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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.
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
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.
provided at the
Island Nursing Home and Care Center include:
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for more detailed information.
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
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.