We are thrilled to announce the start of a major construction project to further enhance the lives of patients and families at Connecticut Hospice's Inpatient Hospital. Many patients and visitors currently enjoy the ever-changing view of the tides, the elements, passing boats, resident wildlife and Lover's Island offered by our unique location on Long Island Sound. As of early August, patients in beds, and their visitors, will have even easier access to the water's edge via an expertly designed paved walkway traversing our lawns to the deck which currently overhangs the water. The walkway will be 10 feet wide (enough for two beds at once), and 235 feet long, and will be constructed of custom-cut bluestone pavers from upstate New York.
The initial grant for this project was contributed by Norma F. Pfriem, who could have used the gift for her own walkway, but chose instead to further her own strongly held belief that Patients and Families always come first.
Landscape Architect Jack Curtis, of Jack Curtis & Associates, Monroe, CT, has donated his time and expertise in drawing up plans (see site plan), which will incorporate varying sizes of 2" thick pavers laid in a pattern which maximizes ease of movement for beds. Safety is always paramount, so the walkway will be thermal finished to prevent slipping. Elegant LED light fixtures will hang from the trees which line the walkway so that patients and families may visit the water's edge day or night. We hope that future fundraising efforts will allow us to enhance this beautiful project further with landscaping, benches, solar lighting, etc.
As work continues throughout the summer we will post photographs of the work in progress. Prior to the ribbon-cutting, our clinical staff will test the route in beds to make sure our patients have maximum comfort on their ride.
On August 8, the legendary Peter of Peter, Paul & Mary will perform a celebratory concert at the site. More details tba.