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What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is palliative care for terminally ill patients-people who can no longer benefit from curative treatments and who have a limited life expectancy.

 Insurance Information
The Medicare hospice benefit is available for patients for whom life expectancy is believed to be six months or less. Many health insurers follow this guideline. We encourage you to speak with your physician about the likely course of your illness to explore whether you qualify for hospice care.

The goal of hospice is to enable patients to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so they may enjoy high quality relationships with loved ones as they prepare for death.

Hospice care

  • treats the person rather than the disease
  • focuses on quality rather than length of life
  • provides family -centered care and involves the patient and the family making decisions
  • may be contracted 27 hours a day, 7 days a week with visits as needed

Hospice care can be given in the patient's home, a hospital, nursing home, or private hospice facility. Most hospice care in the United States is given in the home, with a family member or members serving as the main hands-on caregiver. (source: American Cancer Society)

The most important part of hospice care is that patients and families are given support and choices--choices about the kind of care they want and choices about where they would like to get that care.

For more information visit the Maine Hospice Council. and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.


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What is Palliative Care?Ensures Quality of Life

MaineHealth members and affiliates offering these services:

HomeHealth Visiting Nurses
St Andrews Healthcare
Miles Healthcare

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