Talbot Hospice Appoints Five New Board Members

Talbot Hospice board president Diane Rohman recently announced the appointment of five new directors to the board. They include Brenda Forbes-Butler, Liz Freedlander, Roberta Lilly, MD, Rev. Leonard Palmer and Elizabeth Todd. “I am pleased to welcome these new board members as ambassadors for Talbot Hospice,” said Rohman. “We are fortunate and honored to benefit from their time and talents. I am confident that during their tenure they will contribute to the well-being of Talbot Hospice as they help guide our institution through the next several years.”

Brenda Forbes-Butler will be serving a one year term as President of the Festival of Trees. Forbes-Butler is a consumer loan officer with 1880 Bank in Easton. She served as Chair of the Festival of Trees in 2014 and has been a Friends of Hospice board member for three years.

Seated (l-r) Talbot Hospice board president Diane Rohman, Rev. Leonard Palmer, Roberta Lilly, MD; standing (l-r) Talbot Hospice executive director Vivian Dodge, Brenda Forbes-Butler, Elizabeth Todd.

Liz Freedlander was Executive director of Talbot Hospice Foundation for 14 years from 1990 until 2004. During her tenure the Hospice House was constructed and the Pathways pre-hospice, non-medical volunteer program was instituted. Since then she has served as Director of Advancement at The Country School and has been Director of Development at Horn Point Laboratory for the past ten years. She is a registered Fund-Raising Counsel in Maryland and has provided consultant services to nonprofit organizations including the Talbot County Library Foundation, the Maryland Arts Council and Channel Marker. Freedlander is a past president of the board of directors of Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.

Roberta Lilly, MD is a breast surgeon and the medical director of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center in Easton. She originally trained in transplant surgery, but after the death of her husband, the need to have more time for her young daughter led her to complete a fellowship in surgical oncology of the breast at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Lilly is board certified by the American Board of Surgeons and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Lilly was honored as a Hometown Hero at the American Cancer Society’s Colors of Cancer in 2015.

Rev. Leonard Palmer is pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Bellevue. He was previously pastor of St. George United Methodist Church in Worton. For the past 14 years, Palmer has been employed by the Department of Social Services in Anne Arundel and Talbot Counties. He is a member of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century task force and volunteers for the Talbot Healthy Communities Coalition and the Mid-Shore Mediation Center.

Elizabeth Todd is currently a Risk Manager with Maryland Medicine Comprehensive Insurance Program. For 16 years prior, Todd was employed by the UM Shore Regional Health System in the Dialysis Unit, the Neurology Unit at the Requard Center for Acute Rehabilitation and as Nurse Navigator at Shore Comprehensive Rehabilitation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Bioethics. Todd’s professional activities include serving as co-chair of the Patient Care Advisory Committee and the Quality and Performance Improvement Council, Rehabilitation Services.

Leaving the board are Jack Anthony, Susan Piggott, Bill Rolle, Adrienne Rudge and Tom Seip. Rohman said, “These directors have brought a wealth of diverse talents and experience as well as passion and commitment to our mission. We were immensely fortunate to have these distinguished community leaders on our board.”

Local Business Owner Gives Back to The Community

Business owner, FayeAnn Carson of Cambridge, Maryland and resident of Talbot County, made a generous donation to Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center in honor of her late grandmother, Mrs. Alice C. Jackson, who was a regular member.

Left to right: FayeAnn Carson, Joan Muzzillo (fundraising committee member, and Childlene Brooks (Manager of Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center).

In addition to her donation, Carson expressed her desire to give more back to the organization that gave her grandmother another place to call home. Initially wanting to offer complimentary services as a nail technician to the Center’s members, FayeAnn’s idea evolved into a larger fundraising event called “Spa Day” after consulting with the Fundraising Committee. “Spa Day” was the first event of its kind to be held at the Center and received very positive reviews from the members.

In addition to Carson’s manicures, the “Spa Day” fundraiser included several other vendors that offered services to the members such as chair massages by Stephanie Latham, LMT of Massage plus, yoga sessions lead by Dee Dee McQue of Eastern Shore Yoga, and intuitive medical readings and chair pilates by Jena Latham.

