Hospice Services to Expand in Kent County

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By early 2018 residents of Kent County will have a residential hospice center close to home. As part of an agreement between Compass Regional Hospice and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Compass began leasing a unit on the third floor at the University of Maryland Medical Center at Chestertown located at 100 Brown Street.

A renovation plan has been developed to transform the vacant unit into a four-bed residential hospice center and is scheduled to open for patient care following months of construction. The newly renovated facility will offer an alternative for Kent County hospice patients who want the security of medical care around the clock but prefer the comfort of a home-like environment.

As Compass Regional Hospice has grown into its role as a regional hospice provider and having considered the current and future needs of the communities served, it became apparent that more convenient access to hospice care was needed in Kent County that included residential hospice beds, much like the Hospice Center in Centreville and the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton.

“We are excited to be able to expand the service we have already been providing in Kent County since becoming the sole provider of hospice services in 2014,” said Heather Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice. “Now, in addition to providing hospice care in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, we will have a four-bed residential hospice center for people who choose routine or continuous levels of care.”

Guerieri added, “We are most grateful to UM Shore Regional Health for helping us respond to the end-of-life needs of Kent County hospice patients and their loved ones through their collaborative efforts and facilitating the lease with Compass, and we will continue to work closely with UM Shore Regional Health when patients are ready to move on to hospice care.”

Compass Regional Hospice will be responsible for providing all aspects of hospice patient care— staffing the unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week and overseeing its operations. Admission to the residential hospice center will be based on greatest need and priority will be given to Kent County residents. Room and board fees billed from Compass are on a sliding scale based on the patient’s ability to pay. Hospital patients who are deemed suitable for admission to residential hospice care must first be discharged from the hospital according to hospital discharge procedures, then admitted to hospice care according to normal hospice admission procedures.

“Compass Regional Hospice provides exemplary hospice care.  Providing space for them to expand hospice services in our community ensures our citizens have the services they need most, close to home,” said Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health. “That’s why we at UM Shore Regional Health are very pleased to collaborate with Compass Regional Hospice on a lease agreement, creating an important opportunity to ensure that ‘the right care, in the right place at the right time’ is available to Kent County hospice patients for whom in-home care is not recommended.”

As a non-profit, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations from the community to close the gap between the actual cost of providing patient care and reimbursement received from Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Reimbursement does not include room and board at our hospice centers, grief support services offered through the Hope & Healing Center for families of hospice patients and members of the community grieving the loss of a loved one and other patient care services such as the Bridges program.

For more information or to become a hospice supporter, call Compass Regional Hospice at 443-262-4100 or visit the hospice website.

 

 

 

Compass Regional Hospice – Events for August & September

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Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting and helping people through the difficult and challenging time of living with a life-limiting illness. What began as an all-volunteer organization has since developed into a visionary, state-of-the-art organization recognized locally, regionally and statewide for its excellence.

In addition to our home hospice and bereavement care programs, we offer Bridges, a non-medical supportive care program for individuals who are transitioning to the next level of care or are not yet ready for hospice. When care in a patient’s home is not possible, our six-bed Residential Hospice Center offers a clinically supportive environment in a home-like setting.

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based non-profit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. It is affiliated with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Hospice & Palliative Network of Maryland.

For general information, see the  Compass Regional Hospice’s website 

Estate Treasures Store in Chester

August 2017

Estate Treasures Senior Discount SaleEvery Tuesday Estate Treasures offers seniors 25% off full priced items storewide. Estate Treasures is an upscale resale shop than benefits Compass Regional Hospice located at 17 Kent Town Market in Chester. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday with extended hours until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All retail sales are tax-free. Donations of clean, gently used items in good condition are accepted during store hours. For more information, call 410-643-7360.

Wednesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 16: It’s A Guy’s Thing Support Group 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Commerce Street Creamery, 110 N. Commerce St., Centreville. A casual, drop-in support group for men who have experienced any type of loss.  For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Monday, August 7: Bereaved Parent Support Group— 1st Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. For individual dealing with the loss of a child. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotss@compassregionalhospice.org.

