Hospice care is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill and helping their families cope. It is available to people who are not pursuing curative treatment and have a likely life expectancy of 6 months or less.
Hospice services include pain and symptom management (comfort care), respite care, psychosocial support, spiritual support, education and bereavement support. Some Maine hospice organizations are community-based volunteer programs. Most are Medicare-certified programs providing services through a structured network of trained volunteers, clergy, nurses, therapists and counselors working in cooperation with the individual's primary physician. Hospice services may be provided at home, including assisted living and nursing facilities, or in a hospice facility.
Hospice medical programs, delivered by certified providers, may be covered by Medicare, MaineCare, or a variety of commercial (private) insurance carriers. There are no fees charged for the volunteer hospice programs.
For more information about hospice services or to locate a hospice program near you, call the Maine Hospice Council at 1-800-438-5963 or 207- 626-0651 or visit www.mainehospicecouncil.org.
When a family member has died, you may be called upon to make important financial decisions. The following is a list of actions you will need to take during the first few months after the death of your relative:
- Collect the necessary papers
- Contact insurance companies
- Notify Social Security
- Claim benefits
- Begin probate
Funerals and Burials
Many funeral homes will mail consumers their price lists. For more information contact the Maine Funeral Directors Association 207-729-9100 or visit www.mefda.org