As the only hospice center in Calvert County, Calvert Hospice takes its role very seriously to provide care for those who are suffering, as well as their loved ones.
Providing comfort and medical services to patients with terminal diseases who have six months or less to live, Calvert Hospice allows people to spend their final days comfortably and gives support to their family and friends.
“Each patient has access to a physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, home health aide and volunteer,” said Amanda Peterson, hospice’s media and marketing coordinator. “We treat each person as an individual who deserves dignity and respect through the end of life. Our care is patient- and family-centered; we are here to help our patients and their families in any way we can. Care doesn’t stop at a patient’s death. We provide bereavement services for family members and for members of the community as well.”
Calvert Hospice also offers substance abuse and suicide loss drop-in support groups for family and friends who have lost loved ones to substance abuse or suicide. Recently, the hospice began offering CONNECT, a grief support group for teens. “The program will help teens learn coping skills, will help them learn to support themselves and others in their grief process, and will allow them to make connections and develop relationships with other teens who understand what they are going through,” said Peterson.
The hospice center recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Shoppe for Hospice, a high-quality recycle boutique that sells new and gently used brand name men’s and women’s clothing, along with accessories and select furniture. All merchandise for the shop is donated by the public or local businesses, and the proceeds go to the Burnett Calvert Hospice House, a six-bed residential facility where patients who can no longer live at home due to their health receive care, regardless of their
ability to pay.
“We are always trying to reach new audiences and customers and let them know about the Shoppe and what it offers,” said Peterson.
For more information about Calvert Hospice and the services it offers, call 410-535-0892.
by Heather Vecchioni | Contributing Writer