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Compass Regional Hospice Offers Adult Grief Support Group in Caroline County

Compass Regional Hospice
February 24, 2017

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 Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S 5th Avenue in Denton. The group will meet every Tuesday through May 23. 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 Wayne Larrimore, MEd, bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, many end up feeling alone, which makes navigating through their grief journey difficult. Participation in our adult grief support group offers companionship and understanding from others who “get it,” and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “In this confidential and intimate setting participant’s will have a chance to share their stories openly and guilt-free, while learning ways to cope with their changed lives.”

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

Photo: Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017.

Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017. – Submitted Photo

Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association Presents Check to Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice
February 1, 2017

For the third year, the Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association, Inc. chose Compass Regional Hospice and the Caroline Hospice Foundation as the beneficiaries of their annual tractor pull held at the Chestertown Elks on September 10, 2016.

The Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association presented a check for $2,400 to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation at the organization’s January 21, 2017 banquet held at the Goldsboro Fire Hall.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. People of all ages benefit from Compass services as they face the challenges of living with a life‐limiting illness and learn to live following the death of a loved one.

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.

Compass Regional Hospice’s partner in Caroline County, the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds to support the hospice services provided in Caroline County by Compass Regional Hospice in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at the Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation.

For more information about how you can support hospice care and grief support in your community, call 443‐262‐4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org.

Photo: Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation. – Submitted Photo

Caroline County clergy learn about hospice resources

Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation
May 12, 2016

On May 12, 2016 Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation hosted a breakfast meeting with clergy from Caroline County. The group met at the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton.

During opening conversations Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain for Compass Regional Hospice, discussed with her colleagues how her work with hospice patients supports the work of clergy of all denominations.

“We understand that for many people a terminal illness is a time when patients and their families turn to their spiritual beliefs for comfort,” says Rev. Greenwell. “We want to be a resource for ministers and lay people, who may be trusted confidantes as their parishioners make decisions about how to live their final months of life.”

Heather Guerieri, executive director for Compass Regional Hospice, provided an overview of the services available to people of all ages in Caroline County. She also explained how the Bridges pre-hospice program is a resource for people diagnosed with a life-limiting illness when they are not yet ready medically or emotionally for hospice.

Rhonda Knotts, grief services coordinator for Compass Regional Hospice, discussed the menu of services offered to people who are grieving the death of a loved one through the Hope & Healing Center. These services include individual and group counseling, support groups, and Camp New Dawn, a summer healing retreat for children, teens and families.

Heidi Plutschak, executive director for Caroline Hospice Foundation, closed the meeting by describing how the foundation raises funds that partially cover the cost of providing hospice care in Caroline County. The foundation, which owns the Caroline Hospice Home, also relies on financial support from the community to supplement the cost of maintaining this three-room residential hospice center.

For more information about Compass Regional Hospice and the hospice and grief support services available in Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s County, call 443-262-4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org. To support the fundraising efforts of Caroline Hospice Foundation, call 410-479-3500 or visit carolinehospice.com.

Photo: Staff from Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation hosted a breakfast meeting with clergy at the Caroline Hospice Home. Pictured are (left to right), seated, Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Pastor Marie Coulbourne, Chestnut Grove and Bloomy Methodist Churches, Federalsburg; Deacon Bill Nickum, St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, Ridgely and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Denton; Pastor Doug Morley, Bethel Wesleyan Church, Goldsboro; and Pastor Dawn Lare, Church of the Brethren, Denton; standing, from Compass Regional Hospice, Christie Gessford, RN, director, clinical services; Sharon Loving, LCSW-C, supervisor, support services; Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief services coordinator and counselor; Heather Guerieri, executive director; from Caroline Hospice Foundation, Laura Harris, president, board of directors; and Heidi Plutschak, executive director.

Staff from Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation hosted a breakfast meeting with clergy at the Caroline Hospice Home. Pictured are (left to right), seated, Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Pastor Marie Coulbourne, Chestnut Grove and Bloomy Methodist Churches, Federalsburg; Deacon Bill Nickum, St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, Ridgely and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Denton; Pastor Doug Morley, Bethel Wesleyan Church, Goldsboro; and Pastor Dawn Lare, Church of the Brethren, Denton; standing, from Compass Regional Hospice, Christie Gessford, RN, director, clinical services; Sharon Loving, LCSW-C, supervisor, support services; Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief services coordinator and counselor; Heather Guerieri, executive director; from Caroline Hospice Foundation, Laura Harris, president, board of directors; and Heidi Plutschak, executive director. – Contributed Photo

Caroline County resident is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the month

January 26, 2016
Compass Regional Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice chose Mary Lou Schoonover of Greensboro as the volunteer of the month.

Schoonover supports Compass Regional Hospice primarily as a patient care volunteer in Caroline County. She also helps with fundraising and community outreach events.

