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Sunbeam V Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Sept 12-14

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

The Sunbeam V is scheduled to visit Frenchboro, 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.

Volunteers Honored by Washington Cty Extension Assoc at EdGE Center, Sept 19

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Volunteers to be honored by Washington County Extension Association
By Tara Wood
Posted Aug. 29, 2017, at 11:27 a.m.

Cherryfield, Maine – The Washington County Extension Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, September 19, at the EdGE Center, Maine Seacoast Mission, Weald Bethel Lane, Cherryfield. The evening begins at 4:30 p.m. with tours of the Master Gardener Volunteer gardens, followed by a potluck supper at 5 p.m. ; the program and awards ceremony begin at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Attendees are asked to consider bringing a dish to share. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact the Extension office, 207.255.3345 or 800.287.1542 (toll-free in Maine).

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Downeast Table of Plenty, Sunday, Sept 3 – Won’t You Join Us?

Please join us, September 3, for this Sunday’s Downeast Table of Plenty. If you’d like to host a meal, please go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or contact Wendy Harrington.

Cherryfield, ME — Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at our Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

If you would like to host a meal, you can go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or contact Wendy Harrington.

The Importance of Maine Island Aging in Place Elder Homes

BAR HARBOR, ME — Mission Director of Island Health Sharon Daley hosts an annual elder care conference in support of the elder care work taking place on 14 different islands. Three of the larger islands have small aging in place elder homes. Soon there will be an elder home on a fourth island.

These homes allow elders to remain on the islands they love, continuing to be and important part of their communities.

Meanwhile, the small islands learn ways to support their elders and caregivers.

These films from the Maine islands of North Haven and Islesboro show the importantance of these aging in place elder homes to island residents, their families, and the community.

Aging On An Island – Voices from North Haven, Maine
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Lighthouse ‘Friends’ from Isle au Haut, Swan’s Island Become Friends

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Lighthouse ‘Friends’ from Isle au Haut, Swan’s Island become friends
RESTORATION CHALLENGES BUOYED BY SHARED INFORMATION ON VISITS

BY TOM GROENING
POSTED AUGUST 22, 2017

The friendships were fostered by the outreach work of the Sunbeam, the Maine Seacoast Mission boat that provides services to remote islands.

Last summer, members of the Friends of Isle au Haut Lighthouse traveled to Swan’s Island, courtesy of the Sunbeam, and last month, it was the Swan’s Island lighthouse group that traveled to Isle au Haut.

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Downeast Table of Plenty, Sunday, August 27 – Join Us!

Volunteers Bonnie, Elaine, and Robbie (Photo by Jillian)
Please join us, August 27, for this Sunday’s Downeast Table of Plenty. If you’d like to host a meal, please go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or contact Wendy Harrington.

Cherryfield, ME — Sunday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at our Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

If you would like to host a meal, you can go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or contact Wendy Harrington.

Telehealth Offers a Vital Resource to Maine’s Island Residents

Telehealth Offers a Vital Resource to Maine’s Island Residents
A telemedicine platform and bi-monthly visits from the Sunbeam give the isolated residents of several Downeast Maine islands a lot more than just telehealth.
By Eric Wicklund

August 22, 2017 – The success of telehealth has always been closely tied to the idea of bringing healthcare to those who have problems with access.

To the 700 or so residents of several islands off Maine’s Downeast region, that success is tied to a video link with an onshore clinic and the 75-foot, steel-hulled vessel that makes twice-monthly runs up and down the coast.

It’s all part of a “big jigsaw puzzle” for healthcare, says Sharon Daley, RN, a Missouri native who launched the nonprofit Maine Seacoast Mission’s telehealth program some 17 years ago and now directs the multi-faceted program out of Bar Harbor.

“Going off island is extremely expensive,” she says. “So we have to make do with what we have.”

Daley’s network begins of the Sunbeam. Equipped with a telemedicine lab that includes virtual visit technology, it sails out of Bar Harbor twice a month, each three-day journey tracing a route that might take it to Matinicus – at 21 miles out, it’s the most distant island, and only accessible at high tide, and home to about 75 full-timers – Isle au Haut and/or Frenchboro and a few others islands are visited with less frequency). Appointments are scheduled with island residents in need of medical service, and time is left for walk-ins as well. All of these services are free.

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