Essential Spotlight

Offering Compassion, Care, and Comfort Through End of Life

any people associate hospice services with the very last few days of life. However, coming to hospice earlier can improve the quality of life at the end of life, and offer those with a terminal illness more comfort, support, and time with those they love.

M Often, doctors suggest hospice when the goals of care change

from curative to comfort. At Hospice of Southern Maine, we want more people to understand that choosing hospice is not about giv- ing up, it’s about taking charge and focusing on what matters most at the end of life.

While the Medicare hospice benefi t requires that a patient

have a prognosis of six months or less to be eligible for hospice, this should not be confused with the length of time hospice services can be available. Once on hospice, care is available for as long as the patient needs. People can continue to receive care after the 6-month mark and often do.

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Orga- nization, 88% of people would prefer to die in their own homes, surrounded by loved ones. Hospice can help make that possible. In fact, most Hospice of Southern Maine patients receive care in their own homes whenever possible, to achieve a greater level of com- fort in their own environment. A comprehensive interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, aides, chaplains, grief counselors, and volunteers are always on hand to ensure patients’ comfort is the number one priority.

Patients who are not able to manage their pain and symptoms at home can receive care at our 18-bed inpatient facility, Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. In addition to a spacious private room,

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patients and their families have access to a kitchen and dining area, living room with fi replace, sanctuary, grief and loss library, and landscaped gardens and trails, all of which provide a homelike set- ting for patients to spend time with loved ones.

Part of the Hospice of Southern Maine mission is to provide compassion that continues, even after the loss of a loved one. We do this by offering bereavement counseling services at no cost to anyone in the community, regardless of whether the loved one re- ceived our hospice services. We also offer special events, including this year’s series of community forums on “Making Space for Grief in our Lives” in Kennebunk, York and Scarborough.

• Kennebunk - Thursday, June 28 @ 5:30 pm, Kennebunk Savings Operations Center

• York - Wednesday, November 7 @ 5:30 pm, First Parish Congre- gational Church

• Scarborough - Thursday, November 15 @ 5:30 pm, Hospice of Southern Maine

• An additional Saturday forum will be available. Location and date TBD.

There is no cost to attend a forum, but please register in advance. More information can be found online at

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