Tag Archives: Cumberland

A Place to Start

A Place to Start is a nonprofit organization, started in memory of a loved one who had Alzheimer’s disease, that provides hope, help and guidance to other families in similar circumstances. We can help develop individualized care plans for living with a dementia diagnosis. We also offer mentorship, navigation assistance, guidance, planning, support and understanding.

Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter

Provides education and training programs throughout Maine and a round-the-clock telephone Helpline for information, consultation, referral services and care management services.

  • Phone: 24 hour helpline: 1-800-272-3900 Office: 772-0115
  • Location: 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough
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Avesta Housing

Affordable housing developer and manager of affordable apartments in southern Maine (mostly York and Cumberland counties, plus Livermore Falls), including many age-restricted units. Also operates the Inn at Village Square 37-bed assisted living facility in Gorham.

Brunswick Housing Authority

Manages public housing and Section 8 housing choice vouchers, including senior and disabled apartments. Also offers a “Congregate Housing Service Program,” which provides residents of its three senior housing properties with additional services — including meals, housekeeping, personal care services and emergency medical services — to encourage independent living.

Catholic Charities of Maine – Agape home care

Offers assistants, companion sitters and personal care specialists with personal and home care services. Services are currently available in Southern Maine with planned availability statewide, for seniors of all faiths and levels of need.

CHANS Home Health Care & Hospice Services

Providing professional, medically-based support in life’s final stages from a team associated with Mid-Coast Hospital.

City of Portland Elder Advocate

Information, advocacy and referral services for seniors and their families.

City of Portland Transportation Options

Links to agencies that provide senior transportation assistance.

Coastal Trans Inc.

Provides non-emergency medical transportation for MaineCare eligible riders, as well as services for riders who are elderly, have disabilities, and people with low income. Serves residents of Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc Counties and the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell.

Community Partners dementia support group

A Biddeford-based support group for caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Food pantries in Cumberland County

Eligible seniors can receive food assistance from local pantries.

Foster Grandparent Program of York and Cumberland Counties

The Foster Grandparent Program supports quality child care and schools by placing volunteers in child development centers and schools as mentors and tutors with children with special needs.  Schools and child development centers benefit from additional individualized attention promoting school readiness in child development and academic success in schools.

Hospice of Southern Maine

A nonprofit Hospice organization and operator of the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. Services include home assistance, pain management and bereavement services for families and caregivers. Income-eligible patients can qualify for subsidized care.

ITNAmerica: Dignified Transportation for Seniors

Fee-based transportation service for people 65 years and older or who have visual impairments. Operates within 15-mile radius of Portland and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for any transportation purpose.

Maine Medical Center Geriatric Center

Outpatient geriatric programs. Services include a Falls Clinic for strength and balance, general geriatric assessments, and a dementia evaluation center.

In dementia evaluations, a collaborative team consisting of a geriatrician, nurse and social workers can make a diagnosis of dementia or memory disorder, provide information about the disease, and offer access to resources for appropriate care.

Midcoast Ridefinder

Whether you want to fly out to the islands, visit a friend, go shopping, or simply need a ride to the doctor’s, RideFinder will give you the most current information available as to what your options are.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine

Peer-taught courses for adults aged 50+. Courses meet weekly.

Part of the Maine Senior College Network.

Portland Adult Day Services

City of Portland Adult Day Services Program is designed to offer supportive, daytime care that enables individuals living alone or with family to remain at home, help individual clients rediscover and expand their abilities, friendships and interests, provide a specialized program for clients with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, and provide much-needed respite for caregivers. Services include: Light breakfast and hearty noon meal, health and medication monitoring by an R.N., therapeutic activities such as music, art, exercise, and much more.

Portland Crisis Intervention Services

The Portland Police Department provides law enforcement, crisis intervention and community policing to the City of Portland.

  • Phone: Emergency: 911; Non-emergency: 874-8300
  • Location: 109 Middle St. Portland ME 04101
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Portland Housing Authority

Manages three subsidized elderly housing complexes in Portland: Franklin Towers, Harbor Terrace and Washington Gardens. Also provides Section 8 vouchers for income eligible adults.

Retiree and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of York and Cumberland Counties

Volunteer opportunities include public health programs, tutoring and mentoring programs for students, and immigrant assistance.

RTP Regional Transportation Program

A fleet of 36+ lift-equipped buses and vans, 40+ agency certified drivers and a volunteer program that involves more than 60 drivers serving Cumberland County residents who need to get to medical appointments, grocery shopping, work and other important places.

Senior Companion Program (SCP) of York and Cumberland Counties

SCP volunteers provide companionship to fail seniors in order to provide socialization, transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping and other essential errands, and respite for family caregivers.  Volunteers receive a non-taxable stipend in return for volunteering, meal and travel support.

Shuttlebus and Zoom Turnpike Express

Provides ShuttleBus local service within Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach; ShuttleBus intercity service connecting Tri-Towns with Scarborough, South Portland and Portland; and ZOOM commuter service linking Biddeford and Saco with downtown Portland.

South Portland Housing Authority

Manages Section 8 vouchers and public housing for South Portland. Also manages the 123-unit Betsy Ross House for seniors aged 62+, which offers a mix of income-restricted and market-rate units with dining services.

Southern Maine Agency on Aging

One of Maine’s Agencies on Aging — a regional hub of resources, programs and services aimed at improving the health and well-being of older adults and their families. Programs include Meals on Wheels, social worker consultations, family caregiver support, and the Maine Senior Games.

Southern Maine Agency on Aging

One of Maine’s Agencies on Aging — a regional hub of resources, programs and services aimed at improving the health and well-being of older adults and their families. Programs include Meals on Wheels, which are delivered to the senior’s home; and several “Community Cafes” or other communal dining opportunities.

VNA Home Health & Hospice

Affiliated with Mercy Hospital, VNA’s hospice services team includes nurses, social workers, bereavement support counselors and volunteers.

  • Phone: (800) 757-3326
  • Location: 50 Foden Road, Suite 3, South Portland
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VNA LifeStages

Affiliated with Mercy Hospital, VNA’s LifeStages programs provide in-home care services to help seniors maintain independent lifestyles as they age. Services include companionship and personal care, transportation, chronic disease management, and mediation services for seniors and their families.

VNA LifeStages Alzheimer’s care

Affiliated with Mercy Hospital, VNA’s LifeStages programs provide in-home care services to help seniors maintain independent lifestyles as they age. Specialized “Care Navigators” trained in Alzheimer’s care can work with clients living at home or in long-term care facilities.

Westbrook Housing Authority

Section 8 vouchers, public housing, and age-restricted housing options.