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Blood Drive at HCS

July 16th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

We are excited to partner with the American Red Cross on August 1 to launch the first of what we hope will be many blood drives. We’ll be working together to give back to the community in a truly life changing way since each donation we collect can save up to three lives. There [...]

Rails, Roads, and Roundabouts

May 23rd, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Have you ever wondered about the time when the trolleys ran in Keene and how they evolved into public transportation and the City Express?  Why does Keene have so many roundabouts?  These are just two of the topics covered in this documentary Rails, Roads, and Roundabouts by Keene State College film studies student Ryan [...]

13th Annual Butterfly Release

April 25th, 2024|Categories: HCS News, Bereavement, Hospice Care|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It's time to purchase your butterflies! The 13th Annual Butterfly Release is coming soon! We will be honored to host you and your family and be part of the magic as you release butterflies in honor or memory of loved ones. Butterflies must be pre-ordered. The last day to order is May 10. Order [...]

City Express Rolls Out New Route

December 27th, 2023|Categories: City Express, HCS News, Transportation|Tags: , |

The City Express new route and schedule is rolling out on Tuesday, January 2.  Several stops have been added to the route, including Cheshire Medical Center’s new Primary Care facility on Maple Avenue, the new location of the Keene Senior Center at 312 Marlboro Street, Monadnock Food Coop, and Kohl’s Plaza.  The Kohl’s Plaza [...]


November 22nd, 2023|Categories: HCS News|Tags: , , |

Give Now HCS Celebrates GivingTuesday GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organization to transform their communities and their world. This year GivingTuesday is on November 28. When you give to HCS for GivingTuesday, your kind donation will be put towards our Hospice Care Program, in recognition of November [...]

2023 HCS Annual Meeting

October 24th, 2023|Categories: HCS News|Tags: , , , |

Register Now 2023 HCS Annual Meeting Thursday, November 9 5:30pm Keene Country Club, Keene NH Make your reservation today for the HCS Annual Meeting, Silent Auction for Trips of a Lifetime and to hear Keynote Speakers – Saving Organizations That Matter author Rey Spadoni and collaborator Gina Mazza. If you are in a leadership [...]


September 27th, 2023|Categories: HCS News|Tags: , , |

This year's Poinsettia Sale is over! Thank you and see you next year! The 28th Annual Poinsettia Sale to benefit Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services is happening now! Poinsettia plants come in 3 colors: pink, red, and white. Each color comes in three sizes: Comfort (small, 6-8 blooms) $15 each Care (medium, 12-15 [...]

Saving Organizations That Matter Workshop

September 19th, 2023|Categories: HCS News|Tags: , , , |

Register Now Saving Organizations That Matter Workshop Friday, November 10 8:30-noon 312 Marlboro Street, Keene NH   There is a rare opportunity that HCS, The Greater Monadnock Chamber and NH Center for Non Profits is making available to the community on Friday, November 10 in Keene. Saving Organizations That Matter Author Rey Spadoni and [...]

Circles of Security Parenting Program

April 24th, 2023|Categories: Healthy Starts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Circles of Security Parenting Program Presented by: Healthy Starts @ HCS Sponsored by: HCS – Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services Location: HCS, 312 Marlboro Street, Keene                             Cost: None Dates: Mondays, May 1, 8, & 22; June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 3                   Time:  1 – 3 p.m. Who should attend: Anyone with a [...]

National Healthcare Decisions Day 2023

April 18th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

More than ever people are caught by surprise with Covid, Long Covid, and post Covid health concerns. Preparation is critical. “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” is a hard pill to swallow if we did not plan by making choices and communicating those choices. We can’t plan for everything. But we can talk about what is most [...]

April is Prevention Month

April 7th, 2023|Categories: Healthy Starts|Tags: , , , , , |

Families throughout the Monadnock region are feeling extraordinary stressors these days. Residual stress from the pandemic, along with economic and personal stressors, are wearing at everyone’s resilience and mental well-being. It is more important than ever for families to develop resilience in the face of these challenges and make sure their children have positive [...]

March for Meals!

