More than seven decades after growing up together, the five surviving siblings of their family’s 11 children are living together again under one extended roof.
They all are residents of the same nursing facility in Peabody, Massachusetts.
“We all have different health problems and medical appointments now, but we do always check on one another,” said Mary Cena, 92, who was the first of her siblings to get married and leave the family home, back in 1946.
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All are residents of the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living, a skilled nursing facility in Peabody.
Mary Cena, 92, moved into the center four years ago and has since been joined by her sisters: Carmen Wesala, 98; Georgia Southwick, 93; and Lucy O’Brien, 85; and her brother, Lawrence Mallia, 90. Mallia was the last to move into the residence when he arrived in November.
(CNN) On Steve Saling’s 37th birthday, the pencil he was holding inexplicably fell out of his hand.
By John Laidler Globe Correspondent
“The Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea recently held a birthday party for two residents who were born before the outbreak of World War I.
Joe Bach turned 108 on Nov. 4, while Winnie Murphy turned 107 Nov. 13. Friends, family members, and staff took part in the joint party, held on Nov. 6…”
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Chelsea Jewish Lifecare Presented Doug Fiebelkorn With 2016 “Mensch of the Year” Award
BOSTON, MA (November 2016) — The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare presented Doug Fiebelkorn, Managing Principal of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP New England, with the 2016 “Mensch of the Year” award on Thursday, November 3. The Foundation presents this distinguished award to a leader who exemplifies the qualities of a true “mensch” — a Yiddish word that describes someone who acts with great integrity, ethics, and a commitment to helping others in their community.
Doug Fiebelkorn has been a leader in the Greater Boston healthcare community. As a principal in the health care group and the managing principal of the Massachusetts offices of CliftonLarsonAllen, Doug’s focus is on audit, reimbursement, tax, and financial consulting for a variety of health care organizations. He has extensive experience with third party reimbursement, HUD, and other financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Doug’s clients have included both profit motivated and not for profit entities, ranging in size from single site to multiple site organizations.
The Mensch of the Year event began in 2008 with the purpose of acknowledging individual(s) in the Greater Boston community who provide compassionate service and care for disadvantaged populations. “The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is proud to honor Doug Fiebelkorn with the 2016 ‘Mensch of the Year’ award, “ said Chelsea Jewish Lifecare president Adam Berman. “Doug is a true “mensch” in every sense of the word — he is compassionate, honorable and an inspiration to us all. We are thrilled to present this award to Doug Fiebelkorn.”
Mr. Fiebelkorn holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Canisius, a Master of Science degree from Bentley University, and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School. His extensive technical expertise is concentrated in skilled nursing facilities, assisted and independent living facilities, hospice and home health organizations, and physician’s practices. Doug has been a very active member in the local community, serving on a number of boards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation and is a Past Director of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. Doug lives in Boston with his husband, Andrew Hall.
About the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare
The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, a highly respected leader in senior living, employs over 1000 people and provides care to over 800 individuals daily, with campuses in Chelsea and Peabody, MA. Offering a full continuum of services, the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare (www.chelseajewish.org) is redefining senior care and re-envisioning what life should be like for those living with disabling conditions. The eldercare community includes a wide array of skilled and short-term rehab residences, traditional and specialized assisted living options, memory care, independent living, adult day health, geriatric care management, home care, personal care and hospice agencies that deliver customized and compassionate care.
The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is proud to announce that two of our skilled nursing facilities have received national recognition for the outstanding quality care they provide to our residents. The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and Jeffrey & Susan Brudnick Center for Living both received the National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association in October 2016. This Bronze level award represents a commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
The employees photographed with the awards are representative of the efforts of our teams in helping to build and maintain a culture rooted in providing the best quality care to our residents.
We thank all of our talented staff for making this tremendous accomplishment possible. They truly make a difference in the lives of those we serve!
Steve Saling, a resident of the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea, recently visited Malden Catholic High School and shared his story with the student body, faculty, staff and administration.
Saling was a landscape architect specializing in the accessible design of public spaces when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2006, a debilitating disease that has no known cure. He went on to partner with Barry Berman to design the Steve Saling Center at the Leonard Florence Residences.
