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The Connecticut Hospice

Providing Quality, Comprehensive, and Compassionate Care for Patients and Their Families Since 1974

Coronavirus update

March 20, 2020 

To the respected families, friends, and loved ones of Connecticut Hospice inpatients: 

The emergence of COVID-19 as a threat to the health of the Connecticut Hospice community has necessitated our putting into place several policies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection to our patients, staff, and visitors. These policies are changed as changing conditions demand. As of March 20, 2020, in order to protect everyone, only patients who are at end of life and are on GIP Medicare Hospice Benefits may receive visitors, and these visits are limited to two people per day. These visitors are to be members of the patient’s immediate family, and will be screened at reception, including the taking of temperatures. If your loved one is in an isolation room, please speak to nursing staff before entering the room. We recognize that visiting hospitalized loved ones is very important, and hope you will understand our need to impose these restrictions. Thank you for your cooperation.  

Risks for COVID-19 infection include:

  • FEVER, 
  • COUGH, 

Joe Sacco, MD, Medical Director, The Connecticut Hospice 

For regular updates, please call 203-315-7611

March 24, 2020

An Update on Admission policy during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the pandemic unfolds, our role has broadened.  In addition to our customary end of life patients, we will be taking overflow patients from other Connecticut hospitals.  Most of these will probably be in the last few days or weeks of life, but we will step up to help wherever we can. Many of you perhaps do not realize that we hold an acute-care specialty hospital license, as well as hospice and home care licenses. You also may not know that Connecticut has the fewest hospital beds per person among the New England states, and among the lowest in the country.  That ensures that our 52 beds will be important in the fight against COVID-19. Because of the vulnerability of a hospice population, we will be not be taking COVID-19 patients, but will be taking patients, mostly end of life, from other institutions, so that they will have room for more people with the coronavirus. We will split our two wings, and our staff, augmented where possible, will handle the increased load during the critical weeks and months ahead.

Barbara Pearce, CEO

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Help Us Help Others

The Connecticut Hospice is stepping in to take non-COVID-19 patients displaced from overcrowded New Haven area hospitals.

Help us keep our staff safe and healthy. Your donation will help purchase; masks, gloves, thermometers and scrubs


Established in 1974, The Connecticut Hospice is America’s first hospice. To this day, we continue to set the national standard for home and inpatient hospice care, and have become a leader in palliative care, as well.

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Licensed Inpatient Hospital

We are a non-profit, licensed inpatient hospital, providing quality, compassionate and competent interdisciplinary hospice and palliative care to patients suffering from irreversible illness, and to members of their families. 

Our experienced, skilled, and caring staff allows us to offer comprehensive inpatient and home care services to eligible patients. We collaborate with more than 50 Connecticut hospitals, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and home care providers.

Inpatient Hospital

Flexible, Customized Plans-of-Care

The Connecticut Hospice engages and empowers patients and families to develop customized plans that respond to each patient’s particular needs and help them live life as fully as possible, whether that be at home, or at our waterfront inpatient hospital.

Learn more about our comprehensive support, including medical and emotional care, such as bereavement support and complementary therapies.

Flexible Care
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Community Connections

Deep connections to the greater New Haven county community, and financial support from generous donors allows us to marshal community resources to help deepen support and keep care costs as low as possible.

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Our Care Services

Our comprehensive approach to hospice and palliative care is delivered by a medically directed, nurse-coordinated, interdisciplinary team, which consists of hospice and palliative board-certified physicians, nurses and pharmacists.

Care Services

Hospice Care

Compassionate, comfort-oriented care to people facing a progressive, life-limiting illness with an expected prognosis of 6 months or less 

Hospice Care

Palliative Care

Appropriate for all stages of serious illness, starting at diagnosis. Palliative Care empowers the patient to make informed choices that are best suited to their unique needs.

Palliative Care

Respite Care

Temporary relief to caregivers, helping to ease the burden for families and caregivers. We offer short-term 24/7 respite care for up to five (5) days at our inpatient facility.

Respite Care

When is the right time?

Hospice and Palliative care are most beneficial when they are provided for months rather than weeks or days. If you're not sure whether you or your loved one are ready for hospice care, this list of signals might help.

Decision Help

Contact Admissions

Inpatient Care, Home care, and Home hospice Care Admissions may be scheduled seven days a week. We invite referring physicians, patients, families and authorized caregivers, and other health care professionals to call our Centralized Intake Department at: (203) 315-7540.


For Professionals

Healthcare Professional who would like to learn more about our care services, medical measures, referral network, education and training; please click the button below.

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Become a Volunteer

Become a volunteer and work alongside The Connecticut Hospice staff members in our Branford in-patient facility, and in homes across Connecticut.

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Careers at Hospice

The Connecticut Hospice offers opportunities for growth that include a range of clinical and administrative positions ranging from compliance & risk management to registered nurses to assistant directors of home care.


Please Support Us

Please make a gift to help us sustain the highest standard of care.

As a not-for-profit, we depend in part upon generous donors who understand that unlike our for-profit competitors, we provide customized services and therapies that aren’t completely covered by Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. We strive to go above and beyond the standards set for hospice care, and your generosity allows us to do so.

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