A residential hospice facility could soon be a reality in New Milford.

The board of directors of New Milford Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice has announced its plans to pursue the establishment of a residential facility to serve the Greater New Milford community.

The board voted unanimously Sept. 19 to immediately form an advisory committee made of up board members, members of the New Milford medical community and residents.

The committee will move forward with providing the facility to hospice patients and their families in western Connecticut.

"I am so pleased that the board voted to undertake this very special project," said New Milford VNA & Hospice Executive Director Andrea Wilson.

"The time is right for us to take our hospice services to this important level," she said. "We now provide care for hospice patients and their families in their homes, in three area skilled nursing facilities, and in New Milford and Danbury hospitals.

"Now we look forward to providing end-of-life care, in a four- to five-bedroom home-like residential facility for those patients who would like to have that option," Ms. Wilson said.

Rich Kosier, president of the board of directors of the New Milford VNA & Hospice, has issued an invitation to residents who would like to help the agency as members of the advisory committee.

Those with experience or interest in building projects, real estate, finance, grant writing and soliciting, community health issues, or a passion for end-of-life care, are encouraged to call Andrea Wilson or registered nurse Kathy Leier, project manager, at 860-354-2216.