Each week, when 5-year-old Carys Powers is given her allowance, she divides it into three banks: one to spend, one to save and one to give. Her parents Brian and Adele use this as a teaching tool to get their daughter to think about others and learn how to save her money. After saving $10 in her “give” bank, they started discussing where she wanted to donate her money. Carys decided that she wanted to give her allowance “to the people who took care of her great-grandma when she was dying.”
Regional Hospice and Palliative Care provided end-of-life care for her great-grandmother while she was in an independent living facility in New Canaan, CT and then later when she transferred to a skilled nursing facility in Danbury, CT. When the Arizona-based family visited Connecticut this summer, they took a special trip to Regional Hospice’s Center to introduce Carys to the special team who provided this care.
Here, Carys was able to see where many people go to visit their dying loved ones and play on the playground specially designed for kids who visit. She decided emphatically that she wanted her donation to go to something that other kids can enjoy.
Her grandmother, who accompanied Carys and family to Regional Hospice’s Center to bring her allowance to donate, sang the praises of their hospice team – including their hospice nurse, Joanne. She credits Joanne’s wise words about how end-of-life can be a sacred time as an eye-opener for her. These words gave her a sense of peace and calm that allowed her to be present for her mother’s final days and cherish their time together.
Regional Hospice and Palliative Care (RHPC) has served Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford & Litchfield counties with nonprofit home hospice care for over 30 years. In 2015, RHPC opened the state-of-the-art Center for Comfort Care & Healing. This family-centered hospice residence is CT’s first and only private-suite facility, servicing patients and their families from throughout the country, especially in New York State and Connecticut. RHPC’s mission is to provide exceptional end-of-life care, comfort and compassion to infants, children, adults and their families with a dedicated staff of professionals.