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A History of Island Nursing Home

The Island Nursing Home and Care Center was founded in 1975 when the Island Women’s Club formed a corporation to create a nursing home on Deer Isle. When the Farmer’s Home Administration agreed to fund $1,000,000.00 towards the construction of a 50-bed facility, the community began a fund raising effort that ultimately raised $500,000.00 to match the FMHA loan. The doors opened eight years later on Valentine’s Day 1983. In the next few years the facility created one of the first Adult Day Care programs in the state.

Our residents and visitors appreciate the beautiful gardens created through the generous donations of many people and businesses.

By 1994, the center had completed two additions. The first incorporated a meeting room, solarium, storage rooms and expanded the kitchen and laundry. The second created an 11-bed skilled unit, 5 more nursing beds, a child day care center, walkway and gazebo and two small dining rooms. One wing was converted to house a 20-bed secured dementia unit.

By 1997 the facility diversified to comprise 32 residential care beds, 38 skilled/nursing beds, Adult Day services, Child Day Care services, Respite Care, Hospice Care and expanded community outreach programs in caregiver support and education.

Due to the generosity of the community, the facility raised enough money to purchase a wheelchair lift Care-A-Van which allows residents to come and go to outings in the community, including attending classes at Haystack, performances at the Opera House and Reach Performing Arts Theatre, shopping trips to Ellsworth, visits to various restaurants and church services. We also received funding from the Davis Foundation for a new security system.

Island Nursing Home and Care Center is governed by up to 12 Board Members representing Deer Isle, Stonington, Isle Au Haut, Brooksville, Brooklin, Sedgwick and Blue Hill. The organization is one of the largest employers on Deer Isle, employing up to 100 people.

Services provided at the Island Nursing Home and Care Center include:

• Nursing / Skilled Care
• Residential Care
• Assisted Living
• Care for the terminally ill
• Rehabilitation therapies
• Care for the memory impaired
• Adult Day Care Services
• Family support groups
• Community interaction

Please check out our services page for more detailed information.

Island Nursing Home and Care Center

The mission of Island Nursing Home and Care Center is to incorporate the values of dignity, compassion, professionalism and community in providing services, care and resources to individuals and families in need; to instill purpose and hope; and to support all stages of life.

We are committed to a primary obligation to serve residents of the communities of Deer Isle, Stonington, Isle au Haut, Brooksville, Brooklin, Sedgwick and Blue Hill, who gave so generously of their time and money to help realize the dream of creating this home for their loved ones.

Island Nursing Home & Care Center
587 North Deer Isle Road • Deer Isle Maine 04627
207 348-2351


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