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Hiring a Home Helper

Self-Directed Help at Home lets you decide what services you need, when you need them — from someone you choose.

A Home Helper provides in-home assistance with routine light housekeeping, laundry, errands, meal planning/preparation, and other essential tasks. They may be a family member, friend, acquaintance, or someone from your local church, community center, library, grocery store, or other neighborhood group (note: they cannot be someone living with you.)

Home Helpers must be at least 17 years old and pass background checks, provided as a courtesy of Catholic Charities.

Why Choose Self-Directed Help at Home?

With a growing number of aging seniors in Maine, it can be difficult to find agency homemakers. With the Self-Directed option, you can:

  • Choose someone you already know and trust
  • Enjoy peace of mind by having a consistent Home Helper
  • Receive services more quickly by not having to wait for an agency homemaker
  • Direct your own home help
  • Feel good about managing your own life with a little “help at home!”

Checkout our Hiring Tool Kit or download a brochure to learn more.