Alzheimer's Care Center
When you or someone you love has dementia, you want the security of knowing that kind, dignified care is nearby. MaineGeneral's Alzheimer's Care Center is with you. We recognize all as people with unique interests, needs and backgrounds.
Our home, in a private, wooded area on a tree-lined avenue, is an assisted living home for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia.
Opened in 1988, we were the first home in the country designed and staffed specifically for the special needs of people with dementia. We have consulted with others to create similar homes worldwide.
Attached to the home is a beautiful Adult Day Services Program wing, affectionately called "the Club." Here you will find specially trained staff who provide a positive and stimulating environment during the day for people with dementia so caregivers can work, rest or tend to other family needs.
We were pleased to restart our Day Program, "The Club," on July 13. Please note new guidelines for The Club:
- All employees and individuals attending The Club will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms each time they enter the program or are provided services.
- Individuals attending day services who present with symptoms will be sent home and primary care physician notified of their condition.
- The program has reduced hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This allows adequate cleaning.
- Attendance is limited to eight Club Members daily to allow for social distancing.
- The Club is closed off from the Residential Care Program and a separate entrance is used for entry and screening.
Additionally, on July 13, we began family visitation with loved ones who are residents. Scheduled outdoor visits are available Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and noon. Please note that for the health and safety of all, these visits must follow strict guidelines per CDC and DHHS guidance, which include:
- Visits are limited to tow family members.
- Visits are for 20 minutes.
- All visits must be scheduled in advance through our office coordinator: 626-1770.
- Before the visit, staff will provide instructions and requirements of the visitation.
Finally, we have not been able to have in-person support groups for caregivers during this time, but we want you to know that the Alzheimer's Association has information that you may find helpful:
- Resources and information for caregivers, people living with dementia, and professionals including tip sheets, education programs, support groups and early-stage social engagement programs on the Alzheimer's Association New England website AlzHereForYou.org
- A 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900 which is staffed by licensed clinicians and dementia care experts who are available for reliable information and support to anyone who may have questions or need assistance
We take the following precautions at Residential Care Services:
- All staff are screened for fever or respiratory symptoms before work. Staff with any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to work.
- Residents are monitored for respiratory signs and symptoms.
- Universal masking for staff.
- Alternative methods of visitation, such as Zoom and FaceTime, so that families and friends can continue to communicate with their loved one.
- Additional education for staff and outreach through MaineGeneral's Infection Control Program.
Events at the Alzheimer's Care Center
Residents and staff at the Alzheimer’s Care Center in Gardiner were treated to the musical talents of Shawn Hennessey recently when he performed in the center’s beautiful garden area. A regular volunteer at the ACC, Shawn played and sang some familiar favorites and also took some requests from the crowd.
- Assisted Living Services:
- A secure setting with expert care and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- An interdisciplinary team which includes a full-time registered nurse, an activity director and compassionate, highly-trained staff
- Engaging routines, activities, performances, visiting pets and community experiences including visits to local schools, civic groups and churches
- Adult Day Program, "The Club": a program for people with dementia living at home
- Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the third Saturday of every month, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Stimulating, friendly and secure environment
- Meals and snacks are provided
- Assistance with personal care
- Rest for the caregiver
- Support groups for our families and others in the community
- Family and caregiver education and help during the changes that occur as a person's dementia progresses
The Alzheimer's Care Center is safe and secure.
A large outdoor patio has chairs, gliders and a barbecue grill. Residents enjoy watching assorted birds and squirrels, occasional deer and other animals outside the fence. Our small pond welcomes frogs in the warmer months.
The indoor environment is homey and welcoming, with areas for large group activities, as well as private areas for solitude and family visits.
Memory boxes with names, special photos and personal items placed outside bedrooms help residents identify their rooms.
What type of program do you offer?
The Alzheimer's Care Center is an assisted living program. Assisted living programs are living arrangements where many services are provided, including help with medications and, in some cases, nursing services. The Alzheimer's Care Center accepts MaineCare payment and is called a Private Non-Medical Institution (PNMI) in Maine.
Is the Alzheimer's Care Center affiliated with United Way?
Yes, our center is a United Way agency and receives United Way funding support.
Do you accept MaineCare?
Yes, we accept MaineCare.
Do you have private rooms?
We have four private rooms and the rest are semi-private. Private rooms are assigned on an "as needed" basis.
Can residents have a TV and their own furniture?
We have a TV room and a TV can be made available for a smaller group that wants to watch a special program. We do not have cable access in residents' rooms. We provide furniture but residents also can bring their own pictures, a favorite chair and other small personal items to make them feel more at home.
What is the different between the Alzheimer's Care Center and a nursing home?
The main difference between assisted living and a nursing home is the level of care an individual needs. A nursing home is the right choice for someone who does not need to be in a hospital but who needs fairly constant nursing care. An assisted living facility typically offers more independence and less intensive medical care in a more home-like setting.
Staff Support and Family Involvement
The Alzheimer's Care Center staff is gifted, flexible and compassionate. They learn the background, personality and interests of each person to help them feel as comfortable as possible in their new home or day setting.
We understand that silent companionship, a warm hug and the ability to listen are sometimes more effective than the spoken word. We love what we do, and we hope it shows!
Families help create personalized care plans for each individual that take into account each person's wishes and interests. Loved ones are an important part of our work and family atmosphere.
Here's what our families say:
- "I always feel welcome and am welcomed, early morning, evenings or during the day."
- "My loved one thrives at the ACC (Alzheimer's Care Center) compared to being at home. She feels loved, and is loved, by staff."
- "They all make us feel that our dad is as special to them as he is to us."
- "While we're away for the winter, I know my mother is well taken care of."
- "Thank you to all the staff and crew for taking such wonderful care of our loved one! It is an amazing blessing to know she is safe and well cared for. We greatly appreciate all your hard work and your caring hearts!"
The Alzheimer's Care Center is financially supported by resident fees, the MaineGeneral Health system, United Way contributions and donor gifts.
- Alzheimer's Care Center: (207) 626-1770
- Adult Day Services: (207) 626-1834
- To Volunteer: (207) 626-1243