An animated approach to hospice care in Danbury

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – It’s an animated approach to tackling end of life care, softening the edges of a tough topic.

“Every story in the animation of the commercials are actual stories of families we’ve cared for,” explains Cynthia Roy, who heads up Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Danbury.

She says, “I think what people don’t realize when people are dying that it’s about living until you die. It’s not about dying. So for patients who are here or at home who are in hospice care, it’s about having the best moments they can during the time that they have left.”

This center for comfort care and healing paints a home-like, sun-filled setting as families prepare to say goodbye to a loved one.

“I think what people don’t realize,” says Roy, “is that hospice is a supportive service that can help people, be a family, regardless of what’s happening.”

Families like Gurney Williams’.

“This is the first time I’ve been in this room since she died last November.”

His wife Linda spent six months here before dying from complications of Alzheimer’s.

He says, “She died very quietly and softly in this room right there.”

The decision to bring his wife of 49 years here came down to this.

Williams says, “It was a very careful search for, is this the right thing? And will she be warmly take care of and pain free in this place as she approached her death? To the extent that you think that you could do it all, recognize right now before anything gets worse, you can not do this alone.”

Still, Linda’s last days were front and center.

Roy says, “They have so many support systems in place. They actually feel better and able to do more things at the end of their life than someone who is not on hospice care.”

The staff focuses on patients of all ages with any terminal diagnosis.

Grief and bereavement services are also offered, free of charge, available to anyone who has lost a loved one, even if they didn’t have a family member at Regional Hospice.

For more information, call 203.702.7400 or visit their website.

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