To the Editor:
On the occasion of National Home Care and Hospice month in November, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice would like to take opportunity to thank its entire staff for their commitment to delivering excellent healthcare to the Midcoast community.
For more than 42 years, Kno-Wal-Lin, a division of Pen Bay Healthcare, has provided more than one million home visits in Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties. Kno-Wal-Lin’s healthcare professionals care daily for an average of 300 patients. These home visits help to keep housebound community members healthy and independent.
Skilled home care professionals, volunteers and modern medicine make it possible for many ill people, including children and the elderly, to remain at home regardless of their condition.
Through technological advances, home-delivered healthcare has grown far beyond basic professional nursing and home care aide services. Today Kno-Wal-Lin offers a wealth of nursing, physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapies along with hospice and palliative care. Also available are dietary counseling, medical equipment, home medical supplies, wound care, ostomy and continence management, support groups and personal care.
Implementing the Telehealth Program has been one of our most innovative and successful technological advances. The program empowers patients to become more involved in their care and to understand the impact of their behavior on their health. A compact, portable unit that is placed in the patient’s home allows physicians and Kno-Wal-Lin staff to analyze a patient’s vital signs including blood pressure, pulse, respiration, oxygen saturation and weight. The unit also transmits physician orders and reminds patients to take their medications.
We are grateful to the professional staff that makes all these services available to the community, and that makes Kno-Wal-Lin exceptional. We are pleased to honor them during National Home Care and Hospice month.
Donna DeBlois, Executive Director
Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, Rockland