22 River Road, Newcastle, ME 04553

Independent and Assisted Living
Memory Loss Community
In Home Care in Midcoast Maine

Since 1927

“Spot Light on Seniors” Show Focuses on De-stigmatizing Dementia

Lincoln Home’s Steve Raymond, Director of Admissions and Community Outreach and Lynn Norgang, Executive Director. Photo: Kim Traina

LCTV hosted Lincoln Home colleagues, Steve Raymond and Lynn Norgang, to create a new “Spotlight on Seniors” episode. The focus of this show is to help seniors, families, and community members understand more about memory loss and dementia. The onset of dementia can affect our families and our friends, our colleagues and our neighbors, and may come to affect us individually. Cognitively, it changes how people think, act, their perception of time, and their ability to care for themselves. Lincoln Home is strongly motivated to teach others how to improve the lives of people with dementia who are out and about in our community by helping them to feel safe, secure and treated with dignity.

Several anonymous stories of residents were shared to demystify the stigma associated with dementia. Memory loss is not a mental illness. Understanding the disease process and learning communication strategies can raise the consciousness of our community and help us collectively treat those with cognitive impairment with empathy.

The model of caregiving at Lincoln Home, for all residents, is based on the “Best Friend’s Approach.” As in a best friend relationship, we take the time to learn as much as we can about our residents’ likes, family, career and history. We build relationships and create a feeling of family, and use skillful communication based on an understanding of the dementia disease process.

This approach is invaluable for those suffering from memory loss, creating a sense of security, structure, empathy and positive reinforcement. Assisted living residents with some level of cognitive impairment often improve by being in a community environment with structure, social connection, proper nutrition, medication management, and compassionate care.

Learning helpful communication skills sets up a win/win environment by reducing anxiety and building bridges for a positive outcome. People with dementia are struggling to hang on to their dignity and sense of control. Often, a caregiver hears, “I want to go home.” Home, to someone with dementia, does not necessarily mean a place, but more a state of mind, back to when their world made sense and they were in control. Positive diversion and redirection can help move someone from sadness to feeling joyful in the present moment, which is the very basis of the art of memory loss caregiving.

Executive director Lynn Norgang, shared, “Caregiving is a privilege and an honor. We receive far more than we give each and every day. We are so appreciative of our staff who go above and beyond to ensure each resident is treated with dignity, compassion and kindness.”

Towns and cities across our nation are embracing the concept of “Dementia Friendly Communities.” The Lincoln Home is advocating for all businesses, town officials and community leaders to participate in efforts to create a Dementia Friendly Lincoln County. On May 8 and May 15, from 1:30 – 3:30, Lincoln Home is offering free customer service training to local banks, shops, stores, restaurants and other places of business. Employees will learn skills to help understand and communicate compassionately to customers with dementia.

A separate set of free classes in communication skills is also being offered for family caregivers of people with dementia.

The LCTV Spot Light on Seniors show can be viewed starting Thursday, April 11 at 6:30pm, then continuing to air at revolving time slots, or view on-line: http://lctv.org/spotlight-on-seniors-dementia/

To sign up for one of the workshops, or to learn more about family caregiver classes, contact Steve Raymond, 563-3350 or steve@lincoln-home.org. The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle.

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Val Lovelace, Meet our One2One Care Director

One2One Care Director, Val Lovelace with Bernadette Nicolaus

Val Lovelace, our One2One Care Director, provides an invaluable service to seniors who wish to stay in their home, and may need some level of assistance. Val is skilled in the many facets of providing home care services, from selecting and training qualified caregivers, to being the listening ear for families trying to get help so their loved one can stay safely at home.

She loves coming to work at Lincoln Home every day because it feels like being home. She gets to make a difference. “One2One feels like a small miracle – being able to support and enable someone to stay home with someone who cares about them and can meet their needs.” She believes, “What sets Lincoln Home apart is having a vested interest in being a part of this community. There is a sense of belonging, and deep roots. The Lincoln Home is a non-profit, independently operated business, which is a whole different flavor than a corporate run facility.”

Val, a veteran of the Navy, has done a significant amount of work helping veterans who are enrolled in the VA Medical System, receive home support. She helps, through the VA, to assess the level of need; from grocery shopping to caregiving so a spouse can go to work.

Behind the scenes, Val is our IT specialist at Lincoln Home. She keeps us technically up to date, and manages our website snafus and crashes. We are very lucky to have her as part of our family!

