volunteering for hospice
Spanning four decades as the country’s first hospice, The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. is also the first palliative teaching hospital earning the national Joint Commission’s first “Advanced Palliative Certification.” Our rating of 100 percent compliance, without recommendations for improvement, reflects our commitment to the highest ratio of care between nurses and patients in the country. Our nurses are the most highly educated nurses through our Norma F. Pfriem International Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Program. Hospice is also recognized by the American Hospital Association Volunteer Excellence Pediatric Rocker Program, the 2013 Arts Council In the Wings award, and American Council for Continuing Medical Education Accreditation with commendation.
The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. does not take a narrow view of complexities of the needs of patients with an irreversible illness and their families. While the control of physical pain and other physical symptoms is the central and primary concern for caregivers, it is not the only priority. The patient with an irreversible illness suffers from an array of emotional, spiritual, social and financial problems. The rationale for our Hospice caregiving (staff and volunteers) is that it is impossible for any discipline to provide the range of services required. Through the team approach, Hospice helps patients and families attain optimum quality of life with physician and clinical pharmacy rounds daily, house calls by physicians and medications delivered to your home.
The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., a 501(c)(3), is the birthplace of America’s hospice movement. Known today simply as Hospice, we continue to set the national standard for home and inpatient hospice care. Connecticut Hospice serves anyone in need regardless of ability to pay. Your generous tax-deductible donations help us to provide inpatient and home care which empower the living to live fully and their family to see them as a person of mystery, beauty and strength. Your contributions also pay for free care we provide at the end of life, so that the Hospice patients and their families are not additionally burdened.