We are all just walking each other home. - Ram Dass

What is Hospice?


Hospice is a comprehensive, compassionate, holistic philosophy of care and support for those with a life-limiting illness and their caregivers. The goal of hospice is to alleviate pain and control symptoms with an emphasis on dignity and quality of life. The hospice care team surrounds the patient and family with a “circle of care” consisting of professionals focused on providing spiritual, social, emotional, and medical support. This approach ensures the decision-making process includes the patient and their caregivers, allowing greater control over their care.


Questions About Hospice

When is it time for hospice?

Hospice care is appropriate when treatments are no longer effective, or the patient has chosen not to pursue further testing and treatment. A patient may be referred for a hospice consult when their life expectancy is six months or less.

Who can receive hospice care?
How does someone initiate hospice care?
What services does hospice provide?
What is not included in hospice care?
Where is hospice care provided?
Who pays for hospice care?


Compassion & Guidance

Hospice Services


The hospice care team, the patient, and the family come together to create a plan of care that includes medical and support services. The services provided at the Aroostook House of Comfort are general inpatient care and inpatient respite care.



Care Team


Northern Light Home Care & Hospice, a local Medicare-certified agency, administers hands-on hospice care. The Aroostook House of Comfort and Northern Light Home Care & Hospice collaborate to provide individuals and their loved one’s compassionate care.




Amenities include a private patient suite, access to a living room and sitting areas, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, children’s playroom, laundry room, conference room, chapel and meditation room, gardens, and a large gazebo, as well as several outdoor seating areas.



What People Say About Us

“Once Jim was admitted to the Aroostook House of Comfort, we both felt like a huge weight had literally been lifted off our shoulders. These angels on earth efficiently, compassionately, and lovingly allowed me to be Jim's wife rather than his primary caregiver. The doctors, nurses, aides, and volunteers took care of both of us. They also understood the importance of visitors, family, friends, and even our Golden Retriever Teddy. We were all treated with dignity and allowed to say goodbye as we lost Jim. There was no judgment and I now think of many of the staff as friends. I have many stories to tell but suffice it to say that I will forever be indebted to the Aroostook House of Comfort.” 

Rosalie Dwyer 

“We have a great appreciation for the staff, service, and care provided to our father and our entire family during his stay at the Aroostook House of Comfort. They were easy to work with and took care of every detail so that we could spend our father's final days together as a family. The AHOC staff is kind, compassionate, and cared for our father and all of us with dignity and respect. AHOC provided care for our family well beyond the passing of our father. We cannot thank them enough for what they did for us.”




Jeff Clockedile 

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