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Providing Hospice Care During Covid-19

Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Hospice

Since the coronavirus outbreak began spreading we have worked to highlight the ways it is impacting different parts of our community and our lives. Today we explore how Covid-19 has changed the world of hospice care.

Hope Hospice has been providing support to patients nearing the end of their lives and their families in southwest Florida for more than 40 years. But since the arrival of Covid-19 they’ve had to modify how they provide services to protect patients and caregivers, and have moved their support groups to virtual settings.

We talk with its executive director, Samira K. Beckwith, to get a sense of what it’s been like providing hospice and palliative care, and trying to support caregivers and those grieving from the loss of a loved one, during the pandemic.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.