Scarborough is a coastal resort town with a laid-back atmosphere. The city is home to 22,135 people, of whom a higher percentage than average are seniors, at 22.1%. The city has a wide range of elder-friendly leisure options, including beaches, boardwalks and parks. Seniors living here can also take advantage of close access to a very high number of physicians and the state’s highest-rated hospital, Maine Medical Center.

Scarborough also has a robust selection of assisted living facilities, ranging from small, cozy homes to elegant senior care plazas. These facilities are made for older adults who need a bit of help with daily activities like chores, meal preparation and mobility. They are staffed around the clock to provide assistance in case of a fall or emergency. For this type of care, seniors in Scarborough pay $6,583 per month, which is more than state and national averages.

The following guide covers the pros, cons and costs of assisted living in Scarborough and details some of the resources available to local seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Scarborough, ME

Scarborough Terrace

600 Commerce Dr, Scarborough, ME, 04074

Scarborough Terrace is an assisted living facility in Scarborough, Maine, less than 5 miles from the beautiful waterfront at Scarborough Beach State Park. Residents here enjoy a private and relaxing s … (read more)
Scarborough Terrace is an assisted living facility in Scarborough, Maine, less than 5 miles from the beautiful waterfront at Scarborough Beach State Park. Residents here enjoy a private and relaxing s … (read more)

The Enclave of Scarborough

18 Black Point Road, Scarborough, ME, 04074

I’ve had a family member in the assisted living unit for over three years. Before the change in management things were great. Since the change before COVID, it seems the staff are very unhappy and the … (read more)
I’ve had a family member in the assisted living unit for over three years. Before the change in management things were great. Since the change before COVID, it seems the staff are very unhappy and the … (read more)

Pine Point Center

67 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, ME, 04074

I am only commenting on the rehab care. My husband was admitted for rehab after a knee replacement at the VA. Arrangements were made in advance by VA social worker including his list of required meds … (read more)
I am only commenting on the rehab care. My husband was admitted for rehab after a knee replacement at the VA. Arrangements were made in advance by VA social worker including his list of required meds … (read more)

75 State Street

75 State Street, Portland, ME, 04101

75 State Street is a great place, but not for my mother. It’s very busy and very energetic, and my mother is very sedate, quiet, and needs a lot of assistance. We just didn’t feel that it was right fo … (read more)
75 State Street is a great place, but not for my mother. It’s very busy and very energetic, and my mother is very sedate, quiet, and needs a lot of assistance. We just didn’t feel that it was right fo … (read more)

HarborChase of South Portland

25 Country Club Drive , South Portland, ME, 04106

HarborChase of South Portland is new. It offers a lot of field trips and things. They’re only a 43% capacity, so I think they’re a little lacking in some care areas, but overall, it’s a good facility. … (read more)
HarborChase of South Portland is new. It offers a lot of field trips and things. They’re only a 43% capacity, so I think they’re a little lacking in some care areas, but overall, it’s a good facility. … (read more)

Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living

86 Holiday Drive, Portland, ME, 04103

Minutes from Payson Park by Back Cove, Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living is an assisted and independent living facility near the ocean in Portland, Maine. Residents and visitors often comment on the … (read more)
Minutes from Payson Park by Back Cove, Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living is an assisted and independent living facility near the ocean in Portland, Maine. Residents and visitors often comment on the … (read more)

The Landing at Cape Elizabeth

78 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME, 04107


Gorham House

50 New Portland Road, Gorham, ME, 04038

I like the Gorham House. It’s just that my wife needed to be in nursing care and they didn’t have any beds in the nursing care area. I went to look at the assisted care unit, but the administrator the … (read more)
I like the Gorham House. It’s just that my wife needed to be in nursing care and they didn’t have any beds in the nursing care area. I went to look at the assisted care unit, but the administrator the … (read more)

Avita of Stroudwater

113 Landing Road, Westbrook, ME, 04092

Avita of Stroudwater is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility near the Wassamki Springs Campground in Westbrook, Maine. In addition to its upscale, modern appearance, residents a … (read more)
Avita of Stroudwater is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility near the Wassamki Springs Campground in Westbrook, Maine. In addition to its upscale, modern appearance, residents a … (read more)

Stroudwater Lodge

116 Landing Rd, Westbrook, ME, 04092

I’ve toured several places. The one I like the best is Stroudwater Lodge in Westbrook. First of all, I liked the staff. It seemed to be well staffed. All the staff seemed to be friendly. They have OT, … (read more)
I’ve toured several places. The one I like the best is Stroudwater Lodge in Westbrook. First of all, I liked the staff. It seemed to be well staffed. All the staff seemed to be friendly. They have OT, … (read more)

Atlantic Heights Retirement

100 Harbor Drive, Saco, ME, 04072

Atlantic Heights Retirement is a very nice and newer facility with a hotel-like feel. The rooms were pleasant and spacious. They had a large formal dining room area. The upkeep seemed fine, and it’s w … (read more)
Atlantic Heights Retirement is a very nice and newer facility with a hotel-like feel. The rooms were pleasant and spacious. They had a large formal dining room area. The upkeep seemed fine, and it’s w … (read more)

The Osher Inn

620 – 640 Ocean Avenue, Portland, ME, 04103

The Cedars is located in a secluded area of Portland, a short distance away from a number of churches, restaurants and the scenic Edward Payson Park. Many visitors who come see the impressive facility … (read more)
The Cedars is located in a secluded area of Portland, a short distance away from a number of churches, restaurants and the scenic Edward Payson Park. Many visitors who come see the impressive facility … (read more)

Seaside Skilled Rehabilitation Center

850 Baxter Boulevard, Portland, ME, 04103

Outstanding staff, clean facility and delicious food are some of the positive things residents and their loved ones say about Seaside Rehab and Health Care. Located in Portland, Maine, this senior liv … (read more)
Outstanding staff, clean facility and delicious food are some of the positive things residents and their loved ones say about Seaside Rehab and Health Care. Located in Portland, Maine, this senior liv … (read more)

Portland Center for Assisted Living

68 Devonshire Street, Portland, ME, 04103

Located in the heart of Portland, Maine, the Portland Center for Assisted Living aims to create a family community atmosphere for its residents. Staff members are appreciated for their kindness and co … (read more)
Located in the heart of Portland, Maine, the Portland Center for Assisted Living aims to create a family community atmosphere for its residents. Staff members are appreciated for their kindness and co … (read more)

Springbrook Center

300 Spring Street, Westbrook, ME, 04092

THE PERSONAL CARE OF THE RESIDENTS IS ATTROCIOUS. MY MOM WAS THERE AND SHE CONSTANTLY HAD FECES ON HER AND SMELLED. THEY NEVER GAVE HER A BATH/SHOWER UNLESS I COMPLAINED ABOUT HER ODOR. MY CONSTANT CO … (read more)
THE PERSONAL CARE OF THE RESIDENTS IS ATTROCIOUS. MY MOM WAS THERE AND SHE CONSTANTLY HAD FECES ON HER AND SMELLED. THEY NEVER GAVE HER A BATH/SHOWER UNLESS I COMPLAINED ABOUT HER ODOR. MY CONSTANT CO … (read more)

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.

$6583

Scarborough

$5942

Maine

$4300

The United States

$4842

Bangor

$6150

Lewiston

$7560

Manchester, NH

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

$5625

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$4063

Adult Day Health Care

$6583

Assisted Living Facility

$10220

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11224

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Scarborough was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Portland, was used instead.

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.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities 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.

Resource

Contact 

Service

(800) 427-7411

This 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.

(800) 499-0229

This 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.

(800) 750-5353

This 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