Vinalhaven – Island Community Medical Services & Vinalhaven Eldercare Services

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Mission, Vision & Goals

The Aging in Place Committee’s mission statement is:

To enable people to thrive in their homes as long as possible.

The VES Mission Statement is:

Vinalhaven Eldercare Services’ mission is to promote health, wellbeing, high quality of life for all Vinalhaven’s elders with safe environments, coordinated care, and a connection to community.

The ICMS Mission is:

ICMS, Inc. is committed to serving our island communities
by dedicating ourselves to the health of our patients. 

We support whole health through ease of access, prevention, outreach, education and treatment by providing the highest quality primary, urgent and emergent care to our patients and community.

These agencies and other organizations share a collective goal to help Vinalhaven residents, with a focus on ages 60+, reside in their home safely, as long as they wish to, while maintaining their quality of life and independence. We hope to decrease isolation and loneliness and increase access for social interaction and activities, to decrease hunger by making food available and accessible, and to better manage transportation for medical appointments or errands, so our elders can stay healthy in their homes. Many factors affect one’s ability to remain in their home: health, nutrition, money, caregiving, the home structure itself, etc. Aging in Place remains the desire of most if not all of our older residents. Our goal is to make this desire a reality by providing the support and resources our elders need to live out their lives in comfort and with the dignity they so richly deserve.

Click here to read more about Islands Community Medical Services

Click here to read more about Vinalhaven Eldercare Services

Broad Overview

The committee has created a brochure of Island Resources to assist those in need. It was printed by Island Community Medical Services, distributed with Meals on Wheels, and available at ICMS, the Union Church and the Vinalhaven Library.

Currently ICMS and VES combined have various services, such as, installing Medic Alert phones, Meals on Wheels once a week November thru April, limited private pay home health care services, assistance with insurance disability forms, and help with transition of care and arranging appointments. These services are wonderful but they are not enough to meet the ongoing needs of our elderly population.

How is your age-friendly initiative structured?

The Aging in Place Committee is an all-volunteer committee, not a 501(c) 3 organization. VES and ICMS are staffed and 501 (c) 3 organizations.

Describe any partnerships you have developed?

The opportunity to have a Life Long Fellow, through the generosity of the Tri State Learning Collaborative, to assess the unmet needs in the community, is a new and wonderful partnership.

What is the role of volunteers?

There are many volunteers contributing their time and abilities such as: Meals on Wheels, driving people, Monday Lunch Box, Fuel Fund, Public Assistance, Community Outreach, Food and Pet Pantry open 24 hours at the Union Church, etc. Please see the attached brochure, which you may publish.

Strategies that have contributed to your success? Barriers you have encountered?

Strategies for Successes

Many community members are aware of their neighbor’s needs. The Island Resources brochure helps highlight the services that exist on the island.

Challenges

The challenge is coordinating the work of all the agencies and volunteer organizations. In addition, the remote location of Vinalhaven Island (12 miles off the coast of Rockland: a 1 hour and 15 minute ferry ride, or airplane trip) poses a significant barrier to care, and limits the resources available to the residents.

Types of funding that your initiative has received

VES and ICMS have nonprofit status, the Aging in Place Committee is an all-volunteer group of concerned citizens. ICMS receives federal grant funding as well.

Community Initiatives

Transportation

On the island there is a taxi service, assistance getting to and from medical appointments, and grocery delivery. ICMS will cover the cost of a taxi ride on the island for any residents that are unable to.

Chores, Handyman & Upkeep

This is a goal of the Aging in Place Committee.

Health & Wellness

ICMS and VES sponsor these services.

Social, Educational & Recreational

This is another goal of the Aging in Place Committee.

Food, Gardening & Cooking

There is a food pantry at the Union Church open 24 hours a day and food delivery from the grocery store.

Fraud, Abuse & Exploitation

In such a tight knit community this may not be as much of an issue as some of our other challenges. Preventing abuse, fraud and exploitation is an important goal of the Aging in Place Committee.

 

Accessibility & Walkability

A member of the Aging in Place Committee is on the Downtown Master Plan Committee in an effort to be certain the downtown shops and services are accessible to all residents of the island, regardless of age or ability.

Communication

The Island Resources brochure is widely distributed and presentations have been made at public meetings.

Other

There are two organizations meeting the needs of older residents in the community.

Dinah Moyer is the Exec Director of ICMS, 207 863-4109, dmoyer@icmsvh.org

Linda Lynch is the Administrator of VES, 207, 863-9980, admin@vheldercare.com

 

There are additional services through various groups and churches. There is no central organization at present.

Region

Contact

For contact information for ICMS and EVS, please click on the "other" tab in the Community Profile