Tag Archives: York

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
  • Visit the website

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.

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.

Community Partners dementia support group

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

Food pantries in York 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.

Good Shepherd Food Bank — Senior Food Mobile

Fresh food delivery to low-income senior housing complexes and senior community centers in York County.

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.

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.

Mayflower Place Assisted Living Facility

35 one-bedroom assisted living apartments located in South Sanford, owned by the Sanford Housing Authority. Features a full kitchen with provision of three meals per day, housekeeping services, personal care services and 24-hour staffing. Medical services provided by Goodall Hospital and the State of Maine Dept. of Human Services.

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.

Sanford Housing Authority

Manages public housing and Section 8 voucher programs for Sanford, Springvale and the surrounding towns of Alfred, Kennebunk, Lebanon, North Berwick, Wells, Shapleigh and Acton.

Properties include 114 units of age-restricted senior housing and the 35-unit Mayflower Place assisted living facility in Sanford (see link, above).

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.

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.

The Memory Clinic at Southern Maine Medical Center

A dementia evaluation center. 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.

  • Phone: 467-8215
  • Location: 3 Webhannet Pl., Kennebunk

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
  • Visit the website

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.

York County Community Action

Also offers scheduled bus and van services for medical and shopping appointments: the WAVE bus, connecting Sanford to Wells and Biddeford 7 days a week; Sanford Transit, running between Springvale and South Sanford 5 days a week;  and the Shoreline Explorer Line 5, from Sanford to Wells Beach 7 days a week.

York County Community Action

Provides financial assistance for home heating fuel bills and in fuel emergencies; also provides loans and grants to very low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their dwellings or to remove health and safety hazards.

York Hospital Hospice

A service of York Hospital in partnership with Merrimack Valley Hospice, offers comfort care and palliative services for patients nearing the end-of-life.

York Housing Authority

Manages 136 units of affordable senior housing in four properties.

Independent living with in-home services available as well as social programming.