Our Mission

"Genuine care requires us to recognize within each beating heart the need to grow, within each weakened limb the yearning for action, within each mind the desire to do as well as be." William Thomas

Johanna Wigg and Cheryl Golek founded the Vicarge in 1998 to create a difference in the lives of those living with dementia.

Our philosophy believes that every human being deserves the opportunity to grow, regardless of age or ailment.

The Vicarage provides genuine care based on a psycho-social model. We emphasize the well-being of each resident’s mind, body and spirit. Caregivers provide exceptional comfort and care while honoring each resident.

The normalization of the dementia experience is what defines The Vicarage culture. Our setting embraces and respects the individual reality of each person who lives with us. We create an environment where social stigmas are lessened so our residents’ dignity and continued personal relationships grow.

The power of a culture stems from the fact that when people are immersed in it, the framework that it provides seems self-evident. What nature is to creatures governed by instinct, culture is to human beings.”  (Thomas Kitwood 1995)

The Vicarage seeks to enrich the quality of life of each individual. We offer empathic, holistic care in a home environment. We educate, involve, support and guide residents’ families and loved ones through each transition – to the end of each day and to the end of each life.


BDN: How this home in Maine is giving normalcy to people living with dementia

Advocating for the whole person living with dementia

Person Centered Approach to Dementia Care

Person Centered Care for those living with Dementia

Understanding Dementia: Q&A with Dr. Wigg

Dementia Doesn't Define a Person