will also discuss decisions regarding future medical care, a living will, choosing a healthcare surrogate and organ donation. Hope’s counselors will also determine if you, or your loved one, are eligible for community support such government assistance, military resources, transportation or volunteer support.
At Hope Hospice , we provide chaplains and counselors to address spiritual and emotional issues, regardless of faith. With their support, you can find peace and comfort when it matters most. Hope Hospice’s Volunteers are available to help with a variety of services from personal errands to transportation and emotional support. These compassionate individuals often lend a hand with day-to-day tasks so caregivers can spend time with their loved ones.
Bonita Springs (Hope Chest): 28520 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Suite B
Buckhead Ridge: 30082 State Road 78 W, Ste. A, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Cape Coral: 2430 Diplomat Pkwy. E, Cape Coral, FL 33909
Cape Coral (PACE): 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., A, Cape Coral, FL 33991
Clewiston (Hospice): 101 S W C Owen Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440
Clewiston: (Connections) 1200 S W C Owen Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440
Fort Myers: (Hospice) 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Fort Myers: (PACE) 2668 Winkler Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33901
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members maintain the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect.
Avow Hospice is Collier County’s original and only nonprofit, independent hospice, serving the community since 1983. Avow is the largest provider of hospice services in Collier County and is quality certified by the Joint Commission. Patients served by Avow are cared for by an interdisciplinary team that includes nurses, social workers, aides and physicians. Patients and families also may access music and massage therapy and spiritual care. Patients and families members also receive grief and bereavement support. Beyond patient care, Avow offers a variety of grief support programs that are open to the community at no cost and address a variety of grief-related needs including support for those who have lost a pet.
1095 Whippoorwill Lane
Naples, Florida 34105