February 22, 2018
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Maine first lady to take part in opening of Alzheimer’s facility

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AUGUSTA, Maine — First Lady Ann LePage will be the guest of honor at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of Bedside Manor, an Alzheimer’s care facility at 461 Belgrade Road, Oakland, on Wednesday, March 20.

Bedside Manor is owned and operated by Edward Fabian and his sister Julie Benecke. From concept to construction to interior decorating, members of the Fabian family have completed the entire project.

Their mother, known as Gram, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease approximately five years ago. She moved in with Julie and her family, who cared for her for the next three years until the disease progressed to the point where she needed 24-hour care. Ultimately, the family had to make the decision to place her in a facility.

Julie Benecke, daughter and now president of Bedside Manor, said, “When mom was diagnosed, we all knew the day would come when we would have to place her in a care facility, but when that day finally came, it was the worst day of my life. We chose a facility that catered specifically to folks with Alzheimer’s, but even after several months Mom just never really felt comfortable being one of many. The family struggled with what other options were available and we finally thought ‘if there isn’t an existing solution, let’s make our own’ and the concept of Bedside Manor was born.”

“I’m so honored to be a part of this ceremony,” said First Lady LePage. “Family is the most important part of our lives. For this family to create such a facility, for not only for their mother, but also for other families whose loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, is just about the most generous gift I can imagine.”