A Legacy of Compassionate Caregiving
For over 95 years, the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home (CJNH) has long cared for individuals with unyielding compassion, dignity and respect. CJNH’s humble beginnings date back to 1919 when Chelsea resident Lena Goldberg realized the need for elder care services in her neighborhood. Given that federally sponsored health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid had yet to be established and private health insurance was in its infancy, residents of cities and towns like Chelsea had to rely on the kindness of neighbors and charitable agencies to care for them and/or their loved ones.
In 1919, Mrs. Goldberg and a handful of friends and residents acquired a house in Chelsea and began caring for the frail and elderly of Chelsea. After thirty years of untiring dedication, Mrs. Goldberg along with the help of daughter, Mrs. Jack Katz (Esther R. Goldberg), created the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and the establishment of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.
As a non-profit organization, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and its nursing home preserved Mrs. Goldberg’s founding mission of compassionate care for those in need regardless of religious, ethnic, or economic background.
Today, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and all of its affiliates continue to follow Mrs. Goldberg’s example. We in provide the highest quality of care to all clients and families through the dedicated efforts of our loyal staff members and the use of technically advanced facilities and service program offerings. Our mission, quite simply, is to provide exceptional skilled nursing care for our residents.
The Kaleidoscope Program
The Kaleidoscope Program at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing is a very unique arts therapy program. It represents a shift from primarily focusing on the personal care of the body to caring for the whole person – mind, heart, body and soul together.
At the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, we are radically redefining and re-envisioning what nursing home life is — and how to live with aging, illness, Alzheimer’s or dementia. A typical day in the Kaleidoscope Program consists of an arts program in the morning such as flower arranging, song-writing, listening to music or a creative group discussion. Afternoons are filled with competitions involving staff and residents in such activities as shuffle toss, bowling, basket toss games and fishing tournaments. Night activities include card games, art projects concerts and birthday/holiday celebrations.
Rooted in the intersection of person-centered care and expressive arts therapies, the Kaleidoscope Program helps our elders engage, learn, grow, explore, experience and lead meaningful and joyous lives given the limitations associated with aging and illness.
“I began volunteering at Foundation’s Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and quickly realized what a special place this is. Residents are happy and the staff care. I enjoy being here, too.”
“During my mother’s first stay at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, she was able to work with the Physical Therapy team and they made excellent progress with her. She was able to go home for several months, which meant the world to her since she lived independently in her own apartment. After some time, she arrived back at CJNH for palliative care and the level of care and compassion she received was very high. The staff treated her like family and we are so thankful for everything you did for her.”
“I am grateful for the loving care given to my mom while she was at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. There is no doubt in my mind that your facility’s efforts extended her quality of life for nearly 8 years. For that I am very thankful.”
Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home
17 Lafayette Ave
Chelsea, MA 02150