A Global Partnership Initiative to Foster Bonds and Catalyze Hope in Response to Societal Healthcare Challenges in the Context of Aging, Illness, Disabilities and End of Life
Many people do not really understand hope. Hope is the most human value that exists. Hope relates to the future and the capacity to forecast, plan and execute meaningful goals.
When we talk openly to patients, seniors, and people with disabilities, and reveal their dreams and aspirations, we engage them in an authentic process which respects their individual value. Another essential component in communication with patients is motivation. By engaging those for whom we care we offer the best opportunity to achieve the maximal impact on their wellbeing.
Hope has been shown to be an important part of the recovery process from illness and trauma; it has strong psychological benefits for patients, helping them to cope more effectively with their disease. This not only helps to enhance people’s recovery from illnesses, but also helps prevent illness from developing in the first place. Patients who maintain high levels of hope have an improved prognosis for life-threatening illness and an enhanced quality of life.
The Hope Hub is an international collaborative group dedicated to engaging and inspiring people to live with hopefulness and meaning in the face of illness.
The Hope Hub offers a new model for approaching the suffering and despair that interfere with well-being during times of illness. Life’s Door and its partners in the “Hope Hub” regard hope as a driving human force, which has the power to improve the lives of people facing illness. The organization sees hopefulness as an antidote to burnout and compassion fatigue among Healthcare providers.
The Hope Hub model is based on a workshop that helps to significantly change the participants’ expectations and as a result improves their quality of life. The model includes innovative and practical methods for setting possible targets. Simple techniques are taught in order to harness the inner strength while coping with the obstacles that exist as a result of illness and aging.
The workshop teaches ways to overcome obstacles in achieving the goal and motivate participants and encourage them to work towards achieving the goal. The assumption is that those with hope will not easily give up their goal and look for alternative ways to realize their vision.
The Hope Hub is based on pioneering clinical studies initiated by Prof. Ben Corn in collaboration with Prof. Malka Margalit (Academic Center of Rehovot), Prof. Dave Feldmann (Santa Clara University) and leading academic health centers around the world, including colleagues, Prof. Dan Ariely of Duke University, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and the National Cancer Institute. The clinical research is conducted in medical centers in Israel and the United States and is promoted by an international professional team working in cooperation with leading academic institutions.