October 17, 2019
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Fundraising for St. André Health Care memory care garden towards completion after recent donation

Community Author: Saco & Biddeford Savings
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Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution | Contributed
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BIDDEFORD– St. André Health Care has announced that it is on its way towards meeting the donation goal for its new memory care garden, which is scheduled for completion next spring. The organization has received financial support from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution and P&C Insurance, which donated a combined $2,250 towards the garden’s construction.

The new, 5,600-square-foot memory care garden broke ground in September 2018 in Biddeford and will provide a safe space for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia to spend peaceful time outside. It will feature a wide path for wheelchair-bound residents, elevated garden beds and a gazebo. There will also be space for physical exercise and other activities that boost memory function and improve quality of life.

“In the planning of the St. André Memory Care Garden, we focused on the development of a basic infrastructure, always with an eye on what would best serve the healing and care of our residents,” said Stephen Alaimo, president and administrator for St. André Health Care.

St. André is currently in the second phase of its funding cycle out of three. In the first phase, the organization raised $75,000. That money helped pay for the basic infrastructure of the garden, including initial paving and the installation of a gazebo. Phase two should be completed by the first week of September, Alaimo said, and will pay for landscaping, handicap doors and furniture.

In phase three, St. André is hoping to raise funds for other garden features, including enhancements for the gazebo like installing screens or windows. An outdoor kitchen is also being considered, which would be helpful in the planning and implementation of regular barbeques and other events. There are also plans to install new fencing. St. André is hoping to raise an additional $20,000 by the end of phase three.

“We are most grateful for all the donors for helping us to achieve our goals and surpassing them,” Alaimo said.

About St. André Health Care

St. André is a 96-bed residence offering rehabilitation and skilled medical care, short-term respite care, long-term nursing care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and palliative and hospice care. It is located in Biddeford and is a member of Covenant Health. For more information, visit standre.org.

About P&C Insurance

Founded in 1928, P&C Insurance provides personal, business, financial insurance programs and advice, as well as providing employee benefits throughout Northern New England. The firm maintains the highest standard of service and is proud of its long-standing client relationships built on mutual responsibility and trust. Locally owned, with access to the finest national and regional insurance carriers and providers, P&C ensures customers have competitive products and pricing to fit clients’ budgets. For more information and locations visit insurancepc.com.

About Saco and Biddeford Savings  

Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s Oldest Bank with locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook. A leader in community banking, SBSI has contributed more than $3.8 million to area organizations over the last 10 years and continues to support the needs of the communities it serves. For more information, visit sbsavings.bank or on Twitter at @SBSavings and #InItTogether. Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.