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Recurring Events & Programs

New Pathways for Parkinson’s
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m.

Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill, 30 Community Drive, Camden

This holistic fitness program is designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Participants Gordon Guist and Dan Avener co-lead this class. Free.

Alzheimers Disease Support Group
First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:00 p.m.

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) 921-6237 or at calexander@pbmc.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 Cassie Walters at 596-3978.

News from Quarry Hill

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Articles and Press Releases

CNA Students Give to Music & Memory Program at Quarry Hill
June 1, 2017

From left: Students Jenna Taylor, Briana Garner, and Kelsie Merrill present funds they raised on behalf of the Music & Memory program at Quarry Hill. Receiving the gift are Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner and Quarry Hill administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, BSHA.

From left: Students Jenna Taylor, Briana Garner, and Kelsie Merrill present funds they raised on behalf of the Music & Memory program at Quarry Hill. Receiving the gift are Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner and Quarry Hill administrator Nancy Marcille, RN, BSHA.

Camden, Me., May 26, 2017 — Three local students concluded months of fundraising today by formally presenting a check for $2,615 as a donation to the Music & Memory dementia-care program at Quarry Hill in Camden.

Currently pursuing nursing assistant (CNA) certification through the Midcoast School of Technology, high school seniors Jenna Taylor of Camden, Brianna Garner of Union, and Kelsie Merrill of Hope said they decided months ago to make Music & Memory the focus of a community-service project they hoped to enter in the 2017 national SkillsUSA Championships. The competition challenges students to design and complete service projects on behalf of community causes.

The girls organized two spaghetti dinners and canvassed local businesses to raise funds for the Music & Memory project. Having received the top score at the SkillsUSA state competition in March for their efforts, the students will now now shifts to the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference set for June 19 through 23 in Louisville, Kentucky, where the threesome will compete against some 6,300 other entrants from across the United States.

Taylor and Merrill said they developed the idea for the campaign after hearing a talk by local Music & Memory volunteer Kristine Lerner. In addition, both girls had worked at Quarry Hill–one of only two older-adult communities in Maine that are certified to offer Music & Memory to residents with dementia—and had seen the program in action.

“We saw the difference it made for people,” Taylor said.

Music & Memory is a nationwide nonprofit that trains elder-care professionals and volunteers to use music to help those with dementia reconnect with their memories, their loved ones and themselves. Trained caregivers set up playlists of recipients’ favorite music, load the music onto iPods or CDs and then help recipients and their families enjoy the equipment.

According to the Music & Memory 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.” In some cases, say practitioners, music can even succeed where dementia medications fall short.

SkillsUSA is a nationwide organization serving high school and college students enrolled in training programs related to healthcare and other skilled and technical occupations. The organization is based in Leesburg, Va.

Quarry Hill Honors Volunteers
May 3, 2017

Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent.

Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent.

Camden, Me., May 3, 2017 – It took not one but two separate do’s—a brunch on April 26 and a tea on May 2– to honor adequately the 100-plus good souls whose volunteer efforts enriched the lives of our residents in 2016. This year’s celebrations, in conjunction with National Volunteer Recognition Week, featured delicious food, remarks by the volunteers themselves, and words of gratitude from executive director Mary Sargent (pictured here). “The hours that our volunteers contribute toward the greater good,” said Sargent, “transform this community from just a place to live to a place we’re happy and proud to call home.”

Quarry Hill Bids Farewell to Chef Roy
March 7, 2017

john_royCAMDEN, Me., March 7, 2017 – Quarry Hill bid adieu last week to the man who developed and managed the Camden older-adult community’s highly regarded dining program.

John Roy served as executive chef at Quarry Hill for more than 13 years before leaving February 25 to begin a new position in Portland. Earlier that week, it had been standing room only as residents, employees and others packed a farewell reception held in his honor.

Roy was the first person hired to help shape the resident experience at Quarry Hill. He joined the management team three months before the community’s main building, the Anderson Inn, officially opened and began designing the program from the ground up, from outfitting the kitchen to hiring staff and crafting menus. In 2011, his management role was expanded to include dining services at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland, another Pen Bay Healthcare (now Coastal Healthcare Alliance) member.

