Have you considered hospice care?
Local providers want you to be ready
CORRECTION: In the video, Community Health and Counseling Services - New Hope Hospice, is incorrectly listed as simply “New Hope Hospice”
BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A partnership of Bangor region hospice providers wants to educate the public about their options when it comes to end of life care.
”Oftentimes, we talk about new life coming into the world, a new baby, it takes a village.” says Sandy Nesin, Vice President of Accountable Care Operations & Population Health Strategy at St. Joseph Healthcare. “The same is true for those that are leaving us.”
The Collaborative for Hospice and End of Life Care, known as CHELC, formed in 2019 to help provide better access to such services.
- Beacon Hospice/Amedisys
- Community Health and Counseling Services - New Hope Hospice
- Kindred Hospice
- Northern Light Health
- Penobscot Community Health Care
- St. Joseph Healthcare
- University of Maine Center on Aging.
They recently completed a survey of community members and healthcare professionals in the area.
“What was most needed was an enhanced focus on educating the community and our providers on how to access hospice care and end of life support.”
Hospice care typically begins after a patient receives a prognosis with less than six months to live and focuses on caring instead of curing.
Christine Turner, Associate Vice President for Northern Light Home Care and Hospice, says people shouldn’t be scared of hospice.
“Hospice looks different for all individuals and families based on what’s going on with the disease and its progression.”
A team of care providers will work to give holistic support to both the patient and their family.
“It’s typically delivered anywhere a patient calls their home.” says Turner.
“It’s not commonly known that continued bereavement care for the grieving family and financial and funeral planning are services that are embedded within hospice care delivery.” says Nesin.
All of the services are focused on improving quality of life, maintaining dignity, and navigating medical costs.
“Everything is rooted in the goals and desires of the patient and family as they are working through those final days. Maybe they’ve got a particular goal in mind. I had a patient one time who wanted to finish writing a novel.”
You can find out about hospice care options by speaking with your doctor or reaching out using the information below.
Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine homecarealliance.org 207-213-6125
Maine Hospice Council mainehospicecouncil.org 207-626-0651
Hospice Foundation of America hospicefoundation.org 1-800-854-3402
“All of our organizations and the folks that work for our organizations care deeply about our patients.” says Nesin. “We all want our patients and their families to be armed with the necessary information and knowledge that they need to make the right choice for them and for their loved ones during end of life care circumstances.”
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