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Maine Nursing Homes

Nursing homes in Maine are unfortunately oftentimes passed over. This is partly due to the location of the state, as it sits in the very northernmost part of the east coast. Furthermore, Maine doesn’t get the recognition of the other prized states of New England including Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Delaware, but it should.

Maine skilled nursing facilities are quite a bit cheaper yet still provide a high quality of life. Excellent health care is available in the New England region with some of the finest doctors and nursing staff. Maine is also among the Top 10 in least populated, so competition for elderly care facilities in Maine is not as intense and the pace of life is slower. The state also provides over 3,500 miles of shoreline that deliver spectacular views out many of the best nursing homes in Maine.

Maine Nursing Home Costs

Though still far cheaper than long term care costs in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut -- Maine nursing homes are not the cheapest in the United States. The average rate for a semi-private room is $271.

Compared to the national average of $225 per day, Maine is definitely a little higher than the norm. At the average daily rate, residents can expect to pay just under $100,000 per year for a semi-private nursing home room. Private rooms jump up to nearly $300 per day, and $109,000 per year.

It is hard to find very affordable nursing homes in Maine not only because of the statewide averages but also because of less of a selection. However, northern Maine is typically cheaper than the southern portion of the state when it comes to nursing homes, sometimes by as much as $20 to $30 less per day. One of the reasons for this is northern Maine is more rural and endures harsher winters.

Altogether, short term care, rehabilitation and long-term care in Maine ranks within the Top 10 in the United States in terms of highest average monthly cost. California ranks just above Maine, and nearby New Hampshire is just under it.

Maine Nursing Home / Skilled Nursing - Amenities

While you will pay more for quality nursing homes in Maine, the number of amenities and features is exceptional. The best Maine nursing homes provide an abundance of daily activities, fresh and high-quality food, extended visitation for friends and family, indoor and outdoor private seating areas, day use rooms and more. It is not also uncommon to find high quality elderly care facilities in Maine with a beauty salon, barber shop, library, activity room and chapel.

The New England area has some of the most qualified and experienced doctors in the nation. Health care in New England, including Maine is top notch. Fittingly, staff employed at skilled nursing facilities in Maine are terrific.

Staff can assist residents with several activities and functions (eating, using the bathroom, bathing, getting in and out of bed, etc.) as well as handle more direct and specific care for those dealing with major medical issues or disabilities. Staff is equipped to handle residents with prior strokes, heart attacks, chronic diseases as well as mental or cognitive disabilities such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

There are a total of 100 nursing homes in Maine that Maine senior citizen residents can take advantage of. Maine nursing facilities can be part of larger nursing care communities, including continuing care, dementia or Alzheimer's care communities. Most skilled nursing facilities in Maine will provide older adults with both long term care as well as short term rehabilitative nursing care. Most Maine nursing homes accept Medicaid and all will accept private pay. All nursing facilities throughout Maine state that you can locate through Senior Guidance are officially licensed by Medicare.

SeniorGuidance.org provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

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