Pine Tree Hospice honors life and offers comfort with dignity to people
of any age living with a progressive life-limiting illness. Pine Tree
Hospice educates and supports its volunteers and staff to maintain a
high standard of care, and responds to care-giver, family and community
needs for continued bereavement support.
Mission revised September 25, 2007
Pine Tree Hospice will be seen as a valuable resource, not only for
clients, but also for families, friends, and the entire community
regarding care at the end of life and bereavement.
Hospice care is a unique philosophy and team approach to care provided
to people in the final phase of their lives.
It emphasizes enhancing the quality of life and preserves a sense of
dignity while providing palliative comfort care.
Hospice is not a place. It is a family-centered effort that provides
support and care for the whole family during the process of dying and
Trained volunteers are key team members who work along with healthcare
professionals to provide support.
Hospice strengthens the individual's role in making decisions about end
of life care.
Pine Tree Hospice is proud to be one of less than 70 volunteer hospice programs in the
The following services are offered free of charge:
Family Household Support
Patient and Family Advocacy
Pine Tree Hospice, was incorporated in 1985. It is governed by the Board of Directors, composed of
community representatives. Evergreen is the Pine Tree Hospice Center
for Grieving Children and Adults.
Pine Tree Hospice employs an Executive Director, a Coordinator for
Client Services and Volunteers, and an Administrative Assistant. More than
90 dedicated active volunteers provide direct and indirect
services to hospice clients and families. Our service area is
located in rural north central Maine.
Funding is provided by various grants and donations, the annual
Variety Show, memorial contributions, an annual appeal, and various
other fundraising events. Contracts with three home health medical
hospice providers complete our funding support.
Volunteers must complete an initial 20-hour training program for
direct service and a 4-hour training program for indirect service. Volunteers will then need four to eight
hours of continuing education
Clients receive Pine Tree Hospice services free of charge.
Hospice volunteers provide direct services such as companionship,
respite care for caregivers, transportation to appointments, meal
preparation, shopping, medication delivery, light housekeeping,
and bereavement support. Hospice volunteers also provide indirect services
building ramps, running errands, planning events, assisting in the
office, serving on committees, or writing grants. Volunteers
do not provide personal physical care.
Pine Tree Hospice
hosts bereavement support programs. Evergreen Peer Support
Volunteers work with children and adults who are experiencing grief.
When a life-threatening illness or grief strikes, it is wonderful to
know that Pine Tree Hospice can make a difference.