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Southern Maine Agency on Aging Partners with Martin's Point in New Community-Based Program

OCTOBER 23, 2019 (Scarborough, ME) – The Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Martin’s Point Advantage Plans in 2020 on a very important community-based program.  This program will be aimed at supporting eligible Martin’s Point Advantage Plan members with congestive heart failure or end stage renal disease with services that will connect them to a variety of resources designed to improve wellness and quality of life.  The program is aimed at addressing more than just the medical aspect of a member’s health.     

The services will include an in-home meal delivery benefit through SMAA’s Simply Delivered Meals to members who are facing some level of nutritional need and have experienced a qualifying medical event.  The meals which are made by a Maine based caterer are not only delicious, but are tailored to meet heart health or renal disease requirements.  The program will include a personalized evaluation with the Martin’s Point Member leading to the development of a care plan that aims to address non-medical needs that impact health and wellness. These needs may include housing, transportation, benefit screening, nutrition and access to prescription drugs among others.  SMAA’s expert Community Resource Specialists will meet with eligible Martin’s Point Members in their homes to conduct the evaluation and connect them to resources.   The Resource Specialists have extensive experience working with older adults, adults with disabilities and the people who care for them. SMAA’s CEO Megan Walters commented that “SMAA is honored that Martin’s Point has entrusted SMAA with their members’ wellbeing.   She continued, we know first-hand how invaluable it is to have the opportunity to work one on one with people in the community to connect them with beneficial resources and we look forward to working closely with Martin’s Point and their members on this important endeavor.”     

The other exciting aspect to the program is that it will allow SMAA to take the lead on coordinating the availability of the programs across the states of Maine and New Hampshire for Martin’s Point.  SMAA will partner with other agencies to ensure geographic coverage for Martin’s Point Advantage Plan Members in both states.  SMAA will also have the opportunity to coordinate with another non-profit,  Good Shephard Food Bank, on nutritional programs to be offered to eligible members which will be linked to food shopping and cooking healthy, budget friendly meals  This program is expected to launch in early 2020. 

About the Southern Maine Agency on Aging

Since 1973, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging has provided residents of York and Cumberland counties with resources and assistance to address the issues and concerns of aging. The Agency serves people ages 60 and older, family caregivers, and people under 60 with a disability. Agency services are devoted to fulfilling its mission of improving the social, emotional, physical and economic well-being of older adults in southern Maine.