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Alisa Grieson, CNA/CRMA, Receives Award of Excellence

Alisa Grieson, CNA/CRMA, at The Lincoln Home received an Excellence in Long Term Care Award from Maine Health Care Assoc. (MHCA) at the Blaine House in Augusta on September 16. The Award recognizes employees statewide who have consistently exemplified a commendable level of caregiving, dedication, and professionalism in caring for their residents/consumers. The Award honors caregivers who make a significant positive difference in the lives of residents.

Alisa is a valued CNA/CRMA at The Lincoln Home who is very supportive to her peers and supervisors. Her peers look to her for answers to questions and see her as a role model. As a provider of exceptional care, Alisa he gets to know each resident and meets them where they are. She is the kind of nurse who sees what someone needs and makes sure she gets it done. One resident came back from the hospital and told Alisa, “You know what you all do here and they don’t do there? You all give care with love and kindness.”

One resident’s family member shares her story of Alisa, “On a personal note, one phone call that I will never forget epitomizes Alisa’s personality and the entire culture at Lincoln Home. We were driving my 97-year -old mother-in-law from Cape Cod to The Lincoln Home. 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 better for you? What can we do to help?” Since the day she moved in, Alisa has gone above and beyond, meeting her needs with kindness and compassion.”

At the Lincoln Home, we are proud to have Alisa, who is extremely deserving of this award, as part of our caregiving family.

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LobsterBake Smashing Success

A HUGE THANK YOU from The Lincoln Home…To Our Board of Directors, Volunteers, Staff, Artists, Musicians and Community Members Who Made Our 4th Annual Lobster & More Fundraiser Such a Smashing Success! And  a big shout out of gratitude to our business sponsors: Camden Wealth Management, Allen Agency, Bath Savings, Bruce Bachelder, CPA, William Brewer, Accountant, Cheney Insurance, Colby and Gale, Inc., Community Shellfish, Damariscotta Bank & Trust, Damariscotta Hardware, Mark Doe/Louis Doe Hardware, Doyle & Nelson, Attorneys, Jon Farnham Lobsters, First Federal Savings & Loan, First National Bank, Floor Magic, Guardian Pharmacy, Hall Funeral Home, Hammond Lumber, HM Payson & Co., Maine Energy Performance Solutions, Johnson & Jordan, Jon McKane, Electrician, Mid-Coast Energy Systems, Inc., Mook Sea Farm Oysters, Native Maine Produce, Newcastle Publick House, Oxbow Brewery, Que Rico, Renys, Salt Bay Framers, Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, Sysco, Tidewater Telecom, and Anonymous & In-Kind Donors.

We served over 200 people Maine lobsters, barbecue chicken, oysters, hors d’oeuvres, salads, Maine blueberry desserts, locally brewed beer and wine. Maine bluegrass band, Sandy River Ramblers, provided lively music for dancing.

Seventeen talented artists exhibited in “Art under the Tent” and a close race for the People’s Choice Art Award resulted in First Place: Sandy Crabtree, Second: Hannah Ineson, and tied for Third: Linwood Riggs and Cheryl Young. Thank you to Salt Bay Framers for providing the cash prizes to the artists.

The Lincoln Home hosts this special fundraiser to support the Resident Financial Aid Fund and bring the community together for a fun evening. A portion of the art sold, along with all ticket sales, helps support the Financial Assistance Fund at The Lincoln Home for residents who have outlived their financial resources.

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Everyone Plays Ball!!!!

Have you ever seen a ninety-five-year-old woman, all of 5 feet tall, play baseball? If you were driving by the Lincoln Home in Newcastle last Tuesday you would have seen her and her 80 to 90 year old team mates decked out in their Golden Oldie t-shirts and ball caps, cheering, batting, walking bases, and having a grand time. 

Kevin Benner from Maintenance, clears the parking lot of cars, chalks the bases onto the hot top and opens the 14th annual baseball game  with “ PLAY BALL”.  The chatter rises, and the competitive, sassy talk from player to player begins. When the 103 centenarian walks up to bat, loud cheers follow him. When he hits the ball, his grin is visible across the third base line. 

This event, year after year, has proven that one is never too old to try something new, to play, to have fun, and to be rowdy and cheer on fellow teammates. Score is kept, but no one seems to care. It is the playing that matters, the camaraderie, being outside, and the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch.

