U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney Visits Hope PACE Center and Hospice

August 16, 2017

U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney (R-19) recently visited the Hope PACE Center and Hospice House in Fort Myers, FL. He was hosted by Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare.

Rep. Rooney met with several participants at the Hope Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®). He learned how the multifaceted services of the program allow aging adults in southwest Florida to stay healthy, active and socially connected. With this support, PACE participants are able to remain safely in their own homes, rather than being placed in a nursing facility.

“I am looking forward to working with Samira Beckwith and her amazing team to make caring for seniors in our community less burdensome,” said Rep. Rooney. “I have written a letter to secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta requesting relief from excessive labor regulations on home health care workers. We should be supporting programs like PACE and making it easier on caregivers, not making it more difficult for them to function.”

He also spent time with patients at Hope Hospice House and thanked the staff and volunteers.

“It was inspiring to see how invested Congressman Rooney is in both Hope’s mission and its innovative programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community,” said Beckwith. “He truly cares about the issues that affect their lives.”

Samira Beckwith and Rep. Francis Rooney greet PACE participant Thomas Link.

Rep. Francis Rooney and Samira Beckwith thank Hope Hospice staff and volunteers.

Samira Beckwith and Rep. Francis Rooney with PACE participant Janice Buongiorno.


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