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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Aging and Disability Services (from the Maine Office of Aging & Disabilities):
Links, resources, support, community services for the aging and disabled in Maine
Community Health & Counseling Home Health Care: 1-800-540-3811 / 255-8311
Home health care; hospice program
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 610-9432
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 DCP.
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
Memory Care Facilities in Washington County: 888-319-7682
This free site lists residential facilities, assisted living, and boarding houses available in Washington County (and anywhere else in Maine as well) for seniors with Alzheimers or dementia.
Public Health Nursing (PHN): 287-4112 / 1-877-763-0438
Nurse Home Visiting – Nurses can provide support to patients of any age, in their home, providing health assessments, medicine management, and care coordination. This is a free service for residents of Maine, no insurance or Mainecare required
Resource Advocates Program (Downeast Community Partners): 598-5648
Support for people who need help tackling an issue (filling out paperwork, filing documents, organizing finances, understanding healthcare paperwork, or finding resources that may be available to you). The Resource Advocate can come to your home and help you figure out a plan and see it through. Free service – no age restrictions
Respite Care Services: Facilities to temporarily provide care for loved ones (based on bed availability).
- Calais Alternative Care: 454-8960 (152 South Street, Calais)
- Harrington House “Grace Home”: 483-2247 (call and they will provide address)
- Maine Veterans’ Home: 255-0162 – must meet their residential criteria (32 Veterans Way, Machias)
- Marshall Health Care Facility: 255-3387 – private pay basis (16 Beal Street, Machias)
- New Horizons: 454-3709 (526 South Street, Calais)
- Washington Place: 454-3663 (40 Palmer Street, Calais)
Senior Companion Program: 255-3345 | 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.
Seniors Plus – EIM Programs: 1-888-234-3920 or 1-207-795-7213
EIM is a MaineCare provider who delivers Care Coordination services throughout the State of Maine for two MaineCare programs, Private Duty Nursing and Personal Care Services (PDN) and Home & Community Benefits for Elders & Adults with Disabilities (HCB). EIM is also contracted with the Office of Aging and Disability Services to provide Care Coordination throughout the State of Maine for a state funded program, In-Home and Community Support Services for Elderly and Other Adults, commonly referred to as Home Based Care (HBC). A Change Healthcare assessment is required for all programs.
Sunrise County Homecare Services: 1-800-595-4444 | 255-3344
Home health care; Visiting nurses, physical therapy
Thriving in Place (TiP):
A collaborative initiative of service providers and support agencies working to implement a responsive plan for elders and others with chronic health issues to safely remain home for as long as possible. Workshops and health fairs offered for seniors on topics like health and wellness, safety, winter weatherization and more. Trainings are also offered for caregivers such as Caregiver Basic Skills, Estate Planning, Savvy Caregiver, POLST, Financial Needs and Challenges, and more. Check the TiP Training Calendar here for the next workshop, training or resource fair
Aging in Place: Resources for elder care and aging in place
The Benchmark Blog: Q&A blog with helpful advice for caregivers and seniors
Renters Rights for Disabled Tenants: Helpful information on tenant rights
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
Avoiding Scams for the Elderly:
This resource explains the most common types of scams targeting the elderly, as well as general tips for avoiding them. Senior citizens tend to be viewed as easier targets for financial scams.
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
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
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 **