Maine Nursing Home Regulations
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Maine.
Long term care facilities in Maine are also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities. These communities are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
Cost of Living
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.
- Cost of Living: 117
- Groceries: 107
- Housing: 123
- Utilities: 116
- Transportation: 121
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.
2016 Presidential Election
- 48% voted Democratic
- 45% voted Republican
- 7% voted third party
- Median age: 45
- Over the age of 55: 36%
- 2018 population: 1,338,404
- 2020 population: 1,345,111
- Estimated 2025 population: 1,362,026
- 22% regularly attend a religious service
- 52% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
- The state has a total of 1,574 congregations
- There are 185 Masonic lodges in the state.
Climate and Weather
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.”
Humidity and Precipitation
- Average humidity level: 72%
- Average monthly precipitation: 4”
- Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (November)
- Average air quality index rating: 35 (Good)
- Average maximum air quality rating: 44 in May (Good)
- Average temperature: 43°F
- Average summer temperature: 65°F
- Typical summer high: 82°F (July)
- Typical summer low: 47°F (June)
- Average winter temperature: 20°F
- Typical winter high: 38°F (December)
- Typical winter low: -7°F (January)
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