The Maine Hospice Council exists to promote universal access to quality end of life care through innovation, creativity, education, advocacy and collaborations.
The Council provides education and technical assistance regarding end-of-life care, as well as advocacy for terminally ill and bereaved persons regarding quality end-of-life issues throughout the state.
From its beginning in 1984, the Maine Hospice Council has been the leading advocate, trainer, and educator for hospice care in Maine.
In January 1999, the Maine Hospice Council, on behalf of the Maine Consortium for Palliative Care and Hospice, received a 3-year, $450,000 Community/State Partnership grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation entitled “Care at the End-of-Life: A Public-Private Partnership.” This collaborative project included 14 partners and seven distinct projects ranging from developing baseline data to educating medical students.
The Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council was passed into law in 2015, in order to address access to and quality of patient centered, family focused care in Maine. Comprehensive palliative care services are designed to prevent and treat suffering caused by a medical illness or condition.
HVP is a coalition of people from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities and community organizations working together to ensure that quality end-of-life care is available and accessible for our nation’s veterans and their families. Our coalition is part of a national network of HVPs, established by the VA Hospice and Palliative Care Institute.
The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care is the administrative home for the Maine State POLST Coalition, a broad-based coalition of providers and other stakeholders. POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is an actionable medical order intended for those facing a terminal illness, or who are in an advanced state of medical frailty. POLST orders are not intended for general use among older adults. Healthy adults should have an Advance Directive on file in their medical record.
The Maine Hospice Council is a membership organization working to ensure the continued development of Hospice and Palliative Care in Maine. The Council provides education and technical assistance regarding end-of-life care, as well as advocacy for terminally ill and bereaved persons regarding quality-of-life care issues throughout the state.