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VNA’s LifeStages provides in home care services so  seniors can live safely and independently at home.

LifeStages

Home should always be safe and comfortable, even as we age. VNA’s LifeStages caregivers provide in home care and personal care services to keep elders living independently in the comfort of their home. Our care plans are as unique as each of our clients and are designed around your needs or wishes.

Tell us what challenges you and your elder loved one are facing. We’ll explain how our LifeStages Companionship and Personal Care services can help.

“When faced with the entirely unplanned relocation of my frail 90 year-old mother from out of state, LifeStages was a genuine “life saver”!  Their responsiveness and quality of care was first-class.  With minimal direction needed from me, LifeStages stepped in to ensure Mom’s safety and comfort in unfamiliar surroundings, provided warm and friendly companionship, as well as delivered professional and dignified assistance with showering, dressing, and meals.  A daunting undertaking was greatly eased by having LifeStages to depend on while moving Mom into her new home.”    A LifeStages Client’s Family Member

“LifeStages allowed me to grant my mom’s wish to remain at home with family through the toughest of times. Not only were they able and willing, but also caring and respectful. Their attentiveness toward the whole family made all the difference.” — A LifeStages Client

Services for LifeStages are charged at an hourly rate and not covered by Medicare.  If you have long-term care insurance, please check with your provider to determine eligibility.  VNA is a preferred provider for many insurance companies.

For more  information call (207) 400–8763.
VNA’s LifeStages team provides in-home care and support when caring for yourself is no longer possible.

“LifeStages allowed me to grant my mom’s wish to remain at home with family through the toughest of times. Not only were they able and willing but also caring and respectful. Their attentiveness toward the whole family made all the difference.” A LifeStages Client

A little help around the house can make a tremendous difference when the loss of mobility, strength, balance or cognitive awareness turn simple daily routines like bathing, shaving and dressing into major challenges. Our LifeStages caregivers are specially trained to assist our clients with their personal care needs. Our goal is to prioritize the safety and dignity of our clients.

Personal Care Services support Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and include assistance with:
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Transferring
  • Toileting and Incontinence care
  • Feeding
Friendly Companionship (we can stop by at a specified time of day for)
  • Medication reminders
  • Preparing light meals
  • Organizing and light cleaning
  • Grocery shopping
  • Laundry
  • Sharing a cup of tea and a chat
  • Playing a board game or cards
  • Safely walking outdoors
  • Exploring the Internet
Transportation (we can stay with you during appointments and escort you home)
  • Medical or dental appointments
  • Release from hospital or day surgeries
  • Eye doctor appointments
  • Church services, social meetings
  • Personal appointments, such as a haircut or the neighborhood bridge game
  • Day trips to see the sights, visit family, a local library, museum, or art gallery
  • Errands such as grocery store, pharmacy, or post office
  • A meal out at a local restaurant or café
By providing the support you and your loved ones need, LifeStages caregivers make life easier and safer. To learn more, please call (207) 400-8763 or submit a request for more information.

Why In-Home Care may be the best choice.

Is home care right for you? How do you decide if your loved one can stay at home or should move to a facility? Many times, receiving care in your home is the first choice and can also be the most economical.

For more information call (207) 400–8763.
Are you a member of the Sandwich Generation?
Do you need help keeping Mom or Dad safely at home?
VNA’s Care Managers provide advocacy, guidance and support for families who are helping older adults maintain their independence in their own homes.



In this video, Lisa Fuller, Head of the LifeStages’ Care Management program answers your questions on care management and how it can help as you deal with the challenges that come from supporting aging loved ones.