Among those singing John’s praises during the reception were former Pen Bay Healthcare CEO Roy Hitchings and current Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent. Sargent gave the chef a Quarry Hill fleece jacket and umbrella, and Leigh Smith of the residents’ advisory Food Committee presented him with a New York Times cookbook signed by committee members.

Maine Health Care Association Lauds Quarry Hill Staffers
October 6, 2016

MHCA award winner Mike Flanagan (center) outside Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn with residents Eleanor McClelland (left) and Hannah Williamson.

MHCA award winner Mike Flanagan (center) outside Quarry Hill’s Anderson Inn with residents Eleanor McClelland (left) and Hannah Williamson.

Doug Gilson (center) poses at the pond with a few of the many residents who took part in the trout-stocking initiative. From left: Skip Gambell, Ann Bex, Phil Dufour, and Mary Carlson.

Doug Gilson (center) poses at the pond with a few of the many residents who took part in the trout-stocking initiative. From left: Skip Gambell, Ann Bex, Phil Dufour, and Mary Carlson.

CAMDEN, Me., October 6, 2016 – The Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) has named two Quarry Hill Maintenance Department employees as recipients of MHCA’s 2016 Celebrating Excellence Awards. Mike Flanagan won an Excellence in Caregiving award, while Doug Gilson was honored for Excellence in Innovation.

A veteran of 14 years at Quarry Hill, Flanagan was nominated as a “go-to person” who not only knows how to find and fix everything but has endeared himself to residents as a caring friend and sympathetic ear.

“Mike never hesitates to go the extra mile to make sure every individual that comes to him leaves feeling heard and cared about,” noted colleagues in their letter of nomination. “[He] never gives up until a crisis is averted, a problem is solved and everyone is reassured and comfortable.”

Innovation winner Doug Gilson drew praise as the driving force behind a project that invited Quarry Hill residents to relive “old fishing hole”memories by helping to stock the community’s man-made pond with 113 rainbow trout from the Maine Department of Fish and Wildlife. The initiative grew to involve residents and staff throughout Quarry Hill in acquiring, releasing, and feeding the fish and ultimately reaping the rewards: a series of catch-and-release fishing parties. Residents and employees whose donations offset the costs of the initiative won the right to name the fish, resulting in monikers ranging from Jaws to Free Willy.

The 2016 Excellence in Innovation award is Gilson’s second. In 2015, the avid outdoorsman was honored for organizing a daylong snowmobiling trip for residents in collaboration with the local Lincolnville Mountain Goats Snowmobile Club. The outing has become an annual tradition, combining a half-day trail ride in Camden Hills State Park with a hot lunch served by club members at a ski lodge along the way.

Flanagan, Gilson and other honorees received their awards from Maine First Lady Ann LePage during a recent recognition ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center. The annual MHCA event spotlights 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 Richard 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.

Hannaford Helps Program Provides Boost to Resident Activities Fund
September 21, 2016

Camden, Me., September 21, 2016—Quarry Hill’s time as beneficiary of Hannaford Stores’ “Hannaford Helps” reusable-bag community fundraising program finally ended on August 31, and the results have been most gratifying. In Quarry Hill’s four months as beneficiary, a total of 968 of the initiative’s blue “good karma” shopping bags were purchased at Hannaford stores in Rockland and Camden, resulting in $1,206 in donations from Hannaford. We’ve applied all monies raised to the Resident Activities Fund, where they’ll translate into more and better programs for our residents. A big thank-you to all who helped by purchasing “Hannaford Helps” bags.

Quarry Hill Plans Celebration of National Assisted Living Week
September 9, 2016

Camden, Me., September 9, 2016—Residents of Quarry Hill’s assisted living community are celebrating National Assisted Living Week, September 11 through 16, with a variety of activities and events in keeping with this year’s national “Keep Connected” theme.

Among the planned gatherings are a nondenominational Sunday service emphasizing the importance of maintaining personal and spiritual ties, a special lunch showcasing locally grown ingredients, and outdoor campfire and barbecue get-togethers for residents and their families. Residents will also enjoy two special programs: a presentation on early-American cooking with Maynard Stanley of Owls Head, and a performance by the ladies a cappella chorus Mainely Harmony.

