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Richard Eichacker Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Maine Health Care Association honored Richard Eichacker, our Lincoln Home resident, with the Remember Me Lifetime Achievement Award. Richard, or Dick, as he prefers, was born December 22, 1931 in Hartford, CT. After high school, Dick attended the College of General Studies at Boston University. He then joined the Air Force where he served from 1953-56. He then return to complete his Engineering degree and went to work at Pratt & Whitney for 28 years. Married in 1955, Dick and his wife have two children, Cynthia and Stephen. In 1985, they purchased three cottages in Tenants Harbor, which they repaired and rented. They moved to Rockport, Maine permanently in 1992 and became active members of the community. Dick volunteered at Marshall Point Lighthouse, Habitat for Humanity, AARP Income Tax Assistance, Window Dressers and was an dedicated member of the Congregational Church in Rockland.

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Kacie Gallant, New Director of Community Life

Kacie Gallant has a long history of caregiving at Lincoln Home. Her very first job was doing private duty for Lincoln Home. She then went on to pursue working for her CNA/CRMA credentials in 2004. Kacie worked at short intervals in other positions, but always returned to her family at Lincoln Home. She has been a steady presence to the residents since 2012. Upon retirement of Rhonda Hanna, long time Director of Community Life, Kacie was a natural fit. Her positive, compassionate demeanor, and love of the residents and their love for her, makes her new role an easy transition. What Kacie loves about The Lincoln Home, is the feeling of family, both with staff and residents. Kacie shares, “The residents make my day. The Lincoln Home is unique, in that it’s private, small setting is resident – focused, family oriented and one of the cleanest facilities I have ever been in. It’s a positive work environment on every level.” About her new role, Kacie has shared that she loves getting to know the residents on a different, more personal level, than in the nursing/caregiving role. She enjoys sharing their concerns and joys, and creating meaningful activities that speak to the residents’ individual likes and needs, as well as creating fun group activity events. One of the highlights each week for the residents is open discussion of local, community news each Thursday after the Lincoln County Newspaper arrives.Kacie has been busy organizing bus rides, picnics, art activities and one on one “game dates.” Her light and laughter brighten the day for her “second’ family at Lincoln Home, adding to the team of caregivers bringing quality, consistent care and joy to the residents each and every day. Kacie has two grown children, Brady and Ashlynn, is engaged to be married, and is about to buy a new home. She can be reached at kacie@lincoln-home.org or 207-563-3350.

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Rhonda Hanna Retires

Rhonda Hanna, Community Life Director at Lincoln Home, is retiring after 13 years of dedicated service. Wednesday July 1, the residents and staff had an outside picnic lunch in her honor. Rhonda has been the heartbeat of the residents’ days, filling them with joyful and thoughtful activities to stimulate their minds and keep their bodies moving. She is the one who decks our halls for Christmas, creates parties, arranges music, plays games, and feeds our spirits daily with her laughter, kindness, compassion, patience, and good will. We thank Rhonda for all she has given so effortlessly and for being the residents’ cheerleader all these years. Happy Retirement to Rhonda, well earned. Staff, residents and members of the community will miss her dearly, but she will always be a member of our family.

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Happy Feet

Thanks to the creative thinking of Executive Director, Lynn Norgang, and the woodworking talents of Mike Knof and Kevin Benner, A “COVID-Safe” wall was constructed on our screen porch. Complete with a sliding door, our residents can now have their Feet attended to once again! Dr. Hilliary Pelletier, Podiatrist, normally sees our residents every 6 weeks, but due to our safety protocols, she has not been able to see us since March. The residents were thrilled to see her! The plexiglass topped wall has also allowed us to have family visits safely with our residents once again.

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We Welcome Brigit Cavanagh, New Director of Community Outreach and Admissions

The Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage are pleased to welcome Brigit Cavanagh as a new staff member to our team. Brigit brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her new role as Director of Community Outreach and Admissions. She has proven experience working in Senior Living with a commitment to insuring that every new resident joins the Lincoln Home family with personal attention to their individual wants, needs, and expectations. Her marketing and sales background also includes a number of community service appointments. She is currently President of the Bath Rotary Club at Rotary International, a past board member of the Mid Coast Area Chamber of Commerce and Brunswick Downtown Association. Brigit’s warmth, love of people, and strong listening skills will be a great fit to our family at Lincoln Home. Brigit can be reached at 207-563-3350 or brigit@lincoln-home.org.

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Lincoln Home Creates a Safe Space for Family Visits

The Lincoln Home staff has come up with a creative utilization of space to allow safe visits with family members.  Mike Knopf and Kevin Benner built a  half wall with a plexiglass top to allow families to visit on one side, with the resident safely on the other side, and still outdoors with plenty of air flow. Even though this arrangement cannot replace sitting side by side,  it offers loved ones a personal and meaningful experience. As an added bonus, Mike created a sliding door along the lower part of the partition so that a resident can extend their feet through the partition so the foot doctor can tend to feet and toes without coming into the building!
Friday, the porch setting was christened with a birthday celebration for resident, Hilda Traina, who turned 99.  Family was thrilled to see her face to face.  Chef Julie made a beautiful birthday cake, and the entire staff came outside to sing Happy Birthday.
Today, and every day, Lincoln Home goes above and beyond to make life as abundant and joyful as  possible  and still protect everyone’s safety and health. 

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Family Parade for Residents

On May 2nd Lincoln Home held its first ever, family car rally. Fourteen families and community members gathered at the Newcastle Fire Station and as they decorated their cars with colored streamers, balloons, and signs, it was clear they were so excited to be seeing their loved ones. Their signs read; Happy 95 th Birthday Mom, We love you Dad, Love to all at Lincoln Home and Kisses to All !!! .

At 11 am, Mike Knof, Director of Building and Grounds, began the parade. With cars honking and music blaring, cars full of smiling adults and children snaked their way up the River Road to Lincoln Home. There, waiting in anticipation were residents seated in sun chairs at the edge of the driveway with Pom Poms shaking and New Year’s Eve horns blowing. Great grandchildren hung out car windows as they called out words of love and encouragement. One car blasted the song ‘You Are My Sunshine’. Many families drove over an hour to have the chance to see their loved ones and know in their hearts their loved ones are indeed okay, even if it had to be from a car. Lincoln Home has had many special events over it’s 96 year history, but this one was perhaps the most extraordinary and certainly the most heart warming. 


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Keeping Smiles on Residents Faces

Many of the staff members are reviving past talents and skills to provide extras for the residents at Lincoln Home and Harbor View Cottage. Decorating, Zoom computer gatherings, face time, and window visits with families, special meals, ice cream sandwiches,  hair appointments, foot soaks, and anything at all the staff can do to cheer a resident, they happily fit into their already busy schedule. Making a resident’s day, always makes a staff person’s day. “This is our job, our joy and our pleasure. It is why we are here.”

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