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Upcoming Events & Programs

Following are upcoming events and programs that are open to Quarry Hill residents and the general public.

Learn more about ongoing resident activities, and those planned for this month »

Discovering the Artist’s Studio
Wednesday, September 16, 10:30 am to 12 noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presented by Susan Pierce, events coordinator

The creative economy is alive and kicking in Midcoast Maine—but exactly who are the artists and craftspeople who so enrich our lives? Susan’s presentation reveals what inspires local creatives and explains how  you can visit them in their studios and see how they work.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Quarry Hill Cottage Open House
Saturday, September 19, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Thinking about making the switch to an easier, freer way of life? Don’t miss Quarry Hill’s Open House. View cottage homes in various sizes—all maintenance-free and available for purchase now. Learn more about the opportunities waiting for you at the Midcoast’s premier community for adults age 55-plus. Meet Quarry Hill residents and staff. And consider this: if you see a cottage you love and sign a purchase agreement we’ll give you $5,000 to put toward customizing your new home.

Bring your family, bring your friends—and get a view of your future from the Hill!

For more information or to arrange another time to visit, call Quarry Hill at 207-921-6116 or send us an email.

An Introduction to Personalized Health Planning
Monday, September 21, 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presented by Betsy Saltonstall, Integrative Health Coach, All Together Wellness

Going Strong, Quarry Hill’s series of educational programs devoted to topics in senior health, continues this month with a session on taking charge of your health with personalized health planning.

This program will benefit those looking for a way to create and maintain healthy changes in their lives. Betsy will provide attendees with an introduction to integrative health coaching, in which coaches guide clients through preparing for change, taking action, and integrating skills and insights. It could be the prescription you need to “Take Charge of Your Health”!

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

Quarry Hill Cottages Open House
Saturday, October 17, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Thinking about making the switch to an easier, freer way of life? Don’t miss Quarry Hill’s Open House. View cottage homes in various sizes—all maintenance-free and available for purchase now. Learn more about the opportunities waiting for you at the Midcoast’s premier community for adults age 55-plus. Meet Quarry Hill residents and staff. And consider this: if you see a cottage you love and sign a purchase agreement we’ll give you $5,000 to put toward customizing your new home.

Bring your family, bring your friends—and get a view of your future from the Hill!

For more information or to arrange another time to visit, call Quarry Hill at 207-921-6116 or send us an email.

Flavors from Home
Wednesday, October 21, 10:30 am to 12 noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presented by Aimee Zaring, MFA, author and teacher

Refugees struggling to adapt to life in unfamiliar cultures often find comfort in recipes from home. Join us as Kentuckian Aimee Zaring, author of  Flavors from Home: Refugees  in  Kentucky  Share  Their  Stories  and  Comfort Foods,  blends  refugees’  tales  of  perseverance  and  self-reinvention  with  samplings  of  their  traditional  dishes.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Making Sense of Vertigo and Dizziness
Wednesday, November 18, 10:30 am to 12 noon

Location: Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill

Presented by Nancy Coyne, MSPT, physical therapist, Pen Bay Healthcare Outpatient Rehabilitation

One of a handful of physical therapists in Maine specializing in the emerging field of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT), Coyne offers new  hope for those suffering from vertigo, or dizziness. Learn what causes vertigo, and discover how VRT—an exercise-based program designed to train the nervous system to compensate for inner-ear deficits—can help.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Soundscapes:The Poetry and Music of Dave Morrison
Wednesday, December 16, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Location: Camden Public Library

Cosponsored by Camden Public Library

Presented by Dave Morrison, poet and musician

Midcoast writer-rocker Dave Morrison returns by popular demand to delight us with his uniquely soothing, yet powerful, performance art. Your spirit will soar as Dave reads some of his newer poems while accompanying himself on the guitar. Copies of several of Dave’s collections—including his latest, Shake Hands with Your Heart—will be available for purchase and signing.

Admission will be free; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 207-921-6116 or email.

This event is part of Quarry Hill’s

Recurring Events & Programs

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) 9216237 or at calexander@penbayhealthcare.org.

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 cawitham@me.com.

News from Quarry Hill

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Articles and Press Releases

Quarry Hill Celebrates Memorial Day
May 28, 2015

Camden, ME—May 28, 2015. On a balmy Memorial Day afternoon, Quarry Hill residents and staff united around the flagpole in front of the Anderson Inn to honor 49 members of the community for their military service. Raising the flag to half-mast, Boy Scouts from Rockland Troop 206 launched the hour-long program, which included readings by both residents and staff and a roll call citing each veteran according to the branch of military in which he or she served. The Offbeats, Camden Regional High School’s boys a cappella singing group—dressed  in black suits and bowties—maintained the dignified tone of the proceedings, performing The Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. But the afternoon was not without its lighter moments: As pictured here, resident Eleanor Gambell let her footgear show her patriotic spirit; Sophie Linkin was among those happy to report for duty when the Boy Scouts served a selection of frosty soda floats.

