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Following are upcoming events and programs that are open to Quarry Hill residents and the general public.
In Touch with Touch
Wednesday, December 10, 1:00 to 2:30 pm (snow date: Wednesday, December 17)
Location: Camden Public Library
Presented by Antje Roitzsch and Deborah Cautela, Phenomenal Touch practitioners, The Maine BeeHive
Are you getting the recommended daily allowance of touch? Gentle touch is vital to our physical, mental, and emotional health, say Roitzsch and Cautela—and most of us aren’t getting enough. Join us as we explore noninvasive, nonsexual ways to feed the human need for touch.
Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-230-6116 or email.
This event is part of Quarry Hill’s
New Pathways for Parkinson’s
Every Friday, 10:00 am
Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden
This holistic fitness program is designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Instructor Carol Woodbury Witham, a local clinical exercise specialist, leads this class. Cost is $5 per class, payable at the door.
Alzheimers Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:00 pm
Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden
The Alzheimer’s Support Group provides information and support to area residents who have loved ones coping with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
Free. For details, please contact Cheri Alexander, LSW at (207) 230-6237 or at email@example.com.
Parkinsons Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 12 noon
Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden
The Parkinson’s Support Group is for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends, and caregivers.
Free. Attendees should bring a bag lunch. Drinks and desserts are provided. For details, please contact Carol Witham at (207) 594-1637 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarry Hill Honors Veterans
November 13, 2014
Gratitude as evergreen as the fragrant wreaths on display in the room suffused Quarry Hill’s Veterans Day observance, November 11. Addressing a standing-room-only audience of residents and employees, guest speaker Kelly Hinkle of Wreaths Across America described the work of the Maine-based organization and offered as gifts to Quarry Hill the six decorated wreaths, representing the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and Maritime Service. The names of 46 residents and staff with military experience were read aloud and each attending honoree thanked for his or her service.
Each year, Wreaths Across America (WAA) harnesses the energy of some 620,000 volunteers who craft, package, and transport thousands of wreaths to decorate the graves of U.S. veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery and other sites across the U.S. and overseas. By December 7, when WAA’s convoy will begin its weeklong trek from Harrison to Arlington, the organization hopes to have produced some 230,000 wreaths, paid for largely by individual donors.
Founded in 1992 by Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrison, WAA has grown from a little-known local effort to a worldwide crusade that has inspired millions. The annual pilgrimage from Maine to Arlington has become known as the world’s largest veterans parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans care centers, and other locations along the way to remind people how important it is to “remember, honor, and teach.”
“A lot of people touch each wreath,” said Hinkle, “but when a wreath touches a person, it means the world.”
Assisted Living Nurse Ellen Wood Receives The Daisy Foundation Award
October 30, 2014
Ellen Wood, RN (pictured right) is the latest The Daisy Foundation Award Winner! Ellen is the day nurse for all of assisted living at Quarry Hill. She takes care of a total of 81 residents with the help of her CNA’s and CRMA’s. It takes a special person to do her job. When residents are having a bad day she always finds a way to brighten their day and put a smile on their face. She is a compassionate nurse not only for our residents but their families as well. Congratulations Ellen!
Learn more about The Daisy Foundation at daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award.
Parkinson’s Group Plans December Merry Making
October 29, 2014
CAMDEN, November 7, 2014 – The area’s Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will devote the first half of its next meeting, set for Tuesday, December 2, from noon to 1:45 p.m at the Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, to a celebration of the holidays. All those living with Parkinson’s, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, are invited to attend.
Beginning at noon, participants will share holiday goodies and general merry-making. Afterward, the group will divide into small discussion groups designed to help people with Parkinson’s and people who care for those with Parkinson’s an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and insights.
Support group meetings take place regularly on the first Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1:45 p.m., at the Anderson Inn. Admission is free. Attendees are generally encouraged to bring bag lunches; Quarry Hill provides beverages and desserts.
For information, contact Carol Witham at 594-1637.
Quarry Hill Employees Honored for Excellence in Caregiving
October 24, 2014
The Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) has named two Quarry Hill employees as recipients of the organization’s 2014 Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Awards. Shannon Black and Linda Meservey, CNA, are among 17 award winners statewide.