Carson is now also a member of the Brookletts Place- Talbot Senior Center Fundraising Committee.

About Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center

Brookletts Place is dedicated to serving residents 60 years of age and older from all walks of life in Talbot and surrounding counties. Brookletts Place strives to create an environment where individuals can create, thrive and participate in life-long learning that enhances their physical mental and emotional lives. To learn more, please visit www.brooklettsplace.org or call 410.822.2869.

Partners In Care Sponsors a Support Group for Visually-Impaired Seniors

If you are older person with an eye condition such as macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, you most likely have questions or concerns about how your vision issues will affect your ability to carry out your everyday life.

Partners In Care (PIC) Upper Shore is sponsoring a support group for visually-impaired seniors, both for PICmembers and for additional older adults in the community with their families and caregivers .

The group held their first meeting in June at the Brookletts Place, Talbot Senior Center which was well attended, and there was much input from those in attendance.  Attendees were very enthusiastic as they shared ideas and concerns andwere eager to learn more about products and services available to them.  Also, the caregivers, friends and families who attended learned much about their role in the life of visually-impaired individuals.  Future plans include topics such as transportation, services and tools for the blind.

The next meeting will be Tuesday July 18th from 1 to 2:30 pm at Brookletts Place, Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton.  The featured speaker is Amanda Gonzales of the Maryland Library with information about free books on tape for visually impaired and handicapped individuals.  There will be applications to fill out and instructions on how to receive books on tape via pre-paid mailers.

Seating is limited to 20 visually-impaired members and 20 family, friends and caregivers. There is no charge for attending; however, an RSVP is required to the Partners In Care-Upper Shore office.  To reply, please contact Pam at 410-822-1803.

Partners In Care is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to help older adults remain independent via services provided by volunteer members.  Membership is open to those who are age 50 +, who are ambulatory and willing to participate as good neighbors.  Membership is not based on income, and there is no monetary cost for membership or services.

Partners In Care provides many additional services including transportation and advocacy to help older adults remain independent in their homes. Partners in Care is supported by multiple community funding, including the United Fund of Talbot County. The United Fund enables Partners In Care and other non-profits serve the many areas of need in our community.

Senior Nation: Integrace Bayleigh Chase Voted “Best Assisted Living”

Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, has been voted “Best Assisted Living” in the Best of 2017 reader’s poll conducted by What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine. What’s Up? Media honored all its winners at the “Best of Party 2017” at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on Thursday, June 15.

Integrace Bayleigh Chase offers a resident-centered Assisted Living program, supported by the Integrace Pathways philosophy, that promotes independence while providing medication management and personal care as needed. Bayleigh Chase Assisted Living residents benefit from a daily engagement program that features exercise, social events and outings, outdoor activities, music, art and technology.

“We are extremely honored that What’s Up? Eastern Shore readers chose our Assisted Living program as the Best of 2017,” said Andrea Lev, LNHA, executive director, Integrace Bayleigh Chase. “The colleagues on our Assisted Living team go above and beyond every day to provide a compassionate and enriching supportive living environment that celebrates each of our residents as individuals. This recognition is a testament to their wonderful work.”

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a vibrant community that offers residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

Photo caption: Integrace Bayleigh Chase representatives at the What’s Up? Media Best of Party 2017. From left to right: Andrea Lev, executive director; Joel Yacks, director of clinical services and ALM; Amy Fountain, social worker; Louise Montgomery, recreation engagement director; Gerry Brenner, RN, assistant director of clinical services.

Londonderry Residents Learn About Soils, Archaeology

Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents were recently treated to a lecture on soil science and archaeology by Dr. J.E. Foss, professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee.

Presented at the end of May, the program was titled “Soils and Archaeology: From Pompeii to Guatemala,” and gave residents a look at a number of archaeological sites Foss has had the opportunity to work at as a soil scientist. Over the past 30 years, he’s worked to help do things like date sites and examine contamination in places like Puerto Rico, Central America, Italy, Jordan, Albania, Tunisia and Greece.

