Sagepoint Senior Services Foundation Gears Up for Our 2021 Golf Tournament

Sagepoint Foundation Co-Chairs Evie Hungerford and Sally Jameson

Sagepoint Senior Services Foundation Gears Up for Our 2021 Golf Tournament

Sagepoint Foundation Co-Chairs Evie Hungerford and Sally Jameson

Foundation co-chairs Evie Hungerford and Sally Jameson invite you to join the fun during our 2021 Golf Tournament

Last year’s Inaugural Golf Tournament was a rousing success so we have decided to continue the fun for a second year! This year the golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club. This is the perfect opportunity to connect with community leaders and make a difference for senior care in Southern Maryland.

Sagepoint is a nonprofit organization caring for seniors and people with disabilities in southern Maryland for nearly 50 years. Your support of the tournament allows us to continue providing vital programs and services for those who need it most. 

Sponsorship opportunities have been selling quickly. With different levels available, sponsors make the tournament possible with their contributions and enjoy benefits such as logos on tournament signage and presence on digital and social media. 

The Golf Tournament will include a full day of golfing with a captain’s choice scramble format, putting contests and an exclusive raffle for an opportunity to golf at Pinehurst No. 2. Registration for the main event has already sold out, with a waitlist on standby for any last-minute openings.

Luckily opportunities are still available for the Sip and Swing event. If you are new to golf or never golfed before, this is for you! From drinking wine to practicing yoga with just a little bit of beginner golf, you’re sure to have a fun and relaxed day on the course.

Register online today — the Sip and Swing package is listed under “Add-Ons/Extras” on our online registration site. Click here to learn more.

Woman being embraced by another woman in an assisted living environment

Sagepoint Assisted Living — A True Community

Woman being embraced by another woman in an assisted living environment

Sagepoint’s philosophy is that assisted living is about more than services or a facility. It’s about a true sense of place, of fulfillment, of community. Sagepoint offers exactly that…a welcoming and friendly community, where real connections are made among our caregiving professionals and residents.

Each resident receives personalized help with activities of daily living, encouraging independence and interaction. Our staff gets to know each person’s special interests and preferences, and ongoing assessments support aging in place. Private rooms with bathrooms are complemented by nutritious, delectable, full-service dining in our dining room. “Comfort food” and alternative menu choices are also available. Recreational and therapeutic activities fill the calendar. And of course, Sagepoint provides carefully designed and monitored individual plans of care, including medication management, regular visits by physicians and nurses, and many other specialized care details. 

We pride ourselves on creating a true home environment. Housekeeping, laundry services and even a full-service hair salon are all included. 

Sagepoint also understands the importance of a vibrant social atmosphere. Our residents are provided regular opportunities to interact with neighbors in an engaging environment. Activities like gardening, games, art and music add daily fun in addition to regular interactions out and about each day. We’ve structured our program to center around fostering connection and giving a foundation for friendships to blossom. 

To learn more about Sagepoint’s residential assisted living services, please call 301-934-0222 to arrange a personal consultation.

Photos of doctors and assisted living professionals caring for people

Called to Care: How One Caregiver Followed His Passion at Sagepoint

Photos of doctors and assisted living professionals caring for people

There’s nothing quite like helping others. And for our Caregivers at Sagepoint, helping is only the start of what they do. Each GNA, or geriatric nursing assistant, comes to work ready to engage and support our seniors in new ways each day. No two Caregivers have the same story, but they all share a passion for what they do. This is how Duane Izlar found the field of Caregiving — and why Sagepoint has been the perfect fit for him. 

From Construction Work to Caregiving 

For Izlar, being a Caregiver wasn’t always in his plans. He actually switched career paths following experience in the construction industry. While this may seem like a big transition, it actually was more natural than you might expect. 

Izlar’s brother had already been working as a Caregiver and had mentioned on many occasions that Izlar himself would be great at the job. Later on, when Izlar’s grandmother needed assistance, he began caring for her before looking to become a professional Caregiver.

“I’ve always liked helping people,” reflects Izlar. “It was meant to be.” 

Starting a New Career at Sagepoint 

After a decade in the Caregiving industry, Izlar knew of Sagepoint’s stellar reputation. In preparation to start a career here, Izlar took part in a free course that Sagepoint offers to interested Caregivers. Over the span of several weeks, these lessons offered intensive training in all areas needed to become a successful Caregiver. This includes review of relevant health care practices as well as Sagepoint-specific protocols. At the end of the training course, each individual takes a test through the Maryland Board of Nursing to earn their certification.

