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We have a commitment to the highest level of quality care, a focus on patient and family education and a passion for customer service. The goal of our center is to meet the ever changing healthcare needs of the communities we serve. We are an affiliate of National Health Care Associates, a leader in short-term rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s care, and skilled nursing care services throughout the Northeast.

Alzheimer’s / Dementia Special Care

Our entire center is devoted to meeting the special needs of residents with Alzheimer’s/Dementia in a safe, caring and secure environment. Our center design fosters a positive and warm atmosphere, encouraging residents from all walks of life to participate in recreational activities. Our goal is to help residents with Alzheimer’s or related dementia maintain their current level of functioning.

Special Services include:
• Secure and protective environment
• Assisted Living Memory Care
• Individualized comprehensive treatment programs
• Full program of social and cognitive stimulation
• Spiritual services
• Unrestricted visiting hours of family and friends
• Family support meetings
• Respite Care
• Continual staff education/training in specialized memory/social enhancement programs

Our Residents
We serve residents who exhibit one or more of the following traits:

  • cognitive decline
  • high frustration and anxiety levels
  • disturbances in the sleep/wake cycle
  • increased nursing needs in the final stages
  • wandering
  • behavioral issues
  • difficulty with performing daily care

Specialized Rehabilitation Program
We offer specialized rehab approaches for long-term care with the goal of maintaining the highest practicable level of functioning.  We also offer short-term rehab for those with goals of returning to their prior living environment.

Family Involvement
We support family involvement through:

  • educational programs
  • interdisciplinary care planning
  • support groups sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association
  • special events
  • individualized activities
  • support for caregiving and well-being issues

Caregiver Support Group
In conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, we offer a caregiver support group, open to members of the greater Bangor community. The support group is designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. These meetings help participants develop coping methods and encourage caregivers to maintain their personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. The group is led by Westgate staff that have participated in the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter’s Support Group Facilitator Training Program and have signed confidentiality agreements and conflict of interest forms. People come to support groups looking for others who “really understand their situation because they’ve been there too.”

Please call (207) 942-7336 for information on dates and times of our group meetings.

Activity Focus
Our goal is to structure each day with experiences that improve the lives of our residents with Alzheimer’s.  We use reminiscence therapy to recall life history and social interaction with peers to affirm dignity, identity and self-esteem.  Through “failure-free” activities, we strive to provide positive reinforcement.  Our program is guided by a creative, innovative staff that is sensitive to the residents’ individual needs.

Community Outreach
We offer educational seminars, public forums, community support groups, volunteer training, a speaker’s bureau, and are highly active in the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s.