On May 1, three leading home health and hospice agencies serving the needs of Maine residents will come together to form a stronger, unified organization with a new name. HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice and Waldo County Home Care and Hospice will join together to become MaineHealth Care at Home, offering high-quality clinical services in Cumberland, York, Lincoln, Waldo, Knox and southern Oxford counties.
The demand for home care and hospice services in Maine remains strong. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maine has the highest median age of any state, and ranks third in the share of the population over age 65. In addition, more than half of Mainers are living with a chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes or asthma.
As a member of MaineHealth, Northern New England’s largest not-for-profit integrated health system, MaineHealth Care at Home will continue to provide a full range of high-quality services to patients with the same trusted care teams of professionally trained and experienced nurses, rehabilitation therapists, home health aides and social workers employed in their local communities. Services include home health care, private duty home care, palliative care, rehabilitative therapies, pediatric home health care services, telehealth, and community health and wellness throughout the service area. MaineHealth Care at Home hospice services will be provided in Knox, Waldo and Lincoln Counties, and at the Sussman House at the Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockland.
MaineHealth President William L. Caron, Jr., says, “Being part of an integrated system means we can collaborate to develop creative and innovative solutions that benefit our patients and communities. By combining the expertise and clinical skills of three agencies, MaineHealth Care at Home is positioned to continue improving the health and quality of life for tens of thousands of children and adults in Maine.”
Donna DeBlois, MaineHealth Care at Home President and CEO, states, “We are excited about the opportunities inherent in aligning the strengths and expertise of three agencies dedicated to building stronger programs that support the health and independence of so many Maine residents.” .