“As a volunteer, Mary Lou provides companionship and respite for caregivers whose loved ones are receiving hospice care and services through our Bridges pre-hospice program,” says Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services for Compass Regional Hospice. “Her caring spirit and calming presence can be felt by many and we are lucky she is a part of our program.”

Photo Mary Lou Schoonover is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the mont

Mary Lou Schoonover is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the month. Contributed Photo

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 volunteers of all ages to perform administrative tasks, assist with events, visit patients and lend a hand in the gardens at the Hospice Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. Volunteers also operate Estate Treasures, an upscale resale shop in Chester that raises funds for Compass Regional Hospice.

For information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/volunteers or contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

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Even though I have asked everyone to see ChesaDel Crier for Caroline County Arts and Entertainment News, sometimes something comes across the desk that needs to be shared.

Symposium for students and parents on current drug/alcohol trends at Chesapeake College

Queen Anne’s County Drug Free Coalition
September 2015

Thursday- October 1st, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Free Coalition will sponsor a symposium for students and parents on current drug/alcohol trends. There will be lots of resources and helpful presentations.

The event starts at 6pm at the Todd Performing Arts Center (Chesapeake College).

Visit www.facebook.comQACDFC or IWishIKnewMidshore.org for more information.

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Compass Regional Hospice Offers Support Group for Widows and Widowers

Compass Regional Hospice
August 27, 2015

Compass Regional Hospice is forming a new grief support group for men and women who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant life partner. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The group will meet every Tuesday through December 8, 2015. Participants are asked to commit to attending all 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 Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says Larrimore. “In this group we will create a safe haven for people to meet others whose spouse or life partner has died. In this confidential and intimate setting participants can talk about things they might feel uncomfortable saying to family and friends. Together, with facilitation from the leaders, the group members share ways to cope with their changed situation, realizing that grieving and adjusting to new ways of living take time.”

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 widow and widowers support group that begins in October, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4100, extension 124 for Ann OConnor or extension 108 for Wayne Larrimore, or email aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org or wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

Bereaved Parent Support Group begins September 21, 2015

Compass Regional Hospice
August 25, 2015

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, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The group will meet every Monday through November 23, 2015. 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.

Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice Host Caroline Hospice Home Blessing

Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice
Denton, MD
August 5, 2015

On August 4, 2015 staff, board members and volunteers from Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice gathered with area clergy to bless the Caroline Hospice Home. The Caroline Hospice Home located at 613 S. 5th Avenue in Denton is scheduled to re-open this fall.

Clergy from all denominations in Caroline County were invited for breakfast and a tour of the three-bed residential hospice center. The blessing was led by Compass Regional Hospice chaplain Rev. Nancy Greenwell with a special prayer offered by Rev. Denzel Cheek, pastor of Church of the Brethern in Ridgely. Rev. Greenwell led the group in song with Betty Ballas, president of the Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Rev. Greenwell blessed the house and the people who will work and receive care there by saying, “By the Spirit of Grace, may those who give and receive pastoral and hospice care do so in the spirit of human and divine compassion.” The participatns responded, “We dedicate this House to all who abide here awhile, even to the close of their days.”

The Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation, was recently renovated with the help of members of the community, who donated time, labor and materials.

Compass Regional Hospice has been providing hospice services and grief support in Caroline County since September 2014. When the Caroline Hospice Home opens, Compass Regional Hospice will staff this facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and continue providing hospice care in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Learn more about Compass Regional Hospice at www.compassregionalhospice.org or call 443-262-4100. To become a hospice supporter in Caroline County, contact the Caroline Hospice Foundation, 410-479-3500, carolinehospice.com.

Photo:  Pictured at the blessing of the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton are (left to right), seated, Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Laney Tapponnnier, member, Calvary Baptist Church, Denton; Viola Gibbs, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; Teresa Baumann, vice chair, Compass Regional Hospice board of directors; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Janet Fountain, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; standing, Rev. Denzel Cheek, Church of the Brethren, Ridgely; Sharon Loving, LSCW-C, support services supervisor, Compass Regional Hospice; Heidi Plutschak, director, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Betty Ballas, president, Caroline Hospice Foundation board of directors; Brandy Cathcart, human resources, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Courtney Williams, manager, volunteer and professional services, Compass Regional Hospice; Shelly Griffith, RN, nurse educator and Bridges clinical navigator, Compass Regional Hospice; Wanda Molock, volunteer, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. George Clark; Archie Cawley, Greensboro Baptist Church; and Rev. David Griffin, Ames United Methodist Church, Denton.

