“It takes a village…” “No man is an island…” “Lean on me…”
As these sayings suggest, we all have a need for support and for relationships that offer intimacy and continuity. This is especially true as we age- and for those caring for aging family members.
Community programs and support groups provide an important network of resources, friendships and camaraderie that is the foundation of a caring society.
The Division of Geriatrics at Maine Medical Center partners with Southern Maine Agency on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association and Partnership for Healthy Aging to offer both educational programs and support groups designed to help Maine’s elders and their families cope with issues related to aging.
Caring for the elderly in the community also requires access to physicians trained specifically in geriatric principles. The Division of Geriatrics includes a nursing home component in which geriatricians take care of patients in local nursing homes. This has produced a strong bond among the geriatric healthcare settings and helped to fill in the gaps that can occur as older individuals transition from one healthcare setting to another.
Maine Medical Partners (MMP) Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners provide ongoing, primary patient care at nursing homes and assisted living communities in the Portland area. Our physicians also provide medical directorship at some of these sites.
The presence of MMP physicians in long term care settings allows for a smooth transition for those elders moving from an acute hospitalization to a skilled nursing facility This community effort has produced a strong bond among the geriatric healthcare settings and helped to fill the gaps that can commonly occur as older individuals transition from one healthcare setting to another.
Nursing homes and assisted living communities provide an important educational experience for Geriatric Fellows and other Internal and Family Medicine residents doing rotations in Geriatrics. In addition to nursing home care and assisted living care, our geriatricians are also available at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland.