Voices of Care

The Truth About Hospice

Posted on August 8, 2019 by Dr. Anna Chon

Recently, doctors advised Tony Cacciotti, husband of 79-year-old TV star Valerie Harper, to engage hospice services for his wife. Harper, the "Mary Tyler Moore Show” star who played Rhoda Morgenstern, was reportedly first diagnosed with cancer in 2009.  Citing the couple’s 40 years of shared commitment, Cacciotti announced that he would not follow her doctors’ advice...

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5 Questions with Rebecca Lawrence, Hospice Social Worker

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Care Dimensions

Rebecca Lawrence, MSW, LCSW is a Care Dimensions hospice social worker. Since 2018, Rebecca has served our patients in greater Boston. Recently, we sat down with Rebecca to ask about her professional career and daily work as a hospice social worker.  Rebecca, was social work your first career choice and what attracted you to the field?  I actually started out in a nursing prog...

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'The Returning': Young Hospice Patient Writes Novel

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Wendy Killeen

Eliza Mager, 22, who is receiving hospice from Care Dimensions, talks about her science fiction novel, "The Returning." (Includes book excerpt) ...

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Honoring Her Mother by Joining a Cousin to Support Walk for Hospice

Posted on July 22, 2019 by Janet Zipes

Grateful for the end-of-life experience her mother had at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Jill Chapdelaine is giving back through Care Dimensions' Walk for Hospice. ...

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A Night to Remember for Young Hospice Patient

Posted on June 24, 2019 by Wendy Killeen

Eliza Mager missed her high school prom due to cancer treatments, but her friends, family and Care Dimensions hospice team helped arrange a prom-like event for her 22nd birthday. ...

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Hospice Aide's Thoughtfulness Improves Patients' Quality of Life

Posted on June 20, 2019 by Care Dimensions

Care Dimensions Evening Hospice Aide Hillary Fortin brings comfort, compassion, and kindness that can enhance a patient’s quality of life. ...

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Being a Hospice Aide: What it Takes. What It Gives

Posted on June 18, 2019 by Jeanne Puffer, CNA, Hospice Aide

To be a hospice aide, you have to really care about the patient. It also helps that, at Care Dimensions, we have the tools, the time and the education to do what we need to do to deliver great patient care.  My job brings me lots of rewards and appreciation—from my patients, their caregivers, my clinical team members and manager. Why and How I Became a Hospice Aide As a child I...

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Introducing the Hidden Hospice Case Manager

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Janet Zipes

Most cardiac and respiratory patients receiving specialized hospice care from Care Dimensions know Diane Theriault only by her voice, but she is an important part of the interdisciplinary team. ...

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Community Volunteers’ Knitting, Sewing Bring Comfort to Hospice Patients

Posted on April 9, 2019 by Wendy Killeen

Two community volunteers from Wenham, MA, donate their talents to create prayer squares and quilts that are given to patients at Care Dimensions' Kaplan Family Hospice House. ...

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How to Support Your Child When Visiting a Hospice Patient

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Care Dimensions Children’s Program Staff

Care Dimensions child life specialists offer tips for parents to prepare their children for visits with loved ones who are receiving hospice care. ...

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