Pictured at the blessing of the Caroline Hospice Home in Denton are (left to right), seated, Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. Karen Handy, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton; Laney Tapponnnier, member, Calvary Baptist Church, Denton; Viola Gibbs, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; Teresa Baumann, vice chair, Compass Regional Hospice board of directors; Rev. Nancy Greenwell, chaplain, Compass Regional Hospice; Janet Fountain, Union Bethel AME Church, Denton; and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselor, Compass Regional Hospice; standing, Rev. Denzel Cheek, Church of the Brethren, Ridgely; Sharon Loving, LSCW-C, support services supervisor, Compass Regional Hospice; Heidi Plutschak, director, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Betty Ballas, president, Caroline Hospice Foundation board of directors; Brandy Cathcart, human resources, Caroline Hospice Foundation; Courtney Williams, manager, volunteer and professional services, Compass Regional Hospice; Shelly Griffith, RN, nurse educator and Bridges clinical navigator, Compass Regional Hospice; Wanda Molock, volunteer, Compass Regional Hospice; Rev. George Clark; Archie Cawley, Greensboro Baptist Church; and Rev. David Griffin, Ames United Methodist Church, Denton. – Contributed Photo

Community invited to tour Caroline Hospice Home on August 11, 2015

Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice
July 30, 2015

On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 5:00pm, Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice are co-hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the re-opening of the Caroline Hospice Home at 613 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony guests are invited for tours until 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and staff will be on hand to answer questions about hospice care and grief support services available in Caroline County.

The Caroline Hospice Home, a 3-bed residential hospice center owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is scheduled to re-open this fall. Compass Regional Hospice staff will provide patient care and family grief support.

“Re-opening the Caroline Hospice Home allows us to expand the services we have been providing in Caroline County since the state approved us to be the sole provider of hospice services in 2014,” says Heather Guerieri, RN, BSN, CHPN, 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 three-bed residential hospice center for people who choose this level of care.”

Guerieri adds, “We are grateful to the Caroline Hospice Foundation for the investment they have made in renovating this beautiful hospice center and for what they will continue to do to raise funds we rely on to provide exceptional patient care for the people of Caroline County.”

Heidi Plutschak, director of Caroline Hospice Foundation, says, “We thank the many people of our community who have donated their time, materials and expertise to make it possible for us to complete extensive renovations to the Caroline Hospice Home. What we have accomplished in the last year lives up to the work we have done for 30 years – ensuring that Caroline County families have access to the best and most compassionate hospice care.”

For more information about the August 11 Caroline Hospice Home celebration, contact Heidi Plutschak, Caroline Hospice Foundation, 410-479-3500, carolinehospicefoundation@gmail.com or Linda Mastro, 443-262-4100, lmastro@compassregionalhospice.org.

Photo: The Caroline Hospice Home in Denton has three private rooms that provide a homelike environment for patients and their families.

The Caroline Hospice Home in Denton has three private rooms that provide a homelike environment for patients and their families. – Contributed Photo

Stray Dogs and General Rabies Information; Rabies Found in Stay Dog

Caroline County Health Press Release —————————————————————————————————
Leland Spencer, M.D., MPH Attillio Zarrella, Th.D
Health Officer Deputy Health Officer
PRESS RELEASE January 8, 2015

From: Caroline County Health Department
Re: Stray Dogs and General Rabies Information
In late December, a stray puppy approximately 10 weeks old was found in the 3000 block of Seaman Road in Preston and later tested positive for rabies. The puppy exhibited classic symptoms of rabies: aggression, excessive salivation, vomiting, and slight paralysis. The Caroline County Health Department is currently investigating this incident. If you or anyone you know has any information relating to this incident, please contact the Health Department at 410-479-8045 as soon as possible.

Rabies is an acute, progressive viral infection that nearly always results in fatal encephalitis.

An exposure to the rabies virus may occur when a person is bitten by or exposed to saliva of a rabid animal. The disease is prevented with a four dose rabies vaccine series administered over a period of 14 days and a dose of rabies immunoglobulin given at the beginning of the series. Each year, approximately 900 Marylanders receive preventive vaccinations after exposure to a rabid or potentially rabid animal. Animals with rabies often show changes in behavior. Wild animals may act friendly, domestic animals may become aggressive, and animals that are active only at night may appear during the day.
Rabid animals may stagger, drool, or become paralyzed. The diagnosis of rabies is made by examining brain tissue from the suspected rabid animal.

To avoid being exposed to rabies:
Have your dogs, cats, ferrets, and livestock vaccinated against rabies

Keep your pet under your control at all times, especially when traveling

Enjoy wildlife from a distance and do not feed wildlife

Avoid sick animals and any that are acting in an unusual manner

Cover garbage cans securely and do not leave pet food outside

Do not relocate wildlife

Prevent bats from entering your home. If you find a bat in your home, do not touch it. Only let it go if you are sure no people or household pets have had any contact with it. If it is alive, you can catch it by placing a small box, bowl, or can over the bat once it has landed to
roost, and then slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat inside. Tape the cardboard to the container and contact Caroline County Health Department.

Report any suspected exposure immediately to the Caroline County

Health Department at 410-479-8045.

The schedule for Spring rabies clinics will be available in the coming months.