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Fun Events for Residents this Week

There have been some really fun happenings here this week in both the buildings. The Cottage had a fun Chinese Birthday Celebration that staff and residents so enjoyed. Lincoln Home had Danny Burns come to do his fabulous life size wood carvings of an eagle, 2 owls and a heart. Thursday a llama named Harry did a window visit as residents ogled at him face to face. Thanks so much to both Mr. Burns and Katherine Dunn and her llama  from Apiferia Farm for coming to share their talents and joys with us. 

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Danny Burns Carves Life Size Eagle Outside at Lincoln Home

Danny Burns Carving Eagle for Residents at Lincoln Home

, a wood carver came to carve a life size eagle to donate to Lincoln Home. He did his art carving outside in the back of our building where the residents had a bird’s eye view from the many large windows that face the river side. Very exciting!

Another week and gratefully all who live and work at Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage are safe and healthy. Each day that goes by with healthy staff and residents is a blessing. All of us are working hard to help this blessing continue. 

Thank you for keeping up your self- isolation and social distancing no matter what, it may save your life and the life of others.

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Local Volunteers Stitch and Donate Masks to Lincoln Home

Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage employees are grateful to have members of the community offer their creativity and support by making and donating cloth masks. These masks are for employees to wear for their home and essential shopping use . We extend our thanks to Sara Sandberg, Yvonne Lamoreaux, Erica St. Peter and Cathy Lane, the Lincoln County coordinator for “Sewing Masks for Maine.”

“Sewing Masks for Maine.” is a statewide network of volunteers who make and donate cloth masks to Maine’s healthcare organizations. Through their website, www.sewingmasksformaine.com, you can volunteer to sew, request masks, find drop-off locations, or get information and patterns to make your masks. In 30 days, the group effort has delivered 7,252 masks to healthcare and community organizations around Maine.

Erica St. Peter, Senior Commercial Loan Assistant for First National Bank, Damariscotta is helping businesses secure help through loan assistance by day. In her “spare” time, she created a business sewing weighted blankets to help children with anxiety in 2017, “St. Peter’s Sew Sweet Creations.” When COVID-19 hit Maine, she switched gears to making masks. “I am thrilled to donate 30 masks to Lincoln Home because of the support of the community in donating fabric and willingness to pay for masks when they can! I will keep sewing and donating for as long as people need them!” Order masks or weighted blankets through her St. Peter’s Sew Sweet Creations Facebook page.

The Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage employees are very grateful for the support and donations from this wonderful community effort. These masks will ensure that the employees are safer at home as they continue with the recommended self- isolation and social distancing measures to which they are committed. Each day that goes by with healthy staff and residents is a blessing. All of us are working hard to help this blessing continue.

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Gratitude from Lincoln Home Director, Lynn Norgang

What a difference a month makes. In February one of our biggest challenges was finding enough parking spaces for our Senior College classes due to a muddy field that could not be used. When March arrived, the world had changed. Lincoln Home’s COVID 19 Task Force had begun meeting and implementing plans to keep our staff and residents healthy and safe. We continue to meet almost daily.

Gratefully, to date all the residents and staff continue to be well at Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage. Thank you to our residents who continue to practice diligent Social Distancing and Self Isolation here on the property. It is heartwarming to see the residents come to the large living rooms in the afternoons, where they can maintain their 6 feet distancing, to check on each other, share their stores and laugh with each other. 

I am incredibly proud and in awe of the employees here at Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage. These employees are home schooling their children while keeping them safe and entertained. They have family members with needs they can no longer meet due to their commitment to Social Distancing. They cannot see and hug their grandchildren. They are faced with forgoing birthday celebrations, religious gatherings, and coffee times with supportive friends. They are holding their families together under enormous pressures and stresses. And yet they all come to work, day after day, night after night. They bring their expertise, their grace and their smiles. I am honored to work with them. They are priceless. 

We also send a heartfelt thank you to our caregiving colleagues in doctor’s offices, Lincoln Health Hospital, and especially those caring for seniors in high risk communities. We are cheering you on with respect and gratitude.

Closing our doors to the public was a sad and difficult decision that had to be made. We dearly miss seeing our families, friends and all who came so often to share their pets, music, art, stories and companionship with us. Know we are thinking about all of you, sending our love out to the community, wishing you well, and counting the days to when we can open our doors to welcome you back inside. 

As one resident told me the other day “we can take it and we will make it.” I believe her. 

Lynn Norgang, RN
Executive Director
Lincoln Home / Harbor View Cottage
Visit our website, www.lincoln-home.org  for continued updates on COVID-19. Follow us on Facebook to keep in touch with us at Lincoln Home.

