Talbot County Organizations Host Senior Supply Drive

The Talbot County Commission on Aging (TCCOA) kicked off the Senior Supply drive on March 1st to collect incontinence supplies for seniors in need in Talbot County.

Pictured (L-R): Lauren Harding (Regent Healthcare), Kate Stinton (Talbot County Health Department), Vivian Dodge (Talbot Hospice), Childene Brooks (Brookletts Place), Lee Newcomb (Talbot County Department of Social Services), Andrea Shoener (Genesis Healthcare), Jenna Marchi (Home Instead), Kathy Hanna (Talbot Chamber of Commerce), Susan Moran (Talbot County Council).

The Talbot County Senior Care program is administered by the Talbot County Health Department through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Aging, the Talbot County Department of Social Services, and Talbot County. This program helps at need seniors stay in their homes for as long as possible, through resources they may not otherwise be able to access. The Talbot program currently supports an average of 135 Talbot County Seniors with some of these program services. The TCCOA and Maryland Access Point have joined with Talbot County’s Senior Care program initiative by organizing a supply drive to collect boxes of gloves, packs of incontinence briefs/underwear, packs of incontinence pads, disposable wipes and disposable underpads. The drive is scheduled to run through the spring season and the hope is for it to continue into the summer.

Please bring your donations to the following locations: Brookletts Place-Talbot Senior Center, Home Instead Senior Care, Mid-Atlantic Tire, Talbot County Health Department, YMCA St. Michaels, and Graul’s Market. Volunteers will collect the donated items and take them to the Talbot Health Department’s storage facility for distribution throughout Talbot County by the Department of Social Services, Health Department and Maryland Access Point.

If you have further questions about donating, please contact Kate Stinton at 410-819-5631 or kate.stinton@maryland.gov.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Presents Dementia Caregiver Educational Series

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.

Talbot Hospice Hosts Expert on Care of Aging Veterans

Talbot Hospice will present its third annual outreach event March 15, 2018 at 6 p.m. Soul Injury: Liberating Unmourned Loss featuring Deborah Grassman, expert on the unique needs of aging Veterans and author of The Hero Within and Peace at Last. The presentation will be held at the Easton High  School Auditorium and is open to the public, free of charge. Both of Grassman’s books will be offered for sale at the event.

Grassman is a mental health Nurse Practitioner whose career at the Department of Veterans Affairs spanned nearly 30 years where as Director of the Hospice program she personally took care of more than 10,000 dying veterans. She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life.

Grassman is CEO and co-founder of Opus Peace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs that respond to the soul injury that occurs during trauma, abuse, self-neglect, and serious illness. She is most well-known for her pioneering presentation Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle which was the first of its kind to identify the unique needs of Veterans as they age. In 2002, she introduced “pinning ceremonies” to honor dying veterans — a ceremony which has now become standard practice in hospices and long-term-care facilities throughout the nation.

Grassman’s presentation is suitable for Veterans and their family members, professionals who serve the Veteran populations including social workers and clinical personnel, or anyone who could benefit from processing unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt.

“We are so pleased to be able to bring someone of Deborah’s caliber to Talbot County,” said Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge. “We are grateful to our presenting sponsors Avon Dixon Agency and Shore United Bank for helping make this a free event for the community.”

Also at the event, local Veteran organizations, agencies, and support groups will be available in the lobby prior to Grassman’s presentation to offer their resources to Veterans and their families. On Friday, March 16, 8 a.m., Grassman will present an abbreviated version of the workshop “Wounded Warriors” at Talbot Hospice for social workers, nurses, and anyone who works with Veterans.

For more information visit TalbotHospice.org/events or call 410-822-6681.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Participates in National Wear Red Day

Integrace Bayleigh Chase participated in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2 to raise awareness for American Heart Month. Residents and colleagues wore red and enjoyed heart-healthy red snacks and smoothies.

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.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase to Hold “Making Connections” Memory Café February 13

Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter to host a Memory Café for individuals living with early-stage dementia and their families and friends on Tuesday, February 13 at 11:30 a.m.

