Services for people with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias, and their caregivers include diagnosis and evaluation at memory clinics, adult day services, in-home and overnight respite, home care services and special care units in residential care and nursing facilities.
Adult day services are available throughout the state. Some are designed specifically for persons with dementia. To ask for help with the cost of these services, talk directly with the day program you might use. For more information contact us.
In-home respite may provide several hours a week of time off from your care giving duties occasionally or on a regular basis. Up to two weeks a year of overnight respite is offered at certain nursing homes, residential facilities, or at home. The "Partners in Caring" program at your local Agency on Aging may help to cover the cost of these respite services. See pages A1-A2 for the Area Agency on Aging that serves the area you live in.
Information about services and assistance for individuals with dementia is available from the Alzheimer's Association. They also provide lists of support groups. Contact the Association to request their directory. The directory shows where you can find the following services in each county of Maine: Diagnosis and Evaluation Units (Memory Clinics); Geriatricians; Elder Law Attorneys; Respite Programs; Support Groups; Adult Day Services; Home Health and Homemaker Agencies; Residential and Nursing Facilities with Alzheimer's (Special Care) Units.
Association, Maine Chapter
383 US Route One,
Scarborough, ME 04074
Helpline(available 24/7) 800-272-3900
- Alzheimer's Research and Policy Brief (Adobe PDF*) - Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia in Maine
- Alzheimer's Disease: Care and Support at the End of Life - Resources and Information for the Caregiver (Adobe PDF*) Prepared by Laurel Coleman, M.D.
- Caring for a person in the final stages of Alzheimer's Disease - information and related links on links for late stage end-of-life Alzheimer’s care.
- YoungDementia.org is a web-based resource for individuals with young-onset dementia, their families, caregivers and professionals who work with them.
- Alzheimer Trainers Listserve