By Susan Acocella, VITAS Healthcare General Manager

A main concern for most people faced with terminal illness is whether they’ll be able to die wherever they call “home.” Hospice care helps eliminate that worry, making it possible for people to spend their final moments of life in their preferred surroundings.

By definition, hospice is intended to help terminally ill people remain comfortable during the last six months of their lives. The care can be administered at the patient’s home, hospice inpatient units as well as hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities or residential care facilities.

Hospice is an end-of-life care option tailored to the needs of each patient and family. It includes expert pain management, but also goes beyond medical care, by providing emotional and spiritual support. The care is provided by interdisciplinary teams of palliative care experts, including physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement specialists and volunteers. Routine home care is available in accordance to the patient’s individualized plan of care. Continuous care, during a brief period of crisis, can be available for up to 24 hours a day. Medicare pays for hospice services. Many states have established Medicaid coverage for hospice, and almost all private insurers and managed care plans provide coverage for hospice care as well.


Members who have not paid their $7.00 2018 dues by the time this newsletter was mailed have been marked inactive. If you know someone who still wishes to remain a member, please remind them to pay their dues and we will gladly change their status to an active member.


The UK is the place to visit in April 2018!
Fly into Edinburgh Scotland then travel south by motor coach to York, England’s iconic medieval city, then west to the beautiful landscapes of Wales. Spend two days in exciting London town before heading home. Or avoid the traffic, travel a similar route by train! Fliers are in the 55+ rack at the DRS Center.

Join us on our bus trip to Nashville!
April 29-May 5th, 2018. Enjoy the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, ride the Delta Flatboats and tour Belle Meade’s Plantation. All this and more while you enjoy old friends and make new ones on one of Diamond tours fabulous trips.

Extended Trips -Jill Blakeway 321/773-2080, jillB215@ aol.com


The Casino at Dania Beach – WATCH for a March date
John’s River Ship Co. – Change St. John’s River trip to April 18th

Experience Florida in a different way and appreciate it’s wildlife, beauty and warmth. Enjoy a chef-prepared lunch, live onboard entertainment and endless hospitality in climate controlled comfort. Cost: $78.03 per person which includes transportation, sales tax, port fees and minimum gratuity for wait staff. Deadline for payment is Monday March 5th. Checks are made payable to Casino Connections. Departure from the DRS Community Center at 8:00am. Don’t wait! Discounted fee is based on a minimum of 25 attendees.
Day Trip Contacts: Norma English 243-5708 or Camile DiLorenzo 978/394-6692.


The Fishing Group welcomes all levels of fisher-people, whatever the skill level. We have regular meetings once a month at various locations, with occasional guest speakers and special presentations and regular reports. Due to the unfortunate release of raw sewage into the Banana River recently on several occasions, our river fishing activity has been suspended. However, our Ocean Fishing activities, at several venues, is moving ahead, as the ocean is (thankfully), still quite pristine. In addition, several freshwater plans are in
the works. Anyone interested in joining our group should contact Gene at 321 773-4647 and LEAVE A MESSAGE.