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Hospice Services

It’s never easy to start a conversation about death but if you are facing a terminal diagnosis or if you are thinking about stopping curative treatments, it is time to learn more about the support services offered by VNA’s Hospice program.

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Hospice services help those with a terminal diagnosis stay in their home, surrounded by family and friends.

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​When an individual begins to experience a decline in regular self-care capabilities or other life-limiting symptoms, their doctor may suggest they consider hospice care. Once the doctor determines that the path of curative treatments is no longer appropriate and estimates life expectancy to be six months or less based on the Medicare Hospice Criteria, referrals can be made for hospice services.  While an individual must have a doctor’s referral to receive hospice care, they, or a family member, can call us without a referral to talk about options and to initiate the process.

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The Aroostook House of Comfort is a not-for-profit home for patients receiving hospice care from VNA Home Health Hospice.

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Information for providers regarding eligibility and patient admission criteria to the Aroostook House of Comfort

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Anyone coping with a terminal diagnosis is welcome to inquire about VNA’s hospice programs at any point. You do not have to wait until your doctor recommends hospice to learn about your options. Although many people believe that hospice care is designed to provide the necessary care for the final days of life, studies have proven that earlier engagement of hospice can extend life and improve quality of life as well.

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Answers to questions we frequently hear.

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Within the VNA Hospice program is a specialization designed to serve patients with advanced heart disease. Our Hearts at Home program is designed to help our Maine patients with end stage heart disease remain comfortable in their home through the end of life and avoid disruptive trips to the emergency department.

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VNA’s Hospice care team is compassionate, professional, and highly trained in end of life care

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