March 8th, 2023|Categories: Meals on Wheels|Tags: , , |

It is March for Meals Champions Week! NH State Representative Joe Schapiro gets ready to deliver Meals on Wheels with driver Dean Robinson. March for Meals is a march we can all get behind! During March, HCS is raising awareness of the growing need in Cheshire County for Meals on Wheels. Cheshire County [...]

2022 Ride for Resilience video – thank you!

December 19th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Starts|Tags: , , , , , |

Now an annual event connecting Family Resource Centers across the Granite State, NHCT’s Ride for Resilience highlights family strength and the many ways New Hampshire's network of support helps build individual, family, and community resiliency! On Oct. 21 four riders hopped on their bicycles and pedaled 100 miles across southern New Hampshire to raise [...]

Caring For Our Grieving Selves and Others During The Holidays

December 15th, 2022|Categories: Bereavement, Caregiver Wellbeing, Hospice Care|Tags: , , , , |

“I hate all calendars. Why do we have to have them?!” – Bereavement group member It’s true, calendars can feel cruel to grievers sometimes. Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and especially Thanksgiving and end of year holidays—each can feel like scabs pulled off a wound. So many of us at HCS and our patient families have [...]

Climate Corner, December 2022

December 15th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Starts|Tags: , , , , |

Hi Everyone. Welcome to my Climate Corner. My name is Rachel Kowalsky, and I am a social Worker with Healthy Starts. I’ve spent over a decade hiking, backpacking, and exploring the forests and trails of New Hampshire, New England, and beyond. I’ve seen the effects of climate change firsthand with several wildfires in [...]

Giving Tuesday

November 23rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

HCS Celebrates GivingTuesday on November 29, 2022 This GivingTuesday, HCS – Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services will inspire generosity with a matching pledge from MatrixCare for hospice education. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off [...]

Ride for Resilience

October 13th, 2022|Categories: Healthy Starts|Tags: , , |

Ride for Resilience In partnership with NH’s network of Family Resources Centers, The New Hampshire Children’s Trust’s 2nd Annual 100-mile, charity Ride for Resilience is set for launch Oct. 14, 2022! Healthy Starts Program Manager Penny Vaine and her cycling companion, Rainna Baker,  and other hearty riders will be cycling from Keene to Vernon Family Farms [...]


October 12th, 2022|Categories: HCS News|Tags: , , |

**Thank you all for your orders! The 2022 Poinsettia Sale has ended.** The 27th Annual Poinsettia Sale to benefit Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services is happening now! Plants will be available at the HCS offices in Keene and Peterborough.  Your order of these beautiful NH-grown plants supports the services HCS provides throughout southwestern [...]

HCS Annual Meeting and 115th Celebration

September 26th, 2022|Categories: HCS News, Annual Meeting|Tags: , , , , |

The HCS Board of Directors invites you to the Annual meeting and 115th Celebration of Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services. Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The Keene Country Club, 755 West Hill Road Tickets $50. RSVP by clicking this link or call Katie Hart at 603-352-2253 for more information. [...]

NH Gives!

May 24th, 2022|Categories: HCS News|Tags: , , |

It's time for NH Gives! Visit the NH Gives Website June 7-8 will be a historic day for everyone in New Hampshire to GIVE BIG! Your donation can have twice as much impact during NH Gives this year because the HCS Board of Directors is generously matching your gifts! Every day, HCS Meals [...]

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16

April 15th, 2022|Categories: Senior Care, Uncategorized|

We can’t plan for everything. But we can talk about what is most important — in our life, and in our health care — with those who matter most. National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 is an annual initiative to encourage people to express their wishes regarding health care and for health care [...]

Dr. Leinau recognized as a 2022 Top Doctor

March 8th, 2022|Categories: HCS News, Hospice Care|

Dr. Lisa Leinau, Hospice at HCS Medical Director, was recently voted by her peers as a 2022 Top Doctor and was recognized in the March issue of New Hampshire Magazine. Dr. Leinau has been the Hospice at HCS Medical Director for over eight years, and is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Care. Hospice [...]

