VNA Home Health Hospice and the Aroostook Hospice Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the first inpatient hospice home in Aroostook County, the Aroostook 'House of Comfort.’

A public open house is set for April 7, from 2 pm to 8 pm at 18 Green Hill Drive, Suite 3, Presque Isle.

The Aroostook ' House of Comfort' is the vision of Rick and Nancy Duncan and Dirk and Sharon Duncan, all of Presque Isle.  Rick Duncan shares, “When we were caring for my mother during the final days of her life, we wished we could have provided her with a more comprehensive end of life plan of care during this tender time. The Aroostook 'House of Comfort’ provides 24-hour care with the resources and hospice care to allow loved ones to pass with dignity in a supportive, peaceful, and safe environment.”

Funding to build the facility has been raised during the past eight years by the Aroostook Hospice Foundation, a group of volunteers, led by Rick and Nancy Duncan, who are dedicated to bringing a free-standing hospice house to Aroostook County. The six-bed inpatient facility will be managed by VNA Home Health Hospice, a member of EMHS.

Christine Turner, director of Hospice, VNA Home Health Hospice, shares, “We are excited to offer this unique inpatient hospice environment in Aroostook County for individuals in need of end of life care. We strive to provide each family with the assurance of high quality care in a tranquil, comforting, and compassionate environment. This home will also be available to home hospice patients whose caregivers might need a respite from caregiving, as is often the case.”

During the open house, tours and refreshments will be provided. Hospice House staff and Foundation board members will also be available to answer questions. Turner anticipates the first day of patient care to occur by late April. For questions or additional information regarding the Aroostook ' House of Comfort’, please call VNA Home Health Hospice at 1-800-757-3326.

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