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Overflowing with natural beauty and the scent of pine needles and brine, nursing homes in Maine can make an exceptional choice for long-term senior care options. Whether you’ve lived in the Pine Tree State all your life or are considering a move, you’ve got a total of 110 skilled nursing homes in Maine to choose from.
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Looking for a nursing home in the United States will set you back quite a bit, and in Maine, even more so. For a private room you’ll be looking at around $107,675 annually and shelling out $100,375 for semi-private living quarters. These figures are above the national average nursing home cost. You will want to shop around to find which areas have costs that fit your budget.
Need more information about nursing home costs in Maine? Check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey – Maine.
You don’t have to enjoy fresh seafood and rugged excursions into the wilderness to find the appeal of Maine (although these things are loved by many). Take a trip to Boothbay’s Botanical Gardens or the Ogunquit Playhouse for a quaint and wholesome day. Perhaps you’ll travel up the coast to view the famous Portland Head Light on Cape Elizabeth and finish the evening with a locally harvested lobster roll (yes, it’s still about the seafood). Otherwise, senior centers like those in Lewiston, Maine can be great outlets to maintain wellness, make friends, and enjoy various community activities throughout the seasons.
Maine is interesting because though it is part of New England, there’s a different feel than Massachusetts or New Hampshire. Maine is known as a quirky but charming state. Maine is the lease densely populated state east of the Mississippi River. Over 80 percent of the land is forested.
The Pine Tree state has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are humid, but typically not hot, but winters are cold and snowy. In the northern areas of Maine, winters are especially severe. Summer average temperatures are typically a comfortable 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, you can expect daily highs of about 32 degrees.
The Department of Health and Human Services manages nursing homes in Maine. The agency puts forth regulations and standards that nursing homes must meet to remain licensed and give residents the best in day-today care skills and nursing care. Inspections of nursing homes are done regularly to make sure that all rules and regulations are being met, as well as make sure residents are receiving quality care and their needs are being met.
In 2013, Maine saw a 9.1 percent decrease in crime and continues to be one of the safer states in the U.S. Finding a suitable and safe community to surround you or your elder’s new home is imperative to one’s wellbeing. It can help to take a trip to an area before making any commitment. Listed below are some of the safest cities to consider when looking for a nursing home in Maine.
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As mentioned before, receiving nursing home care in Maine can be a bit on the expensive side. Residents are more than welcome to pay with private funds, however, this is not usually an option for many families. Luckily, federal and state joint funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid (also called MaineCare) can cover the majority of long-term care costs. Medicare is limited to 100 days of care, whereas residents can qualify for MaineCare if they are over 65 and make less than $1,991 a month or $2,981 with a spouse. Other factors such as medical conditions and insurance plans may affect one’s eligibility, so be sure to review the guidelines for your state.
Nursing homes in Maine don’t have the power to take away your citizenship or any other right afforded by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Seniors should be treated with dignity and their privacy protected, always being free to express themselves and manage their own affairs. If it is suspected that any of these rights are being infringed, contact a legal advisor familiar with senior law.
As a resident in Maine, you have the right to obtain and review your personal medical records. Federal and state laws maintain the privacy of these records, requiring hospitals and physicians to keep them for a period of 7 years. To receive your records, a formal request is submitted and must be acknowledged within 30 days.