"We are all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice Care
What is hospice care?
Hospice care is a philosophy of holistic care committed to serving the physical, social, and spiritual needs of patients in the final stages of their lives. It is initiated at the very end of life when death is expected within six months. The principal goals of hospice are to enhance the value of life by controlling pain and any other physical symptoms, maintaining a patient’s dignity, respecting their wishes, and providing emotional and spiritual support. Hospice care seeks to enable patients to live as fully and comfortably as possible surrounded by loved ones.
When is it time to choose hospice care?
The patients personal care provider and family will help make this decision.
Is hospice only for people with cancer?
Any end-of-life illness is appropriate for hospice care.
Do I need a referral to hospice?
Patients need to consult with their personal care provider or speak directly to a hospice care provider.
Who will provide care for our loved ones?
A team of specially-trained professionals consisting of healthcare providers, nurses, social workers, chaplains, bereavement staff and volunteers will work with the patient and their family to customize and layout a plan that reflects the patient’s needs and wishes.
Will you come to my house?
Yes, a representative of Northern Light Home Care & Hospice can explore your options at any time in the comfort of your home.
Is hospice only for the last few days or weeks?
Hospice care can begin immediately following a diagnosis of end of life.
Can my family and friends visit?
The Aroostook House of Comfort is open to family 24 hours a day. Friends are invited to visit also. Children are welcome.
What if I do not have insurance or Medicare/Medicaid?
Applications for assistance can be made to the Aroostook Hospice Foundation Endowment Fund if guidelines are met.
Does hospice require a DNR?
A DNR (do not resuscitate) is required.
Who is there to support my family?
A group of caring and dedicated staff made up of physicians, RN’s. CNA’s, a social worker, Chaplin, and volunteers will support family members.
Offering a Helping Hand
Finding hospice care is an important and confusing decision to make. You are not alone, we can help you to make the best choices for your care or the care of your loved one.
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