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.”
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.
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.
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,
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.
Damariscotta River Oysters 12ea.
Unsalted Butter: 2 Tbsp Divided
Shallots: 1 Tbsp Minced
Champagne or White Wine: ¼ cup
Heavy Cream: ¼ cup
Leeks: 2- white part only sliced thin
Honey: 2 tsp
Fresh Dill: 1 Tbsp Chopped
Shuck oysters, place oysters on oven proof dish. I like to use muffin tins. In a sauce pan melt 1- Tbsp butter, add shallots, sauté until translucent. Add champagne and reduce by half. Add cream and reduce on medium low heat until thick. Melt remaining butter in a sauté pan and add leeks. Sauté until all the moisture is cooked off. Add honey and reduce until thick. Divide leeks among the oysters, sprinkle with fresh dill. Spoon a tablespoon of champagne cream over each oyster and bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes until browned and bubbly.
Discover what makes Harbor View Cottage a very unique Memory Loss Community in midcoast Maine. Join us at our Open House on Saturday, December 9, from 10am – 2pm, to learn more about our holistic approach to memory loss care.
Our safe and secure community at Harbor View Cottage is a home-like haven of professional and loving care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Specially trained staff engage each resident individually and personally promoting feelings of success and accomplishment, contentment and self-esteem, enrichment and engagement, appropriate to the level of each resident.
A high staffing ratio of licensed staff certified in dementia care, on-staff RN’s, and a holistic approach to medication management, ensures top notch medical support. Working in partnership with the individual, family, and physician, we develop a lifestyle plan that addresses each person’s physical, psychosocial and activity/recreational needs. Ongoing communication with families encourages family involvement and understanding of the program to enhance the life of each resident.
Healthy, well balanced home cooked meals are served around our dining room table. In the warmer months, we enjoy outdoor garden walking paths, and a lovely patio with views of the harbor. Our bus takes residents to fun and engaging outings in and around the beautiful midcoast. Each resident has their own Ipod, with music chosen specifically geared to their interests.
We have an opening for your loved one to become part of our family. Join us to learn more on Saturday, or call Steve Raymond for an individual tour, 563-3350. Please park at The Lincoln Home, 22 River Road, Newcastle, and we will transport you across the street, as parking is limited.
It is always fun when Stewart Hanley and his sidekick Pogie visit both his grandmothers, Olive Hart and Ruby Hanley who are living at The Lincoln Home. Having both grandmothers here together is a rare pleasure for all!
Our representatives and senators need to be held to account for policies that move Maine forward with clarity and purpose. We also see that it is particularly town selectmen and managers all over the state who can play crucial roles in decentralized, grassroots, community-based efforts to create age-friendly towns and cities.
As the public representative for The Lincoln Home Senior Retirement Community, I have great pride in the industry of residential care for seniors, and great pride in the excellence of The Lincoln Home. However, I also recognize that residential care is an excellent consumer choice if you can afford that choice, however, residential care is not the social solution to the evolving senior housing and care deficiencies in our state. This is why the management and Board of Directors of the not-for-profit Lincoln Home work in support of age-friendly communities in Lincoln County.
Today I’m focusing on the Town of Bowdoinham, which has a demonstrated commitment over the last several years of providing the authority and leadership to create an age-friendly community. The Maine Council on Aging and the AARP have recognized Bowdoinham as an age-friendly leader, and Bowdoinham was the first Northern New England town designated as an age-friendly community by the World Health Organization in 2014.
The Town of Bowdoinham Select Board completed an assessment of the needs, supports and services for optimal aging in Bowdoinham during 2012. The assessment identified five key areas: Access to information; coordinated town leadership and advocacy for older residents; transportation; housing; and a central gathering place for seniors and community members.
The needs assessment led to the creation of a nine-member Advisory Committee on Aging to provide advocacy for all local senior-related issues, and to report back to the five elected select people and town manager on age-friendly actions to be taken.
Patricia Oh, LMSW, was appointed coordinator of older adult services to lead this committee. One measure of the brilliance of the work accomplished by the Bowdoinham Advisory Committee on Aging is that they used assessment criteria for age-friendly communities created by the World Health Organization, and specifically adapted the WHO recommendations to their local needs. In 2014, Patricia Oh and the ACOA submitted a very thorough report to town leaders and to the World Health Organization titled, “Measuring the Age-friendliness of Bowdoinham, Maine, United States of America.”
It is the appointment of this committee with a paid leader chairing it, and then the proactive engagement and cooperation of the town manager and select board, along with hundreds of volunteer hours by the advisory committee in community projects, that has led the little town of Bowdoinham to accomplish many projects large and small.
They have done everything from improving the walkability of the village and increasing accessibility of public spaces and buildings, to organizing a variety of social activities, and organizing volunteers who contribute their unique gifts and time to make the town a better place for everybody.
Just this past week, the AARP recognized Bowdoinham with a grant for funds to purchase building supplies to make raised garden beds for those who can no longer kneel or sit on the ground to plant, but who still want to raise their own vegetables.
Of note is the winning proposal expands these age-friendly efforts beyond the Town of Bowdoinham. The grant will engage other gardeners from Bowdoinham, Bowdoin, and Richmond to form a regional garden club and will feature guest speakers from the University of Maine Co-operative Extension. The simple measures undertaken are simultaneously addressing issues of food insecurity and social isolation in an easy, simple way that generates much good.
So … Whoddathunk? Bowdoinham is a community of about 2,800 residents, and look at its amazing accomplishments. Bowdoinham demonstrates that dedicated people in the smallest towns can create and implement amazing and even revolutionary ideas.
There are 80 other communities in Maine working to make their communities more age-friendly. Harpswell, Bowdoinham and Boothbay are powerful examples right here in the Midcoast.
Communities are learning from each other. At the Maine Council on Aging Wisdom Summit last week, Patricia Oh led a panel discussion, titled “Maine’s Aging in Place Revolution.” There were town representatives from Bethel, Cumberland, Harpswell and Readfield, each describing the efforts of their towns in creating age-friendly communities.
Maybe your town managers would like to move towards a more age-friendly community, too. Ask them about it in your next town meeting. Patricia Oh tells me that she receives three to four requests for information every month from towns around Maine.
For more information about the Bowdoinham Advisory Committee on Aging, visit www.bowdoinham.com/aging-bowdoinham-committee.
For information on age-friendly communities all over the country, visit www.aarp.org/livable-communities/network-age-friendly-communities.
For information on The Lincoln Home’s independent and assisted living, or safe and secure memory care, contact Steve Raymond at 207-563-3350.