Com­pass Re­gional Hospice: Care on your terms

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Since 1985, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice has been ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing peo­ple through the chal­lenge of liv­ing with a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness. What be­gan as an al­lvol­un­teer com­mu­nity ser vice for res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County has de­vel­oped into a vi­sionar y, state-of-the-art or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing the res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caro­line coun­ties.

Each mem­ber of the Com­pass Re­gional Hospice team works with pa­tients and their fam­i­lies to pro­vide “Care on your terms.” The hospice team con­sists of physi­cians, a nurse prac­ti­tioner, nurses, hospice aides, so­cial work­ers, grief and spiritual coun­selors, and vol­un­teers. To­gether they care for pa­tients wher­ever they call home, which in­cludes pri­vate res­i­dences, nursing homes, as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties and se­nior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Res­i­den­tial hospice care is also avail­able at the Hospice Cen­ter in Centreville and at the Caro­line Hospice Home in Den­ton. The Hospice Cen­ter in Centreville is also the re­gion’s only free-stand­ing li­censed gen­eral in­pa­tient fa­cil­ity for hospice pa­tients who need short-term nursing care for symp­tom man­age­ment.

One com­mon mis­con­cep­tion is that hospice is only avail­able for the fi­nal days of life. Be­cause hospice is about qual­ity of life and liv­ing with dig­nity, pa­tients and their fam­i­lies ben­e­fit when they have the help of trained hospice pro­fes­sion­als to as­sist with the phys­i­cal, emo­tional and spiritual as­pects of daily liv­ing.

Many be­lieve that hospice care is pri­mar­ily for the ag­ing. Hospice pro­fes­sion­als are trained to meet the needs of in­fants to se­niors and every age of life in be­tween. Com­pass Re­gional Hospice through its pro­gram Com­pass Kids spe­cial­izes in hospice and pal­lia­tive care for the youngest, med­i­cally frail pa­tients along with sup­por t pro­grams and coun­sel­ing for their fam­i­lies.

An­other lit­tle-known fact is that any­one can make a re­fer­ral to hospice. Al­though we col­lab­o­rate with your med­i­cal providers once you are ad­mit­ted to one of our pro­grams, the ini­tial in­quiry into hospice ser­vices for your loved ones can be made by you!

In ad­di­tion to home hospice and grief sup­port pro­grams, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice of­fers Bridges, a free of charge pro­gram that of­fers care and sup­port for any­one who has been di­ag­nosed with a life­lim­it­ing ill­ness and who is not yet ready for hospice.

Com­pass Re­gional Hospice of­fers grief ser­vices and sup­port to chil­dren, adults and fam­i­lies through the Hope & Heal­ing Cen­ter. Some of the grief sup­port of­fer­ings in­clude adult grief sup­port groups, grief coun­sel­ing for chil­dren and teens, school-based grief coun­sel­ing and sup­port groups (grades K-12), and Camp New Dawn sum­mer grief re­treat for chil­dren, teens and fam­i­lies. The Hope & Heal­ing Cen­ter staff also hosts re­mem­brance cer­e­monies and work­shops through­out the year.

Com­pass Re­gional Hospice re­lies on a corps of 300 vol­un­teers to lend a hand with pa­tient care, help with events and ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks, and staff the up­scale re­sale shop Es­tate Trea­sures lo­cated in Ch­ester, Mary­land.

As a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice re­lies on fi­nan­cial sup­port from the com­mu­nity to pro­vide ser­vices not cov­ered by Medi­care, Med­i­caid and pri­vate in­sur­ance.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, the ser­vices of­fered or how you can help, call 443-262-4100 or visit www.com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org.

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