What Everyday Life is Like for a Caregiver 

In his four years at Sagepoint, Izlar has come to appreciate that no two days will ever be the same. He often starts his days checking in on his patients, making sure they feel good and are taking all of their prescribed medications.

 “We’re first in line when they have questions or need care,” says Izlar, who notes that he works closely with the full team of nurses to meet the needs of each person. Izlar works specifically with the Rehabilitation team, which can serve both long- and shorter-term patients. He says he values the conversations shared with them throughout the day. 

Changes During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

In March 2020, the world turned upside down as everyone began scrambling to combat the COVID-19 virus. Izlar remembers this time vividly, noting, “it was scary for everybody.” 

Despite the initial confusion and panic faced in medical facilities across the globe, the team at Sagepoint “came together” through it all. Even when medical equipment seemed scarce, there was always some available for Caregivers — and every person on staff was careful to follow updated CDC recommended protocol as new measures were announced. 

While the experiences of the past year were sobering for everyone in our community, Izlar and his fellow Caregivers are the biggest reason we were able to come out on the other side. And Izlar himself can see the difference he makes in the lives of his patients, saying “At the end of the day you’re actually helping people — and that’s something I’m proud of.”

Every Stage of Senior Care

For Every Stage of Senior Care, There’s Sagepoint

Care for an aging loved one can take many stages. For family members and primary caregivers, the decisions about what type of care is right at what point in time can feel overwhelming. But the professionals of Sagepoint Senior Living Services have more than 40 years of experience serving families in Southern Maryland through all stages of aging. When the time is right to seek the best care — and successive levels of care — Sagepoint is the trusted source.

Adult Day Services

Sagepoint’s specially-trained day service providers provide help with daily activities from simple assistance to total care. Services range from administering medications and monitoring of physical conditions to nutrition consulting, weight management and other daily health oversights. Even accompaniment to social outings when family members cannot attend can be provided. We can alleviate many of the everyday worries that families and friends face for aging loved ones.

Home Care

A helping hand, a companion, a confidante. The Home Care professionals at Sagepoint can fulfill all of these roles in the comfort and security of your loved one’s own home. The challenges of daily housekeeping, laundry, cooking, errands, shopping and other everyday activities that most people take for granted can be attended to by our visiting in-home service providers. We get started with a comprehensive needs assessment by our Registered Nurse Case Manager. Depending on case by case needs, our home care professionals can provide bathing and grooming assistance, toileting and ambulation help and feeding assistance. Of course, the simple comfort of daily companionship that people of all ages need is equally important. All of these heartfelt services and more are available from Sagepoint.

Short-Term Rehabilitation Services

Sometimes, everyone needs help getting back into the fullness of life after an injury, surgery or other health obstacles. Sagepoint Senior Living Services offers rehabilitative care expertise to help you or a loved one overcome a setback and regain wellness.

Assisted Living, Long-term Care and Memory Care

Life is to be enjoyed, at every stage. Everyone at Sagepoint holds that ideal in high esteem, and it guides our care services for your aging loved ones who need a residential setting that truly meets their changing needs and focuses on their safety, security and happiness. Sagepoint’s progressive in-residence care services — including assisted living, long-term care and memory care — address every family’s concerns and needs on a personal level. 

To gain more knowledge about Sagepoint Senior Living Services, please phone 301-934-1900 to arrange a personal tour. 

 

Sagepoint’s Donors Provided Unprecedented Support in 2020

 

As a senior care nonprofit organization, Sagepoint has faced deep challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and our financial needs have increased dramatically since the spring of 2020:

  • Increased equipment costs for supplies such as HEPA filtration, sanitation and technology needs
  • Regular purchasing of personal protective equipment supplies for staff and residents
  • Soaring costs of continued weekly testing for staff and residents
  • Additional staff education to keep up with extensive regulatory changes throughout the pandemic.

However, our gracious benefactors have helped the organization meet these challenges by increasing their generous donations over the past several months to help us counter the effects that COVID-19 has disproportionately had on seniors. For this, we are honored and immensely grateful. 

Please visit our website here to learn how your contributions can continue to help Sagepoint sustain the health and well-being of seniors in southern Maryland during these unique times. 