Area residents have a chance to support a Chelsea facility that provides specialized residential care for people with ALS and multiple sclerosis.
The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is holding its annual ALS and MS Walk for Living on Sunday, Sept. 25 to benefit the Leonard Florence Center for Living. The 2-mile walk will begin at 10 a.m at the center, 201 Captains Row on Admirals Hill.
Written by Mary Kate Nelson
“At the Leonard Florence Center for Living, residents can control just about everything around them through a series of blinks.
The community is located in Chelsea, Massachusetts and run by the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare; it currently has 10 Green House-style skilled nursing residences with 10 bedrooms each. Two of the Green Houses are built for people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and one is specifically equipped for residents living with multiple sclerosis (MS)…”
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Leonard Florence Center Opens the Dapper McDonald ALS Residence
The Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) was filled with emotion last Thursday, June 16, as residents, staff and speakers joined together to celebrate the opening of the Dapper McDonald ALS Residence.
The facility is named after Richard “Dapper” McDonald, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2008. McDonald, who never let the motor neuron disease slow him down, passed away nine months after his diagnosis. The new residence pays a tribute to the young man whose courage, spirit and zest for living left an imprint on the world.
“We are not going to stop and rest until we open more of these facilities across the country,” said Leonard Florence Center CEO Barry Berman.
The center is the only operation in the world that caters to ALS patients.
“We need more homes that care for these patients and provide a sense of security for their families,” he said.
There are people as far as Australia trying to get a room here, according to Berman. Resident Steve Saling played a large role in creating the model for the first residence, which opened in 2010.
“Leonard Florence has saved my life. Thank you Steve Saling for giving me my life back,” said Epifani, who was being taken care of by his 82 year-old parents in New York prior to moving to the living center. Before the ribbon ceremony, guests were invited to tour the rooms, which are equipped with cutting-edge assistive technology, allowing individuals with ALS to receive professional care in a safe and loving environment.
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The Leonard Florence Center for Living, the only urban model skilled nursing Green House® in the world caring for individuals with ALS, recently celebrated the opening of its second ALS residence in Chelsea, MA.
Named after Richard “Dapper” McDonald, a native of Middleboro, MA…
Bill Needleman, a 101 year-old resident at the Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates Assisted Living, which is part of the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, won the Resident Spirit Excellence Award at the Mass-ALFA awards dinner on May 16. This prestigious award honored Bill for being such an inspirational part of the community.
This year’s Mass-ALFA awards dinner was held on Monday night, May 16 at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Alongside Bill was his daughter Mala Kovner and Chelsea Jewish Lifecare staff, including: CJF Chief Operating Officer Betsy Mullen, Kaplan Estates Executive Director Megin Hemmerling, Kaplan Estates Marketing Director Andrea Hillel, Kaplan Estates Resident Life Director Ellen Gordon, the Estates on Admiral’s Hill Interim Executive Director and Director of Resident Care Yari Velez, the Estates on Admiral’s Hill LPN Jane Sterling and the Estates on Admiral’s Hill Certified Nursing Assistant Cindy Castro. Winning this prestigious award is a huge accomplishment for Bill and the event was made even more special because of the love and support from our staff.
The Mass-ALFA Awards are given to “those who have made a difference.” Bill has become an active speaker for the Veterans Association, volunteers weekly at the childcare center on the Chelsea Jewish North Shore campus and states that his goal is to “bring life, education, celebration and love to all those around him.” Bill is also preparing for his Bar Mitzvah anniversary celebration on June 4. No doubt about it, Bill is a very busy 101 year old!
CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) — Patrick O’Brien was a young, budding New York City filmmaker and DJ known as “TransFatty” when his legs suddenly started trembling uncontrollably. Walking became a struggle. He’d lose his balance and often fall down.
Then, in 2005, came the diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The 30-year-old native of Kensington, Maryland, was given two to five years to live.
But rather than let it defeat him, O’Brien — whose DJ name came from his love of junk food — turned the cameras on himself and wrote, directed and produced an acclaimed new documentary.
“TransFatty Lives” captures O’Brien’s rapid deterioration and the unexpected turns his life took over the next decade, including a whirlwind relationship that led to the birth of his son, Sean, and his eventual breakup with Sean’s mother.
