Hospice is not a place – it is a care concept. The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s last months, weeks and days by offering the patient comfort and dignity.
Welcome to Sussman House
In addition to caring for patients with life-limiting illness, Sussman House extends support to families who wish to be with their loved ones during the end-of-life journey. Sussman House provides state-of-the-art pain and symptom management combined with compassionate care in a tranquil, home-like setting.
The interior design and furnishings have the look and welcoming feel of home. This project expands the high quality advanced care services already provided by Pen Bay Medical Center and MaineHealth Care at Home. It is available to patients and families throughout Maine.
What is hospice?
Many people associate hospice care with death. But it neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice staff provide a specialized knowledge of medical care that addresses all symptoms of a disease, with special emphasis on controlling pain and discomfort.
Hospice care also deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and the patient’s family and friends. Volunteers provide additional emotional support, comfort items and companionship.
Inpatient hospice care
When a loved one needs help with pain control and symptom management, an inpatient hospice facility such as the Sussman House provides services that cannot be provided in another setting.
Although inpatient hospice care is short term, inpatient care allows patients to control their symptoms, so they can return home and receive quality and comfort care during the end-of-life stages.
With inpatient care, nurses are available around the clock to administer medications, treatments and emotional support to make the patient more comfortable.
There are three types of facilities that provide inpatient hospice services:
- Free-standing facility (hospice house)
- Long-term care facility
Inpatient care is discontinued when a patient’s symptoms are under control, and the patient is comfortable. If the patient has been admitted to an inpatient facility, the patient will be discharged. When a patient returns home, he or she may continue with in-home hospice care to manage symptoms.