‘Defining Hope’ Debuts In Fort Wayne

Visiting Nurse is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring the local debut of “Defining Hope,” a documentary that follows eight people facing serious illnesses and the nurses and medical personnel who care for them. The screening will be Nov. 1 at Regal Coldwater Crossing cinema at 7 p.m., to be followed by a panel discussion featuring medical and senior law experts.

“Defining Hope”is a documentary that weaves the stories of patients with life-threatening illness, and the nurses who guide them as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology they can accept, what they hope for and how that hope evolves. It is about optimism and helps us define what “quality of life” really means.

Diane is a nurse caring for end-stage cancer patients who is confronted with her own complex diagnosis. 23-year-old Alena undergoes a risky brain surgery that has the potential to damage her short-term memory. 95-year-old Berthold lives with his elderly wife who struggles to honor his wish of dying peacefully at home. “Defining Hope”follows these patients and others as they face death, embrace hope, and ultimately redefine what makes life worth living.

Nurses will receive 1.25 free contact hours (CNEs) for watching the film and completing the evaluation thanks to the generous support of Walden University. Tickets are $11.70 for adults, $9.20 for children and $8.70 for seniors over 60.