No longer able to speak or move, O’Brien finished the documentary by communicating to his family and film collaborators Lasse Jarvi, Doug Pray and others using a computer system that lets him type out words through eye movements.
The film won the audience award for best documentary at last year’s Tribeca and Milan film festivals. It had a short theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles, and is available for download on digital platforms. A screening is slated for Sunday at the Showcase Cinemas in Revere, Massachusetts.
O’Brien, now 41 and living in a center for ALS patients in nearby Chelsea, Massachusetts, said the response has been his “wildest dream come true.”
“We knew we had a story to share,” he wrote to The Associated Press this week using the same typing system that allowed him to complete the film. “Witnessing friends, family and strangers come together to help shoot, edit and produce the film is just as much a part of the story as is my getting ALS.”
The film unflinchingly captures how O’Brien lost control of his legs and arms, needed a feeding tube after losing the ability to swallow, and was placed on a ventilator when he could no longer expand and contract his diaphragm.
O’Brien balances those emotionally wrenching moments with an impish sense of humor.
He has beers poured into his feeding tube. He sits in his wheelchair naked in front of the White House to raise awareness about ALS. He takes the now-famous “ice bucket challenge” surrounded by young women.
“I know how difficult it was for him to make that movie, both emotionally and physically,” said Barry Berman, CEO of the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, which runs the ALS home where O’Brien now lives. “Hopefully, Patrick will inspire others to keep moving through their own adversities.”
Steve Saling, who also has ALS and encouraged O’Brien to join him at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, said the film shows the “harsh reality” of ALS, a gradually debilitating disease affecting motor neurons that allow the brain to control voluntary movements.
The rate and progression of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, varies. But loss of speaking, eating and breathing functions is common. Senses like sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell aren’t generally affected.
O’Brien’s mother, Bonnie O’Brien, said it was hard for the family during the filming, but they never once considered asking him to stop.
“This kept him going,” Bonnie said from her home in College Park, Maryland. “It’s our life on that film.”
The roughly 1 1/2-hour-long film is framed as a letter from father to son.
“I don’t want you to be afraid of me,” O’Brien says at the film’s outset, using his computer-generated voice. “I want you to know your dad, who I used to be and who I am now.”
He expresses hope he’ll be there when his son is older.
“We have a lot to talk about. Trust me,” O’Brien says at the film’s close. “I’ve had an amazing life so far, and I’m thankful for all the people that have helped me through it — most of all you.”
But it’s been years since O’Brien has seen his son. He’s not even sure Sean, now 8, has seen the film.
The boy lives in Largo, Florida, with his mother, a family friend named Laura Silverthorn, according to Bonnie O’Brien.
“People tell me Sean is a little too young for the film, but I’m not sure. Sean is tough,” O’Brien wrote to the AP. “Maybe Sean will hate the film. He doesn’t have to love it. The one person I was hoping would like it is Laura. If she liked it, I just might die with a smile on my face after all.”
The couple broke up not long after Sean’s birth.
O’Brien and his family say the breakup wasn’t acrimonious; it just became too much for Laura to care for both O’Brien and a new baby. It was O’Brien’s decision to return to his family as his health worsened, they say in the film.
Since moving to Massachusetts in 2010, O’Brien has found a measure of comfort.
During a recent visit, he sported flaming pink hair that matched his room’s hot pink paint. His wheelchair console let him control everything in the room, from the television to the window shades, temperature and lights.
But O’Brien’s time is limited. Lately, he fears his eyesight is failing him, possibly robbing him of his last means of contact.
“I’m worried about getting locked in,” O’Brien wrote. “I have to tell myself to not be afraid.”
Until then, he’s looking for new stories to tell.
“I have a few ideas brewing,” he wrote. “One is about a disabled superhero.”
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By Record Staff
Patrick O’Brien, who was diagnosed with ALS 10 years ago at age 30, spent 10 years producing the highly acclaimed ALS documentary “Transfatty Lives.” The film, which won the 2015 Audience Award at the Tribeca and Milano Film Festivals, will have its Boston premiere on April 3 at the Revere Showcase Cinema.
