Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home at Chilton Street in Cambridge, MA

"We could focus on being

a sister, wife, or kids again,"

said Connie Dawson about

her brother Ken's time at

the de Rham Home.

Read their story.

About the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home

When caring for your terminally ill loved one at home is no longer an option, the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home at Chilton Street (originally Chilton House) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides a homelike place for patients to live and receive hospice care services.


The de Rham Hospice Home was the first hospice residence in Massachusetts, established in 1991 by the former Hospice of Cambridge. The home is located on a quiet street in Cambridge's Huron Village neighborhood. The residence serves up to five individuals in private rooms. (Visit the photo gallery.)

Staff foster a warm, supportive environment, and nurses are on-site around the clock. The de Rham Hospice Home gives patients flexibility in their routine and personal living space.

The private bedrooms each have their own bathroom and are equipped with an electric bed, flat screen television and cable, nurse's call system, telephone, and closet storage system that includes shelves and drawers. Residents may bring photos, mementos, small pieces of furniture, and other personal items that fit comfortably and safely in the room.

The home features a common living room and dining room where residents and loved ones can gather. Families, friends, and other guests may visit as often as they like. Although there are no set visiting hours, guests are asked to respect the privacy and comfort of the other residents.

A private bedroom. See more photos.


Most insurance policies, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover visits by the hospice team, medical equipment, and medications related to terminal illness. The room and board fee is covered by many insurance plans. VNA Care Network & Hospice staff will help determine insurance coverage and make every effort to create flexible solutions for those who seek care.


Staff are available to answer questions, provide tours (directions), and arrange for residency at the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home. For more information, please call 781-569-2888.


The Commonwealth's first hospice home is the first hospice in New England to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in the homes category. Improvements included the installation of a geothermal heating system that eliminates the need for oil or gas as a source of heat as well as outdoor equipment and noise from traditional air conditioning systems. (See a complete list of "green" improvements.)

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