ARCH - Addison Respite Care Home

Compassionate end of life care in a home-like setting


When home is not an option, welcome to ARCH, the end of life suites at UVM/Porter Medical Center, Middlebury VT. 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 those who are unable to complete their lives in their own home.

ARCH rooms are dedicated to individuals seeking end-of-life care who are unable to complete their lives at home. The rooms are designed combining comfortable spaces for patients with the ability for family to be near.

ARCH rooms are supported by hospice care; a program of palliative and supportive care services providing psychological, social and spiritual care for dying persons, their families, and loved ones. The delivery of care in the ARCH rooms are administered by trained professionals from Helen Porter; Porter Hospital, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, End of Life Services hospice volunteers and primary care providers.

As a society we have no greater responsibility than to be sure those among us with life limiting illness or those nearing the end of life and their families get the best possible care.
— Allan Ramsay, MD, Member Green Mountain Care Board

Primary Care Physicians are the usual referral source to hospice care and the pathway to ARCH Suites at the Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing facility. However patients or caregivers of patients without a primary care provider can still have access to ARCH Suites at end of life by contacting the Helen Porter Director of Admissions at 802-388-4001.

Green Mountain Room, Champlain Room, Addison Room & The Estuary

Green Mountain Room made possible in part through the generosity of the Middlebury Lions Club. It is located at HPRN, just inside the facility entrance across from the Spiritual Care Space.

Champlain Room, in memory of Milo Schaefer, is located at HPRN across from the Spiritual Care Space. It has direct access from the suite to the HPRN courtyard.

Addison Room dedicated in honor of the HPRN staff for the compassionate care given to all their residents. It is located in the Memory Care Neighborhood at HPRN.

The Estuary made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor and the kindness of Carson Bertrand. It is located in the MedSurg Unit of Porter Hospital.