VNA Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice

441 Main Street Suite 2
Ellsworth , Maine  04605

Phone: 1-800-757-3326
Website: http://easternmainehomecare.org/Locations/Hancock-County-HomeCare-Hospice.aspx

About VNA Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice:
Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice’s tradition of serving the residents of our communities spans more than 80 years, beginning with the establishment of Four Town Nursing Service in 1931 and Bar Harbor Public Health Association in 1945. Over the years, our goal has always been to provide expert healthcare services to our patients in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. It was in the spring of 1931, when gasoline was 10 cents a gallon and the world was riveted by the great depression that Edward Linscott, the superintendent of schools for Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville and Sedgwick, gathered local community members to request the formation of a nursing service.  Eastern Maine General Hospital’s graduate Pauline Grover was hired as the first nurse. A desk and phone were graciously provided by Dr. Raymond Bliss of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. Without a formal name, and with very few resources, Pauline began providing the community with much needed home health services with the simplest of tools.

In the early days, the nurses were primarily responsible for helping new mothers and babies, providing care to elders and treating people with infectious diseases. The demand for these visits grew steadily and more and more support swelled from the local communities.  Four Town Nursing grew to serve all of Hancock County and in 1995 changed its name to Hancock County HomeCare in order to better represent the service area Four Town Nurses had grown to encompass.

From the beginning, the staff has cared for terminally ill patients. However, in 1998 a formal Medicare hospice program was adopted at VNA Hancock County Homecare & Hospice. This team centered approach focuses on end of life care for patients and their families in their homes, in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The hospice care includes both medical and emotional support to patient and his or her family.  The goal is to manage end of life symptoms in order for a patient to close their life with dignity and comfort surrounded by family and friends.

VNA Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice services are paid for by public and private sources, or directly by patients and their families, tax-exempt donations help cover the cost of care provided to the uninsured or underinsured. A part of VNA Home Health Hospice and a member of EMHS, VNA Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice works to ensure the highest quality home care is available to those who need it.

For more information about our home care and hospice services, please call our patient referral line toll-free at 1-866-591-8843