Care Dimensions, the largest hospice and palliative care provider in Massachusetts, is pleased to announce it received a generous donation from Steven and Trisha Castraberti, owners of the iconic Prince Pizzeria in Saugus, known for its “Leaning Tower of Pizza.” Their donation, in the form of restaurant gift cards, will be given to patients and families who could benefit from a prepared meal during their hospice journey.
“My mother was in hospice last year,” said Trisha. “I remember there were days when she wasn’t eating, and so I was forgetting to eat. It’s important to have food around, so that you have the strength to support your loved one on their journey.”
Steven’s mother was cared for in 2001 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, which is operated by Care Dimensions. He remembers the exceptional compassionate care they received, and said it was important to find a way to help other families who are caring for those at end-of-life.
“We were lucky in that we were able to take time off to spend time with our loved ones towards the end,” said Steven. “But we know a lot of people can’t do that. We hope this donation will help ease that burden a little bit by providing a meal and giving them one less thing to worry about.”
As a non-profit organization, Care Dimensions’ mission is to provide a quality end-of-life experience to everyone. The Care Dimensions Family Fund is an existing program, which is funded through donations and benefits patients who are struggling financially. It helps to pay for non-medical needs such as food, clothing, and utilities. This donation will further advance that effort.
“We can’t thank Trisha and Steven enough for this amazing donation to our patients and families, and we look forward to working with them in the future,” said Dr. Stephanie Patel, Care Dimensions President & CEO. “These families are going through so much and a complimentary meal means they can spend more quality time with their loved one.”
Since 1978, Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore, 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.