Hospice/Sussman House

FAQS: Frequently asked questions

Where is the Sussman House located?

The Sussman House is located on the Pen Bay Medical Center Campus in Rockport. The physical address of Sussman House is 40 Anchor Drive, Rockport, Maine 04856.

Who can stay at the Sussman House?

Any patient eligible for and opting for the hospice program with one of the following needs:

  • Help managing pain and/or other distressing symptoms that require skilled nursing intervention and cannot be managed at home.
  • To give their caregiver/family respite for up to five days.

How long can the patient stay at the Sussman House?

The Sussman House provides short-term care. Once the patient’s pain or other symptoms are under control, or the five-day respite stay is over, the patient will need to be discharged.

The Sussman House team will work with the family and patient to assist with discharge to home or to another facility, as appropriate. The average time patients stay at the hospice house is from three to seven days.

What are visiting hours at the Sussman House? Can families stay over? What about bringing children and pets?

Family and friends can visit any time during day or night. Each patient suite has a pull-out couch for a family member to stay if desired. Children are most welcome, and there is a play area for children off of the main living room. Pets are encouraged to visit, but they must be on leash or contained in a carrier.

Where did the funds come from to build the Sussman House?

Building the Sussman House has been made possible by privately donated funds and grants. To make a donation to this project, please visit the Sussman House page.

What are the job opportunities at Sussman House?

The Sussman House is staffed with registered nurses and certified nursing assistants. Please refer to careers/employment opportunities on the MaineHealth Careers website.

How many patients can stay here?

There are seven patient suites, so up to seven patients can be at the Sussman House at any one time.

Can patients have their own doctors and their own clergy visit?

The Hospice Physician will be providing care for the patients staying at the Sussman House, and the hospice chaplain is available to visit with the patient and family. However, the patient’s own doctor and clergy are welcome and encouraged to visit.

What is the connection between Sussman House and the hospital?

The Sussman House is located on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus in Rockport. It is owned by Pen Bay Medical Center and operated by MaineHealth Care at Home. A patient who is admitted to the hospital may be transferred to the Sussman House, if appropriate.

How can I help?

There are many volunteering opportunities at the house, such as arranging flowers, gardening, visiting with patients and families, baking brownies and muffins, or sitting at the reception desk to greet patients and visitors. Monetary donations are always welcomed.

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