DANBURY, Conn. -- Regional Hospice and Home Care, Connecticut's ?rst and only nonpro?t, all-private-suite, family-focused hospice center, will hold grand opening activities in Danbury next week.
The hospice is at 30 Milestone Road in Danbury. On Monday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m., Regional Hospice and Home Care will officially “cut the ribbon” on the new facility. Guests will include 200 major donors, political supporters and others who helped bring the hospice to Connecticut.
Throughout the week, a series of Open Houses will showcase the new center to other groups that helped bring it to reality, including donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations, and case managers.
Open Houses will be held:
- Monday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 8 p.m.;
- Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 8 p.m.;
- Thursday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon; and
- Friday, Jan. 30, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The new Center for Comfort Care and Healing is designed offers the latest in care. In each of the 12 private suites, sunlight streams through French doors that open to a patio overlooking acres of woods and gardens. A few feet away, families can heat a loved one’s favorite meal in a fully equipped kitchen.
Down the hall is a cozy dining room with a professional chef to cook for family and friends. There’s a chapel for quiet meditation and a library for reading or catching up on business. There is also a spa with a specially designed comfort tub; a hair salon; and a room for massage therapy.
The construction of the Center was funded entirely by donations and grants to cover the $12 million cost.
More than 1,000 patients, many of them children, are expected to come to the 36,000-square-foot hospice center during the first year. The 12 pet-friendly private suites, each with views of the gardens and grounds, “were designed to look and feel like a home, not an institution,” said Cynthia E. Roy, president and CEO of Regional Hospice.
The Center for Comfort Care and Healing offers a patient suite designed specifically to care for a sick child, where a family can stay 24 hours a day while specially trained hospice nurses and nursing assistants provide round-the-clock care. The Center’s hospice- and palliative-care trained medical director, physicians and APRN’s are available 24/7.
In addition to nursing and palliative care, the team provides emotional, spiritual and volunteer support, including alternative approaches such as massage, therapeutic touch, music and pet partners.
The construction of the Center came after nearly seven years by Regional Hospice and other advocates in end-of-life care to modernize hospice legislation in Connecticut.
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