Heidi McCaffery was named director of hospice and palliative care at Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services.

McCaffery, a licensed clinical social worker, has been with KWL for three years, most recently as a medical social worker.

“Through her many years of working with the aging population in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties, Heidi has gained valuable experience. Her dedication make her the right person to lead our outstanding committed staff and to educate the community about hospice and palliative care,” said Donna DeBlois, KWL executive director, in a news release.

Palliative care is specialized care focused on the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. Hospice is a type of care and a philosophy of care focusing on a terminally ill patient’s symptoms.