Our Dementia Care Home
The Vicarage by the Sea isn’t an institution trying to duplicate a home-like environment. We are home. It’s the foundation of who we are and the heart of our specialized dementia care.
Long-term Dementia Care Home
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.
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.
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. This gives residents a safe, serene & private place to reflect and enjoy the stunning natural beauty. During the warmer months, our residents enjoy oceanside picnics.
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. Our menu offers local seafood, including fresh Maine lobster from Casco Bay. During holidays such as Christmas and Easter, traditional meals are presented and residents’ families often attend with their loved ones.
Diabetic and vegetarian meals are also available. We 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 desserts.
We have welcomed many pets, from a set of dachshunds who were sisters, to a set of cats who provided their mother unconditional love. Some of these pets outlived their owners, but 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. As such, an important 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.