respite-16ai_1510137-nshAn Important Message for Our Community

Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, and with the utmost concern for the continued health and safety of our residents, families and staff, we are revising visitor restrictions at Respite House, effective Wednesday, July 1. Please note that should there be an increase in community spread of COVID-19, or Department of Health recommendations to restore more restrictions, we may be required to further limit the number of people coming to and from Respite House. For now:

• Residents are limited to six guests for the duration of a resident’s stay (guests can be family or non-family).
• Two approved visitors are permitted inside the building during daytime hours (8 am – 8 pm) and one visitor is permitted overnight (8 pm – 8 am).
• If a resident is within hours of the end of life, two people may be present from 8 pm – 8am. Families will be asked to identify these two approved visitors.
• Outdoor in-person visiting with residents is restricted to approved guests only. If you are an approved guest visiting from outdoors, please be sure to see our visitor screener inside the main entryway first. You must adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a mask at all times.

We currently observe the following guidelines regarding infant/child visits to Respite House:

  • Children are welcome to visit Respite House.
  • Children must be able to maintain physical distance from others and respond to supervision (or be held).
  • Children are considered visitors.
  • Children must follow Vermont Department of Health guidelines regarding masks (children under age 2 do not need to mask; all other ages must wear a mask).

Screening process

  • All visiting children will be asked the screening questions. This can be deferred to an accompanying adult, if unable to answer themselves.
  • Children will have their infrared temperatures taken (this is appropriate for infants and children).

*If there are extenuating circumstances that would warrant exceptions to this policy, please let the social worker know at the time of admission.

If a resident is being tested for, is presumed positive, or is COVID-19-positive:

  • Guests will be reduced to one for the duration of resident’s stay at Respite House. This is to ensure that safe distance can be maintained between residents, staff and the approved visitor.
  • The approved visitor must come and go from the blue hallway entrance and not access other areas of the Respite House.

We apologize, but for the safety of all, there are no exceptions to this policy. Thank you for your understanding.

In addition, a reminder that:

  • Respite House visitors will continue to be screened.
  • All visitors must adhere to wearing a facial mask, physical distancing, frequent hand washing and avoiding all congregate spaces.
  • We are here to help access video technologies like FaceTime or Skype to facilitate visits with extended family or friends unable to visit in person.

For the latest visitation guidelines across The UVM Health Network, please visit

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