In 1991, visionary community leaders created the J. Warren and Lois McClure Vermont Respite House as a home-away-from-home to care for people with terminal illness. Respite House was designed to provide the highest quality of care during the final days of people’s lives while sustaining dignity, respect and caring relationships.
Twenty-five years later, our Respite House continues to receive residents from all walks of life, from all over Vermont and beyond its borders. Today, VNA is experiencing increasing demand for quality end-of-life care driven by greater awareness and acceptance of hospice services. Demographic analysis and recent research on end-of-life care in Vermont also point to continued growth in hospice use, including an increased need for residential hospice care. We must now address the need for greater capacity.