Palliative Care

Offering comfort and support when curative treatment may not be enough.

St. Francis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center offers palliative care for individuals with serious long-term illnesses, who are no longer seeking curative treatment.

Our compassionate staff is dedicated to promoting the dignity of life and reducing pain, stress and discomfort. We honor the individual’s wishes and work with their families to ensure the best possible care plan.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is sometimes considered as interchangeable with hospice care, which is not really the case. Palliative care can be appropriate for people at any time during an illness, not just when they may be near the end of life.

Palliative care is best suited in cases of chronic disease or illness, in situations where symptoms can be managed or alleviated, allowing individuals to live their lives to the fullest.

Choosing Our Setting

Palliative care is specialized care that does not necessarily replace the primary treatment for an illness but can work with that treatment to prevent or ease pain and discomfort. Throughout these difficult times, our staff is dedicated to working with patients and families to improve their overall quality of life.

Palliative care at St. Francis is provided by highly trained physicians, nurses, social workers and other professionals. Each care plan is carefully designed to follow the patient’s wishes.

When you enter the front door at St. Francis, you become family – and part of a community where many new opportunities await you.

Step into our lobby and you’ll meet staff ready to attend to your needs, as well as fellow community members sharing social time and plenty of laughs. Straight ahead is our activities room, with regular entertainment, music, games and a variety of events to keep you busy. Our library offers an extensive collection of books for your leisure and interests.

Walk down the hall and you’ll find our 34 spacious resident rooms, half of which are private and all a short distance away from the nurse’s station. We want your room to feel like home, which is why we encourage you to bring your favorite pillows, clothing, electronics, personal care items or even your own furniture. Your walls await decoration, whether it’s precious family photos or your favorite artwork. Your room comes complete with access to Wi-Fi, phone and cable television, so you can continually stay connected with loved ones, the world around you or simply enjoy your favorite television program. Visitors – whether family or friends – are always encouraged.

There’s an abundance of personalized dining options to meet your needs, whether it’s enjoying delicious cuisine in our restaurant-style dining room or in the comfort of your own room.

If you need any outdoor time to reflect, catch some fresh air or spend time with family, our outdoor patio overlooking Lake Winnisquam is perfect.

While you receive 24/7 nursing care, we ensure you’re happy, engaged and feel right at home. After all, here at St. Francis, you’re family.

You’re welcome to bring almost anything from home, such as your favorite pillow, photos of your family, your clothing, electronics, personal care items or even your own furniture. Your room comes equipped with Wi-Fi, phone and cable television, so you can stay connected with loved ones, the world around you or simply enjoy your favorite television program. Visitors – whether family or friends – are always welcome.

Resident safety and personalized attention, combined with compassionate care, are the foundation of high-quality healthcare at St. Francis.

We are proud recipients of the 2018 AHCA Silver National Quality Award and the 2016 AHCA Bronze National Quality Award for quality and performance excellence. St. Francis also received the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award (2019) for superior facility performance related to various health, safety and quality measures.

Our resident and family satisfaction levels are well above industry standards, including 100% resident satisfaction levels.

  • A Medical Director to manage on-site mental health, podiatric, dental, laboratory, optometry, radiology and imaging services
  • A Case Worker to help provide any needed social services
  • Pastoral Care
  • An ADA Registered Dietician who works with the culinary staff to ensure nutritional needs are met
  • A Clinical Pharmacist who regularly reviews individual medication rĂ©gimes and consults with primary care physicians, nursing staff and the interdisciplinary team
  • 96 private and 12 semi-private rooms
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Cable television
  • Neighborhood dining areas
  • Guest meal options
  • On-site chapel with weekly Mass and daily Communion.
  • Barber/hair services

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  • Music therapy and live entertainment
  • Arts and crafts
  • Movie nights and “Happy Hours”
  • Seasonal themed parties and dining events
  • Gardening
  • Pet therapy
  • Shopping trips
  • Check with your insurance provider to see if palliative care is covered