"We are all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass

TESTIMONIALS

What People Say About Us


"Reflecting on our Aroostook House of Comfort experience even further, I recall chatting with Fr. Dave Raymond at my Dad’s funeral and describing the AHOC as the steppingstone between earth and heaven, a comforting and peaceful place that helped us all with Dad’s transition from this world to the next. My 91-year-old father, Kenneth Habeeb, was at the House of Comfort for about 33 hours. During those hours, I was able to be his daughter as opposed to his caregiver, which I was alongside my wonderful mother for several years. I am so thankful for that. I have so much more that I want to say to you and the entire staff, but there are simply no words to express my deep appreciation. I’m extremely emotional and humbled by what I witnessed and what I experienced during my father’s brief stay. As a token of our sincere appreciation, we have placed a check in the mail for a stone on Remembrance Way in memory of my father. Thank you for the most wonderful experience at one of the most difficult times in my life. I am truly humbled and forever blessed.”

 

- Terri L. Ouellette

"We had known about the House of Comfort through our friendship with Rick, Nancy, Mike and others. People don’t usually like to think about their “end options" but knowing them and the wonderful place that they’ve created made it a place we thought about. When Mom first talked with the family about what to do when her body couldn’t battle the cancer anymore, we all told her that it was up to her and what she felt comfortable with. While she first went to the House of Comfort for pain management, it was obvious that her goodbye was coming sooner than we thought and we were so thankful that there was a room available. And while it was heartbreaking, one of her first words about the situation when she got there was that she felt at peace. We felt like we were in a home, rather than a sterile environment. The cozy atmosphere, the extra touches like the quilts and homemade goodies in the kitchen, music playing, a tree glowing in the living room by the fireplace and the caring staff made the hardest time in our lives a bit easier. We were not there as the caregivers but were able to spend the last days together as a family."


- The Family of Margaret J. Wright

"My Dad lived a wonderful, productive life as a farmer, agricultural newscaster, and USDA senior executive. After his cancer reappeared, he told my wife Suzanne that if he could no longer live in his apartment, the only place he wanted to be was at the Aroostook House of Comfort. About a week before his passing, Dad went into hospice care. First, he received in-home care and eventually he was moved to the House of Comfort. While he was where he wanted to be, unfortunately he didn’t have the time he was hoping for to enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the House. But I believe that was where he wanted to be, and once there, was at peace with God.

 

Our family has had lots of experience with hospice care—Suzanne’s father, my mother, our son-in-law, and then Dad. Our daughter lost her husband to cancer and cared for him while he received in-home hospice care. She was with us when Dad passed and later told me that she now “gets it” about why the House of Comfort is so important. She was amazed at the level of compassionate care given to Dad by the staff at the House. Being a caregiver is mentally and emotionally taxing and having volunteers as well as professional staff there to support and comfort families is a gift to them. The Aroostook House of Comfort has an atmosphere that is calm, private, and home-like, giving patients and family a comfortable space to be in during such a challenging time. The House is indeed a special place—a special blessing."

 

- Ray Hews & Family

I have seen the compassionate care patient receive here. There is nothing but praise and gratitude from families that we now have this home atmosphere to treat all levels of patient suffering. The relief and stress are gone; families can relax and be there to support their loved one.



Nancy T. O’Neill, MD, FAAFP

The nurses, doctor, and volunteers treated us with the way you would want to be treated and our loved one was treated with gentle care and loving attention.  The facility was so well planned, giving families room to spend with a loved one, and spaces for a few minutes of quiet time. We are so thankful for the experience.


Judy Kenney, family of Virginia Packard

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