respite-16ai_1510137-nshAn Important Message for Our Community

Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 precautions, and with the utmost concern for the continued health and safety of our residents, families and staff, we are further clarifying our visitation practices at Respite House effective Feb. 8, 2021. For now:

Residents may have visitors, two at a time, in the Respite House. These people can be family or non-family. Visitors must follow Department of Health recommendations based on where they are traveling from. Please visit for the state’s latest requirements.
• Two visitors at a time are permitted inside during daytime hours (8 am – 8 pm). One approved visitor is permitted during evening and overnight hours (8 pm – 8 am). Exceptions will be made (two visitors permitted overnight) if a resident is within hours of the end of life.
All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms each time they enter the building and will be signed in and must sign out when leaving. Contact tracing information is required.
• All visitors must adhere to wearing facial masks at all times, maintain safe social distance from others, practice frequent hand hygiene/handwashing and avoid all congregate spaces.
Outdoor in-person visiting is allowed as weather permits. If you are visiting outdoors only, please be sure to see our visitor screener and adhere to guidelines of social distancing and wearing a mask.
• Due to issues of privacy and social distancing, no window visiting is allowed.
Residents may not travel off site with family/friends due to potential COVID exposure.
Children are welcome to visit Respite House and are considered one of the two visitors at a time in the house. Children must be able to maintain a safe social distance from others and respond to supervision or be held. Children over age 2 must wear a mask. All children/infants will have infrared temperatures taken, assessed for signs/symptoms of illness and be asked screening questions. Screening questions can be deferred to the accompanying adult if the child is unable to answer. Infants/Toddlers (up to 2 years) may be held and are NOT considered 1 of the 2 total visitors at a time.
If your loved one is being tested for, is presumed positive, or is COVID-19 positive, we regret that visitors will be reduced to one for the duration of stay at Respite House or until s/he tests negative for COVID-19. This is to ensure that safe distancing can be maintained between residents, staff and the approved visitor.

Our team is available to help access video technologies like FaceTime or Skype to facilitate ongoing connections with family and friends unable to visit in person.

We understand this is a very difficult time for you and your family. We trust you understand the necessity of these precautions. If these restrictions are too difficult, we encourage families to explore the possibility of transitioning your loved one’s care to a home environment with our home hospice services.


What is McClure Miller Respite House?

The University of Vermont Health Network McClure Miller Respite House continues a legacy of high quality residential hospice care originally established by visionary community leaders in 1991 as Vermont Respite House. Respite House was designed to be a home-away-from-home for people with terminal illness and their families welcoming residents from all walks of life, from all over Vermont and from beyond its borders.

Today, the McClure Miller Respite House stays true to the original mission by continuing to offer care and support from dedicated staff and community volunteers during the last weeks of people’s lives while sustaining dignity, respect and caring relationships.

Why Choose the McClure Miller Respite House?

McClure Miller Respite House is a unique model in health care and Vermont’s only Medicare-certified inpatient hospice residence. Opened in 2016, the 21-room house offers the feeling of home with a large living room, open kitchen, and spacious resident rooms. The latest technology and essential medical and supportive equipment is integrated within the design and invisible to residents and visitors creating a warm and comfortable environment.  Care is provided in the privacy of your room which includes a fully accessible bathroom and shower.  As a resident of our home, your meals are also part of your care.  Our kitchen is fully stocked and staff are ready to satisfy your cravings and can accommodate any dietary requirements.

Most importantly, you have the care and attention of our skilled staff and volunteers around the clock so you and your family can focus on what matters most to you.

What Does My Care Include?

The Respite House staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing a warm, caring and personalized experience for people in the final stages of life. You will receive round-the-clock care, support, and resources including:

  • Nursing Care
  • Physician Visits
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Medications
  • Medical Equipment
  • Personal Care
  • Emotional and Spiritual Support
  • Trained Volunteers
  • Complimentary Therapies
  • Hospice Choir
  • Grief & Bereavement Services

Directions to the McClure Miller Respite House

The McClure Miller Respite House is located at 3113 Roosevelt Highway in Colchester, VT.

  • If coming from the North: Take Interstate 89, Exit 17, Route 2 (Also Route 7) South for 3.5 miles.
  • If coming from the South: Take Interstate 89, Exit 16, Route 2 (Also Route 7) North for 2.8 miles.
  • If coming from the East: Take Route 2A. Turn left onto Route 2 (Also Route 7). The Respite House is .5 miles on the right.
  • If coming from the West: Take Route 127. Turn left at Severance Corners. The Respite House is 1 mile on the left.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the McClure Miller Respite House?

Call Madeline Sullivan-Drake, or use the contact form to the upper right.

(802) 879-0943