Hospice is a philosophy of care for the terminally ill and their
families. Franciscan Hospice Care is provided by the staff of Franciscan
Home Care and Hospice Care and offers holistic support to the person
who is ill, to family members, and to friends. Hospice does not
focus on dying. Hospice strives to help people live as fully as
possible until death.
Recently, Sister Catherine Mary Clarke, FSE, a social worker with Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, and Francis Barillaro, author of Judith’s Journey, were guests on That’s the Spirit on ORTV (Office of Radio and Television, Archdiocese of Hartford). Judith's Journey, written by Mr. Barillaro and his children, is a testimony of faith, love, and joy about his wife’s journey with cancer and the supportive services of Franciscan Hospice Care.
St. Francis of Assisi, patron of the Franciscan Order, had a readiness
for death. He lived his life to the fullest and when his death
was imminent, he asked that he "be placed on the ground while
his brothers prayed. As soon as the Little Poor Man (St. Francis)
saw her enter, he greeted her courteously, 'Welcome Sister Death!'"
(Thomas of Celano).
Franciscan Hospice Care tries to foster that same spirit of readiness
for dying, helping the person live through the process of a natural
death, supporting caregivers and loved ones as special needs arise.
Home health aides, homemakers and volunteers also serve the individual
who is terminally ill. Our hospice program prepares the individual
for the final journey into Eternal Life and ultimate union with
Who is Served
Franciscan Hospice Care is available to anyone who:
- Is diagnosed with a terminal illness by a physician and is
given a limited prognosis, general six months.
- Resides in one of the towns served by Franciscan
- Has a physician who approves the hospice referral.
- Desires a palliative approach to symptom management.
Franciscan Hospice care is guided by an Interdisciplinary
Team which includes a medical director, nurses, social workers,
therapists and spiritual counselors. The Team works with individuals
and their families in providing physical, emotional and spiritual
support through the last stages of life.
When learning of a terminal illness and choosing
hospice, patients and families are often fearful of what lies ahead.
The hospice team recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each
hospice patient and family, meeting them wherever they may be in
their process. The hospice nurse is often the first to introduce
hospice. A hospice nurse will first listen to their questions,
needs, concerns and desires. Providing ongoing information, listening
and answering questions honestly, can ease fears and guide patients
and families through this difficult journey. The Team may introduce
the hospice social worker, pastoral care person and volunteers
who are key people in offering strong emotional and spiritual support.
Hospice Care strives to optimally control pain and
symptoms associated with the disease process and implement support
by home health aides, volunteers or therapists to free up precious
time and energy for the hospice patient to use as he or she wishes.
Franciscan Hospice Care has been
approved by the Department of Public Health as a hospice provider
and the Medicare hospice benefit to those persons who qualify.
Routine hospice care, inpatient care and respite care are covered
Medicare hospice benefit. In addition, other insurance plans
provide coverage for hospice services.
How It Works
Referrals to Franciscan Home Care may be made by the physician,
the patient, family, friends, clergy or agency personnel.
In the Home
The home is where hospice care is most often given. Services
are available as needed on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week. A
nurse is always on call and will respond to telephone calls from
the patient or family. If the need is such, the nurse makes a home
visit to assess the patient's need and, in turn, communicates with
Some patients request and/or require admission to a hospital or
skilled nursing facility to manage symptoms. Franciscan Hospice
Care has a contract with MidState Medical Center, as well as the
followed skilled nursing facilities located in the region: Coccomo
Memorial Health Center, Meriden; Elim Park Baptist Home, Cheshire;
Miller Memorial Community, Meriden; Southington Care center, Southington;
Westfield care and Rehab, Meriden.
Through our Respite Care program, hospice patients can be
admitted to skilled nursing facilities on a temporary basis, usually
or less. This program is designed to relieve family members and other
caregivers in the home.
Bereavement support is provided to family and friends for at least one year after
the patient's death.
If you or a loved one need our hospice services,
please call 203-238-1441.
Would you like to be a Hospice Volunteer?
Franciscan Hospice Care, a program of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, seeks volunteers to work in its faith-based hospice care program. Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care serves central Connecticut. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in volunteering, please call Christine Bolio, RN, at 203-238-1441.