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12/16: “The End of Alzheimer’s Disease”

Physician and researcher Dale Bredesen is the author of this boldly titled New York Times bestseller, “The End of Alzheimer’s Disease.” In his book, Dr. Bredesen describes his “Recode” protocol for not just preventing dementia, but also Reversing Cognitive Decline (ReCoDe). He has early published findings to back his claims and has trained 1500 physicians following his methods. Bredesen states, “For most of us, Alzheimer’s is an entirely preventable disease, and for many can be reversed.” Join Steve Raymond on Monday, December 16, from 3:00-4:00pm. Steve will describe Bredesen’s approach to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and his theories for how the disease develops.

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Damariscotta Montessori Students Engage with Memory Loss Residents at Harbor View Cottage

Over the past year, 7th and 8th graders and their teacher, Samantha Mehlhorn, from the Damariscotta Montessori School have been spending time with the residents at Lincoln Home’s memory loss care community, Harbor View Cottage. Thursday, the students engaged in creating crafts to celebrate Thanksgiving. These students create a beehive of meaningful activities by spending individual time with each resident. Our residents love spending time with young people, it enriches their day, so evident in their participation, smiles and laughter. We are grateful to the Montessori School students for sharing their time and talents and contributing to the residents’ joyful and abundant living at Harbor View Cottage.

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One2One Home Care at Lincoln Home Says Thank You to Veterans for Their Service

To all veterans of all branches: Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. In short, thank you for your service! 
The VA provides health care for Veterans from providers such as One2One Home Care in local communities. Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a local community provider when the VA cannot provide the care needed. This care is provided on behalf of and paid for by VA. 
Once a Veteran makes out the application and is found to be qualified a referral goes out to the area Home Care providers. Community care is available to Veterans based on certain conditions and eligibility requirements, and in consideration of a Veteran’s specific needs and circumstances. Community care must be first authorized by the VA before a Veteran can receive care from a community provider. 
A Veteran may also request a certain provider if they have a preference. The provider then schedules a home visit with the Veteran. This meeting includes setting up weekly services to be provided by a Caregiver. 
Veterans are encouraged to call the VA to request assistance with Transportation, Home Services, Home Health, Medical Assistance, VA Physician Contact, Appointments for other Medical Services, Social Worker Services, Pension and Disability Payments. 
To apply for VA Community Health Care, call toll-free hotline at 877-222-8387, Mon. through Fri. 8:00 am to 8:00 pm 
or call the Maine State Veterans Call Center, Togus at: (207) 623-8411 Ext. 7490.  
One2One Home Care at the Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle.  For more information, please contact Roxanne Andrews, 563-3038, or roxanne@lincoln-home.org. 

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Your Gift is Our Future

The Lincoln Home hosted a thank you party Thursday evening to say thank you to the many friends and supporters who volunteer their time, talent and resources to make the Lincoln Home the vibrant living community it is. Residents enjoyed intermingling with people from the community, delicious food, and lovely harp music by Virginia “Suki” Flanagan.

The Lincoln Home is a not for profit home, deeply rooted in the heart of this community, and grateful for the support from so many. Your gift is our future; the fundraising activities that we host support a Financial Assistance Fund for residents who have outlived their financial resources.

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Best Friends Approach at Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage

In September Lynn Norgang, RN, Executive Director of Lincoln Home, joined fifteen other administrators from across the country in Annapolis, MD for a week of training to become certified trainers of the Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care. Taught and developed by David Troxel M.P.H. and Virginia Bell, M.S.W, this comprehensive, compassionate approach is grounded in the understanding that relationships are the key in dementia care. The essential elements of friendship, respect, empathy, support, trust and humor are the building blocks. This evidence-based care model is easy for staff to embrace, is person centered and flexible enough to adapt to each person’s strengths and abilities.  
Lynn shares, “What I most love is that this relationship-based model stresses the role of care partners as friends, rather than just being care givers. This fall I will be training our entire staff of seventy plus employees at both Harbor View Cottage and Lincoln Home Assisted Living in the Certified Best Friends Approach. Our distinctive approach to resident care has been based on the Best Friends Philosophy for many years.  This certification strengthens and adds to the level of care we offer, placing Harbor View Cottage and Lincoln Home above and beyond in the Senior Living World.”
Lynn will be giving a talk to the public later this fall illustrating the concepts and benefits of the Best Friends Approach to residents and families. The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, Newcastle, and can be reached at 563-3350.

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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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