MVH Bangor Veteran of the Month: Mack Gwinn

Mack William Gwinn Jr. was born in Quincy, Florida, in 1944, to a family with a distinguish history of military service. His grandfather served in World War I, and Mack’s father, Lt. Colonel Mack W. Gwinn Sr., distinguished himself in both WW II and The Korean War.  No one was surprised when Mack Jr. choose … Continued

Does My Parent Need Assisted Living or Long-Term Care?

When your parent’s health and safety are at risk when living alone, you know it’s time to consider care for your parent. But how do you know what kind of care? Do they need assisted living care or long-term care? Assisted Living Vs. Long-Term Care There are two main factors in making the determination between … Continued

How to Compare Nursing Homes in Maine

Costs and location are the first two factors most families must evaluate when selecting long-term care for their parent. With over 200 nursing homes in Maine, many begin by narrowing down the list with a general idea of where and what fits in the budget. Comparing Nursing Home Costs and Locations To determine location, consider … Continued

MVH Machias Veteran of the Month: Robert Hall

  Robert W. Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in July 1937,  the eldest child, to William and Ruth Hall. Growing up, Robert remembers his family spending many months of the year in Cape Cod where he spent his time striper fishing and hunting with his cousin. Robert graduated from Milton High School, and spent … Continued

Do Veterans Get Free Nursing Home Care?

We wish we could say, “yes, all veterans receive free nursing home care!” However, while this is unfortunately not the case in our current healthcare system, veterans can receive additional benefits and stipends for nursing home care. Also, they have access to nursing homes established just for veterans and the specialized care they may need. … Continued

MVH South Paris Veteran of the Month: Wayne Tilley

Wayne Tilley was born on March 12, 1934, in Harrison, Maine, and grew up in Norway, Maine. He has 2 brothers, Barry and David. Wayne went to the Norway High School and graduated in 1952. In July 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Seabees.  He worked in the construction … Continued

Employee Feature: It’s More than a Job

When Holly Macrae talks about her job at Maine Veterans’ Homes, you hear compassion, pride and spunk. Her positive, “can-do” attitude is infectious — not only to her fellow staff but to the veterans in recovery that she works with each day. “It’s always been more than a job to me,” Holly says. And that’s … Continued

MVH Bangor Veteran of the Month: Walton O’Roak

Walt was born on March 11, 1922, in Sherman Mills, Maine.  Raised on a farm, he attended a one-room schoolhouse, and later graduated from Sherman High School. In 1940, he enrolled at Ricker College, but following America’s entry into WWII, he left Ricker to enlist in the U.S. Navy. With the completion of basic training, … Continued

MVH Augusta Veteran of the Month: Richard S. Weeks

  Richard S. Weeks was born January 26, 1923, in Randolph, Maine.  He was the middle child, and grew up in Randolph and Gardiner area.  Richard’s father Merle was a pattern maker and his mother Catherine was a seamstress in a shoe factory. When Richard was nineteen years old he enlisted in the Marine Corps.  … Continued

Things to Do, Places to Visit near MVH Machias

Known as the “Blueberry Capital of the World,” Machias is a powerhouse of good food, adventure and fun. Nearly 95 percent of the world’s wild blueberry crop is harvested around Machias, making it the perfect spot to take in a blueberry festival, blueberry farm tour, and of course, a slice of blueberry pie. The area … Continued