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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Masonicare Experience​​

Throughout the Masonicare continuum, there are countless examples of compassionate individuals going above and beyond the call of duty to provide the seniors of Connecticut with the very best healthcare and retirement living options​ available.

 

​We're pleased to be able to share some of these inspiring stories with you in a series called "The Masonicare Experience." These stories will introduce you to dedicated employees, volunteers, and donors as well as residents, patients and their families who have made the mission of Masonicare their own.

Appreciation for Masonicare's "Complete Continuum of Healthcare"

By Adam Raider

 

It was nearly a decade ago when Stuart Smith, then Master of Cosmopolitan Lodge No. 125 in New Haven, invited fellow Mason Richard Memmott, Sr. to the lodge's annual Thanksgiving dinner to give a talk about Masonicare. At the time, Memmott was Director of Masonicare Community Services, a statewide outreach program.

 

"I learned a lot more about Masonicare," Stuart recalled, "about how they offer a complete continuum of healthcare for seniors. You're not going to find something like that anyplace else."
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The Man Who Gave Masonicare its Name

By Adam Raider

 

Remembered as a gentle, gracious man with a warm smile, Matthew Campione, MD (1925-2006) was also a beloved surgeon, generous donor to The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, and longtime board member dedicated to the residents and patients of Masonicare Health Center.

 

Matt's wife of 50 years, Lee Campione, knows that her late husband would take great pleasure in seeing how our organization has grown over the last decade.
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Hospice Memorial Services Offer Comfort to Families, Caregivers and Staff

By Adam Raider

 

As much as Masonicare is focused on enhancing the quality of life for all of our residents and patients, we also accept that death is a part of life … and a journey that patients and their families need not take alone. When a hospice patient passes, Masonicare Annual Appeal dollars are used to support memorial services in communities served by the various branches of Masonicare Hospice. Held annually, these non-denominational services offer compassionate support to bereaved families, caregivers and even Masonicare hospice staff grieving the loss of their patients.

 

"Bereavement," said Rev. Carl Anderson, Vice President for Mission Effectiveness at Masonicare, "is an important part of the service we provide for people who are dealing with grief over the loss of a loved one."
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In Expressive Arts Therapy, It's All About the Process                    

By Adam Raider

 

Driven by the belief that we all deserve to die pain-free and with dignity, Masonicare Hospice involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes.
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Masonicare at Newtown's New Creative Arts Room

By Adam Raider

 

Art is one of the most popular activities – and effective therapies – at nursing homes and assisted living communities. It helps relieve stress and anxiety, improves motor and cognitive skills, and facilitates communication. It can also be a lot of fun.

 

Although art therapy isn't new to Masonicare at Newtown, donations to the Masonicare Annual Appeal have made it possible for residents to paint, draw, and do other activities in a new, dedicated space for creative arts.

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Wallingford Rabbi Connects with Masonicare's Jewish Community

By Adam Raider

 

Rabbi Baruch Kaplan does not drive on the Sabbath or during holidays like Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), among others. On those occasions, to provide spiritual care to residents at Masonicare Health Center, he must walk to the campus from his home off Center Street. Those familiar with the topography of hilly Wallingford know that's a schlep.
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An Ending Filled with Laughter, Tears and Dignity

By Adam Raider

 

Masonicare's mission is to improve the quality of life for seniors through patient-centered (and family inclusive) care. This extends to end-of-life care, which Barbara Cusati discovered in 2014 when she and her family chose Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice to provide palliative and hospice care for her father, Angelo Demma.
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