One may not associate the art of fine dining with senior living communities, but the chefs at The Lincoln Home in Newcastle take their food preparation very seriously. Head Chef Julie Adams, along with Chef Shana York and Chef Brittney Meservier have a healthy competitive and creative spirit that drives the of level of culinary excellence in everything they serve at The Lincoln Home. Residents look forward to meals and rave about the repertoire and quality of the food choices. Chef Adams and her staff believe in using locally sourced seafood from Fisherman’s Catch and Mill Cove Seafood, local produce from Spear Farm, Clarks Farm and the Farmer’s Market, to create delicious and healthy meals every day, 365 days a year.
Uniquely situated on the banks of the Damariscotta River, residents can watch the Norumbega Farm oyster operation from the dining room windows. These locally harvested oysters are the very ones served at The Lincoln Home. Chef Adams shares her Holiday Oyster Recipe:
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.
On December 5, a special holiday meal will be served to residents and family members. The menu consists of roasted red pepper and tomato soup, mint crusted rack of lamb, orange balsamic cornish game hen, apple raisin stuffing, creamed spinach and parsnips, mustard glazed carrots and shallots, with potato and celery root gratin. Dessert will be The Lincoln Home signature Triple Layer Cheese Cake, always a holiday favorite, or Pumpkin Pie.
Chef Adams shares, “I can not remember a time when I was not passionate about food and I always know when a meal is prepared with love and respect for the ingredients being used.” Perhaps when The Lincoln Home residents and guests sing praises to the chefs on a daily basis, that is the best reward of all.
We invite the public to join us, Monday, November 13, from 3:00 to 4:00pm. Steve Gifford will present a program entitled “The Finnish Imprint”. He has been interested in all things Finnish for a good part of his life and recently returned from his
The Lincoln Home is located at 22 River Road, overlooking the Damariscotta River, in Newcastle. For more information, please contact Rhonda Hanna, Director of Community Life, at 563-3350. This event is free and open to the public.
A Registered Nurse is the best insurance and peace of mind a senior living community can offer their residents. With seniors experiencing health issues, taking a number of medications and interfacing with many health providers simultaneously, having a nurse to manage all the aspects of a resident’s health eases the burden on residents and their families. A nurse keeps a bead on an individual’s health and needs, consults with pharmacists, specialists, therapists, and physicians, then communicates between all the disciplines to insure all are working towards the senior’s wellbeing. Most senior living communities have one Registered Nurse on staff or a part-time consultant. The Lincoln Home has three RNs; the Executive Director, Lynn Norgang, the Director of Nursing, Millie Jones-Farnham and the RN Nurse Manager of Harbor View Cottage, Linda Morrison. The three RN’s work together as a team to insure that each resident’s care and wellness needs are met every day of the year. The Lincoln Home RN team offers an integrated approach to providing extraordinary care and peace of mind.
Three different senior women I know have suffered accidental falls recently. A broken hip is always a concern with falls, but all three of these women landed on their face and look like raccoons with two black eyes. It is just heartbreaking and scary, and a confidence demolisher if it happens to you.
The Maine CDC says that accidental falls are the leading cause of injury related deaths in Maine for people over 65. It occurs more to women than to men. What is shocking in this statistic is that I have never known anyone to die directly from a fall, but have seen uncountable numbers of people over the years suffer life-changing injuries from falling.
The single most frequent reason that seniors seek either in-home care or assisted living is that there has recently been a fall, and sometimes a few falls. Each year the Lincoln Home welcomes residents who come for a short-term winter stay of a few months. It is a nice way to soften the Maine winter, but more importantly, short-term residents know how easy it is to slip and fall on hidden ice even when you’re being careful.
Even Minor Falls Can Lead to Serious Injury
Even minor fall can results in a severe injury such as a fracture of the hip, pelvis or femur requiring a hospitalization. Recovery from such an injury can be an obstacle course that can lead to other debilitating health problems. According to the Maine CDC, in accidental falls that resulted in death, it is because the fallen person had no way to call for help, and suffered internal bleeding because of the fracture, or suffered from exposure and hypothermia.
Many factors can increase one’s risk for an accidental fall. These include: Impaired hearing and vision; General loss of muscular strength and tone; Arthritis; Osteoporosis (Many people think osteoporosis is only a problem for women past menopause, but it can also affect older men); Vertigo; Cerebrovascular insufficiency; Neurologic disabilities such as a past stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, or Dementias; Postural hypotension (sudden decrease in blood pressure). Sometimes a newly prescribed medication may cause dizziness.
Keeping Your Muscle Strength and Balance to Prevent Falls
If you are deconditioned, it is useful to consult with a Physical Therapist to receive an exercise prescription that is suitable for your current state of strength and health. The therapist will identify areas of weakness and imbalance that you are able to strengthen through specific exercises. These are not strenuous exercises! However, they are muscle specific, and receiving guidance can help you strengthen muscles you never think about, such as your foot and lower leg muscles, and the small muscles that support your spine.
Doing things like getting together with friends, gardening, walking, or going to the local senior fitness center are important for staying healthy. The good news is that there are simple ways to prevent most falls. By taking care of your overall health, you may be able to lower your chances of falling.
In general, you should stay physically active within your abilities, but also seek to gently challenge your abilities so that you maintain them. Regular walking improves your muscle strength, and keeps your joints, tendons, and ligaments flexible. Yoga is wonderful anti-aging medicine. Physical strengthening of the muscles used for balance is possible even for those in their 80’s and 90’s if a neuromuscular disorder is not present. We can definitely maintain and improve our strength, balance and flexibility through a variety of functional movement exercises.
Falls can never be completely eliminated. You’d have to wrap everyone in bubble wrap to totally prevent fall injuries. People need to lead their lives, and trying to eliminate all risk is simply not the way we do things in Maine.
However, being a strong and independent Mainer doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to reduce the potential for harm with some common sense measures. Call Valerie Lovelace, One2One Home Care Manager to arrange an in-home Fall Prevention Assessment. To learn more about Short-term Winter Stays at Lincoln Home, call Steve Raymond at 207-563-3350.