MaineGeneral Hospice focuses on bringing you comfort when you are ill, and supporting those who care for you.
A team of expertly trained professionals and volunteers works with you, your family and your physician to understand and honor your wishes during this time in your life and give you the care you need.
Overview of Services
- Identify and support your goals of care
- Work with you to develop a visit schedule based on your needs and preferences
- On-call nurse available for questions, visits or other urgent needs
- Assist with end-of-life planning including completing an advance directive
- Support for you and your caregivers
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy to help you maintain your strength, mobility and communication
- Palliative care including pain and symptom management
- Arrangement of your medications, equipment and supplies
- Teach your caregivers how to give you the care you need
- Provide emotional support for you and your caregivers
- Help finding community resources on end-of-life goal setting and planning
- Spiritual support if desired from our Hospice chaplain which is sensitive to your beliefs and does not promote a specific religion or spiritual practice. The chaplain can connect you with your preferred faith community.
- Up to four hours a week of care from our trained Hospice volunteers
- Respite care for up to five days in a contracted facility for times when a caregiver needs a break (i.e. when someone is ill or exhausted)
- Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance
- Light meal preparation and housekeeping help
- Help with errands and transportation
Unique Therapies for Added Comfort and Support
- Massage Therapy - Provided by licensed massage therapists to help decrease anxiety and enhance relaxation, comfort and well-being
- Expressive Arts (music) - Musicians offer their creative arts to bring comfort, peace and relaxation
- Pet Therapy - When available, hospice volunteers may bring certified therapy dogs who provide unconditional love and comfort during their bedside visits
Bereavement services (grief support) for loved ones by specially trained counselors and volunteers, as well as through peer support groups, phone calls and mailings.
Learn more about Grief Support
Trained Hospice Volunteers offer companionship and both practical and emotional support for individuals and families for up to four hours a week. They complete 32 hours of comprehensive training and also must complete eight hours of continuing education annually. Volunteers must provide references and have a background check as well.
Volunteers may help with light housekeeping, fixing meals, running errands, providing transportation or just visiting with you while your loved one is away.
Our volunteers are excellent listeners and compassionate people. We try to match your interests and needs to our volunteers. All our volunteers donate their time and skills because they care.
If you are interested in being a Hospice Volunteer, please call toll-free: (877) 561-7299.
Brief inpatient stays are available when symptoms are hard to control in a home setting.
Your Care Team
- Medical director certified in hospice and palliative care
- Social workers
- Physical, speech and occupational therapists as needed
- Home health aides
- Hospice chaplain
- Trained Hospice volunteers
Medications related to your hospice plan of care are covered by Medicare, MaineCare and other hospice benefits.
MaineGeneral Hospice works with Optum Pharmacy Services and local pharmacies to provide these medications. The Hospice nurse will order the medications you need from the local pharmacy of your choice.
We support the unique needs of people with dementia and provide support to families. We develop an individualized plan of care and pain assessment for the patient. You can be confident in our specialized training in dementia care.
Our dementia patients receive specialized packets customized just for them. The contents of the packet promotes meaningful communication and comfort. Chosen items are intended to help stimulate the senses of sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing.
We Honor Veterans Program
MaineGeneral Hospice is committed to quality care for our veterans and their families. We are a proud member of the We Honor Veterans Program in partnership with National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Our staff receive training to better understand the unique experiences of our patients who are veterans. Veterans deserve compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. We also provide education to our community and veteran organizations.
Learn if you or a family member is eligible for Hospice services.
Click here to learn about Advance Directives.