When it comes to your health, you have a CHOICE. Whether you are looking for home health, hospice or mental health services, the right choice for you is Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS). CHCS is a private non-profit organization that is proud to be both a Medicare and MaineCare certified Home Health Agency and a Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center, one of the few combined agencies of this type anywhere in the country making a difference to over 9,000 people each year in central, eastern, southern and northern Maine. CHCS's mission is to provide community health services, which are needed and valued by the communities and individuals we serve.
CHCS provides you with an array of services that offer you care in the comfort of your own home, school or community. Our belief is to serve you in a familiar setting while remaining close to family and friends who become part of your recovery process and offer additional support. It is important to have choices when you are going through the recovery process. CHCS’s programs foster independence and choice with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of your life. Call us today to learn more about your choices and our services which are delivered right to your door. CHCS has been making a difference right here in Maine for 135 years. We are proud to live and work in the communities we serve.
Home Health Services
We provide in-home professional health services to patients as they recover from illnesses or injuries.
Skilled Nursing: Skilled nursing is provided by RNs or LPNs with training and experience in home care. Services may include evaluation of health care needs, performance of skilled nursing procedures, education of patients, family members and caregivers on disease processes, prevention strategies and self-care techniques, and coordination of care and services with physicians and other health care team members. Nurses ensure effective communication and advocacy for patients.
Physical and Occupational Therapy: Community Health and Counseling Services’ Physical and Occupational Therapists help patients return to the activities they enjoy most, and stay safe and independent, in their homes, through a host of rehabilitation programs.
Speech Language Pathology: Speech Language Pathologists work as part of the home health team to assist in the recovery of conditions which affect the ability to speak, understand, and/or communicate. Conditions may include recovery from stroke, trauma, or other neurological conditions.
Home Heaalth Aides: Home Health Aides provide assistance with personal care, including bathing, dressing, grooming, hair care, oral hygiene, skin care, foot care, feeding, toileting, and moving about the home safely. They may also perform simple wound dressing changes that do not require the skills of a nurse, assistance with exercise programs that do not require the skills of physical or occupational therapists, and assistance with prostheses, including artificial limbs.
Social Work: Social Workers help find resources that assist with money or emotional problems that may be hindering patient recovery. Social Workers have a unique ability to identify sources of assistance that help patients receive services for which they qualify.
Dietary Counseling: A Registered Dietitian provides screening, assessment, and education for patients in need of dietary counseling. The Dietitian is skilled in developing modified diets in accordance with patient needs and their age-specific characteristics. The Registered Dietitian educates patients and their familiesregarding nutritional needs and dietary modifications.
Home Health Programs
Hospice care focuses on the care, comfort and quality of life when managing pain and symptoms of a life-limiting disease. Choosing hospice means that you have made a choice to continue living your life to the fullest without undergoing uncomfortable tests or seeking curative care.
Your hospice team is a group of specially trained professionals including your primary physician, nurses, social workers and counselors who will help assure that your wishes are honored.
Together, they provide support and teaching for you and your family while working closely with area hospitals, physicians and volunteer agencies to ensure that all aspects of your comfort in are managed appropriately.