"We are all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice Care
What is hospice care?
Hospice is a holistic approach to health care for those with a life-limiting illness. The goal of hospice is to alleviate pain and control symptoms with an emphasis on quality of life.
When is it time to choose hospice care?
The patient’s primary care physician and family will help make this decision.
Is hospice only for people with cancer?
Hospice is available for any patient coping with any life-ending disease.
Do I need a referral to hospice?
Patients need to consultation with their primary care physician or speak directly to a hospice care provider.
Who will provide care for our loved ones?
The Aroostook House of Comfort provides the facility or “house” for patients to receive hospice care services. The medical care is administered by a local Medicare-certified hospice care agency team, which includes a medical director, nurses, social workers, healthcare aides, spiritual care coordinator, bereavement support counselor, and trained volunteers, as well as a primary care physician or specialist.
Will you come to my house?
The Aroostook House of Comfort does not offer in-home care services. We offer inpatient respite and hospice care.
Is hospice only for the last few days or weeks?
Hospice care can begin immediately following a diagnosis.
Can my family and friends visit?
We appreciate the vital role family and friends play in the care and comfort of our patients. Visitors are welcomed to remain on-site throughout their loved one’s stay. We do ask that everyone sign in at the front desk and children under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult. All guests should self-monitor symptoms. They should not be ill with colds, flu, sore throat, cough, or any contagious condition and must follow infection control policies. If a patient prefers to limit company, please let the nursing staff or house volunteer know. They can help manage visitor flow.
What if I do not have insurance or Medicare/Medicaid?
Please contact our Medicare-certified hospice care agency with any billing or payment questions at 1-800-757-3326.
Does hospice require a DNR?
A DNR (do not resuscitate) is required.
Who is there to support my family?
The hospice care team surrounds the patient and family with a “circle of care” made up of several professionals focused on providing spiritual, social, emotional and medical support. This approach ensures the decision-making process includes the patient and family, allowing greater control over their care.
Offering a Helping Hand
Choosing hospice care is an important and sometimes 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.