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In Appreciation of Each and Every Member of Our Lincoln Home Staff

Executive Director, Lynn Norgang, is proud and passionate about the staff that she is honored to be a part of. She shares, “At The Lincoln Home, we are family, each and every one of us. Together, as a team, we pride ourselves in the care we give our residents. It takes a special kind of person; kind, caring and compassionate, to deliver the level of care we believe in. Our family of exceptional caregivers go above and beyond to make a difference in our residents’ lives every day.”

Wednesday, March 27, Lincoln Home hosted an event to welcome over 10 new employees and thank all the employees for hours of early mornings and late nights of extra coverage. Two home care clients were guests of honor and joined the party which allowed their One2One Home Caregivers to attend. Pizzas, fresh fruit and a beautiful cake that read, “Celebrate You !” ensured fine food, fine friends and much laughter. All 74 members were honored with cards, balloons, and a mongrammed LL Bean canvas bag. Ask any staff member what they love about working at the Lincoln Home, and the message is loud and clear; the feeling of family, for both the residents and each other.

If you are interested in a work environment where you can make a difference every day, Contact Lari-Ann Beaucage, HR, 207-563-3350 Ext. 22, Lari-ann@lincoln-home.org

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4/8: Music with Jud Caswell

 Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. He’s often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, but his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock. Join us Monday, APRIL 8, at 1:00 pm.

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Lari-Ann Beaucage, Meet a Member of Our Family

Lari-Ann Beaucage started working at the Lincoln Home in 1992 in the dining room. She studied to become a CNA, working with residents until 2015. Lari-Ann is now the staffing manager and head of Human Resources. She still fills in as a CNA when needed because she loves working directly with the residents. In Lari-Ann’s words, “I love we are a family and how well we work as a team. I have worked for other facilities, and none of them had the feel of family that we share here. We all care about each other and strive to create a homelike atmosphere for our residents. No one is just a number here. We all love making a difference in the family’s and resident’s lives.”

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Meet Alisa Grierson, a Member of our Family

Alisa Grierson started working in the kitchen at the Lincoln Home in 2010 after owning her own restaurant, The Breakfast Place, in Damariscotta. Many years prior, she had been a CNA, and decided to re-instate her certificate, working 3 – 11. The Lincoln Home helped Alisa to complete her CRMA training. She now works days and is qualified to dispense medicine. Alisa feels at home at LH, it has become family to her. She loves working full time, and often volunteers to take on more shifts. Alisa cares so deeply for the residents, she gets emotional as she speaks about the big part they play in her life.

On a personal note, one phone call that I will never forget, epitomizes Alisa’s personality and the entire culture at LH. We were driving my 97 year old mother in law to live at the LH from Cape Cod. It was a long and stressful ride and I called to say we would be much later than I hoped to arrive. Alisa answered the call, with “How can we make this easier for you? What can we do to help?” And that is exactly what each and every resident, and family, receives day in and day out, from every member of the staff who give from their heart.

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Meet Our Family: Rose Libby

We have been asking our employees what they really like about working at the Lincoln Home. The overall message, loud and clear, is being part of a family, and really making a difference in our residents’ lives. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing individual and personal stories. Together, as a team, we pride ourselves in the care we give our residents, but what really sets us apart is our “level of caring.” We go above and beyond.

Rose Libby works at the Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage per Diem. She shares that she has worked at a number of Assisted Living facilities, and LH is the most welcoming to residents, staff and families, alike. She loves seeing the residents being treated like special human beings. Rose’s favorite part is learning about each and every resident’s lives and stories. She loves coming to work. At Harbor View Cottage, our Memory Loss Community, Rose loves that it is a brand new day for residents every day. They are one big family. Rose makes an impact on her residents and staff each and every day with her positive attitude and warm compassionate nature.

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Join Our Family.

At The Lincoln Home, we are family, each and every one of us.

Together, as a team, we pride ourselves
in the care we give our residents,
but what really sets us apart is our “level of caring.”
We go above and beyond. We make a difference.

Are you a kind, compassionate, caring person
wishing to share your gifts with others?

Looking to work in an environment where you…

are supported, mentored, encouraged and appreciated?
establish relationships with residents and staff?
participate in a resident focused community? can make a difference every day?

