Thriving in Place

The Washington County Thriving in Place (TiP) Initiative brings county, state and tribal partners in health, social services, and elder care together to implement a responsive work plan to improve outcomes for elders and others with chronic health issues who chose to remain at home.

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) funded a year-long planning process that resulted in an ambitious plan for thriving in place, then followed up with an offer to fund up to three years of implementation provided the goals are successfully met. Read the Washington County TiP Project Summary.  The initiative has completed its final year of plan implementation.  Read MeHAF’s follow-up study of this Thriving in Place cohort.

The Community Caring Collaborative (CCC) was the lead agency providing administrative oversight of the implementation process. CCC convened meetings of the TiP partners at regular intervals, and all participated in a ripple effects mapping exercise conducted by David Wihry from the University of Maine Center on Aging that focused on sustaining the initiative after the grant period.  View the map here.  This was the second REM exercise conducted by David Wihry for the Washington County TiP Initiative.  View the ripple effects map completed in year 1 of the plan.  All the major TiP partners have committed to continuing the work, as it falls in alignment with their respective organizational missions and goals.  This includes maintaining the Elder Services Navigator position.  Downeast Community Partners houses this role with support from the CCC.

Along with sustaining the plan objectives, CCC is developing new strategies that involve organizations serving elders.  We will provide more information as these relationships and strategies take shape.

Partners in the Washington County Thriving in Place Initiative include:

  • Axiom Education and Training Center
  • Care and Comfort/Marshall Health Care Nursing Home
  • City of Calais
  • Community Caring Collaborative
  • Community Health and Counseling Services
  • Curves
  • Downeast Community Partners
  • Down East Community Hospital
  • Downeast Hospice
  • Eastern Area Agency on Aging Sunrise Opportunities
  • Eastport Health Care, Inc
  • Family Medicine Door to Door
  • Healthy Acadia
  • Indian Township Tribal Government
  • Loving Care Home Care
  • Lubec Community Outreach Center
  • Lubec Women’s club
  • Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Machias Rotary Club
  • Maine Families
  • Maine Seacoast Mission
  • Maine Veterans Home
  • Pine Tree Legal Associates
  • Senior Companion Program
  • Sunrise Home Care
  • UMaine Center on Aging
  • University of Maine
  • Washington County Community College