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The Vicarage by the Sea

9 Vicarage Ln
Harpswell, ME 04079-3220
(207) 833-5480
Fax: (207) 833-6178
Services Offered:
Assisted Living, Hospice, Support Services
The Vicarage by the Sea serves Lewiston, ME, Wiscasset, ME, Bath, ME, Topsham, ME, Brunswick, ME and more...
  • General Information
  • Assisted Living
  • Licenses
  • General Information
  • Description
    About My Business
    The Vicarage by the Sea was founded in 1998 with the desire 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 psychosocial model, emphasizing the wellbeing of each residents mind, body and soul.

    “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” (Thomas 1994).

    Advocates for the care of a vulnerable population in American society, their passion shows that this population can be cared for in a more humane manner, far greater than traditional settings.

    Learn more about The Vicarage philosophy and issues related to dementia by reviewing the information found here in our website.

    The Vicarage by the Sea, Inc. is a residential care facility licensed by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
    About My Services
    Residents are assessed on admission, and plans of care and support are created to meet their individual needs. Regular assessments ensure that each resident continues to receive personalized care.

    Nurse-Practitioner Karen Guiou is on call always and makes monthly visits to oversee the health and medical needs of each resident

    Qualified personal care staff are on duty 24/7. Our staff receive biweekly in-services on residents, as well as readings on “person centered care” and advanced dementia care training through this site Social care institute for excellence, as well as The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and The Alzheimer’s Association.

    We offer three home cooked meals, as well as snacks. The meal plans incorporate residents’ food preferences and favorite recipes. Local seafood is offered, including fresh 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.

    Social interaction throughout each day: 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 nature walks along the beautiful lane or Oceanside, to movies and games. Music performances and 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.

    Pet therapy is offered at all times. The benefits of pet therapy include lowering anxiety and stress, encouraging communication, improving mood, and lowering blood pressure. Currently, two dogs and a couple of cats live at The Vicarage.

    Staff provide support with residents’ personal care, encouraging as much independence as possible. ADL support includes, but is not limited to, dressing, bathing, toileting, managing medication, eating, ambulation assistance, and incontinence management. Plans of support are created around the individual needs of each resident.

    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. Our services are based on individual need. Please contact us with any further questions you may have concerning our services.
  • Assisted Living
  • Eligibility
    All genders welcome
    Care Options
    Contract for on-call nursing care
    Physician care by routine visit
    Personal Assistance
    Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
    Catheter management
    Foot care
    Sitting, standing, walking, and getting in and out of bed
    Medication management
    Care Services
    Massage therapy
    Occupational therapy
    Physical therapy
    Residents may contract with an outside agency to bring in services
    Behavioral Support Offered for Residents Who...
    Hit, kick, or act physically aggressive
    Yell, curse, or act verbally aggressive
    Do not sleep through the night
    Become disoriented
    Pace or rummage habitually
    Seek exits
    Need prompting for their personal care
    Diabetes Management Care
    Oral medication
    Self-administered insulin injection
    Staff-administered insulin injection
    Health Condition Care
    Breathing support requiring oxygen
    Broken bones
    Emphysema or other lung diseases
    Heart disease or heart failure
    Immune deficiency
    Incontinence and bladder management
    Memory loss
    Monitored intake of foods and liquids
    Multiple sclerosis
    Parkinson's disease
    Psychiatric conditions such as bipolar/manic depression or schizophrenia
    Tendency to fall
    Traumatic brain injury
    Wound treatment
    Memory Care
    Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Provided
    Stages of Alzheimer's Progression Accepted
    Stage 1: no impairment
    Stage 2: very mild decline
    Stage 3: mild decline
    Stage 4: moderate decline
    Stage 5: moderate, mid-stage
    Stage 6: moderately severe
    Stage 7: severe, late-stage
    Services for Alzheimer's or Dementia Residents
    Family members able to join at mealtime
    Family members able to participate in care plan
    Specially trained staff
    Safe wandering areas
    Regular assessments by interdisciplinary staff
    Environment that is easy to navigate
    Daily planned recreational and social activities
    Activities tailored to residents' abilities
    Living Space Options
    Private bedrooms with private bathrooms
    Billed per month
    Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms
    Billed per month
    Shared bedrooms with shared bathrooms
    Billed per month
    Residents may bring pets
    Pet Types Allowed
    Smoking accommodations are provided
    Residents may bring their own furniture
    Security Features
    Door alarms
    Fire sprinkler system
    All staff subject to criminal background check
    Transportation and Parking Options
    Transportation provided by facility
    Guest parking
    Room Amenities
    Cable hook up
    Walk-in shower
    Wheelchair access
    This facility is a residential home
    Number of residents: 8
    Dietary Options
    Ethnic meals
    Gluten-free meals
    Low sodium meals
    Low sugar diet and meals
    Vegetarian meals
    Kosher meals available
    Meals Provided
    Dining Styles
    Family style
    On-Site Services
    Beautician and/or barber
    Computer and internet access
    Guest dining
    Laundry service
    TV, media room, or theater
    Payment Sources Accepted
    Long term care insurance
    Private funds
    Pet deposit required
    ME Level 3 Residential Care Facility
    Issued by Maine Department of Health and Human Services
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