SAVE THE DATE!

Sagepoint’s Annual Golf Tournament is September 22, 2021.

We will continue to update you with more information.

Sagepoint Senior Services Foundation Welcomes Community Leaders to Foundation Board of Directors

 

As a respected nonprofit organization in service to the people of Southern Maryland, Sagepoint holds it in the highest importance for our top leadership to be pillars of the community who demonstrate our shared commitment to our fellow citizens on a daily basis. This is why we are particularly proud to welcome three new members to our Foundation Board of Directors. 

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Augustus “Gus” Proctor is a Charles County native who has shown his dedication to county residents throughout his career and personal life. Sgt. Proctor has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 29 years, and today serves as the Southern Region Coordinator and Administrative Sergeant for Districts 1 and 2. He volunteers with Lifestyles of Maryland, Special Olympics Maryland and also serves on the Board of the Spring Dell Center. He and his wife have three children and two grandchildren. 

Shirley Hancock retired from the Charles County Department of Health after 38 years as a nurse in several areas of public health, including maternity, pediatrics, communicable diseases and geriatric care. As part of her duties at the Health Department, she served as an Acting Director of Health Partners in Waldorf, and upon retirement was the Supervisor of the Colorectal and Prostate Cancer Programs. Nurse Hancock volunteered for over 15 years for the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. She served many roles for the Foundation such as a term as the Board Chairperson, Chairperson for the gala event for many years and a member of the Capital Campaign Committee. Shirley lives in La Plata and is married with two children and two grandchildren. 

Ann Page brings a 44-year career in health care to her position with Sagepoint. Prior to her retirement in 2019, she served with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Quality and Outcomes Division in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. She has been a past Director of the Health Care Delivery and Management Administration of the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance. Her career has also included health policy leadership positions with the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, the Maryland Governor’s Office, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the nationwide Institute for Health Policy Solutions in Washington, D.C. Ms. Page is the author of dozens of health care policy publications. 

These new Board members join Sagepoint’s already exemplary Board leadership. The Board of Directors for 2021 is as follows:

New 2021 Officers:

  • Christine Parker, Chair
  • Sue Greer, Chair Elect
  • Craig Renner, Secretary
  • Terry Weaver, Treasurer
  • Board Members:
  • Sally Jameson, Immediate Past Chair
  • Carolyn Core, SSLS Board Chair
  • Andrea Dwyer, President and CEO
  • Scot Ebron
  • Shirley Hancock
  • Evie Hungerford
  • Ann Page
  • Augustus “Gus” Proctor
  • Joyce Riggs, Foundation President

Multiple Awards of Excellence Show Sagepoint’s Commitment to Our Clients and Their Families


Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in full in March 2020, countless segments of society have obviously felt its effects. One segment, in particular, is the senior community, as well as their families and the people who serve them. 

In our long-standing tradition of innovative commitment to the community, the staff and leadership of Sagepoint Senior Living Services have risen to this past year’s unique and unprecedented challenges, and we are proud to say that not only have our clients and their guardians recognized our efforts, so have third-party sources who annually evaluate standards for senior care in the United States. 

For the second year in a row, US News and World Report named Sagepoint a Best Nursing Home. This year it is especially noteworthy to again be included in this top tier, given the exceptional care requirements that the ongoing pandemic has brought to Sagepoint and our senior care peers across the country. 

Two respected publications also named Sagepoint as a Best Nursing Home for 2020, one regional and one national. The readership of Southern Maryland News voted to rate leading senior care providers in Southern Maryland, and Sagepoint won Readers’ Choice. Newsweek also surveyed its readers and subscribers, placing us in the Top 5 Best Nursing Homes for 2020 on a national level. 

Everyone at Sagepoint is honored to have these awards bestowed upon us, and we pledge to provide the same exemplary standards of service in 2021 and for years to come.

Sagepoint Home Care

Sagepoint Home Care Services — Where Peace of Mind Lives

Sagepoint Home Care
The comforts of home are universal at any stage in life, so it is certainly understandable that most older adults wish to stay at home as long as possible to age in place. Remaining at home permits a full life lived with dignity, respect and purpose. 

Many experts, families and older people themselves firmly believe that living at home for as long as possible actually keeps people more physically active and mentally engaged later in life. At Sagepoint Senior Living Services, we absolutely agree. 