Patrick, who lives at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) in Chelsea, is entirely immobilized and on a ventilator. He directed and produced ‘Transfatty Lives’ entirely by using his eyes to communicate through a special device attached to his computer. ‘Transfatty Lives’ takes one on an emotional roller coaster from Patrick’s wild, fun-loving days as a DJ and filmmaker into the dark heart of ALS. With the support of his friends and family, Patrick braves the unthinkable and turns his camera onto himself. He is able to capture all of the emotion, humor, and absurdity of real life – falling in love and fathering a child along the way.
‘Transfatty Lives,’ so named because of O’Brien’s love of donuts and other junk foods, depicts O’Brien’s personal reflections since his ALS diagnosis.
In Patrick’s words: “ALS is a fatal and incurable disease. I have chosen to do something with my illness. As you will see, I turned the camera on myself and began to document my journey with ALS. This challenge has given me a focal point for my energies, and will hopefully inspire others to keep moving through their own adversities.”
The Leonard Florence Center for Living, operated by the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, is the first urban model Green House in the country and the only fully vented ALS residence in the world. O’Brien moved into the LFCL soon after it opened in 2010, after living in a traditional nursing home that kept him confined to his bed – and his room – 24 hours a day. Today, in addition to producing films, O’Brien travels, attends concerts, sporting events and movies.
“We are so proud of Patrick and excited to show his remarkable film to the Boston community,” states Barry Berman, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare CEO. “Patrick’s talent, passion and perseverance in the face of such a devastating disease is an inspiration to us all.”
The premiere will be held at the Revere Showcase Cinema, 565 Squire Rd in Revere at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 3. Tickets are $20 per person and include the film, a Q&A with Patrick O’Brien and a reception following the premiere.
All proceeds benefit the Patrick O’Brien Foundation. To purchase tickets, go to www.reelboston.org. For more information, email Judy Mastrocola at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-887-0001.
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By Susan B. Garland, From Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, April 2016
It’s a common refrain that adult children hear from their parents: “No matter what, promise that you’ll never put me in a nursing home.” These seniors obviously have not visited a Green House, a unique alternative to the traditional nursing facility.
Lois Gallo, 79, lives with nine other residents — known as “elders” — in one of the 10 condominium-style homes at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, in Chelsea, Mass., an inner suburb of Boston. Gallo suffers from a degenerative nerve and muscle condition and gets around by motorized wheelchair. “This place is a godsend,” says Gallo, a widow and former psychotherapist.
There are two 7,000-square-foot Green Houses on each of five floors. Each Green House has its own entrance and 10 residents. Four Green Houses provide skilled-nursing care for elders while three provide short-term rehabilitation, two accommodate residents with ALS, and one serves people with multiple sclerosis.
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“We’re the end of the line,” Judy tells me firmly. “It can be hard to come here at first after people get the diagnosis.” I’m at the Leonard Florence for Center for Living in Chelsea, sitting with Judy Mastracola, the director of special projects. I look around. The space is bright and clean, as you’d expect any medical space to be, but also—and there was no other word for it—comfortable.
We are sitting at a little table in the facility’s cheerful café. A resident motors by in a complicated wheelchair rig. He looks purposeful. Judy tells me he’s late for a trip out to The Cheesecake Factory. I laugh. “I’d hurry too.”
ALS— known colloquially as Lou Gehrig’s disease— is neurodegenerative. In the human body, muscles are controlled by motor neurons that reside in the brain. They are synaptically connected to motor neurons that reside lower down in the brain, as well as motor neurons that reside in the spinal cord. ALS causes weakness of either upper motor neurons or lower motor neurons or both, and it results in a profoundly disabled body, but an impeccably preserved mind— Stephen Hawking’s for one.
Judy introduces me to Steve Saling, the center’s eponymous and most famous resident. Steve navigates the world through a computer-wheel chair interface that he controls with small eye movements. He literally plunges into the two dimensional screen to select options, type words, and get answers. I watch him command the machine to open a door.
“Are you magic?” I ask. The corner of his lip twitches, almost imperceptibly, and the door swings open.
