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December 23, 2019

Care Dimensions Selected for Funding by the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation

Danvers, MA—A Care Dimensions pilot program for hospice patients’ caregivers has been selected for funding by the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, a prestigious national foundation that focuses on nurse-led innovation to improve the lives of patients and their families.

The Foundation's $50,000 grant will fund a pilot telehealth program, Caregiver Connection, to support hospice caregivers. The program will begin in 2020 with a focus in underserved areas where caregiver burdens are further compounded by economic and language inequities and barriers. 

Caregiver Connection is an innovative, nurse-led initiative focused on addressing the often overlooked and unmet needs of hospice family caregivers.

From a very competitive field of proposals, the Caregiver Connection project was one of five selected as a Hillman Serious Illness and End of Life Emergent Innovation Program (HSEI) project. The grants are aimed at bold, early stage interventions that address health challenges faced by vulnerable populations.

“Unmet caregiver support and communication needs can result in negative patient outcomes and heightened degrees of caregiver anxiety compromising their capacity for providing care” said Susan Lysaght Hurley, PhD, RN. “We are honored to receive this funding and for the opportunity to launch this pilot project.”

The project will use a mobile health application, TapCloud®, to bring a lifeline of caregiver support directly to the bedside, so a caregiver need not feel isolated, nor have to leave a loved one’s side to get support. Originally designed to enhance communications between patients and their care teams, this funding will support modification of the TapCloud ® platform to facilitate real-time and personal communication between family caregivers and Care Dimensions hospice nurses in English and Spanish.

The project is led by Director of Research Susan Lysaght Hurley, PhD, RN, and supported by Chief Medical Officer Stephanie Patel, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC and Chief Operating Officer Judy Cranney, RN, MS.  

About Care Dimensions

Care Dimensions is the largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children in Massachusetts. As a non-profit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Care Dimensions was founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, and cares for patients wherever they live – in their homes, in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities, in hospitals, or at our two inpatient hospice facilities (the Care Dimension Hospice House in Lincoln, and the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers). Additionally, Care Dimensions HomeMD program provides in-home primary care to patients over age 65 in select communities on the North Shore and Greater Boston who have difficulty leaving home. The Care Dimensions Learning Institute educates more than 7000 healthcare professionals and community members each year on advanced illness and end-of-life topics. To learn more about Care Dimensions, please visit www.CareDimensions.org.


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The Care Dimensions Hospice House, located in Lincoln on the Waltham town line, is a gracious and private home-like setting for patients who need hospital-level care for complex pain and symptom management. To learn more, call our Referral Center at 888-287-1255.

Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.