‘Sunbeam’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Feb. 13-15

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled for a February 13-14 visit to Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, Matinicus.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

Island Health Director is Go-Between with Island Elder Care Administrators, State DHHS

Island Health Director Sharon Daley is standing fifth person from the right.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2018

For more information:
Contact: Scott K Fish, Communications & Marketing Director
Maine Seacoast Mission
207-458-7185 or [email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2018

For more information:
Contact: Scott K Fish, Communications & Marketing Director
Maine Seacoast Mission
207-458-7185 or [email protected]

Island Health Director is Go-Between with Island Elder Care Administrators, State DHHS

BAR HARBOR — With a group of Maine island elder care Administrators she organized, Mission Island Health Director Sharon Daley traveled to Augusta, January 26, to participate in a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) meeting on elderly care regulations affecting Maine island residents and caregivers. The group meets a few times each year in Augusta with State regulators “to make things better,” said Director Sharon Daley, who is the go-between among the group Administrators and the State.

The two-hour DHHS meeting agenda included discussion on new State regulations requiring time consuming background checks on caregiver staff members and board members. Compliance is expensive for island elder homes who are sometimes under the same regulations as large nursing homes; regulations that do not fit the island elder homes, and “make it difficult” for administrators, said Daley.

State regulators offered the visiting group ways to relieve the burden of compliance by pointing out features on the State website, and identifying a specific DHHS contact person. “This is a chance for DHHS and administrators to work together, with increased understanding by all parties,” Daley said.

Part of the discussion centered on making sure caregivers are aware of new or changed State regulations, and that caregivers understand the regulations.

Also, when island elder care residents need to travel to the mainland, an elder home staff member must accompany the traveling resident. Attendees shared ways their communities are dealing with this by using grant money and community support for a new staff position.

Finally, the State is looking at rewriting all smaller elder care home regulations. The island administrators submitted suggestions. “We will meet again and continue to have input” on that process, said Director Sharon Daley.

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Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail – The Mail and Sunbeam Crew Get Through

L-R: Douglas Cornman, Sharon Daley

NORTHEAST HARBOR — Tuesday, January 30th, the Sunbeam curtailed certain trips because of 30 knot (34.5 mph) high winds. Still, as Island Health Director Sharon Daley points out in her email, she and Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman hopped aboard a mail boat and kept their appointments on Great Cranberry Isle.

‘Sunbeam’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Jan. 30-Feb. 1

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled for a January 30 – February 1 visit to Great Cranberry Isle, Isle au Haut, Matinicus.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

‘Sunbeam V’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Jan. 2-4

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled for a January 2-4 to visit Frenchboro, Matinicus, Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

‘Sunbeam V’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Dec 12-19

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled for a December 12-19 to visit Matinicus and Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

‘Sunbeam V’ Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Dec 5-7

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V has a scheduled Telemedicine visit December 5-7 to Matinicus, and Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

Island Health at Sunrise, 20 Miles at Sea

BAR HARBOR, ME — Island Health Director Sharon Daley’s photo taken last week at sunrise on Matinicus Isle gives us an idea of life on a Maine island 20 miles from the mainland.

For island residents, even accessing basic health care is challenging. Some islands have no daily ferry service. Trips to the mainland, when possible, are expensive and time consuming.

The Island Health program is part of the Mission’s focus for 2017’s #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28th. Learn more: https://seacoastmission.org/givingtuesday/

Maine Seacoast Mission plays a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care, personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director Sharon Daley meets with islanders in their homes, and on the Sunbeam V. Between trips Sharon stays in touch by phone, internet.

Sunbeam V has state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities. Islanders can have virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Adults/children connect with psychiatrists for evaluations and medication reviews. A growing number of island residents use telemedicne equipment to meet with mental health and substance abuse counselors.

Tricky Tide Means Island Health Director Travels to Matinicus Flu Clinic by Skiff

Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN travels by skiff to Matinicus flu clinic.

BAR HARBOR, Me — October 17, The Sunbeam V left Northeast Harbor for a three-day Island Health tour. Timing is critical when the Sunbeam V motors in to Matinicus harbor. Low tide will strand the boat for about 12-hours. On trips when the Sunbeam V cannot spend that much time at Matinicus, Sharon has to rely on the Sunbeam V skiff to travel to the island.

In this photo, taken from the Sunbeam V, the boat’s Engineer, Storey King, is taking Sharon to a scheduled flu clinic at Matinicus.

The Island Health program is part of the Mission’s focus for 2017’s #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28th. Learn more: https://seacoastmission.org/givingtuesday/ 

#GivingTuesday at Maine Seacoast Mission: Nov. 28

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#GivingTuesday 2017 Introduction

Maine Seacoast Mission kicked off its 2017 #GivingTuesday Land & Sea campaign this week with the announcement that Wyman’s of Maine will match every donation made up to $2,000. The Mission’s goal is to raise a total of $25,000 through the campaign.

We hope you will visit our web site and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for an overview for the Mission’s work. Meanwhile, the Mission’s Island Health program (Sea), and our Food Program (Land) are our focus for #GivingTuesday 2017. Thank you for your help.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Taking place this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the US, and after the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back.

Maine Seacoast Mission has stayed a trusted friend along the Maine coast for more than 100 years.

We are deeply attentive to, and guided, by the input and participation of the people we serve. We believe in the capacity of individuals and communities to determine their own futures. As one Maine islander said, “Maine Seacoast Mission doesn’t tell us, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do for you. The Mission asks, ‘What do you need help with? What can we do to help you?'”


Island Health & Telemedicine

Help Island Residents Access Medical Care

Maine Seacoast Mission plays a vital role in connecting residents of Maine’s most isolated islands with medical care. For island residents, even accessing basic health care is challengings. Some islands have no daily ferry service. Trips to the mainland, when possible, are expensive and time consuming.

We offer personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN, meets with islanders on the Sunbeam V and in their homes, keeping in touch between trips by phone, internet.

Sunbeam V has state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities. Islanders can have virtual office visits with mainland doctors. Adults/children connect with psychiatrists for evaluations and medication reviews. A growing number of island residents use the equipment to meet with mental health and substance abuse counselors.

Our Island Health program arranges for specialists, including podiatrists, dentists, and ophthalmologists, to visit the islands via the Sunbeam V.

And Island Health sponsors a free two-day Elder Care Conference on helping island community elders age in place. Caretakers from numerous islands collaborate, share resources, and learn about a variety of topics.

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Food: Reducing Threat of Hunger

The Mission takes a multi-faceted approach to reducing hunger and the threat of hunger in western Washington County.

We know different populations experience different obstacles to obtaining enough food. The challenges a third-grader faces are not the same as those encountered by an eighty-year old.

Our food programs go beyond simply delivering quality food. Each program promotes social interactions, builds a sense of community, and encourages learning about nutrition, trying new foods, making healthy food choices, and talking about food and nutrition. We hope to impact area residents’ eating habits, including the next generation’s habits, in order to create a stronger, healthier, and more informed community.

Learn more about our food School-Based Programs, our Organic Pantry Garden, our Food Pantry, and our Sunbeam on Wheels which home delivers to people who cannot get to our Food Pantry.

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