We get off the elevator. The Steve Saling ALS Residence has a clapboard siding, and a large mail box. The space is equipped with the latest technological innovation to allow individuals with ALS the most amount of independence possible. It has a living room with a fireplace, and an Auburn Football on the mantle. Steve takes me into his room. It’s full of pictures of family and friends, and his various degrees, including a bachelors degree from Auburn University.
“Cam Newton is having a fantastic season,” I muse, looking at pictures of Steve rafting. The corner twitches again, and the robotic voice says “yes he is.”
Our tour continues through a chef’s kitchen, and I comment that I like the art hanging on the opposing wall. “My mother painted that,” a voice comes soft and strong from a women sitting in the sun. Judy introduces me to Andrea, another resident. She chats slowly, but joyfully about her writing.
Steve listens patiently— patience is a reality for those living with ALS, I realize. An incorrigible space nerd, I have read everything Stephen Hawking has ever written, but it took until meeting Steve to really understand him.
Steve tells me more about the Center, and how dramatic the right technology can be, how impactful it is to live as independent as his mind is. He tells me about going skydiving. He tells me about producing the video himself. As a producer and as a person, I am humbled.
Not a college football fan myself, and certainly not an Auburn fan. I mutter “bodda getta.”
Then came the biggest twitch yet.
To hear Betsy Mullen, COO of the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and Ina Hoffman, Admissions Director at the Leonard Florence Center in conversation with Callie Crossley on “Under the Radar”, click here: http://news.wgbh.org/2016/02/19/local-news/als-patients-life-can-change-blink-eye
Joe Bach, resident at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) in Chelsea, MA, is finally sharing his story with the world, all thanks to the efforts of Joe’s family and LFCL Activity Services Director, Sharon Loveridge, who reached out to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Loveridge wrote a beautiful article that was published in the Jewish Journal today, which we are honored to share.
“When you first meet Joe Bach, you immediately notice his warm smile and gentle touch. At the age of 107, Joe – a resident at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea – and his wife Irene, who is a young and very beautiful 90 – go for walks, hold hands in the café and enjoy spending time together, after being married for 68 years.
Joe had been living at the Center for about one month when I went in to say hello, as I had done many times before. That day, however, was different…”
Renowned Dementia Expert Teepa Snow To Conduct Certification Training Workshop
Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare in Chelsea
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BOSTON, MA (February 2016) – Teepa Snow, a nationally recognized expert in the field of dementia training and education, is presenting her esteemed “Positive Approach to Care” through a Certification Training Workshop on Friday, April 15 and Saturday April 16 in Chelsea, MA. Teepa Snow will only be conducting 15 PAC certifications in the United States in 2016; this is the only one offered in Massachusetts. Widely used by families and professionals who are dedicated to caring for those with dementia or other brain impairments, Teepa’s techniques have been recognized throughout the country and have significantly helped change the culture of dementia care.
As part of the workshop experience, Teepa Snow will transform herself into a person living with dementia. Attendees will learn through active role playing how to use her techniques to turn challenging situations into positive experiences. This training program is designed for professionals who counsel and advise individuals and families working through dementia related challenges. In addition to dementia related awareness and knowledge, learners are taught effective communication techniques, strategies to connect with clients in a meaningful way, and methods of providing the right resources at the right time.
Classes will be held on Friday, April 15, 8:30am-5:00pm and April 16, 8:30am-12:30pm at the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, 201 Captains Row in Chelsea, MA. The registration fee is $1,800 per person and includes seven hours of on-line training, two days of classroom training and post-training follow up, and one-on-one coaching.
Register before February 28 to receive a $50 discount; use promo code CHELSEA. To register, please go to http://teepasnow.com/certification/train-the-consultant . For more information, watch this video about the PAC Consultant Certification training here: https://youtu.be/dTfWn9cjv6Q or contact Kimberly O’Connor; 978.471.5119 or email@example.com.
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Joe Bach, a Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) resident, is most likely the oldest Holocaust survivor in the world. He is 107.
In December 2015, Ina Navazelskis, Oral Historian for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, came to the LFCL, along with a videographer, to tape a testimonial from Joe and his wife Irene (who is 90), both of whom are survivors of the Holocaust. Joe is the oldest person ever interviewed by the museum.