Black serves as service representative for Quarry Hill’s assisted living and nursing care centers. Assistant administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, called her “a role model for the best of what we all strive to be in long-term care: loving, kind, capable, organized, focused, compassionate, quick-thinking, people-oriented, and able to juggle a zillion tasks and still make each person she speaks to feel at ease. Shannon is loved by everyone—residents, families, and coworkers alike.”
Meservey, a certified nursing assistant with 28 years’ experience, provides bedside care for residents of the Gardens, Quarry Hill’s nursing care community. “Linda never gives less than 110 percent to her residents and her team,” Marcille commented. “She possesses an uncanny ability to know what’s important to each person in her care and how to make them feel special and loved.”
Black, Meservey, and other award winners were honored during a September 26 recognition ceremony, held at the Augusta Civic Center, In addition, Quarry Hill feted the two women with an ice cream social attended by their coworkers, October 22.
Excellence awards are given annually to long-term care employees who exemplify commendable levels of caregiving, dedication, and professionalism in caring for elderly and disabled citizens in Maine nursing homes and assisted living centers. Nominees must meet criteria related to quality of caregiving, attention to residents’ rights, and leadership among their peers. Nominations are submitted by long-term care communities; an independent panel of judges with expertise in the field of long-term care selects the winners.
According to MHCA president and CEO Richad Erb, “Maine’s direct care and support staff provide compassionate quality care and in many cases fill a family role for long-term care residents and consumers….[The awards program is] a tribute to their dedication and our way of saying thank you.”
MHCA is a nonprofit trade association representing Maine’s 250 long-term care providers, including nursing homes and assisted living communities.
Volunteers Honored at Quarry Hill
May 2, 2014
CAMDEN, Me., May 2, 2014 –The efforts of more than 100 residents and others who donated their time and talents to the betterment of Quarry Hill in 2013 were highlighted as the Camden community held its annual Volunteer Recognition Tea, April 29.
Addressing those in attendance, interim executive director Mary Sargent praised volunteers’ ability to roll with the punches. “When you agree to volunteer, you never know what will happen. And that’s the fun of it,” she said.
Activities director and coordinator of volunteers Noreen Clark added generosity, understanding, empathy, compassion, patience, and dedication to the list of attributes associated with serial givers. “You all have shown all these qualities and so much more,” she told the volunteers.
Several of the residents who attended the event spoke about their pro bono experiences . Mary Carlson, who last winter began playing piano for her neighbors several evenings each week, thanked those who’d encouraged her to play. “It’s been therapeutic for me during a difficult year,” she said. Another resident, expert seamstress Carol Wardell said she’s “glad to help my neighbors out” by mending and altering clothes.
Rockport retiree Phil Cucinotta (shown here) began his volunteer career at Quarry Hill running the Anderson Inn gift shop; now he’s “Coach Phil,” offering weekly Wii bowling and golf sessions for growing numbers of enthusiastic residents.
“The little rewards you get [from volunteering] really make you feel good,” he said.
Attendees received specially boxed cupcakes as added thanks for their good works.
Quarry Hill Hosts Mid-Coast School of Technology CNA Graduation
April 4, 2014
April 4, 2014, Camden, Me.—Quarry Hill Retirement Community in Camden played host as Mid-Coast School of Technology (MST) awarded certificates to nine new graduates of its Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, April 2.
Addressing the graduates, Quarry Hill interim executive director Mary Sargent said, “You are embarking on a marvelous adventure. Thank you for accepting this honor and the privilege of serving and caring for others. If you choose to work in long-term care, you will meet some of the most extraordinary people and enjoy getting to know them. I know I have.”
Four of the nine graduates have already been offered positions at Quarry Hill.
Mid-Coast’s nine-week, 216-hour CNA curriculum covers a wide range of basic nursing skills. In addition to classroom instruction, students complete clinical training at nursing-care centers at Quarry Hill and the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland.
“We’re thankful to Pen Bay Healthcare for the varied, practical experience that its senior-living centers provide for our students,” said MST instructor Marian Rector, RN. “The nurses at both centers do a fantastic job of welcoming our students and nurturing them in their training.”
