& Queen Anne's Hospital
11 , 2002
Chester River Home Care & Hospice Celebrates
Five Years of Caring for the Community
River Home Care & Hospice is celebrating five years of successfully
meeting the need for home care in Kent and Queen Anne's Counties.
Chester River Home Care & Hospice is celebrating five years of
successfully meeting the need for home care in Kent and Queen Anne's
The agency was created in February 1997 through a joint venture between
Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital and a large regional home care agency
in Baltimore. Previously home care was offered by the Kent County
Health Department, which decided in 1996 to privatize the service,
as was typical among health departments at that time. The creation
of the home care agency was the beginning of the Chester River Health
System and in 1999 the System assumed full ownership of the agency.
Home care allows clients to receive skilled medical care, guided by
a care plan designed by a physician, in the comfort of their homes.
Because it is less expensive than care in an acute or long-term care
facility, it is one of the fastest growing segments of health care.
Home care visits may be needed before or after hospitalization or
after inpatient rehabilitation. They may even take the place of a
stay in the hospital or a skilled nursing facility. Chester River
Home Care & Hospice offers skilled nursing, physical, speech,
occupational and intravenous therapies, medical social work and home
care aide services.
The agency works cooperatively with the Kent Hospice Foundation to
provide care to Kent County clients, their families and friends during
and after the final stages of life. Chester River Home Care &
Hospice provides clinical services while the Foundation provides volunteer
services and group and individual grief counseling.
River Home Care & Hospice has 36 employees, nine of whom were
recognized for five years of service at a celebration on February
21. Janet Melson, Executive Director of Chester River Home Care &
Hospice and William R. Kirk, Jr., president & CEO of the Chester
River Health System, presented five-year service awards to René
Baker, RN; Joyce Davis, MSW; Melissa Dierker, RN; Kim Hicks, CNA;
Sharon McClinton, CNA; Tina Moaney; CNA; Susan Newnam, LPN; Mary Lynn
Price, RN; and Moira Schreiber, PT.
The agency has served approximately 3,500 clients over its five-year
It has expanded its client base by introducing two services for the
community; neither requires a physician's supervision and both are
intended to help individuals remain independent. The Personal Care
Service program provides trained staff to assist clients with light
housekeeping, meal preparation and other daily activities. The agency's
personal emergency response service, Lifeline, helps alleviate the
worry of medical emergencies for those living alone. A subscriber
can send a signal to a monitoring center with one push of a button
and usually within 60 seconds of receiving the signal, the monitoring
center dispatches help.
The agency is located in the Roundtop Professional Building on Church