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Services

Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing

Taking good care of you - helping you get your life back
Our team of healthcare professionals works together to develop a customized treatment plan for regaining your independence. Then they work with you - providing skilled instruction - as well as compassionate support, motivation and inspiration. We also provide comprehensive discharge planning, which may include home assessments for modification and equipment recommendation. Family training and education are also available to help the people closest to you to become even stronger sources of support in your recovery.

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Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists blend proven techniques with the latest advancements to improve your coordination, strength, flexibility and endurance. Some of the programs we offer include, but are not limited to:

  • Orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Wound care
  • Energy conservation
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • General conditioning programs
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy

therapyOur occupational therapists are skilled in helping residents achieve the highest possible levels of independence. Programs are developed after a careful physical and functional needs assessment and are designed to reduce limitations and expand capabilities, including:

  • Improving behavioral skills and perceptual/cognitive abilities
  • Learning self-care skills
  • Hand strengthening/coordination
  • Homemaking
  • Daily living skills

Speech-language Therapy

Our speech-language pathologists have the proven ability to improve our residents' thinking, listening and speaking skills as well as a number of other cognitive abilities. We are also capable of diagnosing and treating:

  • Articulation problems
  • Language disorders
  • Apraxia
  • Aural/hearing issues
  • Voice disorders
  • Cognitive communication disorders

Speech-language pathologists also evaluate and treat swallowing disorders and make recommendations for safe diets.

Long Term Care

Making life as care-free and enjoyable as possible

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 At Maine Veterans' Homes, we understand and appreciate the physical, mental and emotional strength required to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. We realize that veterans are proud individuals who were trained to overcome obstacles and never give up without a fight. Our staff's respect for your personal integrity makes any one of our five modern facilities a pleasant place to call home.

Dignity and Respect

You'll feel our commitment to your satisfaction and well-being the day you move in. At Maine Veterans' Homes, you'll enjoy the comfort of modern accommodations as well as the convenience of common living and dining areas for socializing with new friends. Each of our facilities also features charming patios, attractive gardens and quiet sitting areas for family visits, or for spending a little time alone.

Assistance with your daily living activities is available wherever and whenever you need it. From personal grooming and hygiene to diet and exercise, we're here to help you. We will adjust our level of care and support to meet your needs and your preferences.

Quality of Life

memorialIn addition to the every day comforts of home, we strive to provide our residents with special veterans programs that you won't find anywhere else. Memorial Day, Independence Day, Flag Day and Veterans' Day are very special days at each of our facilities, and are celebrated in ways that our residents genuinely appreciate. Other ways that we make daily life more enjoyable include:

Activities and Events

Hula-dancersOur certified activities staff is always planning a variety of programs for you to enjoy with new friends. Musical events, games, parties, pet therapy, special meals, religious services and organized social events are just a few of the ways we keep things interesting at each facility.

Visits from Volunteers

life 12_31Many of our residents especially appreciate the time and efforts made by our exceptionally active base of volunteers. Individuals from the many veterans' service organizations, as well as the community at large make regular visits to our facilities. In addition to visiting with residents, volunteers also perform several services such as bingo calling and reading newspapers out loud - little things that have proven to make a big difference in the lives of our residents.

Peace of mind

There are no defined visitors' hours at Maine Veterans' Homes. Family members have 24-hour access to our facilities. Overnight stays in our quiet rooms can be arranged in advance. Frequent visits are encouraged in order to maintain relationships and friendships. Our full continuum of care means any Maine Veterans' Homes has the capability and personnel to handle all of your changing needs, such as:

Residential Care

Helping you decide - helping your loved one live safely and comfortably

We will provide you with all the facts about dementia and help you determine when your loved one's condition poses a risk to their well-being. Education is the key to helping you make this difficult decision with confidence.

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Gaining understanding

Caring for a loved one suffering from dementia is a 24-hour job that no single person or family can perform. Our experienced staff will help you understand the realities of dementia so that you and your family members can be at peace with your decision.

Focusing on 'quality of life'

We believe that maintaining a connection with your loved one is an essential part of effective care. Our staff will help you be there for your loved one like you've always been, while providing you with the freedom to care for yourself and your own needs. Getting to know and understand you and your loved one helps us provide the most personalized care and home-like environment possible.

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The social interaction your loved one needs

Our residents enjoy a variety of activities that provide the stimulation and structured environment that have proven to slow the advance of dementia.

Visits from volunteers

Individuals from veterans' service organizations, as well as the community at large make regular visits to our facilities. In addition to visiting with residents, volunteers also perform several services such as bingo calling and reading newspapers out loud - little things that have proven to make a big difference in the lives of our residents.

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Activities and events

Our certified activities staff is always planning a variety of enjoyable and therapeutic programs such as musical events, games, parties, special meals, religious services and organized social events. These activities frequently feature veterans-oriented themes that stimulate memories and the desire to share them with others.

Secured courtyard

The social 'epicenter' of every Maine Veterans' Home, our courtyards feature manicured gardens and well maintained flowers and plants. Complete with patio furniture, these courtyards are the site of many concerts and barbecues and provide the perfect place to chat with friends or pursue hobbies of all kinds.

