In the News
September 22, 2016
18-bed hospice coming to MetroWest
By Sara Lustberg, Advocate correspondent
LINCOLN – Care Dimensions, a hospice care provider that services patients in 90 different communities in Massachusetts and has over 700 patients receiving at-home care daily, is expected to begin construction of its new Greater Boston Hospice House on Sept. 27.
The new facility will be located at 125 Winter St. in Lincoln, on the Waltham line. It will house 18 beds in a 27,500-square-foot inpatient home. The construction is expected to be completed by fall 2017.
“Hospice care is largely focused on caring for people in their own homes,” said President and CEO Diane Stringer. “But it isn’t always a viable option to have support at home.”
Stringer has been president and chief executive officer of Care Dimensions – formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston – since 1989.
In 2005, Stringer spearheaded the development of the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. It became the first licensed inpatient hospice facility in Massachusetts.
“The new home on Winter Street is designed to have a very serene, calm environment,” Stringer said. “Similar to the Kaplan House, you will not mistake it for a hospital or nursing home. It will be a very quiet place in an extremely tranquil setting.”
The building will face the Cambridge Reservoir, and many patients will have views of the reservoir from their rooms.
The need for this new facility came about after the leadership at Care Dimensions realized how difficult it was for them to serve the growing need in the Greater Boston and MetroWest communities, Stringer said. A family coming from Newton or Dedham would have to drive 40 or 50 miles to visit a loved one at the hospice in Danvers, she said.
“If I were talking to a family in Newton and saying they’d have to travel to Danvers, it might as well be on the moon for them,” said Nate Lampkin, senior director of patient and family services.
Care Dimensions provides a comprehensive array of services for its patients. It has programs that range from aroma and massage therapy to spiritual counseling and services.
“We work to promote patients dignity,” Stringer said. “Our staff is experts in managing pain, including spiritual and emotional distress.”
All chaplains are interfaith chaplains, and Care Dimensions prides itself on maintaining “excellent” relationships with faith communities, Lampkin said.
Lampkin noted the home has a “wonderful group of Shabbat bag volunteers.” Every Shabbat, these volunteers present Jewish patients and their families with a blue velvet bag, which includes electric candles, cookies and challah from Newman’s Bakery in Swampscott. Delivered “in the spirit of Shabbat,” volunteers and staff hope the hospice will serve as a “shalom bayit” or “house of peace” for the patients during their time there.
Both Lampkin and Stringer said they definitely intend to replicate this practice at the new home in Lincoln, and make it a shalom bayit for all who enter.