When the game is over, everyone comes in tired, more from laughing than playing! The group gathers together for a picnic lunch of hot dogs, sauerkraut, and Ice cream sandwiches for dessert. 
 
Whether we are nine or ninety we all need to play, be with friends, and have fun. At the Lincoln Home, we celebrate family, friendships, and promote joyful and abundant living each and every day.

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Damariscotta Montessori School Brings Joy to Residents at Harbor View Cottage

Damariscotta Montessori School seventh and eighth graders, along with their teacher, Samantha Mehlhorn, have been spending time with residents at Lincoln Home’s memory loss care community, Harbor View Cottage. The students create a beehive of meaningful activities by spending individual time with residents.  Each student shares his or her special gift by participating in crafts, initiating sing-a-longs, performing piano, or spending time outside on the deck planting flowers with impromptu ukulele music. It was heartwarming to watch as student and a gentleman resident smile at each other as they create different designs with PVC pipe sections. Spending time with young people enriches the daily life of the residents, who thoroughly enjoy the visits. Staff and residents alike always look forward to the Montessori School students coming and thank them for sharing their time. One of the eighth grade girls promised to continue to come this summer, as she has so enjoyed her time at Harbor View Cottage.

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Celebrating Our 2nd Perfect DHHS Survey

Lincoln Home is once again celebrating its employees for a perfect Department of Health and Human Resources Survey. Every two years all Assisted Living communities are surveyed by DHHS to ensure that  the state regulations and resident standards of care are being met. The survey process is typically a three-day inspection by a state surveyor who is in the building reviewing every aspect of documentation and resident care, with a focus on respect and Residents Rights.

Lincoln Home has always viewed the survey process as an opportunity to improve any area that might be sighted as deficient. Our staff is committed to exceeding the DHHS regulations every day of the year and we are very proud to have achieved a second, consecutive survey that was deficiency free. 

Congratulations and a big Thank You to entire the staff for all they do, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to provide excellence in care as well as joyful and abundant living for those living here at Lincoln Home. 

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Mother’s Day Tea

Daughters, sons, family and friends joined their loved ones at the Lincoln Home to celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10.  Harpist, Virginia “Suki” Flanagan, from  Alna, provided a lovely background of  soothing  melodies. Tea was served in a lovely array of  teacups, along with artfully presented finger sandwiches and confectioneries. At the Lincoln Home, each resident becomes family, both to the staff and each other. Our Lincoln Home family is treated with honor, kindness, compassion and respect, not only on Mother’s Day, but every day.

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Dean Cartier, Meet a Member of Our Family

Dean Cartier has been with Lincoln Home for 5 years as a full time Maintenance Assistant. Previously, he was the facility director at Kieve for 20 years, owned and operated a construction business and was involved in farming. Always involved in customer service, Dean is a natural with the residents, putting a smile on their faces with his kindness, and positive, upbeat attitude. He understands that residents need and want calm, and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. He loves giving them that. He loves keeping residents safe and happy. He articulates the differences in working for a non-profit, by saying, “we can’t be single minded. There is no such thing as “not my job.” We are a team, it feels natural, we are family. That’s not a cliche. It’s what make it so easy and rewarding to come to work every day. I learn so much from our residents…to live each day and enjoy the little things. My job is to make sure residents are having the best day they can have each and every day here. It is so much more than a job for me, it is a way of life. “  Dean is shown here with Eleanor O’Donnell.

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Free Workshop for Businesses: Learn Communication Skills for Customers with Dementia

The Lincoln Home is strongly motivated to teach others how to improve the lives of people with dementia by helping them to feel safe, secure and treated with dignity in our local banks, shops, stores, restaurants and other places of business. They are offering two free customer service training workshops to be held at 22 River Road, Newcastle. Choose either MAY 8 or MAY 15, from 1:30 – 3:30pm.

Employees will learn skills to help understand and communicate compassionately to customers with dementia. Effectively set up a win/win environment by reducing anxiety and building bridges for a positive outcome.

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. T

o 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. Harbor View Cottage, a unique Memory Loss Community at The Lincoln Home, supports both the caregiver and loved one with Memory Day programs, respite stays and full-time care.

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“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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