Lighting the Way is a special memorial program created by Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care to remember those for whom we cared who have died. The Lighting the Way program has expanded each year to include others who have died. You may Light the Way by remembering a spouse, relative, or a friend. Trees will be lit on the campus of the Franciscan Life Center during November (National Home Care and Hospice Care Month) and again during the Christmas season. Lighting the Way will benefit the mission of Franciscan Hospice Care.

To make a donation for a loved one or for more information, please call 203-238-1441 or print this form.
$30 donation to help Light the Way.
$250-$500 to make a significant contribution to light the hospice memorial trees.


Click here to read the latest newsletter CARE-ING from Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care is the only Catholic home care agency in Connecticut. The agency provides all levels of in-home care, end of life care (six months or less as determined by the doctor), and support for the individual and his or her family members. The Hospice Program provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to individuals as they make the transition of acknowledgement and acceptance that curative medical care is no longer beneficial. Our Catholic Faith prompts us to provide services to people of all faiths and beliefs.  If you or your family are in need of hospice care, or have questions, please call Laura Borrelli, Hospice Director, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, 203-238-1441.

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Hospice Director Receives Award
for Outstanding Clinical Care

Laura Borrelli, RN, BSN, Hospice Director, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care,  is shown with Sister Suzanne Gross, FSE, Administrator, receiving the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care Safe Passage Award For Outstanding Clinical Care at the recently held 14th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Coalition.

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Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Scores Well in Home Health Compare Survey
Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care scored above the national average in a recent home health care customer satisfaction survey. 90% of the Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care patients who completed the survey would recommend the agency to others compared to the Connecticut average of 83% and the national average of 79%. Furthermore, 90% of the patients served by the agency reported that care was given in a professional way which is again higher than the state and national average.

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July 2012. Sister Mary Kolbe and two camp children enjoy one of the new baby lambs born during the week of the Franciscan Land-based Summer Program.  This land-based opportunity including animal care, arts and crafts, games, and other outdoor experiences is sponsored in-part by The Cuno Foundation, The James H. Napier Foundation, and The Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation.  The Franciscan Life Center is a non-profit counseling and education center.

Hospice volunteers

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Introduces New Hospice Care Volunteers

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care welcomes newly certified hospice volunteers Gloria Belliveau-Lenihan, Cheshire; Denise Deveau, Bethany; Laura Borrelli, RN, Hospice Director; Chad Donovan, Cheshire; Ken Wargo, Cheshire; and Barbara Blau, Durham.  The volunteers completed 16 hours of training in order to be certified.

Franciscan Hospice Care, a program of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, offers supportive end-of-life care services to individuals and families. For more information, please contact Laura Borrelli, RN, Hospice Director, at 203-238-1441.

Caring, One Stitch at a Time

Women stitching for a cause. Left to right, Kathy Dietle, Physical Therapy Supervisor, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care; Leanne Harvey, Hospice Volunteer; Victoria Norrie, Hospice Volunteer; and Martha Ryzak, Physical Therapist, gather at their monthly “caring” meeting to knit prayer shawls for the hospice patients of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care. Not shown in the photo are the founders of “One Stitch at a Time,” Jan Louiselle, RN, and Gini Sonstrom, RN.

SisterAnnouncing Transition to Home Nurse
Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care announces that Sister Jilda Marie Chabot, FSE, BSN, RN, has assumed the new role of transition to home nurse.  Sister will customize your health care needs when you transition from the hospital or skilled nursing facility to home.  She will coordinate care with your physician, pharmacist, and the hospital to help ensure you have the necessary medications and support for a successful transition to home.  The transition nurse also helps to make sure your home health care needs are being met, therefore reducing your risk of being re-hospitalized. 
Sister Jilda Marie Chabot, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, has been a registered nurse since 1991, and a full-time Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care nurse since 1997. She is a certified wound specialist. Sister Jilda Marie worked as a medical surgical nurse and as a step down coronary care nurse prior to being a home care and hospice care nurse. She received her Bachelors Degree in nursing from Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho.
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