Compass Regional Hospice: Care on your terms
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.