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Focus group research conducted in the Greater Bangor, Maine area in 2016 identified respite services and intergenerational programming as important factors for supporting a more livable community.

This report outlines findings from a 2018 needs assessment of adult day services (ADS), funded by Maine Health Access Foundation. The needs assessment utilized a survey of local caregivers (N=84) and key informant interviews (N=10) with staff at Maine adult day service programs or service providers that could utilize adult day services for their clients.

Key survey findings indicate that lack of financial resources (identified by 20% of the survey sample), and lack of knowledge of ADS (20%) were the most significant barriers to individuals taking part in ADS. Relieving stress was the most common reason caregivers anticipated they would want to take part in Adult Day Services (72%). Seventy percent of respondents indicated that they would use ADS two or more days per week. The most important features for a potential ADS program to have were flexible scheduling and provided meals, which were rated “important” by 32% and 26% of the respondents, respectively.

Key informant interviews indicated that financial barriers from licensing, renovation, low reimbursement rates, and other factors were identified as key barriers to development of ADS.

The report outlines additional findings related to desired services, intergenerational approaches to ADS, marketing, and considerations when deciding between health and social models of ADS.


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