We Should Probably Talk About This

March 3rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

For those of you who missed the outstanding End of Life Expert Panel Discussion HCS hosted on February 16, "We Should Probably Talk About This," please feel free to view by clicking this link or viewing the recording below. Be sure to watch through the Q&A. The experts in End of Life planning shared [...]

Celebrating Deficiency Free Surveys for HCS

January 20th, 2022|Categories: HCS News, Hospice Care|

Celebrating Deficiency Free Surveys for HCS Home Care and Hospice Dear HCS Colleagues, Community and Loyal Supporters, After significant delays due to COVID 19, State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services conducted two onsite surveys in close succession (late December and early January) to assess the quality of care and [...]

Hospice and Palliative Care Triggers

December 27th, 2021|Categories: Hospice Care, Senior Care|Tags: , , , , , |

To Make a Hospice Referral to HCS... Fax orders and referrals to 603-357-2545. Hospice informationals do not require an order. Hospice evaluations do require an order. Palliative Care NP requests do not require an order if patient is currently an HCS patient. Please contact HCS at 603-352-2253 if you [...]

Share the Love with Vulnerable Seniors This Year

December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Exciting news! For the 14th year running, the Meals on Wheels network is participating in the 2021 Subaru Share the Love Event. Over the past thirteen years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels to deliver more than 2.5 million meals nationwide to seniors in need.  Why does Subaru support Meals on Wheels? Too many seniors are struggling to stay independent and healthy. One in four [...]

2021 National Day of Giving

November 30th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Give Now Giving Tuesday Update On Giving Tuesday, you opened your hearts and our wallets to support Healthy Start families. Starting with The Whitney Brothers support to match the first $500 dollars, you took it from there. With the Whitney Brothers match, you raised $2565 to support families in the Healthy [...]

Winner of the Spirit of NH Award

November 15th, 2021|Categories: Meals on Wheels, HCS News|

We are pleased to announce that the Jaffrey Meals on Wheels volunteers were recognized during Volunteer NH's 2021 Spirit of NH Awards. Volunteer NH recognizes those who go above and beyond the call to serve throughout the Granite State, shining a spotlight on the often-unsung heroes among us in front of an audience of [...]

2021 Annual Report and Annual Meeting

November 5th, 2021|Categories: HCS News|

2021 HCS Annual Report and Annual Meeting Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services is pleased and proud to be able to present our 2021 Annual Report and the recording of the 2021 Annual meeting. 2021 was a year of challenges and opportunities and we are grateful for the support of our donors, the [...]


October 8th, 2021|Categories: HCS News|

The ordering deadline has passed. We will see you next year! The 26th Annual Poinsettia Sale to benefit Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services is happening now. Deadline for ordering is December 2nd. Plants will be available at the HCS offices in Keene and Peterborough.  Your order of these beautiful locally-grown plants supports the [...]

The Castle Center Life Enrichment Program is Open!

August 30th, 2021|Categories: Castle Center/Memory Care, HCS News|Tags: , , , , |

The Castle Center has opened its doors once again to participants! Mary Lucas, RN and her staff welcomed participants back for the first time in 18 months on August 16!  “We are so excited to see people come through the door,” said Mary.  “We have new furniture and cleaning procedures in place to keep [...]

Butterfly Release 2021 recap

August 6th, 2021|Categories: HCS News, Hospice Care|

We were blessed with a gorgeous day for our sold-out 10th Annual Butterfly Release Event on June 10th.  We had over 220 visitors to the Butterfly Park to release their butterflies.  The Families that participated were so grateful for having the opportunity to come together to celebrate the memory of their loved ones.  For some, this was the [...]

Counting down the days to NH Gives

June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

We’re counting down the days to June 8 - 9, 2021 and NH Gives. HCS will be raising funds for Meals on Wheels. We need your help to make our campaign a success, and we’ve included a few easy ways that you can support us. Share and share alike. Online days of giving are [...]

Happy Nurses Week!

May 7th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized, HCS News|

Happy National Nurses Week! On May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating NATIONAL NURSES DAY. We acknowledge the dedication of our nurses to their patients and their profession. Every year, HCS serves people of all ages in 52 southwestern New Hampshire communities with nursing care in the [...]


