Maine is nicknamed “The Pine Tree State” after the white pine forests which cover the state. Maine has over 17 million acres of forest and over 3,470 miles of coastline on the mainland – 5,000 miles total if you include all of its islands. With more coastline than California, it's no surprise that Maine is famous for its seafood. Over 90% of the country's lobster is harvested in Maine, and much of the state's culture is influenced by the fishing industry. Locals love to celebrate Maine’s seafaring and fishing heritage, especially at events like the annual Maine Lobster Festival.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 20 assisted living facilities in Maine. The median monthly cost of assisted living in Maine is about $5,100.
Assisted living homes in Maine are regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Licensing and Regulatory Services. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Maine is rated as moderate. Maine has a Licensed Provider Search which can be used to research assisted living communities, however the search tool does not allow you to view a community’s violation history. You can contact your local Long Term Care Ombudsman in order to learn more about the violation history of a specific community.
In Maine, an Assisted Living Program is a program of assisted living services provided to residents in private apartments that are located in buildings which include a common dining area. The assisted living program services are supplied either directly by the provider or indirectly through contracts with persons, entities or agencies. "Assisted living services" means the provision of assisted housing services alone, assisted housing services with the addition of medication administration, or assisted housing services with the addition of medication administration and nursing services.
Overall, the cost of living in Maine is considered to be less affordable than the national average. Most of the state is very rural which leads to high utility and transportation costs, and many people from the Northeast’s larger cities own vacation homes in Maine, driving up property values. Some of Maine’s largest industries include farming, logging, fishing, and shipbuilding. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
Over 20% of Maine’s population are over the age of 65. In the 2016 presidential election, Maine leaned liberal overall. However, much of the state is very rural and these counties mostly voted Republican in 2016. Much of Maine is sparsely populated and many of the people who live in the state work in agriculture, farming, or fishing.
Maine’s climate is classified as warm-summer humid continental. This means that Maine experiences four distinct seasons with a wide range of temperatures. The summers in Maine are very warm and pleasant, while the winters are known for being harsh and snowy. Maine is a very mountainous state, with the Appalachian Mountain Range climbing up its western side. The numerous mountains in Maine have earned it the nickname “Switzerland of America.”