NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — The Sunbeam and crew took a group from Birch Bay Retirement Village on a cruise along Somes Sound this afternoon. Though it wasn’t the sunniest of days, our guests still had a wonderful time on the water, feasting on Jillian’s goodies. You can see that Captain Mike had a good time too, photo bombing the group’s “end-of-the-cruise” photo.
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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).
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
islandinstitute.org 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.
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.