Maine Families

Senior Services

Please Note: This section is about services available for seniors (55 years and up).  For information on Elder care or for caregivers for the elderly please clink on these links to visit those pages

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New! Storm Window Kits for Seniors: Maine Seacoast Mission has reusable, plastic, interior storm windows that  are easy to install and help block drafts to lower heating costs.  They will measure and install the windows for seniors by appointment.  For more information, call Scott Shaw at 546-5869

Community Cafes: Hot nutritious meals in a community setting. More than just a place to go to enjoy a delicious meal.  Many cafes have Bingo games, music, and card games to make the day fun.  People come to the cafes to visit with other diners and catch up on local news.  Families and friends are welcome to enjoy lunch together (low-cost to no-cost for seniors)  Click this link for a list of Community Café locations in Washington County.

Dispute / Mediation Help (DCP): 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 DCP’s Elder Services Navigator

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

Eastport Area Senior Citizens Center: 853-2364
Socialization, informative presentations and guest speakers, blood pressure clinics, potluck lunches, exercise/balance classes — for anyone in Washington County 55 years plus.
9 Boynton Street, Eastport (call for program times)

Elder Services Navigator (DCP): 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.

EZ-Fix: 941-2865 / 1-800-432-7812
A fee-for-service program available to seniors over 50 and people with disabilities. For $20 an hour, a handyman or housekeeper will come to your home and clean or make minor repairs. Fill out their home safety checklist here

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

Free Financial Coaching & Advice: 907-0152
Made available through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, meet with a financial coach on issues from debt help, to starting up a business, to retirement planning.  Services are free to anyone in Washington County regardless of income.  Email: jconnors@afsc.com

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)

Maine Seacoast Mission: 546-4466
Community resources for seniors in the Milbridge/Cherryfield and surrounding area including a Senior Companion Program. The Seacoast Mission also hosts free meals and events for seniors to participate in including Game Day, the Senior Café, and Table of Plenty (a Sunday community potluck meal).  The Mission also houses a food pantry and has a van that can deliver food pantry items to homebound seniors.  Email at info@seacoastmission.org

Neighbor4Neighbor Senior Mini Grants: 255-3741
Mini grants provide funds for wheelchair ramps or handrails, medical equipment (including eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures) and support services that can assist seniors (65 years and up) to maintain quality of life and remain independent in their homes (low income guidelines apply).  Call for more information

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

Staying at Home: Links and resources for aging in place from the Maine Aging and Disability Resource Center

SunRides Senior Transportation Services: 664-1639 / 877-374-8396
No cost transportation for shopping and other basic needs; handicapped accessible (for seniors age 60 or older).  Monday through Friday 8a – 5p

Sunrise Senior College: 255-1384
Learn for fun, with no tests, papers, or grades, no prior college education is required. SSC provides a curriculum of intellectually stimulating programs, practical knowledge, social interaction, and special activities. Classes taught by seniors for seniors (ages 50 and older). Most classes are offered on the UMM campus in Machias.  Some courses are free to the public, some require low fees. Call for more information.

Washington County Senior Companion Program: 1-800-287-1542
Offering home visitation, assistance and friendship

Other Resources

Advanced Care Planning: Fact sheets and planning resources to help seniors make care decisions for their future

The Benchmark Blog: Q&A blog with helpful advice for caregivers and seniors