Caring Comfort Program

A Program of Hospice of Southern Maine

The Caring Comfort Program is a six month volunteer-based, non-clinical service for those individuals with a life-limiting illness who wish to improve their quality of life. It is designed to meet the needs of the individual whose life expectancy is one year or less and would benefit from assistance in managing home life as their disease progresses.

Individuals receiving Caring Comfort services could concurrently be undertaking curative medical treatments.

Services are provided in the individual's place of residence and include the involvement of family members participating in their care.

Specially trained, experienced and caring volunteers are available to provide non-medical aid and support, including: emotional support, light housekeeping, food preparation, errands, and short daytime, respite breaks for the caregiver. A Bereavement Coordinator is available to help the patient and family/caregivers discuss grief and loss during the client's participation in the program and up to one year after death.

A chaplain is available for emotional and spiritual support, as needed. A Social Worker is available for one visit to review community resource options and methods to access them.  A follow up visit is available if desired.

A Volunteer Coordinator manages the program and is the point of contact for client, primary caregiver and other providers.

Services do not include clinical nursing care or medical supervision.

How is the Caring Comfort Program different from our Hospice Program?

The Caring Comfort program and our Hospice program both offer services to individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Caring Comfort is uniquely different in that it offers services to individuals who are receiving curative treatment and who have an estimated prognosis of one year or less.

Click here to download our document and compare Caring Comfort vs. Hospice.

To learn more about the Caring Comfort Program, or to make a referral, contact  (207) 289-3640 or (866) 621-7600 (toll free) or email us.

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