Wednesday, August 9: HALOS- Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide Support Group 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. For individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one from suicide. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Thursday, August 17: Drug Overdose Support Group— 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville.  For individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one from drug overdose. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100, lturner@compassregionalhospice.org.

Saturday, August 19 to Tuesday, August 22: Camp New Dawn: This retreat held at Camp Pecometh, 136 Bookers Wharf Rd, Centreville, is designed for children, teens and families grieving after the death of a loved one. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.

September 2017

Estate Treasures Senior Discount Sale— Every Tuesday Estate Treasures offers seniors 25% off full priced items storewide. Estate Treasures is an upscale resale shop than benefits Compass Regional Hospice located at 17 Kent Town Market in Chester. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday with extended hours until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All retail sales are tax-free. Donations of clean, gently used items in good condition are accepted during store hours. For more information, call 410-643-7360.

Monday, September 4: Bereaved Parent Support Group— 1st Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. For individual dealing with the loss of a child. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotss@compassregionalhospice.org.

Wednesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 19: It’s A Guy’s Thing Support Group— 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Commerce Street Creamery, 110 N. Commerce St., Centreville. A casual, drop-in support group for men who have experienced any type of loss.  For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Tuesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 14: Compass Regional Hospice Volunteer Training— 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive. This session is comprised of 10 hours of learning, to be completed before the start of class. Specialized training for adults who want to assist with patients and families. For more information, contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

Wednesday, September 13: HALOS- Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide Support Group— 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. For individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one from suicide. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Thursday, September 21: Drug Overdose Support Group— 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville.  For individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one from a drug overdose. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100, lturner@compassregionalhospice.org.

Saturday, September 23: Sporting Clay Tournament— Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., 16090 Oakland Rd, Henderson. The entry fee is $100 for individual shooters, $75 for junior shooters ages 17 and under, and $400 for a team of four. The event includes 75 targets, side games, gun raffle, Lewis Class Scoring, catered lunch, and an award ceremony. Gun raffle tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the Compass Regional Hospice Capital Campaign. For more information, contact Kenda Leager, 443-262-4106, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

Monday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 27: Compass Regional Hospice Volunteer Training6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive. This session is comprised of 10 hours of learning, to be completed before the start of class. Specialized training for adults who want to assist with patients and families. For more information, contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

Saturday, September 30: Out of the Darkness Walk— Registration at 3:00 p.m., Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center, 425 Piney Narrows Rd, Chester. Join in the walk to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health and to remember someone you love who has been affected by suicide. Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Saturday, September 30: Bay to Table Fundraiser— 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m., Possum Point Farm, 220 Possum Point Farm, Centreville. This event is an elegant dinner featuring the Chesapeake Bay’s finest tastes to benefit The Hope & Healing Center and Camp New Dawn. $100 includes dinner, beer, and wine. For more information, contact Kenda Leager, 443-262-4106, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

Our Mission –  The Compass Regional Hospice team offers individuals, families, and the community “Care on your terms” through comprehensive, professional and compassionate end-of-life care and grief support.

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Roya Testerman Presented with Compass Regional Hospice Caregiver Award

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Compass Regional Hospice social worker, Roya Testerman, 

Receives Hospice Caregiver Award

Roya Testerman, LGSW, a social worker for Compass Regional Hospice, is the most recent recipient of the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Hospice Caregivers Award. Testerman was nominated by a patient’s family member to recognize her commitment to compassionate and personalized end‐of‐life care.

Compass Regional Hospice nurse Roya Testerman, MSW (second from left), the most recent recipient of the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Hospice Caregivers Award, is pictured with (left to right) Kirk Helfenbein and Chad Helfenbein of Fellows Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home; and Sharron Loving, supervisor of support services, Compass Regional Hospice.

Testerman received her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  In 2014, she joined the Compass Regional Hospice support services team. As a hospice social worker, Roya is responsible for providing patients and their families guidance in decision-making and the challenges of dealing with advanced illness.

