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Inpatient Hospice Services Eligibility

The Aroostook House of Comfort is a six-bed Inpatient Hospice Facility designed to provide privacy, dignity, and relief.  When patients need pain control or other symptom management, an inpatient hospice facility can provide services that allow patients to receive quality comfort care during the end-of-life stages. Designed to be short term, patients will achieve comfort and return home or have a supported end of life experience. 
Hospice trained clinicians are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to work with physicians, care coordinators and discharge planners to: 
  • Gather information on patients and family members
  • Evaluate for admission 
  • Coordinate paperwork, orders, and transfers 

Basic Admission Criteria: 

  • Qualify for hospice and sign the Election and Admission Consent
  • Sign a Do Not Resuscitate form
  • Sign the Hospice House Addendum 

Appropriate End-Stage Diagnoses include, but are not limited to: 

  • Cardiovascular (i.e. CHF, cardiomyopathy, end stage heart disease) 
  • Cancer
  • Pulmonary (i.e. end stage COPD) 
  • Renal Failure
  • Neurological (i.e. end stage stroke, ALS, MS, Alzheimer’s) 
  • Liver Disease

Patients will be admitted under one of three Levels of Care: 

Inpatient Level of Care: 

  • Pain, either uncontrolled or poorly controlled, to determine appropriate treatment and/or intensive treatment measures including medication adjustment. 
  • Physical symptoms: intractable and/or protracted nausea and vomiting; acute depression and/or anxiety, terminal delirium, respiratory distress, and other symptoms that require evaluation and/or fail to respond to management in the patients current care setting
  • Rapid decline requiring skilled intervention that is unable to be managed in their current care setting

Respite Level of Care: 

  • Will be provided on an as needed basis for up to five days per Medicare regulations for those currently on hospice care

Routine Level of Care: 

  • For patients who do not qualify for the Inpatient Level of Care, but wish to access their hospice benefit and pay privately for room and board charges ($385 per day) in order to reside in the Aroostook House of Comfort until death occurs. Sliding scale may be available for those who qualify. 

To make a referral, contact our Central Intake.

  • Phone: 866-591-8843
  • Fax: 207-400-8894 or 207-400-8895  

For clinical questions, contact a member of our clinical team.

  • Dr David Jones - Hospice Physician - 207-768-0220
  • Christine Turner, RN CHPN CHPCA - Hospice Director - 207-210-4068
  • Gail Phair-Kirk, LSW – Hospice Manager - 207-496-9112