We would love to meet you.
Contact Lari-Ann Beaucage, HR, 207-563-3350 Ext. 22,

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The Lincoln Home Thanks Employees

In celebration of National Assisted Living Week, A Heartfelt Thank You to the Entire Staff at The Lincoln Home, Harbor View Cottage and One 2 One Care for All You Do for So Many.
Julie Adams
Terrie Banker
Lari-Ann Gordon Beaucage
Paula Beckett
Kevin Benner
Laura Benner
Timothy Berry
Gertrude Blagdon
Leroy Blomquist
Maureen Bryan
Lois Burnham
Michelle Carter
Dean Cartier
Bernice Clark
Michelle Collamore
Lindsay Cough
Katherine Creamer
Bridget Crowley
Meagan Cushing
Dawn Davis
Melinda Doane-Jumbo
Lelia Dyer
Teri Everett
Barbara Follett
Kacie Gallant
Nancy Gorden
Rita Grant
Stephanie Gray
Jeremi Green
Alisa Grierson
Kathryn Hagar
Rhonda Hanna
Sara Hanna
Debra Harrison
Debra Hebert
Carolyn Howard
Kingkaew Iamnumsin
Nancy Jean
Christine Jones
Mildred Jones-Farnham
Layne Kaler
Deanna Kurtz
Ann Leavitt
Orville Lee
Nikita Lemar
Rose Libby
Valerie Lovelace
Benjamin Mank
Karen Mank
Shay McClintick
Laurie Mcguire
 Brittney Meservier
 Linda Morrison
 Teresa Mullins
Chrissy Nichols
 John Nichols
 Lyndyn Norgang
Meaghan Orff
 Linda Perry
 Lisa Powell
 Steve Raymond
 Cynquany Read
 Katie Ruzyckij
Ashley Sodergren
 Irene Sodergren
Pamela Soule 
 Pauline Labelle Weeks
 Barbara Whitsit
 Julie Williams
 Jackie York
 Shana York

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Lincoln Home Resident, Dr. Douglas Tigert Honored at Remember Me Celebration

Harold Schramm, Pat Schramm, Maryjane Tigert, and seated, Dr. Douglas Tigert

Rhonda Hanna, Lincoln Home, Dr. Douglas Tigert, Maryjane Tigert,Harold Schramm, and Pat Schramm

On April 10th  The Lincoln Home was proud and delighted to honor its resident, Dr. Douglas Tigert of Bremen, at the Maine Health Care Association’s Annual Remember ME Celebration in the Civic Center in Augusta. This is the day set aside each year to honor and recognize seniors  from every corner of the state of Maine, to hear their unique stories and  honor their achievements and all they have given of themselves to so many. 

Dr. Tigert was chosen as on honoree for his many professional and personal achievements. He was born and raised in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. His parents were both high school teachers and he and his three siblings were expected to go on to college. Douglas struggled in his first year of college at the University of Toronto and transferred to Queens University in Kingston, Ontario where he received his Bachelor’s Degree.  He received his Masters at Northwestern in Chicago, and his PHD in marketing from Perdue. 

Douglas taught 3 years at the University of Chicago before returning to the University of Toronto as Dean for sixteen years followed by another 16 years at Babson College in Boston where he was the first person to hold the newly established chair of retailing.  During his years at Babson as Professor of Retail Marketing he developed a retailing course, started an executive program, mentored young professors and wrote publications.  Douglas and a partner, Lawrence Ring, developed a strategic planning and retailing program in 1989. With a few revisions in 2001 and 2011 the program is still in use today.  He specialized in consumer research, strategic planning, financial and productivity analysis in the retailing arena.  His research covered a myriad of retailing sectors which took him to thirty-nine countries. 

As a member of the Rotary Club’s International Program and making a trip to Thailand, Douglas became involved with the Clean Drinking Water for Schools Program.  He describes it as being a good feeling when you can help financially support and see students become healthier and able to attend school. A second project he worked on was an addition that would handle 35 students on an existing school in South Africa. While on his yearly seminar trip to South Africa, he was able to visit the school and was pleased to see the difference it made in the life of the students. 

Doug was a very busy man, but always made time for family. While on sabbatical, he took his whole family to the Netherlands.  During a Christmas vacation, Doug took his daughters to the Alps. This was their first skiing event which led to many more in various resorts throughout the US and Canada.  The family also enjoyed sailing, camping and boating.

Doug’s wife, Maryjane and his dear friends, Harold and Pat Shramm joined him at the Remember ME Celebration. It was a very special day to honor those seniors in our state who have set the example of sacrifice and achievement for all of us to follow. 

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