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Hospice of Kitsap County expanding its scope of services

The Washington State Department of Health has licensed Hospice of Kitsap County to begin providing private-duty home care under the name Peninsula Health Care. The 35-year-old nonprofit agency will begin providing home care services to current hospice patients immediately, with plans to offer services to the general public by the beginning of 2015.

Hospice of Kitsap County (www.hospicekc.org) is the only hospice provider in the county licensed to provide homecare. Through Peninsula Home Care the agency will offer supportive, in-home care by licensed healthcare professionals. Services offered include personal care (such as bathing and grooming), housekeeping, meal preparation and more. 

Services can be tailored to meet individual needs, including daily, respite or live-in care. Care teams are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

“There is a clear, urgent need for this kind of care in Kitsap County,” said Corrigan Gommenginger, executive director of Hospice of Kitsap County. “I am honored to be able to extend our mission of providing dignity, compassion, and comfort to more people in Kitsap County.”

Michael Norton, LPN, has been hired to manage the new home care program. Norton is an Olympic College graduate who most recently served as executive director of The Cottage at Cascades of Bremerton.

Peninsula Home Care helps homebound adults to stay active and engaged. The agency can provide transportation to recreational activities and medical appointments, assist with grocery shopping and errands, and make travel arrangements. 

For more information about Peninsula Home Care, contact Norton 360-698-4611.


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