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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Scarborough, ME for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Scarborough, ME below include 15 Assisted Living facilities with review. On average in Scarborough, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options .

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Scarborough

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services regulates assisted living and other long-term care facilities in Scarborough. This department upholds state laws protecting the welfare and dignity of residents with vigorous screening and inspection programs.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Scarborough

  • Scarborough is very safe and has a violent crime rate of 10.3 compared to the U.S. average of 22.7. Property crime rates here are also lower than national medians, at 29.4 compared to 35.4.
  • Residents have quick access to high-quality health care, including the nearby Maine Medical Center, the top-rated hospital in the state.
  • Scarborough has 450 physicians per 100,000 people, which is more than double the U.S. average of 210 per 100,000.
  • The overall cost of living in Scarborough is 43.5 points above the U.S. benchmark of 100, with housing the highest-priced factor. Fortunately, transportation and health care costs here are lower than those in many American cities.
  • Scarborough gets relatively extreme temperatures, with hot, sunny summers and cold, snowy winters. The city gets an annual average of 61 inches of snow compared to the U.S. average of 28.
  • The air quality in Scarborough is very good, coming in at 22 points above the national median of 58. This makes it a great place for those with allergies or asthma. The water quality here is also above average.

Paying for Assisted Living in Scarborough

In Scarborough, seniors pay around $6,583 per month for assisted living care. This is more expensive than the state average of $5,942 per month, according to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey. Assisted living in Scarborough is also more expensive than the national average, which comes to $4,300 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $6,583 per month, Scarborough has the highest assisted living prices in the state. Costs are lower in nearby Lewiston, where seniors pay around $6,150. Bangor has the lowest costs, at $4,842. Assisted living prices are higher in neighboring New Hampshire, where Manchester averages $7,560.

Scarborough

$6,583

Maine

$5,942

The United States

$4,300

Bangor

$4,842

Lewiston

$6,150

Manchester, NH

$7,560

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is one of the most expensive types of long-term care in Scarborough, so seniors might also like to consider other types of care to save money. Adult day health care is the cheapest option, at $4,063. Homemaker services average $5,625, and home health aides cost around $5,720. Nursing homes are the costliest type of care, with a semiprivate room averaging $10,220. For a private room, seniors pay $11,224

Homemaker Services

$5,625

Home Health Aide

$5,720

Adult Day Health Care

$4,063

Assisted Living Facility

$6,583

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10,220

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$11,224

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Scarborough

In Maine, the state funded medical program, MaineCare, covers the cost of an assisted living community. As long as seniors meet the financial eligibility criteria for MaineCare, they may have the entire cost of their assisted living unit paid for by the state.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Maine page.

Financial Assistance in Maine

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Maine page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Scarborough

Seniors in Scarborough can seek assistance from the following charities and social services, which can help with long-term care plans and healthy aging.

ResourceContactService
Southern Maine Agency on Aging(800) 427-7411This Area Agency on Aging supports seniors with informational resources such as long-term care options counseling, health insurance counseling and financial management classes. It also offers physical wellness promotion initiatives such as low-impact fitness classes and fall prevention programs. A resource center provides referrals to transportation, benefits screenings and other supportive services.
Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(800) 499-0229This state agency advocates for the rights and welfare of care home residents. Seniors concerned about the condition of their assisted living lodgings or the treatment they are receiving can contact this department. Volunteer ombudsmen help seniors and caregivers resolve disputes through mediation. They can also help residents through the complaint process with the state licensing board.
Maine Legal Services for the Elderly(800) 750-5353This organization offers free legal aid to seniors ages 60 and up. Advice is available on a range of topics important to older adults, including health care and public benefits access. Seniors can also get help with consumer matters, end-of-life planning and creditor disputes.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Scarborough

Scarborough-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Maine are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Maine page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Maine

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