Each staff member is committed to the mission of Compass Regional Hospice, which is to provide “Care on your terms” to individuals, families, and the community through comprehensive, professional and compassionate end‐of‐life care and grief support.

Testerman’s commitment to providing compassionate end‐of‐life care was recently recognized by a patient’s family. The Hospice Caregivers Award nominator wrote, “She was my lifeline— anytime she was there I felt my body, mind, and spirit relax.”

“Roya was extremely helpful to all of us; as she answered all of the questions and concerns that we had and gave me information to pass along to other family members,” the nominator adds. “She was very encouraging, always reassuring us that everything was being done properly and that my mom was well taken care of.  I can’t say enough about her and the way she sat with dad to answer his questions.”

The Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Hospice Caregivers Award is open to physicians, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors, hospice aides, chaplains, administrative staff and volunteers of Compass Regional Hospice who care for patients in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties. To nominate a hospice caregiver, contact Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, 408 S. Liberty Street in Centreville, 410‐758‐1151, info@fhnfuneralhome.com. For information on Compass Regional Hospice, go here.

Compass Hosts Grief Support Group at Heron Point

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Bereavement counselors Linda Turner, MS (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW-C (right)

Compass Regional Hospice is offering a grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Avenue in Chestertown. The group will meet every Wednesday through December 21. Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co-facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, and Linda Turner, MS bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “In this confidential and intimate setting, with facilitation from the leaders, participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, memories, and learn essential coping strategies through open discussions.”

Each group session will focus on a different topic from the renowned author, educator, and grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s book Understanding Your Grief.

A $25 enrollment fee covers the cost of materials. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.

For more information about the adult grief support group, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4100, or email Ann OConnor, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org or Linda Turner, lturner@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

Camp New Dawn Breaks Records

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Camp New Dawn had a record-breaking 21st year in 2015 when 79 campers, 15 families and 124 volunteers participated in this summer grief retreat hosted by Compass Regional Hospice. The healing retreat is held every summer at Camp Pecometh in Centreville.

Camp New Dawn kicks off on Saturday, when the kids and teens, ages seven through 17, check in. The opening sessions set the stage for a weekend of fun and friendship with activities that help the campers remember those who have died and talk about their losses.

Joy Denes (center) attended the Camp New Dawn family retreat after the death of her daughter Ashley Denes. Joy’s son Vincent Law and daughter Abby Denes helped her decorate a clay flower pot with words that expressed their joys and griefs. After decorating the pot the family used a hammer to break the pot into pieces. They then glued the pot back together again as a reminder that they are there for each other to put back the pieces of their lives.

Joy Denes (center) attended the Camp New Dawn family retreat after the death of her daughter Ashley Denes. Joy’s son Vincent Law and daughter Abby Denes helped her decorate a clay flower pot with words that expressed their joys and griefs. After decorating the pot the family used a hammer to break the pot into pieces. They then glued the pot back together again as a reminder that they are there for each other to put back the pieces of their lives.

Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, director of Camp New Dawn and grief services coordinator for Compass Regional Hospice, explains, “Kids of all ages interact at the beginning of the weekend as they participate in therapeutic workshops. They get to see that other young people understand what it feels like to lose someone they love.”

Therapeutic workshops are designed to give the campers options that meet their interests and skills. Some workshops revolve around music. Others use art and physical activities. “All of the workshops offer a lesson that the campers can take from the experience,” Knotts says. “For example, using a sling shot the children learn to let go of loneliness, negative emotions and thoughts that linger following the death of a sibling, parent, friend or other special person.”

After working with campers of different ages, the children move into age-specific support groups. “The opening workshops get campers ready to talk with their peers about their experiences of loss,” Knotts explains. “The volunteers who lead these age-specific groups are trained to create an environment that is safe, loving and comfortable. They do a great job of connecting activities to the personal story each camper shares.”

Each year Camp New Dawn introduces new elements to enhance the experience. In 2015 the family camp began a day earlier so that adults could have 24 hours with each other before the children joined them for two days of workshops and play.

“The adults who attended the family retreat in 2014 asked if they could have a day on their own,” says Knotts. “We take this kind of feedback to heart and use it to continually raise the bar on the camp experience.”

