The Vicarage by the sea is an Oceanside dementia care home facility for elders living with progressive neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s like disorders, affecting memory, use of language, physical ability and other cognitive functions.
Perched on the Shores of Casco Bay
The Vicarage is a small, residential dementia care home perched on the shores of beautiful, private Curtis Cove in Harpswell, Maine. The home is situated on a wooded lot with lovely flower gardens and a bird garden in the back. The Vicarage offers single and double rooms overlooking the ocean and beautiful gardens.
The Vicarage mission recognizes the human need and desire regardless of age or ailment for connection with the beauty of nature and its healing properties. (Whitehouse et al. 2012) This is why we worked to build The Freedom Trail in 2013.
The Freedom trail, a handicapped accessible path, meanders through woods and ends at a sitting area overlooking Casco Bay, giving residents a safe, serene & private place to reflect and enjoy the stunning natural beauty. During the warmer months, our residents enjoy oceanside picnics.
Creating a home environment, where residents can age in place, is the philosophy of The Vicarage. Stability in residence, relationships and routine eliminates the stress of transitions for the person living with dementia, thereby enhancing their overall well-being.
We offer three home cooked meals each day, as well as snacks. The meal plans incorporate residents’ food preferences and favorite recipes. Local seafood is offered, including fresh Maine lobster from Casco Bay. Traditional meals are presented during holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Residents’ families often attend these meals with their loved ones.
Diabetic and vegetarian meals are also available. We also cater to residents’ food restrictions because of religious, cultural or other reasons. We make notes of any food dislikes and accommodate. If desired, the resident may help with the meal preparation. It is not uncommon to visit The Vicarage and find staff and residents working together on delicious deserts.
We have welcomed many pets, from a set of dachshunds who were sisters, to a set of cats who controlled the mice population. Some of these pets outlived their owners. They continued to reside at The Vicarage, offering care and love to other residents in need of four pawed support.
The Vicarage is family-owned and operated. One aspect of our philosophy is creating a multi-generational home environment that enhances the overall well-being of its residents. When you visit The Vicarage, you’ll see babies, children & adult children who have all grown up at the Vicarage – each person providing love & care to the residents in their own special way.
Our Proven Approach
By offering a holistic environment which encompasses elders, their families, the community, and the natural world around us, The Vicarage has proven that this philosophy in dementia care provides a higher quality of life to its residents.
We are advocates for the care of a vulnerable population in American society, passionately showing that those living with memory loss can be cared for in a more humane manner, far greater than traditional assisted living or nursing home settings.
We provide dementia education along with professional counseling to families in transition and meet with resident’s families and loved ones regularly.