NEWS

Magen"I found my home here in hospice at Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care"

Magen Parrillo, RN, is the most recent addition to the Franciscan Hospice Care Team. She has her B.S.N. and comes to Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care with a wealth of both oncology and hospice nursing experience. Magen served in the U.S. Air Force and is committed to helping military veterans. She truly believes in the importance of a faith-based approach to care. “I was moved to work at Franciscan Hospice Care because patients are seen as whole beings in body, mind and spirit.”

Franciscan Hospice Care is a program of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care offering holistic support to the person who is ill, family members and to friends. For more information about hospice care call 203-238-1441

 

Staff Recognized During National Home Care and Hospice Care Month

Employees Recognized

Sister Suzanne (Center) acknowledges Nina Caro, LPN, presently studying for her RN degree, for her 10 years of service with Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care and Franciscan Ever There Care, and Anna Kurtoglu, RN, Nursing Supervisor, for her five years of service with Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care. Several other nurses, home health aides, homemakers and companions were also recognized at the recently held Staff Appreciation Lunch.

 

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Administrator Recognized for 30 Years of Service

Administrator

Marie Laffin, RN, Clinical Director, presents Sister Suzanne Gross, FSE, with a gift from the staff at the recently held Staff Appreciation Lunch. Sister was acknowledged for her 30 years of service as the administrator of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.  The lunch is held each year during National Home Care and Hospice Care Month to thank the staffs of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care and Franciscan Ever There Care for their commitment and dedication to those they serve.

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care is a faith-based, licensed home health care and hospice care agency serving Central Connecticut.  Franciscan Ever There Care is a non-medical model of care offering personal assistance, 24-hour live-in services, homemaking and companions.

Renewing the Spirit

Staff Retreat

Staff Retreat

Several staff members of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, Franciscan Ever There Care, and the Franciscan Life Center gather outside the Chapel of Saint John for the start of their annual retreat day.  Staff enjoyed reflection, personal and spiritual enrichment, guest speakers, including a presentation on social media by Sister Kieran Foley, FSE, Director, Synergic Systems.

For more information about these programs and services visit:
•franciscanhc.org
•franciscanetc.org
•flcenter.org

 Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Supports Wellness

Jack Welch

Jack Welch, a nurse with Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, provided blood pressure screenings to individuals at the recently held Wallingford Senior Center Health Fair.  Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care is a faith-based home health care agency offering nursing care, hospice care, medical social services, physical, speech, occupational therapies and home health aide services. 

Physical Therapy Month

physical therapists

In gratitude for our Physical Therapists, Pam Speno, Kathleen Dietle, Therapy Supervisor, Stephanie  Crump, and Sister Faith Marie Woolsey, FSE,  for their commitment and dedication to those for whom we care in Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.


Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Welcomes New Nurse

Frances Mahoney

Frances Mahoney, RN, recently joined the home health care staff of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, Meriden, Connecticut.

Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care is a licensed, faith-based home health care agency offering nursing care, hospice care, palliative care, physical, speech and occupational therapy, medical social services, and home health aide services.  The staff serves central Connecticut.

For more information call 203-238-1441 or visit www.franciscanhc.org.

 

National Occupational Therapy Month
Michelle RiniMichelle Rini, an Occupational Therapist with Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, stops for a photo on her way to a Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care visit.  We thank Michelle for her commitment to her profession and to the mission of home care and we recognize all our occupational therapists  during Occupational Therapy Month.

Michelle is a graduate of Bay Path College, has provided occupational therapy in home health care for 13 years and is a certified LSVT BIG therapist. 

LSVT BIG is a new service of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.  Both LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD are therapy programs that have proven successful for improving motor skills and speech for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders.

For more information about Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care call us at:
203-238-1441 or visit our web site at: www.franciscanhc.org

 

Franciscan Hospice Care Volunteers

Laura Borelli, far left standing, Director of Franciscan Hospice Care, and Christine Bolio, far right standing, meet with the most recent hospice volunteers.

LIGHTING THE WAY, DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

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.

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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.

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.

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