What is Hospice?
Hospice services provide compassionate medical support, comfort, and dignity for patients in their final stage of life. The goal is to relieve pain and other distressing symptoms of serious illness so patients and their loved ones can focus on making the most of their remaining time together.
In-Home Hospice Services:
Our in-home hospice program uses a collaborative approach to end-of-life care. Teams of physicians, nurses, social workers, volunteers, home health aides, counselors, and chaplains work together to provide each patient with specialized services that promote dignity and quality of life. Services available in the Maine mid-coast region include:
- Respite care that allows primary caregivers to take a much-deserved break
- Education about the disease process that helps patients and family members adjust to medical changes
- Personal care and homemaking services
- Counseling and emotional support
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
- Alternative therapies such as massage, reflexology, Reiki, acupuncture, and music
- Companionship and spiritual guidance
- Bereavement counseling
- Telehealth video-consultations
Inpatient Hospice Services:
When a loved one needs advanced help with pain control and symptom management, an inpatient hospice facility such as a hospital, long-term care facility, or free-standing facility (like the Sussman House) is the solution. In an inpatient hospice facility, nurses are available around the clock to administer medications, treatments and emotional support to make the patient more comfortable. Inpatient hospice care allows patients to control their symptoms so that they can transition to in-home hospice care.
Discover the Sussman House
The Sussman House is an inpatient hospice facility located on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus. It is owned by the hospital and operated by MaineHealth Care at Home. Any patient who is admitted to the hospital may be transferred to the Sussman House if they are eligible for, and opt in to, our hospice program. There are seven patient suites which have been carefully designed to feel like home and to accommodate visitors around the clock. Click to learn more about The Sussman House.
Why MaineHealth Care at Home?
Through our partnership with MaineHealth and the Pen Bay Medical Center, MaineHealth Care at Home is uniquely positioned to deliver a full range of high-quality, home-based health services. Our care is delivered by local teams including professionally trained nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, home health aides, nutritional counselors, and social workers. Learn more.