“Hope and Healing”

In 2011, more than 39,000 people died by suicide in the United States — about one person every 13 minutes. Those who are left behind are often left grappling with the why. On Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, thousands of survivors of suicide loss will gather simultaneously at local “healing conference” sites around the world to share in International Survivors of Suicide Day. From 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Regional Hospice and Home Care’s Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss, located at 73 Stadley Rough Road in Danbury, will be one of hundreds of locations across the nation where people … * read more

Compassionate Care in Common

What does a hospital caring for dying patients in rural Africa and a nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency in the northeastern United States have in common? More than one might think. It all started with a partnership developed with Global Partners in Care, through which Ndolage Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania received funding and support for two clinical nurses, among other programs and services, from Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury, Connecticut. But the hospice and palliative caregivers at the two diverse organizations have developed more than a financial relationship – forming a strong friendship and professional exchange of … * read more

Make a Difference as a Hospice Volunteer

Are you a good listener who enjoys being with other people? Have you been looking for a way to have an impact on someone else’s life? Do you have the capacity to brighten someone’s day?  If so, please consider becoming a volunteer for Regional Hospice and Home Care. The nonprofit home hospice and palliative care agency is hosting a training session for new volunteers on Monday, Sept. 29; Wednesday, Oct. 1; Monday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 9. All sessions are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the exception of Oct. 9, which is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. … * read more

Seminar Provides Professionals with Understanding on Caring for Jewish Patients with Advanced Illness

On Aug. 14, Regional Hospice’s Carolyn Wolfe, LCSW, presented with Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz, Brownstein Jewish Family Service Chaplain, on “Jewish Customs and Culture: Caring for Jewish Patients with Advanced Illness” at the Jewish Federation of Western CT. Meeting the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of Jewish patients with advanced illness requires an understanding of practices, observances and traditions that relate to their life at home. The seminar provided professionals with an understanding of how to integrate nutritional guidelines and religious dietary customs, information about traditions surrounding major holidays and an introduction to spiritual traditions surrounding death and mourning. … * read more

New Program Keeps Our Hospice Patients and Pets Together

Pets comfort us, reduce our fear, love us no matter what.   The bond between pets and their owners is significant, but perhaps even more so when the owner is facing an advanced illness. Recognizing the benefits of keeping hospice patients and their pets together, Regional Hospice and Home Care is now the only hospice in the state of Connecticut to offer the Pet Peace of Mind program, supported by the Banfield Charitable Trust and other outside funding, to help care for hospice patients’ pets and keep patients and pets together.   From walking and brushing to food and grooming, … * read more

“The Difference a Hospice Nurse Can Make”

Regional Hospice featured in Small Business Spotlight on Foxbusiness.com   http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2014/08/08/difference-hospice-nurse-can-make/           Spotlight: Regional Hospice and Home Care, @real_hope Who: Cynthia E. Roy, MS, LCSW, CHA, president and CEO What: A nonprofit home hospice and palliative care agency building the first and only private-room, family centered hospice residence in the state of Connecticut, which will accept its first patients Dec. 2014. When: 1983 (Regional Hospice founded); 2007 (Roy joins as president and CEO) Where: Danbury, Conn. How: For seven years, Roy and others led the charge to modernize outdated hospice legislation in Connecticut that prevented the construction of a state-of-the-art, private-room hospice … * read more

Sponsorships Still Available for Hospice Golf Tournament

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 4th Annual Clancy Relocation and Logistics Golf Classic to benefit Regional Hospice and Home Care, to be held August 25, 2014 at the Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury, Conn. The tournament is already sold out, with 35 foursomes registered to spend a day golfing, followed by cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions. “We are so thankful for the dedication of our golf committee, which tirelessly supports the care we provide to patients and their families,” said Regional Hospice President and CEO Cynthia E. Roy, MS, LCSW, CHA. “Their effort means a tremendous … * read more

Healing Hearts Program Manager Presents on “Hope and Healing” at National Grief Conference

Joanna DeNicola, LCSW, MSW, MPA, program manager at the Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss, was selected by the National Alliance for Grieving Children to present a large group session at their annual conference this past June. Members/attendees were grief centers, hospices, hospitals, support groups, religious organizations, community organizations and mental health organizations from across the country.  The topic was “Lessons Learned from Newtown: Hope and Healing.” DeNicola was joined at the presentation by the parents of one of the Sandy Hook victims, who had been supported by Healing Hearts in the months after the tragedy. The objectives of the … * read more

Newtown Chapter Breakfast Fundraiser Celebrates 25 Years of Supporting Regional Hospice and Home Care

More than 300 supporters attended the 25th Anniversary Newtown Chapter Breakfast fundraiser for Regional Hospice and Home Care, held June 11 at the Waterview in Monroe. More than $25,330 was raised at the event, which featured a keynote by Regional Hospice’s Perinatal and Pediatric Hospice Nurse Christine Mastropietro, RN. “We are so thankful for Chris’s work with our very young hospice patients. She has a special connection with working with children who are ill,” said Regional Hospice President and CEO Cynthia E. Roy. “Our volunteers consistently support the work we do at Regional Hospice to bring real hope to those … * read more

Memory Lane

The Memorial Garden at the new Regional Hospice and Home Care residence promises to be a place of peace. Budding trees, fragrant flowers and a soothing fountain will provide a backdrop for quiet contemplation and reflection. A Memorial Pathway marked with personalized pavers and commemorative trees will create a literal “memory lane,” filled with reflections of love and friendship to be enjoyed by all who come to the residence. For $500 and $1,000, respectively, an 8×8 inch or 16×16 inch paver can be purchased and personalized with words of remembrance, whether your loved one received hospice services or not. A … * read more