Agape Hospice and We Honor Veterans

Posted by Joe B. Nester on May 25, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (13)

The NHPCO National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization put out a memorial day press release reminding people of the unique needs of Veterans on hospice. Five years ago the organization recognized the necessity for an enhanced educational and awareness program to help providers better care for Veteran hospice patients. The "We Honor Veterans." program was born and it allowed hospice providers an opportunity to partner with NHPCO to achieve a higher and more relevant level of care for their Veteran patients.


The program has four partnership levels with educational benchmarks and practices required to advance to each level. The partnership allows hospice companies an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the special considerations and practices involved when caring for the Veteran.


Agapé Hospice, one of the largest hospice providers in South Carolina was already caring for many veterans inside and outside of its communities at the time and welcomed the new program with open arms. "Our veterans and their families sacrificed so much for our freedom. Agape Hospice is proud to be a significant part of the We Honor Veterans national initiative, affording us the opportunity to better serve those who gave so much for our country." stated Theresa Younis, COO for Agapé Senior.


Agapé instituted a program within its online employee training system, Agapé University, to meet the educational goals of "We Honor Veterans." The company today is a level three partner and hopes to achieve the fourth level soon.


Donald Schumacher, NHPCO President and CEO stated "Our Veterans deserve support and recognition of their service and the losses they may have experienced. Memorial Day can be a time to reach out to acknowledge all they've given and celebrate our national pride."


So on this memorial day we honor those men and women that paid the ultimate price for our freedom. And we are thankful and honored to have the opportunity to be of service to the Veterans that made it back and need our help today.


A Cup Of Joy

Posted by Kimberly Brace on April 13, 2015 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

To be happy you first have to create it in your mind...

It's not something you search for or seldom find.


When you wake up in the morning and begin your day ...

First count your blessings and then thank God and pray,


Give up those thoughts that breed discontent...

And just remember everything that comes your way is heaven sent.


Don't spend time wishing for things that you have not...

But simply make the best of what you've got.


Know that life is already determined for us...

Then pursue each task without a fret a fume or a fuss.


Just get busy and complete what God gives you to do...

Do that and you'll find real contentment and be happy too.


God wants you happy because it's good for the heart...

And being happy in your mind is a great place to start.


So fill your cup with joy as you as you begin your day...

Then health and happiness will be headed your way.


A Prayer For Hope

Posted by Kimberly Brace on April 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Heavenly Father, I am your humble servant,

I come before you today in need of hope.

There are times when I feel weak.

I pray for hope.

I need hope for a better future.

I need hope for a better life.

I need hope for love and kindness.


Some say that the sky is at it's darkest just before the light.

I pray that this is true, for all seems dark.

I need your light, Lord, in every way.


I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe.

To bask in your glory.

To know that all is right in the world,

as you have planned, and as you want it to be.


Help me to walk in your light,

and live my life in faith and glory.


In your name I pray, Amen

Charge The Hill

Posted by Kimberly Brace on April 13, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

At the base of the mountain I raise my eyes

To the climb that looms ahead.

And though I tremble at the road before

It is the path that I must tread.


My heart beats wildly and my legs feel weak

but my comfort comes in knowing

There’s a power greater than all of me

So my faith just keeps on growing.


Though the world may try to tell me

Faith is simple and quite naive,

I’ve felt His presence in the blackest of times

And I shall continue to believe.


There may be days to come where I feel alone

During the pain and hardest trials.

But there’s an unseen world holding me up

And protecting me all the while.


I know prayers and love will come to Him

From those who share my suffering.

Whose hearts and souls are tied with mine

In this journey laid out for me.


So I take the first step and begin the climb

and I know love will gently lead.

Each hand firmly held by family and friends

We charge the hill to victory.


Dont Quit

Posted by Kimberly Brace on April 13, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road your trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit

Rest if you must, but don't you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and its turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about

When they might have won, had they stuck it out.

Don't give up though the pace seems slow,

You may succeed with another blow.


Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victors cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far;

So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,

It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit!


Author believed to be Rev Wade Watts



How is butterfly a symbol for Easter?

Posted by Adrian Savage on March 25, 2015 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (276)

How is a butterfly a symbol for Easter?


POSTED ON March 25, 2015 by Adrian Savage


Long before the time of Christ, Egyptians saw a similarity between the cloth wrappings of their mummies and the butterfly’s cocoon. For these early people and the Greeks, who placed golden butterflies in their tombs, this insect was a symbol of resurrection, new life, and immortality. In other traditions, the butterfly was a reminder of reincarnation.

The butterfly has long been a Christian symbol of the resurrection, for it disappears into a cocoon and appears dead, but emerges later far more beautiful and powerful than before. The three stages of the butterfly’s metamorphoses are symbolic of the three stages in the life cycle of Christ and the Christian.

