Maine Families

Elder Care

Please Note: This page is about elder care, ageing in place, and home care for the elderly.  For information on programs for seniors (age 50 or 55+)  please click on this Senior Services link.

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Community Health & Counseling Home Health Care: 1-800-540-3811 / 255-8311
Home health care; hospice program

Dispute / Mediation Help: Machias 460-8129
Adult Family/Elder Decision Mediation. For many, this can provide an alternate dispute resolution to courts.  Mediators are neutral and the parties make their own decisions. This service is free of charge and provided by a trained mediation volunteer through WHCA’s Elder Services Navigator (listed below).

Eastern Area Agency on Aging: 1-800-432-7812
Resource center for seniors and their caregivers including: Nutrition information and food programs; Alzheimer’s & dementia care resources; Medicare drug and insurance advice; Home repair assistance; Pet food assistance and much more.

Elder Services Navigator: Machias 460-8129
Support for seniors: The Elder Services Navigator works with seniors and/or their caregivers to help find resources and connect them with services & supports. No fees – MaineCare is not required. For more information contact WHCA.

Family Advocate Program: 598-5648
Support for people who need help tackling an issue. The Family Advocate can come to your home and help you with filing out paperwork, filing documents, or finding resources that may be available to you. No age or income restrictions.

Family Caregiver Support Services—Elder Services: 1-800-262-2232
Programs, resources and support groups

Hospice Volunteer Program: Calais 454-3616 / Machias 255-3356
Family support; Comfort for the terminally ill

Independent Support Services (through Catholic Charities Maine): 1-888-477-2263 / 454-0492
For seniors and adults with physical disabilities, especially those on a limited income– Homemaking Services include light housekeeping, grocery shopping, essential errands (such as banking and pharmacy), laundry, menu planning, and food preparation.  Call for more information

Legal Services for the Elderly: 538-8784 / 1-800-750-5353
Free Legal help for seniors (must be a resident of Maine, 60 years or older, low income guidelines may apply)

Living Innovations: 255-3733
In-home support for the elderly; Respite care; Community connections services include social events and outings, fitness & leisure activities

Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: 621-1079 / 1-800-499-0229
A non-profit agency whose mission is to advocate for quality of life and care for long-term care consumers. Services are free and confidential.  Serving residents of nursing homes, assisted housing programs including residential care and assisted living, consumers receiving home care services including homemaker, adult day and hospice. Also serving patients in hospitals facing barriers in accessing long-term care services. Staff is knowledgeable about long-term care services and can answer questions about services, including where to find services, how services are paid for, what to do if services are denied, terminated or reduced, and how to proceed when problems arise.

MAS Homecare of Maine: 561-9533
Home care for the elderly or chronically ill

Senior Companion Program: 262-7915
Offered through the Washington County Cooperative Extension, this program arranges for senior volunteers to visit and offer assistance and friendship to homebound elders.  To volunteer or to sign up for a companion check out the website link above for more information.

Senior Guidance: This organization provides comprehensive lists of Assisted Living Facilities, Senior Care Homes and Senior Living Communities, broken down by state and county.  22 such facilities are listed for Washington County.

Sunrise County Homecare Services: 1-800-595-4444 | 255-3344
Home health care; Visiting nurses, physical therapy

Additional Resources:

Aging in Place: Resources for elder care and aging in place
How to Select Medicare & Social Security Guidebook from the National Council for Aging Care
Renters Rights for Disabled Tenants: Helpful information on tenant rights

ELDER ABUSE:
Guide to Recognizing Elder Abuse: 1-877-664-6140
A comprehensive guide from the National Council for Aging Care.  Plus links to resources and other great information on aging in place.

Nursing Home Abuse Center: 1-800-962-2873
Resource for suspected elder abuse or concerns about nursing home care

END-OF-LIFE:
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care
POLST, Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments Advanced Medical Directive information

SAFETY:
The Guide to Fire Safety for People with Disabilities This guide helps the family and caregivers make preparedness plans in the event of a fire or other disaster
Guide to Recognizing Elder Abuse from the National Council for Aging Care
Home Improvement Assistance Information on making modifications to your home to improve safety and accessibility, including finding financial assistance and hiring a contractor

**For more resources for caregivers see our resource page For Caregivers of the Elderly **