 

Quarry Hill to Offer Music & Memory to Residents with Dementia
May 1, 2015

CAMDEN, ME—May 1, 2015. Imagine living in a darkened room with no windows and no doors. That’s how some have described the day-to-day existence of the 5 million Americans—some 37,000 in Maine alone—who are coping with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. But caregivers at the Courtyard, Quarry Hill’s dementia-care center in Camden, will soon be able to offer those in their care a way out of the darkness and a chance to reconnect with their memories, their loved ones, and themselves.

It’s all part of Music & Memory (M&M), a nationwide nonprofit organization that trains elder-care professionals to use music to help those with dementia. Caregivers learn to set up personalized playlists, load the music onto iPods or CDs, and then help recipients and their families use and enjoy the equipment.

According to the organization’s website, listening to music they’ve loved over the years “brings residents and clients back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.” Astoundingly, say practitioners, the “healing power” of music often succeeds where dementia medications fall short.

Quarry Hill Executive Director Mary Sargent began thinking about how Music & Memory might help residents of the Courtyard, and at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland, both members of Pen Bay Healthcare, in December 2014. She’d just had a talk with Kristine Lerner, human resources director at the Pen Bay YMCA in Rockport, who plans to retire in June in order to spend more time spreading the M&M gospel.

Lerner’s passion for the initiative is personal. Last year, having heard about its successes, she decided to try it with her dad, an Alzheimer’s patient who lives with his wife in an assisted-living community in upstate New York. She loaded an iPod shuffle with some 120 tunes from the 1920s through the 1950s and presented it to her dad with a pair of headphones. The results were dramatic.

“The first song was Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way,” she recalled. While listening to the music, he started talking about things he’d never spoken of to his daughter, reminiscing about relationships he’d enjoyed decades ago with clients of a business he once ran.

“He got choked up,” said Lerner. “The music clearly had a powerful influence on him.” Now, he spends time every day listening to the Shuffle, and it’s reanimated him in surprising ways.

Kristine smiled. “He can’t wait to attend the dances they hold at the community he lives in, because he’s hoping they’ll play ‘his music.’”

Stories like the Lerners’ form the narrative of Alive Inside, a documentary that chronicles the efforts of Music & Memory founder Dan Cohen to win acceptance for what was initially, for some in elder care, a radical concept. For the better part of a year, the social worker crisscrossed the country, visiting nursing homes and showing how something as simple as music can almost literally bring people back to life.

Mary Sargent said she was so impressed by the film and by her conversation with Lerner that she decided to pursue M&M certification for dementia caregivers at Quarry Hill.

“When I first viewed the film and saw what joy so many loved ones with memory loss experienced as a result of bringing music, personalized to their likes, back into their lives, I knew it was my duty to bring that to our residents at Quarry Hill,” she commented.

In mid-May, staff members will complete a webinar to learn how to implement the program, and a computer dedicated to downloading music selected for each participating resident will be installed on site. Quarry Hill will be one of only two older-adult communities in Maine certified to offer Music & Memory.

Meanwhile, Pen Bay YMCA is gearing up for a free, public showing of Alive Inside on Tuesday, May 19, at the Y in Rockport. The presentation will be part of Camden International Film Festival’s 2015 Aging in Maine Screening Tour, bringing award-winning documentary films and discussions to more than 20 communities statewide in partnership with Working Films and the University of Maine Center on Aging. Additional support for the tour comes from the Fledgling Fund, Camden National Bank, the Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, and the Bingham Program.

The May 19 showing will also kick off a drive asking people to donate Shuffles, iTunes gift cards, CDs of popular music from the’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, or simply cash to help folks with dementia and their families experience the benefits of Music & Memory.

Sargent, for one, said she can’t wait to introduce the offering to people she knows in the Courtyard.

“I know what music means to my life and members of my family,” she remarked. “I know how it reaches and touches our souls. And for people experiencing memory loss, it makes complete sense that it helps them feel happier, more peaceful, and more alive.”

Quarry Hill Announces Additions to Nursing-care Team
April 16, 2015

Quarry Hill has announced the arrival of two new members of its nursing-care staff.

Kevin Murphy, RN, stepped into the position of clinical coordinator for short- and long-term nursing care on March 30. The former Kno-Wal-Lin hospice case manager brings a combination of management expertise and broad clinical experience to the newly created post. Within Maine he has held staff appointments at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, and Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. In addition, he is known locally for his work as project manager for the implementation of EpicCare Ambulatory at Pen Bay Healthcare in Rockport, a post he held from August 2011 to November 2012.