Titled “Making Connections,” the Memory Café is an early-stage social engagement program that offers a safe and relaxed place for people to come together and share experiences and talk about dementia. Anyone affected by early-stage dementia is welcome to attend.

Bayleigh Chase and the Alzheimer’s Association host a Memory Café on the second Tuesday of each month. The February 13 discussion will focus on heart health and disease preventions and management. Neurologist Terry Detrich, M.D. of the Samuel & Alexa Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic will be the featured speaker. The event is free to attend and will include light refreshments. The event will be held at Bayleigh Chase’s second dining room, located at 501 Dutchmans Lane, Easton, Md. 21601.

Anyone interested in attending may RSVP by February 9 to Tina Saddler at 410-820-5000 or tina.saddler@integrace.org. For more information, please contact Yolanda Wright at 410-561-9099 x208 or ywright@alz.org.

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.

Senior Nation: Store Opens on Mid-Shore to Help Seniors Age in Place

101 Mobility, experts in mobility and accessibility solutions, is now open on Kent Island. 101 Mobility sells, installs and services products to help seniors age in place, or individuals with illness or limited physical mobility stay in their home. They are your one-stop shop for stairlifts, modular ramps, in-home lifts, vertical platform lifts, inclined platform lifts, patient lifts, hospital beds, scooters, auto lifts, lift chairs, pool lifts and more. Rental options are available on some equipment. 101 Mobility also provides bathroom and other home modifications to adapt your home to your changing needs.

101 Mobility/Kent Island is locally owned and operated, and serves both sides of the Chesapeake Bay and Southern Delaware. They offer a wide variety of products from the most trusted manufacturers in the industry, backed by their signature service warranty. 101 Mobility is the leading provider of accessibility and mobility equipment with over 60 locations across the US and Puerto Rico.

Call 443-453-5737 to schedule a free, in-home assessment to find the best affordable options to meet your needs. To try before you buy, visit their new showroom in the Chesapeake Bay Business Park at 58 Log Canoe Circle, Stevensville, MD. They have working stairlifts, vertical platform lifts, scooters, lift chairs, modular ramps and more. Hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday, or evenings and weekends by appointment.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase to Offer Yoga Classes for People Living with Dementia

Integrace Bayleigh Chase and the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic will offer free adaptive yoga classes for individuals living with dementia and their care partners this February at Brookletts Place – Talbot County Senior Center in Easton.

Classes will be held each Wednesday in February from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Instructor Cyndi Prudhomme, E-RYT200 will teach participants simple breathing and meditation techniques to effectively calm the nervous system and create a greater sense of well-being. No prior yoga experience is necessary to participate.

At a Glance:

What:               Free adaptive yoga classes for individuals living with dementia and their care partners

Where:            Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center; 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton

Dates:               February 7February 14February 21February 28

Time:                2:30pm-3:30pm

Hosts:              Integrace Bayleigh Chase and the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic

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.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase Director of Health and Fitness Earns FallProof Instructor Certification

Integrace Bayleigh Chase announced that Director of Health and Fitness Susan Covey has recently earned her FallProofTM Balance and Mobility Program Instructor Certification, and is now offering the innovative program to independent living residents at Bayleigh Chase.

The first program of its kind in the U.S., the FallProof program has been proven to reduce the risk of falling in older adults who complete one or more sessions. It was developed by Debra. J. Rose, Ph.D., the director of the Center for Successful Aging at California State University, Fullerton.

To earn her certification, Covey completed a rigorous three-month training period to learn how to administer appropriate multi-dimensional assessment tests, understand the various body systems that contribute to balance and mobility and the age-related changes that occur in each of these systems, and address both internal and external risk factors strongly associated with falls. At the conclusion of her training, she completed both a written and practical examination.

As a certified instructor, Covey is offering the FallProof program to small groups of qualifying independent living residents at Bayleigh Chase. Sessions focus on five key areas to help participants improve posture, increase confidence and awareness of fall risk factors, improve walking ability and the ability to recover from loss of balance.