Quarry Hill’s Marketing Office reminds those interested in exploring assisted living for themselves or a loved one that National Assisted Living Week can be an especially opportune time to tour its assisted living community. Visitors can learn more about services, apartment types, and other specifics and get a sense of what it’s like to live in the Midcoast’s premiere community for older adults. To schedule a visit anytime, year round, during regular business hours, or to request literature, including an introductory packet on how, when, and why to consider assisted living, call 207-921-6116.

Quarry Hill offers two assisted living settings. The Terraces, a traditional assisted living community, emphasizes autonomy and independence in a warm, close-knit setting; the Courtyard offers specialized assisted living care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. All assisted living residents receive three meals daily; weekly housekeeping; 24-hour monitoring; personal care assistance as appropriate; scheduled transportation; a varied menu of social, recreational, and cultural activities; and other amenities.

Hannaford Program to Continue Benefiting Quarry Hill Through August
August 3, 2016

Camden, Me., July 29, 2016—Quarry Hill in Camden, named by Hannaford Stores as beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps reusable-bag program in April, May, and June at its Rockland location, will continue as the program’s beneficiary through August 31 at the company’s Camden store.

Hannaford’s Bags4MyCause initiative is designed to provide a helping hand to local nonprofit organizations. The company’s selection of Quarry Hill means that for every blue Hannaford Helps reusable shopping bag purchased through August at the Camden Hannaford, Quarry Hill will receive a $1 donation to help it fulfill its mission of caring for adults age 55-plus.

“We feel honored to have been chosen for Bags4MyCause,” said Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent. “Throughout its almost 14-year history as a nonprofit community organization, Quarry Hill has remained a values-driven, people-first enterprise, and our commitment to older adults throughout the Midcoast is woven into everything we do. We’re grateful to Hannaford for extending for another month its recognition and support for our efforts.

Sargent said funds raised through the initiative will benefit Quarry Hill’s Resident Activities Fund, which promotes residents’ overall well-being by providing access to a variety of stimulating social and educational programs.

Hannaford Helps reusable shopping bags are imprinted with the initiative’s “good karma” message and sell for $2.29 each. They can be found at the Camden store’s reusable-bag rack and at registers at the front of the store.

Quarry Hill offers a full spectrum of living options for people age 55 and better. It includes independent living cottages and apartments, assisted living, secure assisted living for those with memory impairment, short-term nursing and rehabilitation, and long-term nursing care.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps bag program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com or facebook.com/hhbagprogram.

Hannaford Reusable-Bag Sales in April to Benefit Quarry Hill
March 15, 2016

Camden, Me., March 11, 2016—Hannaford Stores has selected Quarry Hill in Camden as a beneficiary of the organization’s Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of April.

The Bags4MyCause program is designed to provide a helping hand to local nonprofits, such as Quarry Hill. For every blue Hannaford Helps reusable shopping bag purchased in April at Hannaford’s Rockland store, Quarry Hill will receive a $1 donation to help it fulfill its mission of caring for adults age 55.

“We feel honored to have been chosen for Bags4MyCause,” said Quarry Hill executive director Mary Sargent. “Throughout its almost 14-year history as a nonprofit community organization, Quarry Hill has remained a values-driven, people-first enterprise, and our commitment to older adults throughout the Midcoast is woven into everything we do. To be recognized for, and supported in, those efforts is truly gratifying.”

Sargent said funds raised through the initiative will benefit Quarry Hill’s Resident Activities Fund, which promotes residents’ overall well-being by providing access to a variety of stimulating social and educational programs.

Hannaford Helps reusable shopping bags are imprinted with the initiative’s “good karma” message and sell for $2.29 each. They can be found at the Rockland store’s reusable-bag rack and at  registers at the front of the store.

Quarry Hill offers a full spectrum of living options for people age 55 and better. It includes independent living cottages and apartments, assisted living, secure assisted living for those with memory impairment, short-term nursing and rehabilitation, and long-term nursing care.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps bag program, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com or facebook.com/hhbagprogram.

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