Kristina Wilson-Rapson, RN, LNC, joined Quarry Hill as interim director of nursing on April 13. A seasoned nurse manager with more than 25 years’ experience in clinical settings in the upper Midwest, she is also owns Michigan-based Integrity Consulting, an independent home-health and long-term-care consulting company that works with healthcare organizations on accreditation and regulatory-compliance issues. She is filling in for Quarry Hill director of nursing Stephanie Stimpson, RN, who is on leave.

Administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, BSHA, had high praise for both additions to the nursing team. Murphy, she said, “brings a fabulous set of clinical skills along with special gifts of caring and compassion….Staff and residents as well as families feel at ease with his genuine, personal approach to resident-centered care and quality-of-life goals.” Regarding Wilson-Rapson, she said Quarry Hill will benefit from the nursing professional’s wealth of experience in long-term care as well as her commitment to advocating for elders.

Survey Gives Quarry Hill High Marks
January 28, 2015

Quarry Hill is celebrating the results of a recent survey that gave most segments of the senior-care community the highest possible rating for consumer satisfaction.

The annual survey of residents and families was conducted by the independent research company My InnerView in November 2014. Of those surveyed, 100 percent of independent living residents, skilled-nursing patients, long-term care residents and families, and families of memory-impaired residents rated Quarry Hill “Excellent” or “Good” for overall satisfaction and the likelihood that they would recommend the community to others.

The respondents’ endorsement positions Quarry Hill among the top-performing older-adult communities nationwide in most areas of care. According to My InnerView, the Camden organization’s 100% result compares to an average of 92% for its peers for independent living, 91% for dementia care, and 88% for both skilled and long-term nursing care.

Executive director Mary Sargent called the survey results a “heartwarming vote of confidence” but stressed that Quarry Hill will not rest on its laurels.

“Of course, there’s always room for improvement,” she said. “And after all, it’s only by embracing residents’ and families’ suggestions that we can be sure that our efforts going forward continue to align with the expressed needs and concerns of the people we’re here to serve.

Sargent added that managers and staff throughout Quarry Hill’s continuum of care are already implementing plans for improvement, based on the 2014 survey results.

Kindergarteners’ Gifts Bring Holiday Cheer to Quarry Hill
December 19, 3014

Handmade gifts from Lynette Olsen’s kindergarten class at Appleton Village School are making seniors’ spirits bright at Quarry Hill this holiday season.

As part of a month-long, holiday-themed focus on kindness, the children baked cookie-dough ornaments and on December 16 donated the entire cinnamon-scented assortment to the residents of Quarry Hill’s assisted living community. The ornaments now decorate the community’s Christmas tree, accompanied by a super-sized card bearing the kids’ signatures and “K is for Kids Helping Others,” an acronym they developed based on the word KINDNESS.

The children also made special holiday placemats for patients at Pen Bay Medical Center. The mats will be used to brighten patients’ meal trays on Christmas Day.

 

Quarry Hill Gives Moody Sweet Send-Off After 36 Years of Service
December 17, 2014

For 36 years, Gail Moody of Lincolnville (at right in photo with housekeeping director Judy Harrington) made keeping house for literally hundreds of patients and residents at Quarry Hill and the former Camden Health Care Center look like a piece of cake.  So it was fitting that Quarry Hill marked the beloved housekeeper’s retirement last week with this super-sized confection shown here —along with an afternoon full of congratulations, gifts, and hugs from residents and staff members.

Harrington said Moody leaves behind a spotless record of service. “Gail was truly dedicated to her job and to our residents. In the 16 years I’ve known her, I could count on one hand the number of times she missed work. Her unflappable grace, patience, and can-do attitude made her a role model for us all, not just within her department, but throughout Quarry Hill.”

Excellence runs in the Moody family. Last month, Gail’s daughter, Linda Meservey, a certified nursing assistant at Quarry Hill, was one of 17 Maine healthcare workers cited for “Excellence in Caregiving” by the Maine Health Care Association.

 

Quarry Hill Honors Veterans
November 13, 2014

Kelly Hinkle

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.

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.

Quarry Hill Hosts Mid-Coast School of Technology CNA Graduation
April 4, 2014

Graduates of MST’s Spring 2014 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program include, left to right, Megan Green, Susan Turner, Nikki Hayes, Kevin Vanleer, Scott Ewen, Cameron Kunesh, Catherine McDonald, Sherilyn Callahan, and Maya Dunning, with instructor Marian Rector, RN, center.

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.”

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 921-6116, or visit www.quarryhill.org or www.facebook.com/QuarryHillCamdenMaine.

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