Staying at Home
Where do you call home? Home is where you are comfortable and can live most independently. We can provide or connect you to services as you need them to remain living independently.
Aroostook Regional Transportation (ARTS)
Access to transportation is essential, especially in rural areas. It often opens the door to meeting a variety of other needs. ARTS uses buses, volunteer drivers, private cars and taxis throughout Aroostook to help people get to appointments, shop, and stay active in their community. Contact ARTS at 1-800-442-3320 or visit www.aroostooktransportation.org for more information.
Care Partner Education and Support
Taking care of a family member who can no longer care for themselves is a role than many people hold. To provide the best care for those we love, support is needed to be an effective care partner. Care partners face the challenge of managing the care of another and finding time to look after their own needs. Sometimes care partners are afraid to ask for help. Education and support, including the Savvy Caregiver program, is available for people of all ages.
Eldercare Home Care Services
As we age, we want to live independently in our own home. Home is a place where we feel safe, comfortable, and most able to participate in our community. At some point, to stay living in our home, we may need help. Eldercare Home Care Services provides an extra set of hands to help older persons or those with disabilities with daily activities.
Friendly Volunteer Program
Connecting with others each day is a normal part of life. When family or friends are not available, having another caring person helps to pass the time, take part in an activity, or bring a smile from a shared story. Trained volunteers -- including Friendly Callers, Friendly Visitors, Friendly Helpers and Friendly Neighbors -- visit or call homebound participants regularly giving them a connection to their community.
Applying for community MaineCare, or MaineCare in-home services is a means to obtain assistance in payment for nursing home care or in-home services. Seeking assistance in the completion of the application is essential, ensuring that a complete application is sent in to the State of Maine. The toolkit provides assistance (either by phone, a link to a webinar, or an in-person visit) to enable one to complete and submit a complete and accurate application to the state.
Managing your money is a key aspect of being independent. The Money Minders program is a free bill-paying service where trained volunteers provide consumers with assistance in setting up a budget, paying bills, and managing a checkbook.
Dining centers operate in several communities in Aroostook County. Lunchtime meals are available for any person age 60 or older who wants to enjoy food, friends, and occasional recreational and educational programs.
Our delicious and nutritious frozen meals are carefully handcrafted right here in Maine by Birch Stream Farms. Meals can be picked up to take home, heat up in the stove or microwave, and eat.
Meals on Wheels
Getting food and good nutrition is something we all need to remain healthy and happy, no matter our income or support network.
Home-bound older people throughout northern Maine who are unable to attend dining centers and have difficulty preparing their own meal may be eligible for home-delivered entrées through the Meals on Wheels service.
Planning for the Future
When we plan for the future, we increase the likelihood that we will be able to continue to make our own decisions or others will know our wishes. The Agency has trained staff that can sit with you to understand your needs and put a plan on paper for your future.
Technology Assistance Program
Loneliness is real. It can lead to medical illness. There are wellness tools that are now available on the internet. The agency iPad tablet lending program is designed to enhance existing services for consumers who would benefit from online services and programs while remaining in their homes.
The Gathering Place Adult Day Services
All people need to connect with others at all stages of life. This connection gives us energy, which keeps us living at our best. The Gathering Place Adult Day Service focuses on creating a safe place for those with chronic memory loss or health conditions to enjoy the day and interact with others. While participants are at the program, care partners can take a much-needed break or handle personal business.