Franciscan Hospice Care
 


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.

 

 

 

Franciscan Spirit
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 God.

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 Home Care.
  • Has a physician who approves the hospice referral.
  • Desires a palliative approach to symptom management.

Interdisciplinary Team
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.

Approved Provider
Franciscan Hospice Care has been approved by the Department of Public Health as a hospice provider and can offer hospice care and the Medicare hospice benefit to those persons who qualify. Routine hospice care, inpatient care and respite care are covered under the 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 hospice 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 the physician.

Inpatient Care
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.

Respite Care
Through our Respite Care program, hospice patients can be admitted to skilled nursing facilities on a temporary basis, usually five days or less. This program is designed to relieve family members and other caregivers in the home.

Bereavement Support
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.

 
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