Specialized Dementia Care

The Vicarage By The Sea provides long term dementia care in Maine.

Residents are assessed on admission, and plans for long term dementia care and support are created to meet their individual needs.  Regular assessments ensure that each resident continues to receive personalized care.

Family Counseling

Johanna M Wigg, PhD provides professional counseling to all families. She meets with families and their loved ones regularly. She assesses residents regularly to ensure that they continue to receive the personalized dementia care they deserve and need.

Qualified personal care staff are on duty 24/7.

Our staff provides support with residents’ personal care, encouraging as much independence as possible.  Additional support includes, but is not limited to, dressing, bathing, toileting, managing medication, eating, ambulation assistance, and incontinence management.

Staff Education

Our staff receive biweekly in-services on residents.  They are also provided with on-going education on “person centered dementia care” and advanced long term dementia care training.

To learn more about the basis for our dementia care model see Social care institute for excellence,  in addition to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America and The Alzheimer's Association.

Home Cooked Meals

We offer three home cooked meals each day, as well as snacks.  The meal plans incorporate residents’ food preferences and favorite recipes.  Local meats, produce & seafood is offered, including our very own 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.

Daily Life at The Vicarage

Social interaction throughout each day is very important for those living with dementing illnesses. Residents have the opportunity to preserve and strengthen their sense of dignity and self-esteem by engaging in social interactions with staff and other residents.


Recreational activities range from yoga, nature walks along our beautiful Freedom Trail or sitting on our deck overlooking the ocean, to movies and games.  Music performances and regular outings are offered. Individualized activities are created to satisfy the interests of each resident.

Every year, The Vicarage holds a special holiday party for family and friends to celebrate with their loved ones.  Great food and live entertainment accompany the festivities.


The benefits of pet therapy for those living with memory loss are many. These benefits include lowering anxiety and stress, encouraging communication, improving mood, and lowering blood pressure. That is why pet therapy is offered at all times. Currently, two dogs and a couple of cats live at The Vicarage.

No More Transitions

Creating a home environment, where residents can age in place has been our philosophy since opening our doors. We are a true “aging-in-place” home . There are no more transitions.  Residents can stay at The Vicarage throughout their life. As the disease progresses, residents are not required to move to another location.

At The Vicarage, we specialize in Long Term Dementia Care in Maine.  Our services are based on individual need.  Please contact us with any further questions you may have concerning dementia care for your loved one.

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