Camp New Dawn is one of the programs offered through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center. Knotts says, “The grief support programs we offer recognize that grief looks different for each person. We also know that when we care for one member of a family we are caring for the whole family. Our job is to respect each person’s ability to navigate the grief journey.”

Volunteers make Camp New Dawn possible. Only a handful of Compass Regional Hospice staff are at Camp Pecometh for the weekend. In addition to Knotts these staffers include Courtney Williams, assistant director of Camp New Dawn; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain; Shelly Griffith, RN, camp nurse; and Ann OConnor and Wayne Larrimore, grief counselors.

The most visible volunteers are the buddies who are paired up with a camper. Other volunteers lead workshops, art activities and outdoors events. Another group of volunteers welcome campers, manage registration, set up and break down workshops, prepare and serve food, and make sure that everyone is where they need to be.

“We depend on volunteers to tend to every detail of camp. They also care for each other in the volunteer respite cabin during these busy, heart-opening days,” explains Courtney Williams, who is also manager of volunteer and professional services for Compass Regional Hospice.

“We look for people who have a variety of life experiences to volunteer for Camp New Dawn. The most important criteria is having a desire to help,” says Williams. “All volunteers are screened and trained to work within the mission of Camp New Dawn.”

Teen campers and their mentors pose with the spray-painted van that is one of the most popular Camp New Dawn activities every year.

Teen campers and their mentors pose with the spray-painted van that is one of the most popular Camp New Dawn activities every year.

A special group of volunteers are the Peers as Leaders or PALs, former campers who have completed at least one year of high school. Williams explains, “These amazing young people, who have personal knowledge of how grief effects children and teens, work closely with the adult team leaders and buddies.”

The volunteer corps also includes a group known as Campatiers, young people who are not yet old enough to volunteer as a PAL, but who would like to give back because of what they learned by going to camp. “Campetiers receive direction from a more experienced adult volunteer,” Williams explains. “They support camp by helping with daily tasks and activity preparation.”

The Camp New Dawn organizers strive to be inclusive so that children of all abilities can participate. Williams explains, “Our volunteer buddies make it possible for the children to have fun with loving, caring adults while their parents and caregivers have time to care for themselves at the family retreat.”

The cost to operate Camp New Dawn far exceeds the registration fee charged for each camper and family. “We keep the cost of this program low – $30 per camper and $75 per family. No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay,” explains Knotts. “We depend on the generosity of the community and on grants to underwrite the majority of the cost of this program.”

In 2015 Camp New Dawn was supported by several community fundraisers. Most notably, the Farm to Table dinner hosted by Paige Evans, John Evans and Zeke Warner raised $23,000 for Camp New Dawn. Many members of the community donated materials, art supplies and snacks used throughout the weekend.

The planning and continual improvement that goes into Camp New Dawn earned Compass Regional Hospice a spot on the program at the National Bereavement Camp Conference sponsored by the Moyer Foundation. At the conference held in November in Washington, DC, Knotts and Williams presented a workshop entitled “How to grow a forest with just one seed.”

Knotts explains, “We accepted the invitation to speak because we believe that we are the only grief retreat in the country that encompasses five different programs – the kids segment, the teen segment, the mini-camp for the little children, the adult retreat and the family retreat. The seed of Camp New Dawn, which began as a weekend retreat just for kids 21 years ago, has grown into a grief program that meets the needs of people of all ages and stages of grief.”

Williams adds, “Our presentation at the National Bereavement Camp Conference showed how we are able to offer each separate program in the same retreat weekend through training, oversight and a unique organizational structure. We also shared activities and modalities we have found to be successful.”

Planning is underway for Camp New Dawn 2016. The retreat for children and teens ages seven through 17 will be held at Camp Pecometh Saturday, August 13 through Monday, August 15. On Monday, August 15, children ages four through six are welcome to attend day camp. The family retreat begins on Sunday, August 14 for the adults and continues on Monday, August 15 through Tuesday, August 16 for the adults and their children.

