New Hope Hospice provides comfort, care and support when you need it most. Our organization was incorporated in January of 1994 as a free-standing, not-for-profit hospice center offering comprehensive care for the terminally ill in the Eastern Maine area. The hospice program provides care primarily in the individual’s home or place of residence.
We believe our philosophy utilizes the skills of our staff and volunteers in a meaningful way. Emphasis is given to physical comfort by a nursing staff with expertise in pain and symptom management, a registered nurse is on call 24/7 and we offer emotional and spiritual support to those we’re caring for and their families. In addition to our staff, we also have a volunteer program where a team of two to three volunteers are available to each patient and family as requested. We continue to be in contact with family members for a period of 13 months and offer a bereavement support group that is available to those family members needing it.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is based on a philosophy that emphasizes quality of life and affirms the individual’s role in making choices about their care. Hospice offers options for individuals and their loved ones facing the difficulties of an incurable illness to live their lives in dignity and in the comfort of their own home. Hospice concentrates on improving the quality of life while neither hastening nor promoting death. Focus is on treatment of symptoms (physical, emotional and spiritual) rather than curing the disease when all avenues of care have been exhausted, or the patient has chosen not to pursue further aggressive treatment. The purpose is to relieve suffering of patients and their loved ones.
- Skilled Nursing visits and 24-hour-a-day, on-call availability of registered nurses with expertise in pain and symptom management
- All pharmaceuticals as related to the primary diagnosis
- Home Medical Equipment
- Personal care assistance from our certified hospice aides
- Advocacy in accessing community resources based on the needs of the patient and family
- Spiritual support and pastoral counseling provided by our chaplain
- Companionship and respite for caregivers offered by trained volunteers. For more information regarding our volunteer services or about becoming a Hospice volunteer, please call (207) 843-7521, or begin the application process online. Potential volunteers can also print the Volunteer Application and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: New Hope Hospice, P.O. Box 70, Eddington, ME 04428.
- Bereavement Support is available for 13 months following the loss of a loved one. In addition, we are proud to be able to offer a Community Bereavement Support Group that meets twice a month. The Community Bereavement Support Group is open to the public, regardless of whether you or your loved one received support from New Hope Hospice.
Admission & Cost
Reimbursement for hospice care may come from a variety of sources including private health insurance, through Medicare & Medicaid as well as through MaineCare. A physician’s referral with the agreement of the patient and family is necessary, assuming a limited life-expectancy of six months or less should the disease follow its normal course. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding our services, reimbursement plans, or to make a referral. We can make arrangements for an informational meeting and decide what services would be most appropriate.
- New Hope Hospice helps people who are nearing the end of their lives.
- New Hope Hospice helps the entire family, not just the patient.
- New Hope Hospice continues to help the family of a patient after the patient dies.
- Hospice patients who have Medicare Part A coverage do not pay any bills for hospice services.
- When patients choose hospice, they can keep their own doctor.
- New Hope Hospice patients continue to take many of the medications that they have been taking.
- New Hope Hospice care takes place in people’s homes and in nursing homes.
- People who change their minds about hospice can leave hospice.
- Some patients improve under hospice care and leave the program.
- Hospice care is not only for the very last week of someone’s life; patients can receive services for months.
- Hospice is not limited to six months of care.
- New Hope Hospice welcomes calls asking for information at any time.