Hospice is unique and its specific qualities do
make a difference in people's lives. It is an
agency that meets the total needs of patients and
families dealing with a life limiting illness.
Home-based palliative care is the basic premise
of the hospice program, involving the support of
registered nurses, social service counselors, home
health aides and volunteers, all following the
interdisciplinary plan of care.
Special programs contribute to bereavement
support, a residential support and a children's
program. Rather than a place, Hospice is a
philosophy-a program of care and support wherever
patients need them. Hospice service extends to any
location-a home, the hospital, an adult congregate
living facility (ACLF) or nursing home. An
alternative for patients is Hospice House, six
bedroom homes in residential neighborhoods located
in Venice, Bradenton and Sarasota.
Sharon DeMarc, daughter of Flory Meyrowitz,
chose to do a benefit for
Hospice "Summer House",
Hospice because of the loving care her
mother received from them. Sharon said
"this benefit was actually her mother's
idea before she passed away, and she
wanted to thank hospice with more than
Sharon firmly believes that Mom will be
back dancing in paradise. Hospice nurse
Susan Kagan, who personally cared for
Flory was in attendance to accept all the
Sharon DeMarc is a dance instructor
that teaches "Tappercise", a combination
of tap dance, clogging and Irish step
dance, she patiently breaks down every
routine, without music and gradually
increases the pace.
She encourages all of her students to modify and make the
routines fit their level. Having fun and repetition is the
key, even those who have never danced before can learn. All
of Sharon's students participated in the benefit as well as
other volunteers like "HAL'S" D.J. Service - 474-5724.
You will find Sharon DeMarc at the Joseph A. Tringali
Community Center, Mondays noon to 1 p.m. for beginners who
have no previous experience. (tap shoes are not required for
beginners), and 1-2 p.m. for intermediate students.
Sharon is planning an early evening class for those that
have to work during the day. For more information call
473-1018 or Sharon at 475-6222.
If you would like to get in touch with MaryJo contact her
at the Englewood Sun Herald, 167 W. Dearborn St., Englewood,
or call her at 474-5521 or 475-1079, or e-mail her through
her web site at: http://users.sunline.net/maryjo.