For many people, hospice can be a scary word and often the focus is only on the dying process, but hospice pilgrimages are much more – they’re about empowering people to have quality of life in their final months, weeks, and days. Since 1983, Regional Hospice has made it its mission to create an individualized experience in which patients live life to the fullest and make the best of every day that they have left. Regional Hospice has been a trailblazer in the industry by providing customized and compassionate end-of-life care to patients of all ages and their loved ones in private homes and in assisted living and nursing facilities.
In 2015, Regional Hospice opened The Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury, an unparalled, concierge-level 36,000 square-foot facility with the mission of providing a continuum of care 24/7 and a choice where patients can die, because not everyone can or wants to die at home. Built under the most current, best practice hospice regulations, it is the first hospice of its kind in Connecticut and is available to anyone in the U.S. “We believe in a holistic, individualized and dignified hospice experience that focuses on our patients’ physical, spiritual, and emotional needs,” says President and CEO of Regional Hospice, Cynthia Emiry Roy, MS, LCSW, CHA. “Our staff considers it a privilege and honor to serve every one of our patients, helping to ensure they live their best lives and enjoy their loved ones, until the end of life.”
The Center for Comfort Care & Healing treats every patient and family with respect, dignity, integrity, and compassion. Their highly skilled, hospice caregivers work as an interdisciplinary team that includes nurses, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors and trained volunteers, all of whom provide clinical, emotional, and spiritual care in an environment designed to feel like home. “Our team is committed to providing the very best care to our patients,” says Roy. “Along with our devoted staff, our dedicated volunteers are the heart and soul of Regional Hospice.”
From the beautiful, completely accessible Memorial Garden to chef-prepared meals to complementary therapies such as reiki and massage, as well as pet therapy, the goal of The Center is to honor each patients’ specific needs. Private suites can accommodate loved ones to visit or spend the night, allowing quality time to be spent with family and friends.
“We rely on donations to cover patient care costs that are not covered by insurance,” says Roy. ”We are so grateful for the generous support of our donors and could not provide the level of care we do without them.”
2023 marks Regional Hospice’s 40th anniversary of providing expert hospice care within our communities in a sacred, mindful and loving way. For more information about the organization’s hospice services and available programs, or to make a donation, please visit makingthebestofeveryday.org •