Sagepoint’s experience in elder care over more than 40 years has given us unique insights and expertise in providing home care living assistance services to seniors and their families throughout Southern Maryland. 

For many of our Home Care clients, whether arranged directly by them or by their families, care services are simple and straightforward. They may involve home visits a few days a week or daily to assist with regular activities like light housekeeping, laundry, light meal preparation, or escort services to appointments and regular errands. Sagepoint’s Home Care visits also provide companionship for older people who aren’t able to visit with family and friends as often as they’d like. And let’s be honest…in the era of COVID-19, a little friendly human interaction is something everyone appreciates, no matter what their age. 

For some Sagepoint Home Care clients, of course, daily needs are more complex. Depending on their level of ability, clients may need help with feeding, bathing and personal care, dressing or toileting. Comprehensive meal planning and preparation may be required, along with medication reminders and administration. Needs assessments by Registered Nurse (RN) Case Managers ensure the proper level of involvement, and personal care services are performed by trained caregivers. 

The benefits of Sagepoint Home Care Services are focused not only on the elder person in their home, but on their caregiving family and friends, as well. Daily life simply sometimes beckons, and proper in-home care gives family members guilt-free assurance that their loved ones’ needs are attended to when they simply can’t be there. Sagepoint Home care is likewise reassuring for the elderly care recipients, knowing that their daily care needs won’t necessarily overburden others. 

For more information on Sagepoint’s Home Care Services, including details about qualifying for financial assistance, please visit our website here.

The Gift of Peace of Mind

Supporting Sagepoint is a Gift to Our Patients And Their Loved Ones

The Gift of Peace of Mind

 

As the year winds down, we’re asking our supporters to make a donation to support our year-end fundraising campaign, “So Many Ways to Give.” And we want you to know who you’re supporting — from the difference it makes in the lives of our residents to the peace of mind it brings to their families.

At Sagepoint, there is no higher compliment than when a resident or their loved one recognizes the effort and compassion that our staff brings to work each day. Our team gives so much of themselves to care for our seniors, and it is truly affirming to hear the simple words, “Thank you.”

There is also something special about a handwritten note, like the one we received from Victoria S. Here is what she wrote:

To all the employees at Sagepoint,

I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love and patience you have shown not only for my brother but also for all the other residents at Sagepoint. 

I had the privilege to visit you guys in October of 2019 and I had the chance to observe the amount of care and love as well as the amount of dedication and hard work you guys put into Sagepoint to make it an excellent place to stay. 

I am writing this letter to show my appreciation. Thank you.

Our team is so thankful for all of our residents and the family members who entrust us with their care. Each one gets our full attention and our best efforts to ensure their health and safety each day. But, as you know, the pandemic has made that task more difficult and more expensive.

We rely on the support of our community to be able to provide the highest levels of care. Will you help?

Make a Gift Today.

Sagepoint Awarded for Excellent Senior Care

Sagepoint Claims Local and National Titles for Excellence in Senior Care

Sagepoint Awarded for Excellent Senior Care

 

Each day our staff at Sagepoint has one goal: provide the best care possible for our seniors. It’s our biggest honor and greatest responsibility. 

Throughout the challenges of the past year, our mission for exceptional senior care remains unchanged. In fact, these unusual circumstances have only further amplified our drive to ensure the health and safety of our seniors. 

This is what keeps Sagepoint moving forward each day. Our dedication is unwavering — and others have taken notice. 

We’re proud to be recognized by independent sources again this year for our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of senior care. From national news organizations to local reader’s choice awards, we’re honored to be at the top of these lists and representing excellence in senior care for Southern Maryland.

For the second year in a row, US News and World Report named Sagepoint a Best Nursing Home. This year it is especially noteworthy to again be included in this top tier, a high standard that we always work to hold ourselves to. 

More good news came from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who awarded Sagepoint a rare 5-star rating. In fact, we were the only nonprofit senior care facility in Charles County to earn and maintain this perfect rating. 

Two additional publications also announced Sagepoint as a Best Nursing Home this year. The Maryland Independent allowed their readers to vote on their favorite senior care — and Sagepoint won Reader’s Choice. Newsweek also followed suit, placing us in the Top 5 Best Nursing Homes for 2020

With so many accolades to close out the year, our Sagepoint family is celebrating this success and already looking ahead to maintain our reputation of remarkable senior care in Southern Maryland for years to come.