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Find the Best Assisted Living in Portland, ME

Portland, Maine’s most populous city, is home to over 9,000 people 65 and older. Many of those who need support with daily tasks, like getting dressed and taking medication, decide to move to assisted living communities. Portland has many facilities for you and your loved one to choose from. We created this guide by comparing the location and reviews of 42 businesses and choosing six favorites from the top assisted living facilities in Portland.

Top 6 Portland Assisted Living Facilities

75 State Street Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and independent living at its facility in Portland. Provides daily meal service, various types of therapies, housekeeping service and a professional care and nursing team.

Bay Square at Yarmouth Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, memory care and respite care service at its facility in Yarmouth. Provides personalized care plans for every resident, as well as a calendar of classes, excursions and other events.

Portland Center for Assisted Living Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and memory care at its facility in Portland. Provides assistance with daily living activities, medication management, daily meals, local transportation and help with scheduling appointments.

The Osher Inn at The Cedars Read Author Review

Offers assisted living at its facility in Portland. Provides 24-hour staffing and a personalized wellness plan for every resident. Has a 24-hour community kitchen, a fitness room and a day spa.

The Park Danforth Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and independent living at its facility in Portland. Provides 24-hour staffing and a calendar of activities. Includes a fitness center and library on the property.

The Wardwell Neighborhood Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and independent living at its facility in Saco. Provides personal care, medication management, housekeeping and laundry service for every resident. Has 24-hour staffing.

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What to consider about assisted living in Portland, ME

For those who like a smaller city on the water, experiencing all four seasons, outdoor living activities and history, Portland is the place to be. When you’re reviewing assisted living facilities in Portland for yourself or your loved one, take these factors into consideration:

  • Licensing: The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulates assisted living facilities in the state. You can check the licensing of any assisted housing community — assisted living programs and residential care facilities  — and view other information about the facility on the DHHS website.
  • Portland’s medical facilities: Any facility you or your loved one selects should have health care providers nearby in case of an emergency. Hospitals in Portland include Maine Medical Center and Northern Light Mercy Hospital.
  • Portland’s weather: Portland goes through four distinct seasons, with cold and windy winters, comfortable springs, warm summers and cool falls with lots of autumnal foliage. Over the year, the temperatures can vary from zero to 90. Make sure each facility you’re considering is equipped to handle all weather contingencies, including winter blizzards.
  • Portland’s public transit system: Portland’s public transportation system, Greater Portland Metro, has lifts or ramps on buses to accommodate people using wheelchairs, walkers or other aids. Metro offers discounted fares for older adults, people with disabilities and veterans. Though most assisted living facilities provide local transportation, ask about proximity to Metro stops just in case you need a backup option.
  • Portland’s crime rate: Portland is safe compared with many U.S. cities. Its rate of violent crime falls below the national median, and property crime is right around the national median, according to NeighborhoodScout. Still, ask each facility what security measures it has in place to keep residents protected.

How much does assisted living cost in Portland?

In Portland, the cost of assisted living facilities ranges from $3,200 to $8,850 per month. This monthly cost typically includes housing, meals, assistance with daily living activities, medication management, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, activities and on-site amenities. Facilities may also charge an initial fee upon moving in and fees for additional residents or pets.

The price of assisted living in Portland depends on the specific facility, the level of care you need and the floor plan of the living space. Talk to a representative at each facility about the expected cost and what you can do to keep costs within your budget.

