Addison Respite Care Home (ARCH):

Compassionate End-of-Life Hospice Care at Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing in Addison County, Vermont

ARCH believes that every person should be able to die in comfort and with dignity.  Working collaboratively with partners, ARCH educates and advocates for compassionate end of life care, with special attention to accommodating those who are unable to complete their lives in their own home.

archWhat is ARCH?
A home for end-of-life care providing compassion, support and comfort care.
See ARCH website

A need for a peaceful home-like setting for those Addison County Vermont residents unable to spend their final days in their own home.

Where is ARCH?
The last TWO rooms on the right, Otter Creek Way in Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursingr, Middlebury, VT. There is also a third room in the Memory Care Neigborhood at Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing. In addition, a new larger suite called The Estuary is located at Porter Hospital.

What is Hospice Care?
A program of palliative and supportive care services providing physical, psychological, social and spiritual care for dying persons, their families and other loved ones.

Who provides the care?
Compassionate care will be provided by trained providers/staff from Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Primary Care Physicians, Addison County Home Health & Hospice Nurses and Hospice Volunteer Services.

How do I get referred?
Your Primary Care Physician will refer you to Hospice Care and the path to the ARCH room at Helen Porter, Middlebury, VT.

How do I contact someone about ARCH?
ARCH representatives
Daphne Diego ARCH Board, President

Laurie Borden
(802) 545-2052 ARCH Board, Vice President & ARCH Community Coordinator

What is The Estuary?

The Estuary is a palliative care suite inside the main hospital building that dispenses comfort care to dying patients and some basic amenities to their loved ones. The suite is a collaboration between Porter and Addison Respite Care Home Ltd.

The Estuary has been fashioned from a former medical-care patient room and a small, adjacent waiting area. Those two spaces have now been consolidated into a walled-off suite. The patient room includes a bed, a credenza, a couch that converts to a pullout bed, and other furnishings. The living room area has several comfy recliners that allow family members and loved ones to sleep over. A TV carries the “Care Channel,” which airs a series of soothing nature scenes and sounds. A meal program for visitors is available. Visits from a beloved pet are allowed.

Helen Porter representatives:
Long Term Care:Doreen Kadric
802 385-3721

Memory Care: Karen Russell 385-3693

ARCH Board Members

ARCH is a tax exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code