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A Small Home Makes aBigDifference

THE HOUSE AT 65 CHILTON STREET looks

much like the other homes in this quiet,

residential area of Cambridge’s Huron Village.

But, in the past 17 years, over 2,000 people

have been touched by the caring community

within its walls.

Hospice of Cambridge, now part of VNA Care

Network & Hospice, had brought life-affirming

care into terminally ill patients’ homes for

many years when the idea for Chilton House

formed. Hospice helps the terminally ill and

their loved ones focus on living as fully as

possible by providing a combination of physical,

emotional, practical, and spiritual support.

Such care allows most patients to live at home

during much or all of their illness. Yet there was

no homelike place for hospice patients who

could not live at home because their family

needed to work, they had no loved ones to

help with their care, or their needs were too

complex to be met at home.

The nonprofit agency envisioned a place

where Cambridge area residents could live

their final days with dignity and in comfortable

surroundings. The Hospice of Cambridge

Development Committee, a group of volunteers

dedicated to supporting the availability of

compassionate care for the terminally ill,

worked tirelessly to help Hospice of Cambridge

achieve its dream.

Chilton House opened in 1991 as the first

residential hospice in Massachusetts. Over the

years, the converted two-family residence has

been called home by individuals from all racial,

social, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds.

The hospice team (nurses, social

workers, trained volunteers, home health

aides, and pastoral and bereavement counselors)

cares for patients and their loved ones with an

emphasis on pain and symptom management

for patients. Registered dietitians, rehabilitation

therapists, and clinical specialists are available if

needed. Bereavement counseling and support

are also offered to family members for up to

one year after they experience the loss of a

loved one.

Chilton House has served as a model and

inspiration for other residential hospices in

New England. Staff help make each unique

experience positive and life affirming in

surroundings that feel like home.

As Chilton House approaches two decades of

serving the community, VNA Care Network &

Hospice wants to ensure the residence continues

to bring comfort to those coping with terminal

illnesses such as cancer, pulmonary disease,

cardiac disease, Alzheimer’s, and AIDS. The

agency, with the support of the Hospice of

Cambridge Development Committee, is

embarking on a $1.8 million capital campaign

to repair and renovate the home as well as

establish a patient care fund for those in need.

You can help make our vision for compassionate

end-of-life care in Cambridge a reality once

again by making a generous gift to the Chilton

House Capital Campaign.

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