Coastal Hospice

A Letter to Our Community

November 2020

Dear Patients, Families and Friends,

It has been in the news all week: COVID-19 rates are rising in Maryland and throughout the country.

In our state, Governor Hogan has begun to re-tighten some restrictions on gathering sizes and indoor seating as our state has entered what he called the “red zone” during this most recent surge.

I want you to know that we are prepared. Since the first surge we have spent tremendous time and effort to assure that our policies, procedures and stock of personal protection equipment (PPE) have been readied for the coming challenges.

We continue to do all the things we should: we wear PPE and masks; wash hands and use sanitizer regularly; maintain social distancing and check temperatures and for symptoms of staff and visitors.

You should know that our in-person Nurse and Nurses Aide visits with patients continue – whether in their homes, at one of our facilities or at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Again, we ask that our patient’s family members wear masks when our staff is in your home for everyone’s safety. We continue to provide families limited access to patients at Coastal Hospice at the Lake and Stansell House. Where possible, we are using telehealth in order to limit in-person visits by Social Workers and Chaplains. Our Volunteers are working only in a socially distanced capacity.

I know that you know that this experience will become more difficult as fall turns to winter. But we believe in the light at the end of the tunnel. Working together to keep each other safe now will allow us to get through this while giving those in our care dignified and compassionate care.

Wishing you good health,

Alane