April 13th, 2021|Categories: HCS News, Hospice Care|Tags: , |

The 10th Annual Ceremony of Remembrance & Gratitude will be held on Thursday, June 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reserved time slots will be offered to allow for social distancing. The event is held in Butterfly Park, located at 320 Marlboro Street – next to the HCS Parking lot. Wheelchair entrance via Bartholomew Court.

Child Abuse Prevention: Prevention is Connection

April 6th, 2021|Categories: Healthy Starts|Tags: , , |

When we feel supported, when we feel accountable, when we feel known – that is when we can feel grounded and better able to face struggles of daily life. Being a caregiver to a child comes with challenges you may never have imagined. Being connected to others is so important to us all – but especially caregivers!

Show Your Mittens for Meals on Wheels!

March 1st, 2021|Categories: HCS News|Tags: , , |

The Meals on Wheels program at Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services (HCS) is joining the nationwide “March for Meals” again this year, creating our own challenge to raise funds for our local program. "Show Your Mittens for Meals on Wheels” is HCS’ Cheshire County version of the recent Bernie Sanders meme that raised funds for Meals on Wheels in Vermont!

Butterfly Park Sponsorship Opportunity

December 9th, 2020|Categories: Sponsorship|

Butterfly Park at Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services was established almost 15 years ago and provides quiet respite, lush gardens, and even a play area that is used by many. We thank those who gave us the initial investment to build such a beautiful place, watch it mature, and host the annual [...]


October 30th, 2020|Categories: HCS News|

The 25th Annual Poinsettia Sale to benefit Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services is happening now. Deadline for ordering is November 19th. Plants will be available at the HCS offices in Keene and Peterborough.  Proceeds from the sale benefit HCS home care and hospice services provided in southwestern New Hampshire communities.  These beautiful plants [...]

New Support Group for Parents in Recovery

October 16th, 2020|Categories: Healthy Starts|

Press Release For immediate release:  October 16, 2020 For more information contact: Susan Ashworth, HCS, 352-2253 New Support Group for Parents in Recovery to Start Keene- Expectant moms and parents with young children are welcome to a new Mothers in Recovery group that will start beginning in November.  Parents of all ages in all [...]

Hospice at HCS Offers Holiday Support Group

October 15th, 2020|Categories: Hospice Care|

Hospice at HCS will offer a “Grief and the Holidays During COVID-19 Pandemic” bereavement support group this holiday season. The holidays are often a very difficult time for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. This year, changes related to the pandemic will add to the stress of grief and loss. This group will meet to provide support and coping strategies.

Help Seniors Stay Socially Active During COVID-19

August 17th, 2020|Categories: Senior Care, COVID-19 Updates|Tags: , , , , , |

With all the social distancing and stay-at-home orders the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been a game changer for most Americans. For many of the 14 million elderly adults in the US who live alone, social isolation and loneliness are constant companions- ones that are exacerbated by COVID-19 restrictions. If you’re currently looking after an older loved one here’s how to keep them socially active in the age of COVID-19.

Why You Need to Prioritize Self-Care as a Senior Caregiver

July 10th, 2020|Categories: Caregiver Wellbeing|Tags: , , , , |

There are over 40 million informal caregivers in the US, and most take care of an aging in place elderly relative. In addition to their caregiving duties the average family caregiver also manages a household and holds down a part-time job. Because it can be so demanding scores of unpaid caregivers experience physical and emotional problems as a result. For most, taking better care of themselves is an afterthought. If you’re currently serving as a senior caregiver starting a self-care program is vitally important for your continued health and wellbeing.

HCS Butterfly Release – June 11, 2020

June 26th, 2020|Categories: HCS News|

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services Presents The 9th Annual Ceremony of Remembrance & Gratitude Butterfly Release June 11, 2020. Join us for the annual HCS butterfly release where we remember loved ones.

COVID-19 Update

June 19th, 2020|Categories: HCS News, COVID-19 Updates|

Dear Neighbors, It has been one full month since HCS mobilized its workforce and operations to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 for our patients and our staff. We have learned so much in this short time. Allow me to list the lessons that continue each day. We have learned how to: Conduct patient “visits” [...]

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