To learn more about the FallProof program at Bayleigh Chase, please contact Susan Covey at susan.covey@integrace.org or 410-822-8888 ext. 7162.

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.

Talbot Hospice, UM SRH Partner to Provide Inpatient Hospice Care

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Talbot Hospice have established an agreement that enables inpatient hospice care to be provided at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. The agreement, which went into effect in early November, enables Talbot Hospice to provide General Inpatient Care (GIP), which is one of the four levels of hospice care, to patients in the Easton hospital. GIP for symptom management is a valuable tool that allows hospice staff to provide clinical services in a hospital setting. It is intended for specific circumstances and for a short duration of time.

According to Vivian Dodge, executive director, Talbot Hospice, GIP care is appropriate when a hospice patient’s pain and other symptoms cannot be effectively managed in his or her home or other residential setting and a higher level of skilled nursing care is needed. In this case, the patient is transferred to UM Shore Medical Center at Easton but remains in the care plan directed by Talbot Hospice medical and nursing care providers. The hospice team continues to follow the patient and interact with the family, and is responsible for the professional management of the patient’s care.

Photo: Left to right: Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, UM SRH Chief Medical Officer and VP Medical Affairs Dr. William Huffner, Talbot Hospice Medical Director and UM SRH Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Mary DeShields, Talbot Hospice Clinical Director Molly Kirsch, 2 East Clinical Nurse Coordinator Mary Collins, 2 East Staff Nurse Dawn Ruby, UM SRH Director of Acute Care and Emergency Services Diane Walbridge. 

“We are excited to expand our current hospice services that are already provided in Talbot County,” says Dodge. “This collaborative endeavor allows us to provide more convenient access to those in need of end-of-life services by having these general inpatient hospice services available. Our goal is always to find innovative ways to ensure end-of-life care is available in a variety of modalities and settings, while meeting the ever changing needs of the community. Talbot Hospice is an incredible asset to our community and with our partnership with Shore Regional Health, we can serve a broader community more capably and maintain patients in their spheres of care.”

GIP care may also be provided for patients who already are in the hospital but need continued pain control and/or other symptom management that cannot be feasibly provided in the home setting. While remaining in the hospital, these patients are discharged from inpatient care provided by UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and admitted to hospice care directed by Talbot Hospice.

“For eligible patients with terminal conditions and complex medical needs, this new process for the provision of hospice GIP level care at Easton Hospital, ensures the  timely and smooth transition to hospice care,” says Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, medical director, UM Shore Regional Health’s Palliative Care Program.

According to Bill Roth, regional director of Care Transitions and Palliative Care for UM SRH, “Hospice providers play an essential role health care planning and delivery as well as education and support for patients and their loved ones. Talbot Hospice is a key partner with UM Shore Medical Center at Easton in ensuring that all patients have access to ‘the right care, at the right place at the right time’.”

Pat Lewers Elected Londonderry on the Tred Avon Board President

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is proud to announce Pat Lewers as the current President of their Board of Directors. As a residential cooperative community, the Board of Directors represents the residents and oversees the operations and programming within the community.

“It was my honor to be selected to lead our Board,” said Lewers. “It’s an exciting time at Londonderry as we are bursting at the seams and embarking on expansion projects to accommodate our growing needs. Our new clubhouse will give us the space we need to host events, speakers, and the other programs our residents enjoy and rely on. We are also completing construction on the remainder of our building lots to meet the demand for homes in our community.”

Lewers moved to Londonderry in 2013 after living on Baileys Neck Road in Easton for 25 years with her husband, retired Necrologist, Dr. Ted Lewers. Together they have three daughters and four grandchildren. A native Washingtonian, Lewers is a graduate of the University of Maryland and taught fourth grade in Baltimore before raising her family full-time.

Lewers is an active member of the Mid-Shore community and has volunteered countless hours with the Easton Memorial Hospital, Talbot County Garden Club, Talbot County Historical Society and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. She is currently volunteering with organizations that support individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and over, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.