By way of background, Sharon Loveridge of LFCL forwarded the museum more than four hours of testimony between Joe and his wife Irene that was taken by their grandson Matt back in 2009. The museum watched it and verified its validity. After that, they requested a meeting with the Bach family.
Joe and Irene spent a great deal with Ina Navazelskis, recanting their tales of horror and sadness. Irene also brought with her the actual falsified documents she used in 1922 that spared her life.
Within a few months, their testimonials will be available for the world to see, both at the museum and online. Theirs is an amazing story and we are honored that the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is part of such an important piece of history.
The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare hosted a community candle lighting celebration on Sunday, December 6 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living. Amidst lively music from accordionist Joe Bell, delicious cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider, residents, families and community members celebrated the first night of Chanukah. Rabbi Asher Bronstein and Rabbi Yossi Lipsker were on hand to light the ten foot chaunkiah. The café was decorated with menorahs, dreidels, art crafts for the kids and more. A special thank you to Sharon Loveridge, Jimmy Honohan, Shelly Honohan and Jack Zimmerman. They did a fabulous job putting together such a successful event!
On Thursday, November 19th, 90 year old Jeffrey & Susan Brudnick Center for Living resident, Mary Cena, celebrated a huge success with her new cookbook at a cookbook signing event at the Center. More than 100 people were in attendance, including other residents, families, friends and Brudnick staff members. Mary sold out of all 120 copies of her cookbook within one hour! More cookbooks are in production for those still interested in purchasing one.
Overall, it was a tremendously uplifting event for everyone who attended. Mary is genuine proof that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it–even at age 90 and living in a long-term care residence!
By Eric Moskowitz, Globe Staff
CHELSEA — They were born 4,000 miles and a world apart, Joseph Bach to an established Jewish family in the bustling city of Lvov, a cultural seat of Eastern Europe, and Winnifred Monahan to an Irish-Canadian railroad foreman and his wife in the far reaches of northern New Hampshire.
On Thursday, more than a century later, after the long arc of both of their lives had bent toward Chelsea, they shared a birthday party at a skilled nursing center on a bluff overlooking Boston Harbor, Joe Bach at 107 and Winnie (Monahan) Murphy at 106. Sort of.
The banners with their pictures had been strung above the function room, the sparkling wine was on ice, and the table had been set with two cakes, one for Joe and one for Winnie, the seniormost residents at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, and two of the oldest people in the entire state…
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We are incredibly proud to have hosted a tour of the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) to a group of LeadingAge members visiting Boston for the 2015 National Conference. More than fifty LeadingAge members traveled to the LFCL on Monday, November 2, to learn about the incredible design, features and technology within the Center that provide our residents with unsurpassed dignity and independence.
Hosting tours for the large group were Betsy Mullen, Chief Operating Officer for the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and Ina Hoffman, Admissions Director at the Leonard Florence Center for Living. The group toured “Main Street” on the 1st floor, enjoying the Cafe and Bakery, Kosher Deli, European Day Spa, Chapel and Family Room. The group also was able to visit the individual homes where they learned about the self-managed work team from the Perlman House, rehabilitation services from the Berman House, and ground-breaking technology from the Steve Saling House.
Last, but certainly not least, CEO Barry Berman completed the tour. Mr. Berman highlighted the primary differences between traditional nursing homes and the Green House model by showing a powerful video made by ALS resident Patrick O’Brien. Altogether, it was a very special day and we hope that LeadingAge enjoyed their tours as much as we did hosting them.
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As Steve Saling sat in his wheelchair on the stage at Everett High School (EHS) earlier this month, his eyes darted back and forth to the rims of his glasses, where a special computer program registered the words he wanted to choose and then the computer read the sentence aloud to those gathered to hear him speak.
“I never imagined I would be in a nursing home when I was only in my 40s, but no one ever thinks disability will strike them,” said Saling to the students in the Allied Health Academy. “Because of the amazing ice bucket challenge last summer, everyone knows about ALS, which is what I have.”
Saling is the designer and best advocate for the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCFL) on Chelsea’s Admiral’s Hill, and he and several of the students under teacher Sue Lomas have become well acquainted with Saling. They’ve also become educated on the new, state-of-the-art home that he helped to design as ALS began to get a stronger and stronger grip on his life and eventually bound him to a wheelchair.
