Located on Turkey Hill adjacent to the Weir River Farm, the hospice residence will provide a much needed home for people under hospice care who can no longer stay in their own home. No such residence exists for South Shore residents; of the nine hospice homes in the state, the closest are in Needham and on Cape Cod.
The Hospice Residence in Hingham will be available for individuals and families from across the South Shore. The beautiful historic home in Hingham has been transformed into a tranquil and peaceful place where patients facing the end of life may receive hospice care and families may gather to spend precious time with loved ones. The residence and grounds provide space for loved ones to support one another in a home like setting.
With its fascinating local history it is a wonderful re-use for the beautiful property. Upon its opening, this will be the first of its kind on the South Shore. The residence will include 12 private rooms, each with its own bathroom, and will provide a tranquil and comfortable setting for patients to receive hospice care. The home sits on 3.62 acres on Turkey Hill Lane in Hingham.
The home, originally an opulent private estate, became a haven for retired Quaker teachers in 1962 and then expanded into an assisted living residence over the years. But the Quaker organization that owned the property found it fiscally challenging to operate the 18-unit assisted-living facility and it went up for sale in 2012.
The history of the home began when Ezra Thayer, a prominent Boston lawyer and dean of Harvard Law School, and his wife, Ethel, started summering in Hingham in the early 1900s. They bought a farmhouse on East Street - now home to the Trustees of Reservations’
“It is with great joy that we open this non-profit hospice residence for the community,” said Meg Doherty, Executive Director of the Norwell VNA and Hospice. “Having a hospice residence right here on the South Shore means that hospice patients who can no longer remain at home won’t have to find a residence more than an hour away from their families. The location of the hospice residence takes the stress of traveling away from families and allows them to spend that valuable time with their loved ones. We are pleased to be able to offer hospice services in this wonderful setting.”
About NVNA and Hospice
Founded in 1920, NVNA and Hospice is the only independent, non-profit home health care and hospice agency serving the South Shore. The agency’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors continues as it serves nearly 600 patients a day, and offers an average of 45 free community health screenings, educational programs and support groups each month in more than 27 communities on the South Shore. NVNA and Hospice has been named a Home Care Elite Top Agency in the United States for seven consecutive years, this year qualifying in the Top 500. For more information, call NVNA and Hospice at 781-659-2342 or visit www.nvna.org.