McKeown Announces Retirement from Quarry Hill
March 3, 2014
McKeown began his 36-year career with Pen Bay Healthcare, Quarry Hill’s parent organization, in 1978, when he was appointed manager of material services at Pen Bay Medical Center. He served as nursing home administrator at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland beginning in 1993. In September 2001, he took over as executive director for both the Knox Center and Quarry Hill. He played a central role in the planning process that led to the creation of Quarry Hill and in the construction and development of the community itself.
Asked to name his proudest achievement at Quarry Hill, McKeown pointed to the satisfaction of seeing the original vision for the community come to fruition.
“An organization like Quarry Hill is a living, multilayered entity that evolves continuously over time. For me, the most rewarding thing has been helping to ensure that the working parts all come together in a way that reflects the founders’ original concept and values,” he said.
He cited the 2009 opening of a primary care practice at Quarry Hill—the first of its kind in Maine—and the 2010 launch of a clinic offering onsite monitoring for patients on the prescription blood thinner Coumadin as examples of services launched for the convenience and well-being of the community’s residents.
Looking ahead, McKeown sees opportunities for further enhancements. “On the drawing board are plans to introduce cutting-edge technologies that will enhance communication and improve convenience and safety. We’re also looking at expanding the range of dining options and introducing a variety of supportive services—from assistance with personal care to transportation and errand-running—for residents of our independent-living apartments and cottages,” he commented.
“Maine’s position as the state with the third oldest population in the nation suggests a bright future for Quarry Hill,” McKeown said.
Former Pen Bay Healthcare CEO Roy Hitchings, who worked closely with McKeown on the development of Quarry Hill, had high praise for the soon-to-retire executive.
“From Quarry Hill’s inception 15 years ago, Bob led the feasibility study, design, construction, opening, marketing, and day-to-day operations. He is the most important reason why so many of my friends, colleagues, and physicians call Quarry Hill ‘home,’ both for themselves and their parents. He is a visible, hands-on leader who cares very much about how every resident and staff member is treated, and he knows each of them personally,” he commented.
Quarry Hill administrator Mary Sargent, who has worked with McKeown for more than 20 years, similarly reflected on his “competent, calm” leadership style.
“Bob is the type of leader who doesn’t use a lot of words or speak too often. However, when he does share his opinion, you know it’s one that is well thought out and has the best interest of Quarry Hill residents at its core. Bob is a consummate professional in all his interactions and business dealings and is highly regarded by his peers in the field of senior living. I will miss his day-to-day gentle guidance, warm smile, and thoughtful manner.”
McKeown and his wife Cathy, who will retire soon from her position as human resources manager for Pen Bay Healthcare, plan to spend winters in Florida and the warmer months at a home they own in eastern Maine.
Administrator Mary Sargent will serve as interim executive director at Quarry Hill while a search is conducted for a permanent candidate for the post.
Quarry Hill Extends “Cottage Cash” Incentive
January 23, 2014
CAMDEN, January 31, 2014 – Quarry Hill, a community for adults age 55-plus located in Camden, has announced that it will extend into 2014 its popular “Cottage Cash” incentive for those interested in purchasing one of its cottage-style homes.
Under the terms of the incentive, prospective new residents who sign an agreement to purchase a cottage can receive up to $5,000 with which to customize the home or reimbursement of up to $5,000 in documented moving expenses. The extension will continue for a limited period and is subject to expiration at any time.
Quarry Hill residents who have already taken advantage of Cottage Cash say they’ve used the offer to put a personal stamp on the homes they purchased.
“For our cottage, we had the choice of either carpet or a wood floor. The $5,000 made it easy to decide. Today we enjoy a beautiful maple floor,” said resident Art Zur Muhlen.
Cottage owner Rita Elliott commented: “When I purchased my cottage in 2012, the $5,000 bonus was surely a boon. I used it to purchase the kitchen appliances I wanted and to have a custom entertainment center built in my living room.”
Quarry Hill cottages offer one-floor, maintenance-free living. Residents enjoy priority access to a full range of onsite living options, including assisted living and nursing care services, and other amenities tailored specifically to the needs of older adults. To learn more about Quarry Hill, the Cottage Cash program, or cottages currently available for purchase, call 230-6116, or visit www.quarryhill.org or www.facebook.com/QuarryHillCamdenMaine.