For more information about Camp New Dawn and becoming a volunteer, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org. Learn more about Camp New Dawn and view a video about the 2015 retreats at www.compassregionalhospice.org/campnewdawn.

Compass Regional Hospice Volunteer Training Scheduled for March

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In March Compass Regional Hospice will offer two training options for individuals interested in becoming a volunteer. The first session will be held on March 15, 16 and 17 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Drive in Chestertown from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. The second session will be held on March 29, 30 and 31 at Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Attending all three days of one of these sessions is required for volunteers who wish to work directly with hospice patients and their family members in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties.

“Volunteering for hospice is like being a good neighbor,” says Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services for Compass Regional Hospice. “It is all about helping others and being there when they need you. Direct patient care volunteers provide companionship and support to our patients and their loved ones.”

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 men and women who volunteer their time providing patient care and administrative support and helping with community events and fundraising. This group also includes the more than 100 volunteers who operate Estate Treasures, an upscale resale shop in Chester that raises significant funds for Compass Regional Hospice every year.

Topics for the winter 2016 volunteer training sessions include an overview of hospice; the process of dying; spiritual care and its place in hospice care; the stages of grief; effective communications techniques; family dynamics; stress management; and self-care for caregivers.

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/volunteers or contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

Compass Regional Hospice Gala Scheduled for March 4

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The Compass Regional Hospice Gala committee is planning the organization’s premier fundraiser scheduled for Friday, March 4. The Gala committee members picture are (left to right), seated, Teresa Baumann, vice chair, Compass Regional Hospice board; Cathy Adelman; Kathy Ciambruschini, Compass Regional Hospice board member; and Paula Warner; standing, Kim Kratovil; Marty Wash, development assistant, Compass Regional Hospice; Heather Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice; Kathy Deoudes, chair, Compass Regional Hospice board; Janice Feeley, secretary, Compass Regional Hospice board; Bianna Arentz; Sandy Mitchell; Julie McMahan Thomas; and Kenda Leager, development officer, Compass Regional Hospice. Unavailable for the photo: Debbie Houck and Compass Regional Hospice board members Martha Baker, Joyce Davis and Diane Pappas.

The Compass Regional Hospice Gala committee is planning the organization’s premier fundraiser scheduled for Friday, March 4. The Gala committee members picture are (left to right), seated, Teresa Baumann, vice chair, Compass Regional Hospice board; Cathy Adelman; Kathy Ciambruschini, Compass Regional Hospice board member; and Paula Warner; standing, Kim Kratovil; Marty Wash, development assistant, Compass Regional Hospice; Heather Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice; Kathy Deoudes, chair, Compass Regional Hospice board; Janice Feeley, secretary, Compass Regional Hospice board; Bianna Arentz; Sandy Mitchell; Julie McMahan Thomas; and Kenda Leager, development officer, Compass Regional Hospice. Unavailable for the photo: Debbie Houck and Compass Regional Hospice board members Martha Baker, Joyce Davis and Diane Pappas.

On Friday, March 4, 2016, Compass Regional Hospice hosts its annual Gala at Annie’s Paramount Steak & Seafood House in Grasonville. The Compass Regional Hospice Gala is the premier fundraiser that supports hospice care and grief support available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties.

This year’s honorees will be CNB and Queenstown Bank. Both banks have been supporters of hospice in Queen Anne’s County since Hospice of Queen Anne’s was founded in 1985.

The 2015 Gala begins at 6:30 pm and features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner of lobster tail and steak. After dinner, the dance band Retrospect will entertain guests with a playlist that includes today’s hits and memorable tunes back to the Big Band era.

Gala guests will support Compass Regional Hospice by competing for silent and live auction items that will include nights out on the town, vacation packages, jewelry, art and many other treasures.

Diamonds are the centerpiece of this year’s jewelry raffle. The winner of the raffle will choose between a diamond ring or diamond earrings donated by Paula’s Fine Jewelry in Chester. Raffle tickets are $100 and only 100 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Gala and the winner need not be present.