The caterpillar’s non-stop eating reminds us of normal earthly life where people are often preoccupied with taking care of their physical needs. The caterpillar’s life also reminds us of Jesus’ life on earth.

Caterpillars then “entomb” themselves in what appears to be lifeless cocoons portraying the crucifixion and burial of Jesus and the death of all humans.

The third and final stage is the appearance of a butterfly with jewel-colored wings and the ability to soar, which represents the resurrection into a new and glorious life free of material concerns and restrictions.

A major theme in Paul’s teachings is that “we shall all be changed” (1 Cor. 15:51). The Christian hope is that what is sown in the grave as a weak mortal body will be raised an indestructible spiritual body not subject to temptation, sorrow, death, or pain (1 Cor. 15:44-54). Through death the spirit will escape – not from its body but from the vulnerabilities and hardships of mortal flesh.

What better symbol of the Resurrection — an inanimate object out of which comes life. Butterflies are the perfect symbol of the tomb Christ conquered and every Christian’s hope of their own rebirth.

Happy Easter Everyone!!


Facts On Women And Heart Disease

Posted by Kimberly Brace on February 10, 2015 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Facts on Women and Heart Disease

•Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing 292,188 women in 2009—that’s 1 in every 4 female deaths.1

•Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a "man's disease," around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, only 54% of women recognize that heart disease is their number 1 killer.2

•Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women in the United States. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause roughly the same number of deaths each year. For American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian or Pacific Islander women, heart disease is second only to cancer.3

•About 5.8% of all white women, 7.6% of black women, and 5.6% of Mexican American women have coronary heart disease.4

•Almost two-thirds (64%) of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.4 Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.




While some women have no symptoms, others experience angina (dull, heavy to sharp chest pain or discomfort), pain in the neck/jaw/throat or pain in the upper abdomen or back. These may occur during rest, begin during physical activity, or be triggered by mental stress.6


Women are more likely to describe chest pain that is sharp, burning and more frequently have pain in the neck, jaw, throat, abdomen or back.6


Sometimes heart disease may be silent and not diagnosed until a woman experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, an arrhythmia,6 or stroke.


These symptoms may include

•Heart Attack: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea/vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort, and shortness of breath.

•Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest (palpitations).6

•Heart Failure: Shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of the feet/ankles/legs/abdomen.

•Stroke: Sudden weakness, paralysis (inability to move) or numbness of the face/arms/legs, especially on one side of the body. Other symptoms may include: confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, shortness of breath, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, loss of consciousness, or sudden and severe headache.7


Risk Factors


High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors.5


Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:


•Overweight and obesity

•Poor diet

•Physical inactivity

•Excessive alcohol use




To reduce your chances of getting heart disease it's important to8

•Know your blood pressure. Having uncontrolled blood pressure can result in heart disease. High blood pressure has no symptoms so it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly.

•Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you should be tested for diabetes. Having uncontrolled diabetes raises your chances of heart disease.

•Quit smoking.

•Discuss checking your cholesterol and triglycerides with your healthcare provider.

•Make healthy food choices. Being overweight and obese raises your risk of heart disease.

•Limit alcohol intake to one drink a day.

•Lower your stress level and find healthy ways to cope with stress.


CDC's Public Health Efforts


Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN)

WISEWOMAN is a CDC program that helps women with little or no health insurance reduce their risk for heart disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases. The program assists women ages 40 to 64 in improving their diet, physical activity, and other behaviors. WISEWOMAN also provides cholesterol tests and other screening. CDC funds 21 WISEWOMAN projects in 19 states and two tribal organizations.


CDC's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program

Since 1998, CDC has funded state health departments' efforts to reduce the number of people with heart disease or stroke. Health departments in 41 states and the District of Columbia currently receive funding. The program stresses policy and education to promote heart-healthy and stroke-free living and working conditions.


Million Hearts®

Million Hearts® is a national, public-private initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Co-led by CDC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the initiative brings together communities, health care professionals, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners to improve care and empower Americans to make heart-healthy choices.


For More Information


For more information on women and heart disease, visit the following Web sites—

•Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

•U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health

•American Heart Association

•National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute



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3.Heron M. Deaths: Leading causes for 2008[PDF-2.7M]. National vital statistics reports. 2012;60(6).

4.Roger VL, Go AS, Lloyd-Jones DM, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2012 update: a report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2012;125(1):e2–220.

5.CDC. Million Hearts: strategies to reduce the prevalence of leading cardiovascular disease risk factors. United States, 2011. MMWR 2011;60(36):1248–51.

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