Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Recognizes Grayson Group Home for Providing Excellent End-of-Life Care

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHPCRI), the largest and most comprehensive hospice in the state, recently presented The Grayson Group Home HHPCRI’s Community Champion award. The Grayson Group Home is operated by Perspectives Corporation, a private agency whose purpose is to help people with disabilities participate in and contribute to community life.

Joni Fortin, Joe Balcher, Jr., Parker Dupouy, Alicia Sweeny, and Erin Denton
Joni Fortin (far left) a medical social worker at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island made the presentation with her colleague and the patient’s primary nurse Joe Balcher, Jr. (far right at the end), to the Grayson Group Home staff Parker Dupouy, Alicia Sweeny, Erin Denton. Other direct support staff who were not available for the photo but who played an active role in caring for the patient were: Trish Kroll, Jaimie Hankins, Kelly Flynn, Christopher Dufresne, Annaliese Jones, Gabrielle Godino, and Lauren Schober.

The award is presented to physicians, healthcare professionals and individuals or groups who excel in providing compassionate end-of-life care. Criteria used to determine recipients include the following: demonstrates a responsiveness to patient and family needs, understands the benefits of hospice and palliative care, works collaboratively with the hospice staff, and provides high quality end of life care.

“The care and support that the direct support professionals at the Grayson Group Home provided our patient was phenomenal,” says Joni Fortin, HHPCRI’s Medical Social Worker. “They were loving, attentive and so compassionate.” The patient was a young man in his mid-thirties and a resident of the group home who was dying from cancer.

Josh Bascombe, Care Coordinator for the Grayson Group Home, stated, “The hospice staff really put people at ease and helped make a situation more comfortable. They really kept people together. It was a great partnership.”