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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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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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