POLST Train-the-Trainer

The Maine POLST Coalition presents a “Train-the-Trainer” all-day educational workshop in Lewiston on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

Attendees will learn everything there is to know about Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), and be able to take this new knowledge back with them to their respective systems and facilities. All attendees will receive a hard copy and an electronic training manual that can be utilized to train others.

Cost: $139 per person; a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

All proceeds benefit the Maine POLST Coalition and their continued efforts to develop the POLST program in Maine, including National endorsement, a state POLST registry, interstate portability, and other initiatives.

To register, click here.

20th Annual Maine Pain Conference

May 5, 2017

Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport

Deaths involving drug overdoses have become a serious public health crisis in Maine.  Prescription drug abuse is presently at the forefront, but far from the only cause. How did we get here?  The 20th Annual Pain Conference will explore social determinants that have a bearing on drug abuse, as well as the impact the new Opioid legislation might have on individuals seeking treatment and the health care professionals who are caring for them.

To register, click here.

Addressing Personhood in Rehabilitation and Healthcare

In her book Humanistic Healthcare Dr. Margaret Hannah shares the following insights which have provided the basis for her own evolving practice over the years. She believes that we can no longer afford to look at the human body as simply a machine. "That health is a product of healthy relationships, a quality of life held in common. That nobody can be healthy alone. That given the right conditions health is contagious and can spread like an infectious disease.  And that who we are being as healthcare professionals is as important as what we are doing."

Maybe you have asked yourself how we have allowed health care to stray so far from caring? Have we lost sight of the individual we are treating, their fears, anxieties, emotions, values and stories? Have we refused to address the social determinants that may be central to the dis-ease we witness every day in society? Has contemporary medicine simply lost sight of the central role of human relationships in healthcare? Please join us at Maine State Prison on June 27-28 for Addressing Personhood in Healthcare and Rehabilitation: An Ethical and Moral Imperative to explore these provocative issues. 

Registration for the two-day conference is $129 for Members, $149 for Non-members, $45 for Hospice Volunteers, free for the first three family members of MSP hospice volunteers ($30 for additional family members), free for MSP/MDOC Staff Members. 

Registration for one day is $109 for Members, $129 for Non-Members, $35 for Hospice Volunteers.
To register click here.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration will close one week prior to the conference.

Our Events

Since 1984, the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care has been the leading advocate, trainer, and educator for hospice care in Maine through our mission to ensure the continued development and delivery of high quality hospice and palliative care to all Mainers. As part of this mission, the Council holds various conferences, fundraisers, meetings, and other events throughout the year in an effort to educate both professionals and laypersons in the best practices of hospice and palliative care medicine. The Maine Hospice Council often brings nationally recognized presenters who are not only experts on the issues, but familiar with the unique needs we have in Maine.

Annual Meeting

The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care traditionally holds its annual meeting in June.  The day begins with breakfast followed by a business meeting, networking opportunities, lunch and an educational event featuring a keynote speaker.  The board and staff welcome our members as well as anyone else who may be interested in improving access to quality end of life care.  For more information about registration, event details, and speaker profiles, please access our web site on a regular basis.

Quarterly Education Meetings

Hospice volunteers and clinicians have many areas of expertise.  They also need and ask for additional education about topics of interest or areas where they require additional information to carry out their responsibilities more effectively.  Therefore, the first Monday of each quarter (January/April/July/October) the Council hosts an education day to address topics of interest or to introduce new programs or resources. The day usually runs from 9AM-1PM and locations vary. We try to make these events free for members.

Hospice Veteran Partnership Conference

In 2004, staff at the Maine Hospice Council and the Togus VA Medical Center, along with our many direct service Hospice Providers developed one of the first Hospice/Veteran Partnerships in the United States.  The issues that Veterans and their families were dealing with were incredibly complex and the data was overwhelming.  One-quarter of all people who died were Veterans and of that number, only four percent died in a VA medical facility.  Ninety-six percent were dying in the care of community-based providers.  Sadly, many community-based clinicians had little information or education about the unique needs of Veterans.  Therefore, in order for Veterans to remain at home in the care of their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs realized that the VA needed to develop collaborative relationships with community partners, specifically Hospice Programs.  Today, there is still a l

Annual Blaine House Tea

Each year in Augusta, the Maine Hospice Council and the Home Care and Hospice Alliance of Maine host a Tea at the Blaine House to honor the hundreds of health care professionals and volunteers who provide quality end of life care for members of our communities.  Awards and a brief presentation pay tribute to the men and women who dedicate their lives to helping others at a time of great need.   The Tea is traditionally held in November and is free and open to the public.  The Blaine House requires a guest list for security purposes, so an RSVP is necessary.

The Maine Pain Symposium

The Maine Pain Symposium is a conference of the Maine Pain Initiative (MPI), which began in July, 1993 as the Maine Cancer Pain Initiative. It was modeled after the highly effective Wisconsin Cancer Pain Initiative, which began in the 1980′s and is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of health care professionals, consumers and other interested persons.

MPI’s Objectives:

Hospice Retreat

Each year the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care hosts a weekend retreat. The Annual Retreat is held at the Rangeley Inn in October, a time of year with traditionally mild weather and beautiful fall foliage.  Anyone working in end-of-life care is invited to register and enjoy 3-days of educational and recreational activities in a relaxing, nurturing environment.  The goal is to make sure the event contributes to the well-being of all who attend.  Thanks to our many sponsors, the rates are affordable so please consider joining us!