Portland assisted living FAQ

Who works in assisted living facilities in Maine?
Each assisted living facility must have an administrator with a professional license. Assisted living facilities also have professional care staff, including caregivers, nurses and on-call physicians. Other staff members may include directors, coordinators, therapists, dietitians and chefs.
What qualifies you for assisted living in Maine?
Maine requires an assessment to determine a prospective resident’s eligibility for assisted living. Each facility has its own admission requirements. When you contact an assisted living community in Maine, ask about its eligibility standards.
What Maine regulations protect older adults in assisted living facilities?
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services regulates all assisted living facilities in the state. According to the department, consumers of assisted living services have many rights, including the right to freedom from abuse, neglect and exploitation; rights regarding restraints; rights to privacy and confidentiality; and the right to refuse treatment or services.
What organizations support and protect older adults in Portland?
Organizations that support and protect older adults in Portland include:
  • The Southern Maine Agency on Aging provides resources and support to adults over 60 in Cumberland and York counties.
  • Legal Services for the Elderly is a nonprofit organization that offers free legal advice and advocacy to economically and socially needy residents of Maine who are 60 and older.
  • The Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides support and informational resources to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, their families and caregivers.
  • 211 Maine is an easy-to-remember number that older adults can call to ask questions and learn about services and support for housing, paying bills, food and health care. It is free, confidential and available 24/7.

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    Portland assisted living company information

    The Park Danforth

    The Park Danforth offers assisted living and independent living. All of the assisted living apartments are private and equipped with an emergency call system. Daily services include assistance with self-care, medication administration, three meals and social activities. Residents can watch a movie in the theater, read in the library and relax on one of the balconies. Guests are welcome to join residents for meals or stay overnight. Call The Park Danforth to arrange a tour.

    • Located in: Portland
    • Address: 777 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103
    • Phone: (207) 797-7710
    • Website: parkdanforth.com
    75 State Street

    75 State Street provides assisted living and independent living in downtown Portland. Its all-inclusive assisted living package features studio or one-bedroom living, 24-hour health care staff, three restaurant-style meals per day and daily community activities. Pets are welcome. 75 State Street has a movie theater, a library, a salon and a computer center. Contact the community to set up a tour.

    • Located in: Portland
    • Address: 75 State St., Portland, ME 04101
    • Phone: (207) 775-7775
    • Website: 75statestreet.org
    The Osher Inn at The Cedars

    The Osher Inn at The Cedars is an assisted living facility offering studio and one-bedroom living options and 24/7 support with activities of daily living. Each resident has a customized wellness plan and access to a calendar of social, educational and wellness programs. Amenities include transportation to local appointments, housekeeping, personal laundry, on-site spa services, three daily meals and snacks.

    • Located in: Portland
    • Address: 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, ME 04103
    • Phone: (207) 221-7000
    • Website: thecedarsportland.org/living-options/assisted-living-at-the-osher-inn
    Portland Center for Assisted Living

    Portland Center for Assisted Living provides assisted living for up to 170 residents. Its services include help with daily activities, medication administration, transportation, housekeeping and laundry. Residents benefit from restaurant-style dining, outings, arts and crafts, outdoor gardens, walking paths and a library. Portland Center for Assisted Living accepts MaineCare.

    • Located in: Portland
    • Address: 68 Devonshire St., Portland, ME 04103
    • Phone: (207) 772-2893
    • Website: pcalmaine.com
    Bay Square at Yarmouth

    Bay Square at Yarmouth offers assisted living, memory care and respite care to older adults in the area. Staff is available 24 hours a day to help with daily living activities. One- and two-bedroom units are available. Bay Square at Yarmouth is a Benchmark Senior Living community. Fill out a form online or call for more information.

    • Located in: Yarmouth
    • Address: 27 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME 04096
    • Phone: (207) 203-6722
    • Website: benchmarkseniorliving.com
    The Wardwell Neighborhood

    The Wardwell Neighborhood has 46 assisted living units in two settings: Wardwell Home and Wardwell Gardens. Each resident has a custom care plan, which includes 24-hour staffing and assistance, medication administration, meals, laundry, housekeeping and social and wellness programs. Call The Wardwell Neighborhood for more information.

    • Located in: Saco
    • Address: 43 Middle St., Saco, ME 04072
    • Phone: (207) 284-7061
    • Website: wardwell.org
    by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.