LifeStages - Aging at Home

Home should always be safe and comfortable, even as we age. Northern Light’s LifeStages caregivers provide in home care and personal care services to keep elders living independently in the comfort of their home. Our care plans are as unique as each of our clients and are designed around your needs or wishes.

Tell us what challenges you and your elder loved one are facing. We’ll explain how our LifeStages Companionship and Personal Care services can help.

Northern Light's LifeStages team provides in-home care and support when caring for yourself is no longer possible.

A little help around the house can make a tremendous difference when the loss of mobility, strength, balance or cognitive awareness turn simple daily routines like bathing, shaving and dressing into major challenges. Our LifeStages caregivers are specially trained to assist our clients with their personal care needs. Our goal is to prioritize the safety and dignity of our clients.

By providing the support you and your loved ones need, LifeStages caregivers make life easier and safer.

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Professional care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. Working with families, care manager expertise provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality in home care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:

  • Assessment and monitoring
  • Planning and problem-solving
  • Education and advocacy
  • Family caregiver coaching
  • In home nursing

Care Managers are engaged to assist in a variety of areas, such as:

  • Housing – helping families evaluate and select appropriate level of housing or residential options
  • Home care services – determining types of services that are right for a client and assisting the family to engage and monitor those services
  • Healthcare Advocacy and Medical management – attending doctor appointments, facilitating communication between doctor, client, and family, and if appropriate, monitoring client’s adherence to medical orders and instructions
  • Communication – keeping family members and professionals informed as to the well-being and changing needs of the client
  • Social activities – providing opportunity for client to engage in social, recreational, or cultural activities that enrich the quality of life
  • Legal – referring to or consulting with elder law attorney, providing expert opinion for courts in determining level of care
  • Financial – may include reviewing or overseeing bill paying or consulting with accountant or client’s Power of Attorney
  • Entitlements – providing information on Federal and state entitlements; connecting families to local programs
  • Safety and security – monitoring client at home; recommending technologies to add to security or safety; observing changes and potential risks of exploitation or abuse

It’s proven that seniors with a dedicated geriatric care manager experience better health: fewer visits to the Emergency Room, decreased hospitalization, fewer falls, improved medication management, and better ability to remain safe at home. And increased peace of mind for family members knowing their loved one is in the hands of a skilled professional.

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Services for LifeStages are charged at an hourly rate and not covered by Medicare. If you have long-term care insurance, please check with your provider to determine eligibility. Northern Light Home Care & Hospice is a preferred provider for many insurance companies.

LifeStages allowed me to grant my mom’s wish to remain at home with family through the toughest of times. Not only were they able and willing, but also caring and respectful. Their attentiveness toward the whole family made all the difference.

— A LifeStages Client

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Northern Light Home Care & Hospice contracts with the Veterans Administration to provide LifeStages caregiver services to our veterans in need. A little help around the house can make a tremendous difference when the loss of mobility, strength, balance or cognitive awareness turn simple daily routines like bathing, shaving and dressing, into major challenges. Companionship provides that much needed human connection, to be there to listen, to encourage, and share stories. Our goal is to prioritize the safety and dignity of our veterans. 

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Do you ever struggle finding someone to take you home from the hospital after a surgery, rehab stay or medical procedure?  Do you wish there could be an easier way to get a ride from someone you trust?  Now there is! 

The LifeStages Hospital to Home program offers fully screened caregivers who can bring you home safely ensuring you have everything you need to be comfortable at home. To schedule the Hospital to Home Program, or to learn more, please call 207-400-8763.

Hospital to Home Service Includes:

  • A pre-discharge visit from a member of the LifeStages staff, if needed.
  • A completed Discharge Checklist upon pick-up ensuring all questions are answered and needs addressed before you leave the hospital.
  • Transportation to your home which can include running errands to be sure you have groceries and medications.
  • Comfortably settling you in with everything you need at your fingertips, meal preparation if desired.

To say my Northern Light Care Manager saved my life would not be much of an exaggeration. Trying to recover slowly from major surgery I found myself tangled in a communication void. It would be impossile to say how many Gordian knots, snarls and brambles she hacked away. All of it accomplished with dignity, quietly and professionally. Almost immediately I began to recuperate more rapidly. I am forever grateful to the program.

— John O.

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Personal Care Services support Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and include assistance with:

  • Bathing

  • Dressing

  • Grooming

  • Transferring

  • Toileting and Incontinence care

  • Feeding

When faced with the entirely unplanned relocation of my frail 90 year-old mother from out of state, LifeStages was a genuine “life saver”! Their responsiveness and quality of care was first-class. With minimal direction needed from me, LifeStages stepped in to ensure Mom’s safety and comfort in unfamiliar surroundings, provided warm and friendly companionship, as well as delivered professional and dignified assistance with showering, dressing, and meals. A daunting undertaking was greatly eased by having LifeStages to depend on while moving Mom into her new home.

— A LifeStages Client’s Family Member

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Part of our Personal Care Services we can stop by at a specified time of day for:

  • Medication reminders and prompting

  • Preparing light meals

  • Organizing and light cleaning

  • Grocery shopping

  • Laundry

  • Sharing a cup of tea and a chat

  • Playing a board game or cards

  • Safely walking outdoors

  • Exploring the Internet

My parents’ Care Manager is extraordinarily dedicated, knowledgeable, trustworthy and hard working. Most of all she is compassionate and caring. I couldn’t do my own work without her involvement in our lives. You should be proud of what you do. To me, you are all the silent heroes in people’s lives.

— George C.

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Part of our Personal Care Services we can stay with you during appointments and escort you home:

  • Medical or dental appointments

  • Release from hospital or day surgeries

  • Eye doctor appointments

  • Church services, social meetings

  • Personal appointments, such as a haircut or the neighborhood bridge game

  • Day trips to see the sights, visit family, a local library, museum, or art gallery

  • Errands such as grocery store, pharmacy, or post office

  • A meal out at a local restaurant or café

Our parents’ health declined rapidly and 24-hour care was needed. As neither my sister nor I live in Maine, we had to rely on others to care for them. And care they do. Our Care Manager has become part of the family; we can rely on her to give us honest appraisals of what is going on with two people who have very different medical and emotional issues. Everyone we have worked with at LifeStages has been professional and compassionate. And, they are family.

— Julie F.

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We‘ll find the LifeStages caregiver that is right for you.

We know it’s difficult to let someone you don’t know into your home to help you with personal needs. Our goal is to put you at ease. Your satisfaction with your caregiver is the most important thing. And if you feel uncomfortable with the person caring for you for any reason, we will replace that person with another LifeStages caregiver. No questions asked.

Your LifeStages caregiver is trained to recognize changes in your needs as they occur, and we have the ability to send a nurse or physical therapist, or to call your doctor to check on you.

Your Safety and Security are Key

As a member of the Northern Light Health system, our caregivers go through the same background checks as any surgeon at Northern Light Mercy Hospital. These checks include drug testing, criminal background checks, driving checks, health physicals, and reference checks. You can feel safe with the LifeStages team in your home.

Caregiver training

Northern Light LifeStages Caregivers are passionate about in-home care

With over 90 years of service, Northern Light Home Care & Hospice knows what it takes to deliver quality care in someone’s home. We are very selective when choosing companions and caregivers for our LifeStages clients. What we search for is a unique passion for quality care and commitment to every patient.

Specific criteria that potential Northern Light LifeStages caregivers must meet include:

  • A professional and complete application
  • An intensive round of interviews
  • Thorough reference checks, criminal and driving background checks
  • Pre-employment physical
  • Vaccination documentation and TB screening
  • Drug screening
  • Active, on-the-job orientation

At Northern Light LifeStages, we recruit staff members who strive to care for each patient just as they would a beloved member of their own family. We orient and train our staff extremely well, asking them to keep in mind how they would want to be treated in their home. Our training is both in the classroom and with supervisors in the field. All employees must also attend our customized Alzheimer’s training program.  This rigorous selection and orientation process means that our caregivers and companions are adaptable, comfortable and skilled, no matter the situation. In our 90-year history, we’ve realized that the key to giving excellent service is to hire just the right people.

With Northern Light LifeStages, you now have the relationship that can last for the long run. To learn more, please call (207) 400-8763.

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Please call us for more information about LifeStages at 207-400–8763.