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 and has offered to fund up to three years of implementation provided the goals are successfully met. Read the Washington County TiP Project Summary.  The initiative is now in the third year of plan implementation.  Download a copy of the work plan for year 3.

The Community Caring Collaborative (CCC) is the lead agency providing administrative oversight of the implementation process.  Partnering with the CCC is Downeast Community Partners, the local CAP agency that provides fiscal management of the grant.

During the planning year, a team of key partners led meetings that included partners and community stakeholders, focus groups, Community Circles and joint learning opportunities.  Common concerns across all venues included the need and desire for a central location and person where information and resources could be readily accessible. Although some consumers were able to access some services, there were far more barriers and gap to thriving in place in Washington County. Other key findings included the need for more in-home support, lack of food security, and transportation challenges.

Enhancing communication and resource sharing strategies that support thriving in place in Washington County while increasing collaboration and service usage by consumers, caregivers, and agencies is a key objective of the plan and includes the establishment of a TiP website for Washington County consumers and providers to use.  A training calendar (see blue sidebar on right) is currently under development to offer education, training and workforce development opportunities for Washington County that will expand knowledge of issues facing elders and other vulnerable populations.

Other objectives of the plan include

  • Expanding community supports across Washington County that support thriving in place for aging and other vulnerable populations
  • Developing an Elder Advocate/Navigator position for Washington County to assist individuals, caregivers and providers as they navigate and secure services.
  • Increasing caregiver support networks, including respite care.
  • Designing and implementing volunteer food delivery services, beginning with 3 pilot programs in Machias, Eastport, and Indian Township.
  • Implementing a transportation pilot program in Machias that will be replicated to two additional towns in years two and three.

At the end of the first year of plan implementation, the partners engaged in a “ripple effect mapping” exercise conducted by David Wihry from the University of Maine Center on Aging. The result was an impressive picture of how services and activities of the TiP partnership were “rippling” across the county.  Download the map here.

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