Assisted Living + Memory Care
Woodlands Senior Living of Brewer first opened as an assisted living community in 2002 and later expanded in 2007 to meet the area’s growing need for high-quality memory care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other memory impairments. Serving seniors in eastern Maine, our Brewer location is a warm, caring environment for living that has been thoughtfully developed, featuring elegant architecture, interior decoration and furnishings unmatched by other senior care communities in the area.
Gracious and comfortable, our assisted living community provides supportive services and lifestyle opportunities to seniors who may require assistance with activities of daily living. Our memory care residence offers family members peace of mind that their loved one is in a secured and comforting environment.
- 72-bed assisted living community featuring both private and shared rooms
- 32-bed memory care community featuring both private and shared rooms
- Private pay or MaineCare accepted
- Personalized plans of care
- Specially trained and carefully selected staff available 24/7
What type of accommodations and features are available?
Both the memory care and assisted living communities feature private rooms and shared rooms.
- Private bathrooms in all resident rooms or apartments
- Multiple areas for residents to engage with others, including:
- Television room
- Reading room
- Home-style kitchen
- Formal dining room
- Large group activity area
- Expansive outside courtyard with walking paths, gardens and gazebo
- Onsite hair salon
- 24-hour emergency call system and onsite security
How much does it cost?
Residents pay a monthly rental fee based on a daily rate for a single or double occupancy room.
What if I can't afford the monthly rental fee?
Our community has a Provider Agreement with Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services which allows us to accept a limited number of persons whose residency will be subsidized by MaineCare. You can obtain information about the MaineCare application process and your eligibility by contacting DHHS’ Office of Integrated Access and Support by phone at (207) 795-4300 or (800) 482-7517 or via their website at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/
Will you accept long-term care insurance?
Some long-term care insurance policies will reimburse policy holders for residential care expenses. You may want to contact your insurance provider to determine the exclusions or limitations of your policy.
Will I have to sign a lease?
Our community offers a month-to-month rental agreement.
What services are included in the monthly rental fee I pay?
The following services are included in the monthly rental fee:
- Room and board
- Daily meals and snacks
- Assistance with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, mobility, etc.
- Medication administration
- Basic nursing services including general health monitoring, simple wound dressing, insulin injections, etc. We are licensed as a residential care facility and therefore are not able to offer skilled nursing services such as intravenous therapy, daily injections (other than insulin), 24-hour nursing assessment, etc.
- Therapeutic activity programming specifically designed to engage individuals, including specialized activities tailored to aid individuals with memory impairments
- Transportation to medical appointments
How do the services you provide compare to nursing home services?
Who do you employ?
We employ a variety of personnel to assist in the services provided to your loved one, including:
- Licensed Residential Care Administrator who directs the day-to-day operation of the community
- Registered Nurses (RN) who are responsible for providing basic nursing services
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who are responsible for providing basic nursing services
- Program Coordinators who monitor and direct the day-to-day provision of program services to residents
- Activity Coordinators who develop and implement a program of recreational activities and events
- Certified Residential Medication Aides (CRMA) who are responsible for medication administration
- Personal Care Attendants (PCA) who are responsible for providing personal care and some light housekeeping tasks
- Maintenance personnel who are responsible for maintaining our grounds and physical plant
- Dining services personnel who are responsible for meal preparation and delivery
- Housekeeping personnel who are responsible for housekeeping and laundry tasks
What training does your staff receive?
In addition to our own comprehensive orientation program, covering topics like fire safety, infection control, resident rights, and a variety of other topics, our staff members also receive the following training:
- Personal Care Attendants (PCA) complete a 50-hour training program developed and required by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services in order to prepare them for providing resident personal care.
- Certified Residential Medication Aides (CRMA) complete a 50-hour training program developed and required by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services to prepare them for medication administration.
- We require every member of our staff, from executive director to dietary personnel, to complete the Alzheimer’s Association’s essentiALZ™ certification program. This 10-hour program provides basic and advanced training on person-centered care, the changes that can happen to thinking skills as dementia progresses, how those changes impact behavior, and how to understand behavior as communication as well as how to address physical concerns like eating, pain, wandering, and falls.
What if my family member needs skilled nursing or therapy services?
Woodlands Senior Living has an established relationship with a local provider who is offering onsite programs for skilled nursing and therapy services. Residents may also choose to make arrangments with an alternate provider of their choice.
How can I start the process of admission?
Please contact us at (207) 989-7577 or visit us in person at 53 Colonial Circle in Brewer for an application. Once we receive an individual’s completed application, our staff will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the individual. The purpose of the assessment is to determine what the person’s needs are to ensure that we can adequately meet those needs.
What steps can I take now to ensure that I am prepared for my loved one's admission?
There are a number of things you can do in advance that will help the process of transitioning your loved one’s care to a community.
- If you haven’t already done so, designate someone to act as the individual’s legal representative, for example, a durable power of attorney (DPOA), durable power of attorney for health care (DPOA-HC) or guardian. You may want to consult with an attorney.
- If your loved one will be relocating to the Brewer area from another community, you may want to seek out a local Brewer-area physician to provide her/his primary care in the future.
- We will rely on you to help us become familiar with your family member. Consider creating a “life story” for your loved one including things like his/her daily routine, food preferences, activities joined, nicknames, etc.
Woodlands Senior Living of Brewer
53 Colonial Circle
Brewer, ME 04412