History & Mission

Our Mission: We wish to improve the way services are provided to Lincoln County elders, whatever their income, by creating homes that function like a regular household. Our caregivers have the time to get to know the residents, and to offer each one just the right amount of assistance with personal care, medication, bathing and dressing.

Our Philosophy

When older people can no longer stay in their own home. Older people should stay in their own home as long as they want to do so and can do so with the aid and support of family members, home health care personnel and other community services. Eventually the needs of the elderly may go beyond the ability of home care to serve them and the family’s capacity to provide support. At that point, they should be able to move to a non–institutional living arrangement within their own familiar community. The new setting should offer attentive and personalized care and emotional support, while fostering social engagement, intellectual stimulation and as much independence as possible. Our goal is to help residents maintain existing abilities–perhaps even restore lost abilities–and to promote their self–esteem. ElderCare Network is committed to heart–of–the–village settings, where residents have many opportunities to be part of the community and to enjoy sociability with neighbors and friends. Our small care facilities or homes are appropriate in size and scale to the villages in which they are located. Hard work and foresight have led to the creation of a caregiving system that offers choices, dignity and privacy (individual bedrooms or apartments) to its elderly residents, together with time for caregivers to get to know residents’ stories as well as their medical needs. We are responsive to the changing needs of older people, their families and their communities.

Board of Directors

Allan S. Teel, M.D., President, Full Circle Family Medicine, Damariscotta Robert Hardina Vice President, Damariscotta Samuel Kaymen Treasurer, Walpole Claire Mocarski Secretary, Chamberlain _______________

Beth Fisher, South Bristol

Les Fossel, Alna

Michael Hope, Pemaquid

Michael Finnegan, Edgecomb

Susan Wilson, Boothbay

Staff

Andrea Handel, Executive Director & Administrator DSC_0863Andrea Handel, who served as founding Executive Director (1998-2008), returned to her former position with new responsibilities in February 2012. During her time away from ElderCare, Andrea completed a master's degree at Emerson College in theater education and also served as a program manager at Spectrum Generations. An experienced social worker, Andrea earlier served as director of social services at nursing facilities in Damariscotta and Brunswick. She and her husband Tom live in Newcastle, where they raised their three grown children. Sandra Guibord, Financial Manager DSC_0419Sandra Guibord joined the ElderCare Network management team at the beginning of 2001. She is responsible for all business operations including financial planning, purchasing, billing, bookkeeping and compliance. Previously Sandy was executive director of Weymouth House, a nonprofit organization operating group homes for teenagers in Lincoln County. She and her husband Russ have lived in Bristol Mills since 1987. Pamela George, CNA, CRMA, Village Care Homes Administrator _DSC0172Pam is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of six 6-to-8 resident homes by each Village Care Home manager. Her responsibilities include hiring and supervision of staff, admission and discharge of residents, and working with the managers to provide a stimulating and supportive environment. Pam joined ElderCare Network in 2001, bringing years of experience at Mid-Coast Hospital and Damariscotta's Cove's Edge. Pam says that the warmth, support, and love in our homes make them the next best thing to being home. She and her family are longtime residents of Alna. Gayle Webber, LPN, Administrator, Hodgdon Green DSC_0737Gayle has been in charge of resident care at Hodgdon Green in Damariscotta for 9 years. She is responsible for all day-to-day operations within that residence, including hiring and supervision of staff, admission and discharge of residents, and provision of a stimulating and supportive environment. Gayle says that the 15 to 20 volunteers who help out regularly add much to the residents' quality of life. Gayle's previous nursing positions included Mercy Hospital, d'Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, and Miles Home Health and Hospice. She lives in Damariscotta with her two daughters.