*  Honest talk about a difficult topic
*  How to start the conversation about end-of-life care
*  This is the most important conversation to have

Two Convenient Locations

To register for one of these dates, please email Heather at www.hmckenna@fisherhome.org or call  Shelly Gore or Heather McKenna at 413-549-0115 Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm.

Tuesday, June 26th  4pm - 5pm
The Webster Room
30 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002

Thursday July 12th  4pm - 5pm
125A Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01601

Walk-ins welcome
**Light refreshments will be available**




April 8, 2018

The Eventide Singers come to the Fisher Home about once a month and we have had some beautiful and moving sessions with them.  Here is story they recounted of a recent visit to the Fisher Home.

Each month we visit the Fisher Home in Amherst, where all the patients are on hospice.  The experience is always very profound. 
Recently, when we were there, we sang for a woman and her son.  She hadn’t spoken since she arrived there, or if she did, only a word here and there.  We started singing and she gazed from singer to singer, locking her eyes with each one of us for a very long time (that happens a lot).  She looked almost amazed at our presence.
We finished up and moved to other rooms.  Her son was leaving, and walked up to one of us and asked if we would go back to sing his mother to sleep.  We went back in and same thing…head moving side to side, locking eyes with all 7 singers.
We left quietly and convened in the corridor.  Just then a nurse came out of her room and walked over to us, with tears in her eyes. Apparently as she was helping her, the patient looked up and said ‘are the voices still here?’
It was the longest sentence she had uttered since her arrival.



March 21, 2018

Congratulations from Florence Bank on receiving a grant in the 2018 Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program!  We certainly appreciate the work it took for your non-profit to receive 113 votes in 2017.  


December 2, 2017

2017 Fall Soiree and Auction
The November 16th, 2017, Soiree and auction was a major success!! The event’s funds which will be added to our Subsidy Fund that exists to help offset room and board charges at the Fisher Home residence for patients who cannot afford to pay.

Heartfelt thanks to the 14 sponsors, all the individuals and area businesses who either made financial contributions or donated items for the auction, and the many who purchased tickets for the event.

Special thanks to our Volunteer Coordinator, Theresa Ahrens, who worked to organize and manage the hundreds of details that were involved in planning for this event.

The Soiree Team were in high gear the week before the event and on hand at the Soiree to hand out tickets and bid numbers, sell raffle tickets and collect payment from the successful bidders.

This was an extraordinary undertaking! Kudos and bravo to the many others who together helped prepare for and execute the most successful fundraiser the Fisher Home has ever had.




Friday, September 1, 2017



Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Last week, Congressman Jim McGovern met with Hospice of the Fisher Home residents and staff as well as UMass Amherst School of Nursing students and faculty; he was invited by Maureen Groden, RN, MS, CHPN, Clinical Professor at UMass. We highlighted our partnership with UMass and thanked Congressman McGovern for his strong support of our seniors and legislation to strengthen access to senior housing. Congressman McGovern listened attentively to each of our residents and promised he would continue to speak up for our seniors. We were honored to have him visit and hope he will return soon.
There were several reasons for inviting Congressman McGovern and his staff to visit the Fisher Home :
• To show the Congressman and the UMass Administration/Faculty Representatives (also present) the Fisher Home, the only residential hospice in the Pioneer Valley
• To highlight the collaboration between the UMass College of Nursing and the Fisher Home Hospice
• To thank the Congressman for co-sponsoring the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act bill, which was introduced into Congress in March, 2017, and
• To thank the Congressman for his support of the Medicare Hospice Benefit (the reimbursement for hospice care provided by Medicare)
During his visit, he spent 20 private minutes talking to one of the patients at the Hospice of the Fisher Home, Ellen Arsenault. Ellen lived in Worcester for some time, so much of the conversation centered on reminiscences about that city. Afterwards, Congressman McGovern commented that he wished every member of Congress would take the time to get to know the human beings, such as Ellen, who are the ones affected by all the legislation presented to Congress instead of primarily dealing with the flood of paperwork that passes though their offices.
We are so appreciative of Ms. Groden’s initiative to invite him to visit the Fisher Home. Thank you again, Congressman Jim McGovern!

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