Professional care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges.  Working with families, care manager expertise provides the answers at a time of uncertainty. Their guidance leads families to the actions and decisions that ensure quality in home care and an optimal life for those they love, thus reducing worry, stress and time off of work for family caregivers through:
  • Assessment and monitoring
  • Planning and problem-solving
  • Education and advocacy
  • Family caregiver coaching
  • In home nursing
Care Managers are engaged to assist in a variety of areas, such as:
  • Housing – helping families evaluate and select appropriate level of housing or residential options
  • Home care services – determining types of services that are right for a client and assisting the family to engage and monitor those services
  • Healthcare Advocacy and Medical management – attending doctor appointments, facilitating communication between doctor, client, and family, and if appropriate, monitoring client’s adherence to medical orders and instructions
  • Communication – keeping family members and professionals informed as to the well-being and changing needs of the client
  • Social activities – providing opportunity for client to engage in social, recreational, or cultural activities that enrich the quality of life
  • Legal – referring to or consulting with elder law attorney, providing expert opinion for courts in determining level of care
  • Financial– may include reviewing or overseeing bill paying or consulting with accountant or client’s Power of Attorney
  • Entitlements – providing information on Federal and state entitlements; connecting families to local programs
  • Safety and security – monitoring client at home; recommending technologies to add to security or safety; observing changes and potential risks of exploitation or abuse
It’s proven that seniors with a dedicated geriatric care manager experience better health: fewer visits to the Emergency Room, decreased hospitalization, fewer falls, improved medication management, and better ability to remain safe at home. And increased Peace of Mind for family members knowing their loved one is in the hands of a skilled professional.

Testimonials from our Clients
“Our parents’ health declined rapidly and 24-hour care was needed.  As neither my sister nor I live in Maine, we had to rely on others to care for them.  And care they do. Our Care Manager has become part of the family; we can rely on her to give us honest appraisals of what is going on with two people who have very different medical and emotional issues.  Everyone we have worked with at LifeStages has been professional and compassionate.  And, they are family.” Julie F.

“My sister had a fall and short-term memory loss.  Not living near her, a recommendation was made to contact LifeStages.  Not only did she receive the services she needed but she was able to stay in her own home.  And she was happy!  Recently she fractured her femur and I had to face placing her in an assisted living facility.  Our VNA Care Manager researched all avenues, found placement and facilitated the transition, taking the difficult part out of my journey with my sister.  I feel very fortunate to have her as my sister’s advocate – and mine, too.  I am now realizing the peace of mind she promised.” Jane B.

“To say my VNA Care Manager saved my life would not be much of an exaggeration.  Trying to recover slowly from major surgery I found myself tangled in a communication void.  It would be impossile to say how many Gordian knots, snarls and brambles she hacked away.  All of it accomplished with dignity, quietly and professionally.  Almost immediately I began to recuperate more rapidly.  I am forever grateful to the program.” John O.

“VNA is a well run and caring organization.  My parents’ Care Manager is extraordinarily dedicated, knowledgeable, trustworthy and hard working.  Most of all she is compassionate and caring.  I couldn’t do my own work without her involvement in our lives.  You should be proud of what you do.  To me, you are all the silent heroes in people’s lives.”  George C.

MEET OUR CARE MANAGEMENT TEAM

Ann Phillips, RN, BSN, CCMann-p
Ann Phillips has been accepted as an Advanced Professional in the Aging Life Care Association. Her career in nursing includes time in med-surg, orthopedics, cardio-thoracic surgery and heart transplant, and cardiology. For the past 15 years, Ann has focused exclusively on home care.  She is uniquely qualified to help people who are healthy, or may be facing health challenges, stay in their homes with an optimal quality of life.





lisa-pLisa Plummer, RN
Lisa graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1986.  Her clinical experience includes 18 years in Critical Care and the Emergency Room. Lisa then moved into more community based care and has a diverse background including Occupational Health, Wellness and Case Management.  She has over 5 years in Home Care where she feels is the best place to use all her skills, positioning clients for positive outcomes through proactive care management.  Lisa enjoys the uniqueness of people, especially the geriatric population.  She is driven to create an environment where our elders can thrive.


heraHera Knight, RN, BSN
Hera has been in home care nursing for the last 7 years, coming from the acute care hospital setting where her experience was varied and diverse. Her years as an RN on the float pool afforded her the opportunity to care for a huge variety of cases in settings such as the Emergency Room and post-operative Cardiac recovery, as well as everything in between.  Hera believes that the home setting is a new frontier for change, where keeping people safe and comfortable in their living environments is the key to aging with dignity and grace.