Gala tickets are $200 per person and must be purchased in advance of the event.  To purchase Gala tickets and jewelry raffle tickets and to sponsor the Gala, contact Kenda Leager, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org, 443-262-4106. More information is also available at compassregionalhospice/events.

Bereaved Parent Support Group Begins September 21

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Compass Regional Hospice will offer a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The group will meet every Monday through November 23. Participants are asked to commit to attending all 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The bereaved parent support group will be facilitated by Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief services coordinator and counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

“We know that the death of a child is one of the most difficult experiences a parent will ever face,” says Knotts. “This support group becomes a safe place for parents to understand that they are not alone in their grief and to appreciate that everyone grieves differently.”

Advanced registration is preferred. A $25 enrollment fee covers the cost of materials. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care for people of all ages in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. Compass Regional Hospice also offers the pre-hospice program Bridges for people who are not yet ready for hospice and a variety of grief support services through the Hope & Healing Center. 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.

Grief support groups are being scheduled in Kent and Caroline Counties beginning in 2016. For more information about the bereaved parent support group, contact Rhonda Knotts at Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.  To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

 

Fron image: Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief services coordinator and counselor for Compass Regional Hospice, will lead the next support group for bereaved parents.

Compass Regional Hospice Counselor Earns Advanced Trauma Certificate

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Rhonda Knotts, grief services coordinator and counselor for Compass Regional Hospice, earned a Level 1 certificate in advanced trauma treatment from the Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education.

Led by Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, this training gives counseling professionals skills that encourage them to focus on strengths as they work with adolescents and adults who have survived trauma, abuse and neglect.

Knotts knows firsthand about the impact that trauma can have on a person’s life. Speaking about her brother’s suicide, she explains, “A violent and unexpected death can affect the human psyche. My own experience has led me to make a career in helping people as they live with the grief and trauma that comes from loss in many forms.”

Rhonda Knotts, MSCC

Rhonda Knotts, MSCC

Knotts is one of the grief counselors who staffs the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, which serves clients in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties. Leading the team is Sharon Loving, LCSW-C, supervisor of support services for Compass Regional Hospice. The other grief counselors are Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd. Other members of the Hope & Healing Center team are Rev. Nancy Greenwell, the Compass Regional Hospice chaplain, and social workers Bob Denison, LCSW-C, Roya Testerman, LGSW, and Michelle Tuttle, MSW, who help hospice patients and their families as they anticipate the end of their lives together.

“The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services we offer to family members who are mourning the death of a patient who died while in our hospice care,” says Loving. “We also provide individual and group counseling and support groups for members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one.”

A generous donation earmarked for the Hope & Healing Center has made it possible for Compass Regional Hospice to invest in this trauma training and other staff development programs that Knotts and her colleagues have attended.

Knotts, who is also the director of Camp New Dawn, a summer grief retreat for children, teens and families, says, “More and more we are seeing how people in our community are experiencing the aftermath of traumatic events, such as suicides, car accidents and drownings. We want to be prepared and equipped to give them the level of support when and where they need it.”

The advanced trauma treatment training that Knotts completed, which takes place in nine one-day sessions over four months, is both practical and applicable. “Lisa Ferentz was the best workshop leader I have ever experienced. I left every session with some new tool that I could apply right away,” Knotts says.

For example, Knotts taught a group of social workers from Kent County how to use stress balls as a self-care technique. In sessions at Camp New Dawn this summer counselors will use scented bubbles, soothing candles and art projects that Knotts learned about during the trauma treatment training.

“Using art and music along with the five senses – smell, taste, touch, sound and sight – adds fun to therapy and teaches clients how to find comfort and peace amid the grief they are experiencing,” Knotts explains.

Knotts says she also learned that being an effective counselor for people who have experienced trauma requires being a “quiet presence.” She explains, “I don’t have to know all of the details of what happened to my clients and I don’t have to have all the answers. My clients are the experts in their trauma. My role is to create a safe space and to offer encouragement.”

Compass Regional Hospice is located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville and provides hospice care and grief support for people of all ages in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties. For more information about grief support programs and services offered through the Hope & Healing Center, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4100 and visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.