The Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., the educational ally of
The Connecticut Hospice, was established in 1979 to provide a vehicle for sharing the hospice philosophy,
experience and skills with students, caregivers, administrators, the lay community and all those who desire
to improve the quality of care for patients experiencing an irreversible illness and their families.
The Hospice Institute thereby seeks to influence the way in which the health care system in our
country and elsewhere cares for those effected directly or indirectly by a diagnosis of terminal illness.
The Hospice Institute seeks to fulfill these objectives through a comprehensive
program of educational instruction by offering courses, seminars and symposia; publications and
audio-visual materials; training programs for health care students and staffs; technical assistance;
and identifies research needs and seeks to conduct research programs.
The Option of Physician-Assisted Living
Everyone interested in the choices that are available to
patients and their families facing irreversible illness now have a means
to learn about the options available to them. Called Physician-Assisted
Living (PAL), the program was developed jointly by Connecticut Attorney
General Richard Blumenthal and the John D. Thomson Hospice Institute for
Education, Training and Research. It permits people to make a non-binding
choice for a hospice option should the need arise.
PAL, in part, is an educational program designed to help
individuals and their families, their doctors, nurses, clergy and lawyers
discuss options in pain management and symptom controls long before
they might need such care. PAL also maintains the PAL PartnersTM registry
of everyone who has expressed an interest in pursuing the hospice option.
Click here to register your interest in PAL
with the Hospice Institute. In return for submitting your confidential
registration form, you will receive a printable copy of the official
Notice of Desire for Hospice Services, a non-binding document that expresses
your interest in hospice care should the need arrive. Click
here for the text of Atty. Gen. Blumenthal¹s explanation of the
PAL initiative. A full discussion of the program taken from the journal
of the Connecticut State Medical Society also is available by clicking
on Connecticut Medicine to the right.
The Hospice Institute was incorporated in 1978 to study
the care of the terminally ill and to educate both professionals and
the lay public about how to improve that care. Its studies have uncovered
barriers to effective hospice care and have proposed solutions to those
shortcomings. Other research has identified gaps in the knowledge and
experience of both caregivers and consumers concerning hospice programs