If juggling family, children, and jobs is making daily caregiving seem almost impossible, consider LifeStages. Call us today at (207) 400-8763.
VNA’s LifeStages program helps Maine families dealing with the challenges of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can make caring for an elder loved one even more difficult. LifeStages offers compassionate care for all involved.
Our managers and caregivers are trained in Alzheimer’s care, and work with clients residing at home or in assisted living or independent facilities. Every LifeStages caregiver is specifically trained to understand the unique challenges of dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Our program:
  • is approved by the Alzheimer’s Association;
  • is taught by an Occupational Therapist who has expertise in Alzheimer’s; and
  • requires twelve hours of hands-on training.
With our expertise in Alzheimer’s and other Dementia, our client receives top quality, continuous care from our highly trained staff. Our Care Managers are Nurses and Occupational Therapists who work with families of Alzheimer’s clients to develop appropriate care plans that ease the burden from the family caregivers.
First, a care manager would meet with you and your family to evaluate your loved one. Next, they would develop a care plan focused on quality of life and safety. This plan will also be tailored to meet your family’s specific needs. Your family can receive every resource necessary to comfortably manage Alzheimer’s, all from VNA.
Let VNA help you and your family manage Alzheimer’s. Our skilled care managers and caregivers  can reduce the challenges on your family by providing professional, compassionate care from the initial stage of Alzheimer’s through its progression.

If your family is struggling to care for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia, ask how we can help. Call (207) 400-8763 for more information.
VNA’s Hospital to Home program brings you home and gets you settled.
Facing a procedure, surgery or hospital stay? Going home shouldn’t be a hassle. VNA’s Hospital to Home program simplifies the trip home. We will:
  • Pick you up at the hospital or facility.
  • Stop at the pharmacy so you can pick up any medication.
  • Get you settled in at home.
  • Fix you a snack if appropriate.
  • Check on you later in the day by phone.
To schedule the Hospital to Home service, please call (207) 400-8763 or submit a request for more information.
We‘ll find the LifeStages caregiver that is right for you.

“We’ve used another agency from time to time – while they are fully competent, LifeStages is outstanding. Thanks.”  E.B. Yarmouth, Maine



We know it’s difficult to let someone you don’t know into your home to help you with personal needs. Our goal is to put you at ease. Your satisfaction with your caregiver is the most important thing. And if you feel uncomfortable with the person caring for you for any reason, we will replace that person with another LifeStages caregiver. No questions asked.

Your LifeStages caregiver is trained to recognize changes in your needs as they occur, and we have the ability to send a nurse or physical therapist, or to call your doctor to check on you.

Your Safety and Security are Key
As a member of the Eastern Maine Health system, our caregivers go through the same background checks as any surgeon at Mercy Hospital. These checks include drug testing, criminal background checks, driving checks, health physicals, and reference checks. You can feel safe with the LifeStages team in your home.

Caregiver training

VNA LifeStages Caregivers are passionate about in-home care
With over 90 years of service, VNA knows what it takes to deliver quality care in someone’s home. We are very selective when choosing companions and caregivers for our LifeStages clients. What we search for is a unique passion for quality care and commitment to every patient.

Specific criteria that potential VNA LifeStages caregivers must meet include:
  • A professional and complete application
  • An intensive round of interviews
  • Thorough reference checks, criminal and driving background checks
  • Pre-employment physical
  • Vaccination documentation and TB screening
  • Drug screening
  • Active, on-the-job orientation
At VNA LifeStages, we recruit staff members who strive to care for each patient just as they would a beloved member of their own family. We orient and train our staff extremely well, asking them to keep in mind how they would want to be treated in their home. Our training is both in the classroom and with supervisors in the field. All employees must also attend our customized Alzheimer’s training program.  This rigorous selection and orientation process means that our caregivers and companions are adaptable, comfortable and skilled, no matter the situation. In our 90-year history, we’ve realized that the key to giving excellent service is to hire just the right people.
With VNA LifeStages, you now have the relationship that can last for the long run. To learn more, please call (207) 400-8763 or submit a request for more information.