HomePorts Benefit Dinner

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Luisa’s Cucina Italiana is the host of the annual fund-raising dinner to benefit HomePorts, Inc. The event is being held on Monday, April 16, with seatings at 5:00 and 7:30 pm. Luisa’s is located at 849 Washington Ave, Chestertown.

Proceeds benefit HomePorts, greater Kent County’s non-profit aging-in-place membership organization. HomePorts assists those over 55 in providing access to a wide range of services in order to remain content, safe, and confident living in their own homes. HomePorts resources include a cadre of vetted volunteers to help members and referrals to reliable service providers in the fields of transportation; interior and exterior home maintenance; grocery & household services; personal assistance & trouble shooting; and pet care.  Additionally, HomePorts offers social and educational opportunities in cooperation with Shore Regional Health System. It also offers a subsidy for those with limited incomes.

A three-course meal will be offered with a choice of chicken, salmon, or eggplant parmagiana, coffee or tea. Tickets are $50. Call HomePorts, 443-380-0940 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Local Artwork Finds Home at Hospice Center

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Marcy Dunn Ramsey

Artwork created by local artists found a home at the newly renovated Hospice Center, located on the third floor of the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Compass Regional Hospice renovated the unit transforming it into a comfortable, home‐like environment that can accommodate four patients in private rooms. Currently on display are stunning oil paintings composed by well-known Kent County artists, Bonnie Howell and Marcy Dunn Ramsey.

“It was important for us to fill the Hospice Center with original art representative of the community we serve,” says Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services of Compass Regional Hospice. “These pieces reflect the beauty of life and the natural surrounds that our patients know as home. We hope that the art becomes synonymous with the experience here.”

Howell’s artwork captures her passion for people and the Creator of life; often conveying an image of love, beauty, and respect for life and the dignity of an individual. “I hope my paintings can add a bit of beauty and peace to visitors during this time in their life.”

Ramsey’s artwork explores the relationship between the natural world and the human psyche. “Inspiration for my artwork comes from a place of personal response — they are metaphors for a current state of mind,” she explains. “I hope these pieces help whoever views them to explore what their feeling in that moment.”

Ramsey experienced first-hand the blessing of hospice services, when her father-in-law passed away at home in 1985. “It’s a tremendous service, performed in the most dignifying way, at exactly the right time,” said Ramsey. “I am glad to be involved and that these pieces found a home here.”

Visitors may purchase the artwork displayed in the Hospice Center and are encouraged to visit their studios. Howell’s artwork can be found on display at The Artists’ Gallery and Ramsey’s at the Massoni Gallery, both located in Chestertown.

We extend our gratitude to the artists that either donated their work or offered to lend their pieces; these efforts have allowed us to establish the foundation for our collection. If you are interested in lending or donating artwork to be displayed at the Hospice Center in Chestertown, contact Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services, 443-262-4112cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville, Chestertown and Denton. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through The Hope & Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Elder Law Project Starts April 12

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Do you have an advance directive, power of attorney and a current will? Are you concerned about senior-specific homeowner and consumer related issues? Are you considering a reverse mortgage? Do you want to change a deed? Do you worry about elder abuse or neglect for yourself or someone else?

Join our guest speakers, Marla Owczarek, Esq. and volunteer attorney with Mid-Shore Pro Bono and Meg Rekstis Foreclosure, Housing and Consumer Protection Project Manager to learn about these issues and have questions answered that require legal assistance. Clinics are offered monthly in Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties, but this will be a special program given for HomePorts.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Presents Dementia Caregiver Educational Series

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Integrace Bayleigh Chase and the Integrace Institute are partnering to present a free, three-part educational series for family caregivers living with or supporting loved ones with dementia. Each interactive discussion will present evidence-based, practical information to help family caregivers understand the latest findings in dementia research, and the newest advancements in care to better navigate their loved one’s journey.

Each session will be held at Integrace Bayleigh Chase at 501 Dutchman’s Lane in Easton. The March and April discussions will be led by Tabassum Majid, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Integrace Institute. The May discussion will be led by Terry Detrich, M.D., neurologist with the Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic at Integrace Bayleigh Chase.

All sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. and include continental breakfast. The dates and topics to be covered are:

– Wednesday, March 28: Caregiver Decision Making, presented by Tabassum Majid, Ph.D.
– Wednesday, April 25: Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Panel Discussion, presented by Tabassum Majid, Ph.D.
– Wednesday, May 23: New Thinking Around Neurocognitive Disorders, presented by Terry Detrich, M.D.

“Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, but with the proper support and education, it can also be a loving and positive one,” said Dr. Majid. “Our mission in bringing this educational series to Easton is to offer local families the practical information they need to better understand their loved one’s journey with dementia and the important role they play in it as caregiver.”

Guests may register for any or all these free sessions by calling 410-819-3777. Space is limited.

About Integrace Bayleigh Chase

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, neurocognitive support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

About Integrace

Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant senior living communities in Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also a nationally-recognized leader in the art of neurocognitive support, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two neurocognitive clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia and many other forms of cognitive change. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

Two Grief Support Groups to begin March 20

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Compass Regional Hospice is offering two new grief support groups for individuals, 18 and older, who have experienced any type of loss. Both groups will meet every Tuesday, beginning on March 20 through May 8.

The grief support group in Caroline County will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. Facilitated by Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

The second grief support group will take place in Kent County and meet from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Kent County Public Library Chestertown Branch, 408 High Street in Chestertown. Facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd.

Participation in support groups offered through Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center, offer companionship and understanding from others who are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 8 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group. Each group session will revolve around topics such as normal grief, sharing memories, and adjusting to and finding meaning in your loss. Including specialized activities, teachings, and open discussions.

There is a $25 enrollment fee. No one is ever turned away based on inability to pay.

For more information and to register for the upcoming grief support group in Caroline County, contact Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor, 443-262-4108wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org. For more information and to register for the upcoming grief support group in Kent County, contact Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, grief counselor, 443-262-4124aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs and services available through Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville, Chestertown and Denton. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through The Hope & Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org.

“Advice for Aging Drivers” Talk on March 8

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Homeports presents “Advice for Aging Drivers.” The talk will be on March 8, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at Chestertown Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 118 N. Cross Street.

Join our guest speaker, Michael Sabol, Outreach Manager for the Maryland Highway Safety Office of the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Michael will discuss safe driving tips, how health and medications impact driving, how to know if someone is safe to drive, transitioning from driving and transportation options.

The talk is free. Please make a reservation by contacting Karen Wright at 443-480-0940 or email at Karen@homeports.org.

Compass Regional Hospice hosts Hope & Healing for the Holidays Workshop

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Compass Regional Hospice will host the workshop Hope & Healing for the Holidays on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. Come for conversation and creative activities designed to help those grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. The workshop fee is $10 and is open to anyone 18 and older.

Hope & Healing for the Holidays will be led by staff of the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center. The workshop begins with a light breakfast and will include art projects and opportunities to talk about how to remember loves ones while facing the grief that accompanies their memory.

For more information and to register for Hope & Healing for the Holidays, contact Ann OConnor or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.orglturner@compassregionalhospice.org.  Learn more about the Hope & Healing Center grief support programs at www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. Services available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties include, individual and family grief counseling, grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, a grief retreat Camp New Dawn, and remembrance events and specialized workshops. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

Much like a compass, the priorities of the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign points the way toward the future of Compass Regional Hospice. In order to meet the unmet and growing needs of our community, the existing Hope & Healing Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville needs to be renovated so that we can continue to expand our grief support services. The planned renovations will create the additional space needed to accommodate new support services and healing modalities. For more information about the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign or how you can donate, contact Kenda Leager, Development Officer, 443‐262-4106, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/otherwaystogive/campaign

“Gratitude and Grace” This Sunday at Unitarian Church

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Reverend Susan Carlson Browning, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, in Chestertown

On Sunday, Nov 19, 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning will give a sermon entitled”Gratitude and Grace” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River,  914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. In this harvest season we take time to say thank you for the abundance around us. Join us for an intergenerational Unitarian Universalist Bread Communion service where we’ll reflect on the grace underlying our gratitude as together we’ll set a table and share in the harvest. The service will include a Child Dedication service welcoming an infant into community.    

 
Childcare will be available during the service.  All are welcome! For more information, call 410-778-3440 or visit the website.

Unitarian Universalists: “Trusting in Abundant Love”

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Reverend Susan Carlson Browning, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, in Chestertown

On Sunday, November 5, at 10 a.m., Reverend Sue Browning will give a sermon entitled “Trusting in Abundant Love” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. Our Universalist ancestors held that love was an unlimited resource and felt called to offer unconditional love. Rev. Gordon McKeenan describes, “Universalists believe that all of us are going to end up together in heaven, so we might as well learn how to get along with each other now.” At this service, Rev. Sue Browning will draw on this rich history as we consider modern day connections between the UU faith and social action.

Special music for the service will be performed by Pam and Bob Ortiz.

Childcare will be available during the service.

All are welcome to our service. For more information, visit our webpage.