Bangor, Maine Hospice Provider
About Amedisys Hospice Services in Bangor
Beacon Hospice in Bangor, Maine provides compassionate, high-quality hospice care at home. We’re located at 289 State Street, between Birch Street and East Summer Street, off Route 2, a few minutes from the Penobscot River. We provide hospice care in Brewer, Ellsworth, Dover Foxcroft, Orono, Rockland, Lincoln, Milbridge, Bar Harbor, Bangor, Milo, Camden, Belfast, Hampden, Millinocket and other neighboring communities. Call us at (207) 942-2920 to find out if we provide hospice care in your area.
What You Can Expect
Comfort and Quality of Life
In hospice care, our primary goal is maintaining your loved one’s comfort and quality of life. We treat our patients with the same respect and compassion we would give our own family members. Hospice is just a phone call away. We’re on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long if you need us.
Beacon Hospice in Bangor offers a full range of hospice services to meet each patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Hospice care provides:
- Nursing care
- Pain and symptom management
- Medications, medical equipment and supplies for the hospice diagnosis and related conditions
- Wound care
- Education about caring for the patient and what to expect
- 24-hour on-call nurse
- Physician services
- Prescribing medications
- Personalized care plan with medical oversight
- Social work services to provide emotional support and help with end-of-life planning
- Spiritual care with a hospice chaplain in accordance with the patient’s beliefs and values
- Bereavement counseling for family members
Depending on the patient and family’s needs, the plan of care may also include:
- Home health aides to help with dressing, grooming and other tasks
- Volunteers for companionship, errands and other types of support
- Dietary counseling
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy
- Respite care for loved ones
A Team You Can Trust
At Beacon Hospice in Bangor, patients and families receive care from a team of hospice professionals who have a heart for caring for others. We have specially trained nurses, aides, chaplains, counselors, social workers, therapists and volunteers who go above and beyond to meet your needs. To show our support for our patients and families, you may find us out in the community at the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pound the Pavement For Pancreatic Cancer, or other local events and walks.
- End-Stage Dementia Program – Our team has special training in caring for patients with end-stage dementia. We manage symptoms like agitation and confusion and work to improve quality of life for patients and caregivers. Patients and families have access to medical care, education and tools to make the patient more comfortable.
- We Honor Veterans – Beacon Hospice in Bangor is proud to serve our nation’s veterans with high-quality hospice care. We want every veteran to know how much we appreciate their service. To show our thanks, we offer pinning ceremonies and other types of recognition. We also understand the challenges facing veterans and work to meet their unique needs.
Types of Hospice Care
Hospice has different levels of care to be able to meet the needs of the patient and caregiver. Care provided in each level includes nursing, home health aides, social work, bereavement counseling, spiritual support and therapy services. Beacon Hospice in Bangor provides all hospice services for each level of care. The difference is where the care is provided – at the patient’s home or in a third-party inpatient facility.
Routine Home Care – Most eligible patients are admitted under the Routine Home Care level of care. This is the standard level of hospice care and provides all hospice services to the patient and caregivers.
Continuous Home Care – If the patient has symptoms that require more intensive support, they may receive Continuous Home Care for a short period of time. These symptoms may include unrelieved pain, severe shortness of breath, or severe nausea and vomiting. At this level of care, a nurse and/or home health aide may stay in the patient’s home for longer periods of time to help relieve the patient’s symptoms.
General Inpatient Care – If a patient cannot get adequate relief from pain and other symptoms, they may be eligible for short-term care at a third-party inpatient facility. In a hospital, hospice unit or skilled nursing facility, patients have 24/7 access to nursing care, medications and other supports to keep them comfortable, with hospice continuing to manage the patient’s care.
Respite Care – Respite services are available to give family members a break from caregiving. The patient spends up to 5 days/5 nights in a third-party inpatient setting. While others provide care to their loved one, the caregiver can have a needed break. After the respite stay, the patient returns home.
Is Hospice Care Right for You?
Sometimes it’s hard to decide if hospice is the answer. Here are some important facts to consider:
- Hospice is for patients with a terminal illness, who the doctor certifies have six months or less to live.
- Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration and private insurance typically cover 100% of hospice costs for eligible patients.
- You can receive hospice care wherever you call home. This can be a private residence. It can also be a facility such as a nursing home, assisted living, hospital or hospice center.
Too often, people wait until their loved one has just days or weeks to live before getting the comprehensive care hospice provides. If you think your loved one may benefit from hospice, call Beacon Hospice in Bangor at (207) 942-2920. We’ve provided hospice care in Bangor and the surrounding area since 2007. We’d be honored to care for you and your loved one.
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