Danvers, MA – Care Dimensions, the largest hospice and palliative care provider in Massachusetts, is pleased to announce it received an exceptionally generous $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor in support of its specialized advanced dementia hospice program.
“Though many gifts are often motivated by a personal experience with Care Dimensions, our comprehensive support for patients and families who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias was the inspiration of this support as part of an estate settlement that directed its distribution be designated to support dementia and Alzheimer’s care, treatment, education and research,” explained Care Dimensions Vice President of Philanthropy Donna Deveau. “It’s remarkable not only for its generosity to us, but also to the care of residents of the 100 communities that we serve. So many families have been touched by effects of dementia, and this gift helped us provide much needed care.”
In 2020 alone, Care Dimensions cared for 390 patients with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and 461 patients with other dementia diagnoses and invested well over $1.9 million to support the program and these patients. Care Dimensions’ specialized Dementia Support Program creates a personalized care plan for each hospice patient suffering from dementia, whether they are experiencing moderate or severe symptoms, to maximize their comfort and quality of life.
The program offers a much-needed layer of assistance to patients and families, reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits, and relieving some of the stress on caregivers. Care is provided to patients residing in skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, or in their own homes. No one is denied care because of financial status, level of insurance coverage or ability to pay.
The interdisciplinary hospice team addresses the patient’s physical, cognitive, spiritual, and emotional needs while providing support for family and professional caregivers. All clinical staff and volunteers receive specialized training developed by the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH to understand the unique needs and challenges of caring for patients with dementia.
Care Dimensions is the largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children in Massachusetts. As a nonprofit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, and grief support in more than 100 communities in Eastern Massachusetts. Founded in 1978 as Hospice of the North Shore, Care Dimensions 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 Dimensions 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 7,000 health care professionals and community members each year on advanced illness and end-of-life topics. Please visit www.CareDimensions.org to learn more about Care Dimensions.
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 over 100 communities in Massachusetts.