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Care Resources

Pro-Elder Consulting, LLC provides information and referral about a variety of services for older adults available from local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as programs of voluntary organizations and private service providers.  Here are some links that you may find useful.

Elder Pages: A Community Resource for Eastern Maine

 
           
"Elder Pages: a Community Resource for Eastern Maine" is an e-library for family caregivers. This informational brochure describes this resource.

 

Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter

 
  170 US Route 1, Suite 250
Falmouth, ME 04105
  Voice (207) 772-0115  
This site includes a listing of support services by county in Maine, public policy updates, information about membership, the 24-hour helpline number 1-800-660-2871, and educational event listings, etc.

 

Alzheimer’s Association National Office

 
  225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17
Chicago, IL 60601
  Voice
TTY
Fax
(800) 272-3900
(866) 403-3073
(866) 699-1246
 
At this site you can search for local chapters by zip code and state. Through local chapter contacts, you can locate programs and services throughout the country.

 

Maine Office of Elder Services

 
  Maine Health and Human Services
11 State House Station
442 Civil Center Drive
Augusta, ME 04333
  Voice
 
TTY
Fax
(207)-287-9200
(800)-262-2232
(800)-606-0215
(207)-287-9229
 

This state government site links to much useful information for both older adults and caregivers. Click on “Services” on the upper left side of the page to find out about care choices, including various options instead of nursing homes. Within the “care choices” link you will find links to “Medical Eligibility," which tells how to reach Goold Health Systems for an eligibility assessment. The MaineCare application form and a list of required documents are also there. On the right side of the Office of Elder Services home page is a link to A Guide to Prescription Drug Assistance in Maine. At the “End of Life Decisions” link is information about health care planning and advance directives.

This link includes information about a MaineCare Application:
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mainecare.shtml

The various DHHS office locations and contact information are found at:
http://gateway.maine.gov/dhhs-apps/office_finder/index.asp

 

Search for Assisted-Living Facilities in Maine

 
           
At this database within the Maine Office of Elder Services website, you may search for assisted-living (residential) facilities by county and populations served. Also included is contact information and whether or not the facilities accept MaineCare.

https://gateway.maine.gov/dhhs-apps/rcare/

 

Elder Independence of Maine

 
  For services in Aroostook or Penobscot County   Voice
 
TTY
(207)-990-1581
(866)-456-2322
(207)-990-2380
 
  For services in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington, or York County   Voice
 
TTY
(207)-795-7213
(888)-234-3920
(207)-795-7244
 
This site describes the role of Elder Independence of Maine (EIM) in coordinating care for eligible consumers after a Goold Health Systems long-term care assessment. EIM provides care management services for Medicaid Waiver Services for the Elderly, among other programs.

 

The University of Maine Center on Aging

 
  UMaine Center on Aging
Camden Hall
25 Texas Ave.
Bangor, ME 04401-4324
  Voice
Fax
(207)-262-7920
(207)-262-7921
 
This site connects to a variety of resources, news, and event listings. While much of the content pertains to information for professionals who work with older adults, the site also links to Penobscot Valley Senior College from the “Education and Training” link.

 

Nationwide Area Agencies on Aging

 
           
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging publishes this site. It lists all the area agencies on aging in the country by state. This association is based in Washington, DC. It operates the Elder Locator, a free nationwide service found at http://www.n4a.org/about-n4a/?fa=aaa-title-VI and toll free at 1-800-677-1116. These services may be helpful for long-distance caregivers.

 

Eastern Agency on Aging

 
  450 Essex Street
Bangor, ME 04401
  Voice
 
(207) 941-2865
(800) 432-7812
 
Eastern Agency on Aging is a nonprofit organization that serves Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington Counties. This agency offers a variety of community service programs including caregiver support, home repairs, education about Medicare, transportation assistance, Matter of Balance classes for fall prevention, Meals for ME, community dining rooms, and assisted-living services, among others. This site includes a link to this agency’s newsletter, called Editorial Page.

 

Driving Resources

 
           
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) has a program for older road users that aims to maintain safe mobility. At this site are many publications describing various health problems that may influence driver safety. This site includes a list of tips for talking with older adults about safe driving. Also included are resources for promoting mobility, research articles, and resource guides, etc. Particularly useful to clinicians is the Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers .

 

Legal Services for the Elderly

 
           
Things to consider when looking for an elder law attorney are found at: http://www.naela.org/
If you scroll down toward the bottom of that page you will find a "click here" link to look for an elder law attorney in your area.

 

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

 
           
Legal issues are a concern for many older adults and their significant others. At the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney’s, Inc. web site you can search for NAELA members in your area.

 

National Family Caregivers Association

 
           
The National Family Caregivers Association represents the more than 50 million family caregivers in the United States. This organization’s web site includes links to various “caregiving resources” including “tips and guides” such as “How to communicate your loved one’s symptoms during a crisis” and coping with stress.

 

Aging Parents and Elder Care

 
           
This web site seeks to help people “overcome the challenges of elder care.” It includes a piece titled “Eldercare 101—First Steps: Gather Information for Your Caregiving Journey.” This site will also connect caregivers to an online support group and to information about products that make caregiving easier. The link “check lists” includes the “First Steps” article, a driver safety check list, and one to help determine if an older adult is safe to be home alone.

 

The Caregiver's Home Companion

 
           
This site provides caregivers with "education, information, resources and support."

 

Medicare Interactive

 
           
This site provides information about Medicare rights and programs.

 

Hospice Care

 
           
Hospice services are not only for people with terminal cancer but also for those with a diagnosis of dementia. For more information about hospice services, contact the Maine Hospice Council at 1-800-438-5963.

Another excellent resource for families about end-of-life care for a person with dementia is a pamphlet written by Laurel Coleman, M.D., Alzhiemer’s Disease: Care and Support at the End of Life.

Advance Directives are an important aspect of end-of-life care. Although information about advance directives and the forms needed are available on-line, many may find consultation with an elder law attorney helpful.