Long-term care includes home care services or services in residential or institutional settings. The State of Maine Long-term Care Assessment is for anyone who needs long-term care services and wants to know which ones are available and affordable. The first step is a telephone screen to make sure you need an assessment. If you do, there is no charge, and the assessment is private. The assessment is done in your home, in the hospital, or nursing home by a Registered Nurse. The nurse uses a form called the “MED” (Medical Eligibility Determination form). The nurse will ask about the kinds of tasks you can do by yourself, what kinds of help you need, whether you have friends and family members or neighbors who can help you, what your income is, and other questions. For more information, or to have a telephone screen, call Goold Health Systems toll free at 1-800-609-7893 or V/TTY at 1-888-720-1925. The free assessment is available throughout the state and is required for anyone entering a nursing home.
If you have additional questions call:
Office of Elder Services: 207-287-9200
Toll Free Nationwide: 1-800-262-2232
Toll Free TTY: Maine relay 711