...Main Street: Veronica Sheehan
There is a friendly and trusting atmosphere at the Wardwell
.When visitors walk down the long hallways in the main living area of the building, they commonly see open doors and friendly smiles.The residents appear eager to invite company in on very short notice.Veronica Sheehan is the Executive Director of Wardwell Assisted Living Services, an assisted living facility located just off Main Street in Saco, which is known as "The Wardwell".Sheehan
herself is close to many of the people living there.She
is known as "Vonnie
" to the residents and staff.
Upon meeting Sheehan
, you quickly admire her
soft spoken demeanor and dedication to her
would rather shift the spotlight from herself to the importance of the Wardwell
is very dedicated to her
responsibilities and takes them very seriously; there is a lot to running a facility for the elderly.Sheehan is very appreciative of the Saco community that she grew up in and is now giving back by caring for the older generation through her work at the Wardwell.Her
mother was a native of Biddeford while her
father moved here from Massachusetts in the 1930s.Sheehan went to Saco schools and graduated from Thornton Academy in 1958.She
remembers that her
T.A. choir visited the Wardwell
and sang for the residents.Her
two sisters also went to Thornton
and became nurses.All three siblings attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing
believes a big difference in her
generation was that they never had "goals".Of course there was planning for the future, but today things have changed and planning your future is much different.Her
first job was at the Webber Hospital
in the Operating Room.When she first worked at the Webber there was no "emergency department", yet the doctors had to be called in for emergencies.She
worked for many years in the emergency room and is known by many in the area from the time she
continued to work at the hospital when it became Southern Maine Medical Center
until 1994.She found her way to the Wardwell because she was a member of the Wardwell Board of Directors.Sheehan
got involved with the writing of the license for residential care there.After close to 10 years of being involved at the Wardwell
has some new and important ideas.Making more areas handicap accessible is just one of her
also wants to install new elevators and staircases in some of the independent apartments that are located behind Wardwell
's main entrance.As the Executive Director, Sheehan looks after the day to day operations.
has been in existence since 1886.
...Sheehan credits the Board of Directors and Donald Sharland, then the Executive Director, for these new ideas.
While touring the Wardwell
you still notice signs of renovation.
really enjoys working in the community and providing ongoing very much needed support to the elderly.Having her
family close by is also a perk for staying in Saco
husband, sisters, daughter and niece are all nurses and can all definitely relate to the stresses and joys of her
When asked about retirement plans, Sheehan
wants to travel in the near future, possibly to Ireland.She has a niece that has a degree in Celtic studies so this has inspired her to travel there.She
downtime cooking, sometimes with her
husband who also enjoys cooking and reading.Her
daughters are grown and have moved out, so she
finds closeness in having shared activities.Spending time with her
grandchildren has also become a new and exciting priority. ,After living in Connecticut for a short time with her
husband and then coming back, she
continues to find something special in the Saco community.Sheehan
adds "I couldn't wait to move back home.