Several of the students have participated in the annual ‘Walk for Living’ and Lomas will be honored at the walk this year for spearheading a new relationship between EHS and the LFCFL. In large part, the relationship has been mutually beneficial as the students in the Allied Health have been amazed at what Saling has accomplished.
The Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, Leonard Florence Center for Living and Jeffrey & Susan Brudnick Center for Living, three skilled nursing facilities owned and operated by the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, received the 2015 Post-Acute Collaborative Participation Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The award recognizes post-acute facilities that participate in the Collaborative and have shown dedication to improving the care that stroke patients receive in the post-hospital setting. For the past several months, the three facilities have been collecting data on stroke patients, participating in regional meetings and learning sessions, and performing quality improvement activities within their facilities.
“At our skilled nursing facilities, we strive to provide exceptional care to all our patients and residents, with a focus on improving quality care outcomes,” said Terry Halliday, VP of Business Development at the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. “We are proud to be recognized for our hard work at improving the post-acute care of our stroke patients. This award pays tribute to the importance of our work at Chelsea Jewish.”
On hand to accept the awards were Terry Halliday (center), Lea Susan Ojamaa, Director of the Division of Prevention and Wellness at the Department of Public Health (left) and Lisa Bemben, Senior Director of Quality & Systems Improvement at the American Heart/Stroke Association (right).
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare CJF President Adam Berman was recently appointed to the Mass Senior Care Association Board of Directors. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Roger Williams University and earned his certificate in Home Care Management from Suffolk University. He brings to this role eight years of management experience in skilled nursing, assisted living and home care. Adam is also a Massachusetts licensed Nursing Home Administrator and currently oversees all financial and administration activities as well as the day-to-day operations of three skilled nursing facilities, three assisted living residences, three home care agencies, one therapy services agency, one geriatric care management agency, one adult day health center and one clinical education school.
Mass Senior Care facilities provide housing, health care and support services to more than 120,000 people a year; employs more than 50,000 staff members; and contributes more than $4 billion annually to the Massachusetts economy. The Massachusetts Senior Care Association represents a diverse set of organizations that deliver a broad spectrum of services to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Its members include more than 500 nursing and rehabilitation facilities, assisted living residences, residential care facilities and continuing care retirement communities.
“Over the years I have been extremely impressed with the Mass Senior Care,” said Berman. “This organization positions its members to provide the absolute best care practices in the field, resulting in a higher quality of care.” Berman added, “I am honored to join the board and look forward to working with such a talented group of individuals.”
On Wednesday, White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) officials toured the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) in Chelsea, MA. Nora Super, Executive Director (WHCOA) and Rachel Maisler, Deputy Communications Director (WHCOA) traveled from Washington DC to see firsthand how the Green House® model differs from traditional skilled nursing settings. Directing the tour was Betsy Mullen, COO of the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. Also in attendance were Green House® Project Senior Director Susan Frazier and Director of Outreach Scott Brown.
A key focus of the tour was highlighting the impact that a Green House® model home has on resident’s quality of life. The group toured the café, deli, spa and outdoor patios, as well as the long-term and rehab residences. The group also visited residents who were celebrating National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Amidst songs and dancing, it was clear that these residents are living life to the fullest. Winnie Murphy, who is 105, told the group she loves living at the LFCL because there “is always something to do and people to visit.” In fact, Winnie is busy every day; she goes to the salon to get her hair done once a week, relaxes with a drink at the monthly Pub Hour, plays bingo as often as possible, and attends a daily exercise class. Also offering their experiences living at the LFCL were residents Bonnie Berthiaume and Annemarie Mooney. Both interviews were video recorded by the WHCOA camera crew, which we are hoping is shown at the White House soon!
It was gratifying to see the reaction of the WHCOA staff to the LFCL, its staff and residents. Clearly, this revolutionary model of care made a tremendous impact upon the visitors.
Left to right: Nora Super, Executive Director at White House Conference on Aging; Rachel Maisler, Deputy Communications Director at White House Conference on Aging; Betsy Mullen, Chief Operating Officer, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare; Susan Frazier, Senior Director, The Green House Project; Scott Brown, Director of Outreach; The Green House Project.