Londonderry resident Dr. J.E. Foss is pictured atop a Mayan temple in Guatemala with fellow researchers.

“Soils are different all over the world,” Foss, a Londonderry resident of about six months, said. “I bounced around quite a bit.”

Foss’ work has taken him to sites both commonly heard of, like Pompeii, and those less name recognizable, like Mitrou and Petra. Though some of the residents at Foss’ lecture had actually visited Pompeii themselves — he calls them a “well traveled group” — they still showed a lot of interest in the historical aspects of his presentation.

“They were especially interested in the Mayan sites in Guatemala, El Mirador,” Foss said. “Everyone has a natural interest in archaeology — where do we come from, what’s the history, that sort of thing.”

Foss hopes to organize a trip in the future for residents to visit an active archaeological dig. He says he’d also like to present other lectures specific to some of the interesting sites he’s worked.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, 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.

Child Loss Support Group Partners with Talbot Hospice

Beginning June 21 the Child Loss Support Group will hold its monthly sessions at Talbot Hospice for anyone dealing with the loss of a child of any age. Ongoing sessions will be held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at 586 Cynwood Drive. Summer dates are July 19, August 16 and September 20. The group sessions are free of charge and open to the public.

The Child Loss Support Group was founded in 1986 by Talbot Hospice volunteers Betts Guthrie, Millie Parrott, Rhonda Higginbottom and community members Rob and Lynn Sanchez following the loss of their 8-year-old son Rion. Higginbottom, who served as the group’s facilitator for more than 30 years, retired in January. “It seemed like a natural fit for Talbot Hospice to take on the Child Loss Support Group,” Sanchez said. “In fact, the group started at Talbot Hospice, and it has now come full circle going back there.”

The transition officially took place on June 3rd when the Child Loss Support Group held its annual Celebration of Life commemorating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The ceremony is held each year at the Healing Garden, located at the entrance of The Easton Club.The garden was established in 1998 by Child Loss Support Group members as a memorial to their children and a place to remember, meditate and pray. Butterflies are released at the Celebration of Life as a symbol of hope and new life.

“The death of a child is a special kind of loss and leaves parents and families feeling confused, vulnerable and fragile,” said Talbot Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Becky DeMattia. “The support group provides a safe place for parents to share and heal, and will focus on the special needs of parents, the grief experienced, the secondary losses, the impact on families, marriages, siblings and how to create meaningful rituals to honor the child’s life. Rob, Lynn and Rhonda have lovingly cared for this group for many years, and we are honored to bring the child loss group to our program”

For more information on the Child Loss Support Group or any Talbot Hospice bereavement session, contact Becky DeMattia at 410-822-6681 or bdemattia@talbothospice.org. A complete list of grief support groups can be found at TalbotHospice.org/programs/bereavement.


Integrace Bayleigh Chase Dedicates Barry Library

On May 25, Integrace Bayleigh Chase held a special celebration to dedicate the Barry Library. The library is now named for Mrs. Jean Barry, a current Bayleigh Chase resident who was instrumental in conceiving, designing, and establishing the library for Bayleigh Chase residents and guests to enjoy. The dedication commemorated the fifth anniversary of the library’s opening. Pictured left to right: Integrace Bayleigh Chase Executive Director Andrea Lev; Jean Barry; and Resident Association President Anne Ryan Neary.

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 retirement communities throughout 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 dementia care, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two memory clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with dementia. 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 Volunteers Honored

Talbot Hospice Volunteers were celebrated and honored at an annual appreciation luncheon held May 10 at Talbot Country Club. Awards were distributed to 49 volunteers with 100 hours or more of service in 2016. First time recipients received the Presidential Service Award. The Distinguished Volunteer Award is given each subsequent year that a volunteer qualifies. All volunteers combined provided a total of 15,042 hours in 2016.

Special Community Partner citations were presented to Talbot Humane and Bayside Quilters Outreach Bee in recognition of their significant contributions during the past year. Talbot Humane is partnering with Talbot Hospice to provide a Pet Loss Support Group every first Thursday of the month and has assisted with pet visits to patients in Hospice House. Members of the Bayside Quilters Outreach Bee create patriotic quilts for Veteran patients as well as banners representing each branch of the service to hang on patients’ doors. They also donate quilts and afghans to other patients.

The annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is funded by the Marita Menzies Endowment Fund, established in 2004 in memory of Marita Menzies, former Talbot Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.

Recipients of the Talbot Hospice Presidential Service and Distinguished Volunteer Awards for 100 hours or more of service in 2016 were recently honored at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Pictured from left to right are Ruth Dominick, Beverley Martin, Sally Woodall, Juanita McLaughlin, Mary Lou Malone, Emma Johnson, Mary Ann Ray, Bev Serio, Nancy Holt, Patti Case, Deborah Pulzone, Gordon Ries, Susan Haddaway, Jean Marvel, Peggy Frampton, Stu Levine, Phyllis Peddicord, Beth Hott, Kathy Unti, Bob Paulus, Emilie Joshi, Mary Ann Huckel, Steve Slack, Anne Slack, Denise Ziegler, Cindy Reed, Janet Granger and Liz Hershey. Not pictured: Jack Anthony, Preston Bascom, Sally Bent, Ginger Bevard, Betty Biliske, Susan Blankner, Sally Blizzard, Natalie Caccia, Alex Collins, Nance DuPont, Kathy Foster, Pat Harden, Suzie Hurley, Florence Lednum, Susan Piggott, Pete Rampmeyer, Adrienne Rudge, Beverly Shea, Brenda Stone, Betty Todd and Michael Tooke.

Londonderry Breaks Ground on New Clubhouse

More than 200 people showed up to  Londonderry on the Tred Avon in Easton on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the community’s new clubhouse.

Complete with food, drinks and a band ¾ all with a Jimmy Buffet theme ¾ the event was a party for both current and future residents. Priority List members, or those looking to move to Londonderry, were included in the celebration so they could get a glimpse of what they have to look forward to.

“I had not been to any social affairs there yet, but it was very nice,” said Ruth Dominick, a Londonderry Priority List member who attended the celebration with her husband, Walter. “They keep us in the loop with reports and their newsletter, so it’ll be easy to move over.”

As for the new clubhouse, it’s been designed by Easton architecture firm Atelier 11. It boasts a number of new amenities for residents, including rooms for meetings and lectures, a yoga studio, a workout room with fitness equipment, a spa area for residents to have their hair and nails done, an art studio, a shaded garden and larger outside deck, and a kitchen and living room area for residents who may want to entertain larger parties.

Lauren Dianich, principle architect from Atelier 11, said the goal was to make the space very flexible so it could meet a variety of needs for Londonderry’s very active residents.

“We thought what would serve them well was a more informal setting,” Dianich said. “The whole senior time of life is very cool when you live at a senior community ¾ there’s people around your age, with your interests. It’s great.”

The clubhouse, which will move forward with Willow Construction, LLC, also of Easton, will be built as a one story, but has been designed to hold a second floor in the future should the need arise. The design also features a tower as its focal point, tying the new structure into the existing landscape by mirroring a windmill near the water at Londonderry.

The hope is for the clubhouse to serve as the heart and center of the community, and the new tower will make it even easier for residents to find. Dianich said she thinks it even brings character to the building.

“This is going to be a really neat jump forward,” Dianich said. “I think it’s representative of how vital Londonderry has become to this area.”

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, 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.

Talbot Hospice Receives Hospice Honors Award

Talbot Hospice was recently named a recipient of HEALTHCARE first’s fifth annual Hospice Honors.  This prestigious annual review recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. HEALTHCARE first is the leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics.

“It is such an honor to receive this recognition,” said Executive Director Vivian Dodge. “The award is based on feedback from our families and is a reflection of the compassionate care and services provided by Talbot Hospice staff and volunteers.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey results for the period of October 2015 through September 2016. Recipients must achieve a score that meets or exceeds the national average on 20 of the 24 quality indicator measures on the caregiver’s satisfaction questionnaire.

Talbot Hospice was founded in 1985 and is the provider of hospice services for Talbot County. For more information about hospice programs and services call 410-822-6681 or visit TalbotHospice.org.