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The services your loved one requires

In addition to taking care of all your loved one's daily housekeeping needs, we also provide the following essential services for a safe, healthy and dignified experience at our facility:

Homestyle dining services

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in our comfortable dining rooms. Our dietary staff coordinates the selection of all menu items to ensure nutritional value and compliance with any unique dietary needs.

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Medication assistance

This critical task is managed by a team of healthcare professionals to ensure any prescription medication program is followed.

Security

Staff supervision in thoughtfully designed, secure living areas help prevent slip and fall accidents that people suffering from dementia are often at risk for. Your loved one will also have the added security of on-site, 24-hour personal assistance.

Dementia Care

A higher level of caring for complete peace of mind

life 05_31 When dementia progresses to the point where your loved one requires continual supervision by trained professionals, Maine Veterans' Homes is here for you. Our dementia unit is staffed with professionals who possess the knowledge and resources to provide your loved one with caring support.

Living with dignity

Compassion and respect are the cornerstones of our dementia care. Our staff understands that before dementia took its toll, your loved one was a strong, vibrant and capable person. We care for each resident's individual physical and mental challenges - but we also look past their limitations - to see the mother, father, sibling or friend you've always known.

All of this creates an environment where your loved one receives the best care, while you get the peace of mind you need to live your own life to the fullest. We will do everything in our power to enable your loved one to live life at the highest possible levels of independence, comfort and security.

Services

We don't just treat the symptoms of dementia, we manage the disease with all methods available. Each day, staff members lead residents through a variety of one-on-one and group therapies to keep their minds and bodies active, including:

Basic flexibility, dexterity and strength exercises:
  • Table bowling
  • Ball and beanbag tossing
  • Stretching
  • Squeezing exercises
Mental exercises and sensory stimulation
  • Bingo
  • Sing along activities
  • Music therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Trivia and reminiscing groups

Keeping you connected

At Maine Veterans' Homes, we take great pride in establishing freindly, trusting relationships with our residents' families. We will help you make a difficult situation a little more manageable.

There are no defined visitors' hours at Maine Veterans' Homes. Family members have 24-hour access to our facilities. Overnight stays in our quiet rooms can be arranged in advance. Frequent visits are encouraged in order to maintain relationships and friendships. When you are unable to visit your loved one in person, our staff will provide you with up-to-date status reports. On those days when you simply need a little assurance, a staff member is always available to talk with.

End of Life Care

Recognizing your special needs

As a long-term health care provider, Maine Veterans' Homes maintains the dignity and respect of all residents. We understand the fear of dying alone or dying in pain. If spending the final stages of life at home is not an option, Maine Veterans' Homes makes available the care that is necessary in order to provide residents and their loved ones with comfort, compassion and respect.

Comfort and Pain Management

Maine Veterans' Homes realizes that sometimes the goal is not to cure illnesses but rather to provide comfort to terminally ill residents and to give support to their families. MVH professionals are trained to manage pain or other symptoms of illnesses.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Specialized End of Life training associated with veterans' issues is made available to MVH staff and volunteers.

  • Pain and symptom control
  • Psychological issues
  • Social needs and spiritual needs

Additional Resources

Maine Veterans' Homes partners with the Maine Hospice Council and the Hospice Veterans Partnerships of Maine to ensure that excellent end of life care is available for our nation's veterans and their families. When appropriate, Maine Veterans' Homes utilizes outside hospice services in order to meet the needs of the individual resident and their family members.

Modern Facilities

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Modern Facilities for Maximum Comfort

You'll feel our commitment to maintaining a comfortable, home-like setting the moment you walk through the door. Each of our six facilities was built within the last 20 plus years and is meticulously maintained and regularly updated. Every facility features the following:

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Spacious Multi-purpose Rooms

Home to countless card games and conversations as well as staff organized parties, musical programs, special meals and religious services, these rooms are the primary gathering place of each facility.

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Patios and Gardens

Whether it's a little time alone or a visit with friends and family, our patios provide a wonderful setting for enjoying the outdoors.

Quiet Rooms

These special rooms feature couches for overnight visitors and are designed to provide residents and their family members with a place to relax.

Common Areas

These 'lounges' are the perfect place to catch up with friends or favorite television shows.

Other Amenities

Each facility operates a climate controlled, wheelchair accessible van for transporting residents to doctor's appointments, community events, or group activities. Computer access is also available for e-mailing loved ones and using the Internet.

Programs

Veterans' Programs & Activities

Memorial Day, Independence Day, Flag Day and Veterans' Day are very special days at each of our facilities and are celebrated in ways that our residents genuinely appreciate. Our facilities also benefit from the generous support of many veterans' service organizations. In addition to countless hours of volunteer hours, veterans groups also donate items such as popcorn makers, new couches and stereos for all our residents to enjoy.

Activities & Events

Our certified activities staff is always planning a variety of programs for our residents to enjoy with new friends. Musical events, games, parties, special meals, religious services and organized social events are just a few of the ways we keep things interesting at each facility.

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