Harbor House Child Day Care Center Celebrates 20 years of Playing a Vital Role in Hingham Nursing Center

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Happy graduates of Harbor House Child Day Care Center in Hingham include (from L to R): Bode McGuirk, 4; Thomas Skayne, 4; and Nicholas Doyle, 4.

Harbor House Child Day Care Center, the onsite children’s pre-school program at Harbor House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hingham, will mark its 20th anniversary this fall. The center, opened in 1995 and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, consists of three classrooms – for infants, toddlers and pre-school children.  In addition to the program director, a staff of six certified teachers cares for 28 children, ranging in age from 6-weeks to 5-years.

“The day care children are a wonderful part of the social programs at the nursing center, bringing continued joy to our staff and residents,” says Susan Jessup, administrator of Harbor House.

According to the U.S. Administration on Aging by 2030, one in every five Americans will be 65 or older. “It’s important for young children to develop positive relationships with older adults, it promotes a healthy view of aging,” says Kristen Welch Fasano, director of Harbor House Child Day Care Center. The intergenerational programs at Harbor House are fun for everyone involved says Fasano, noting that all four of her children attended the child day care center when they were younger. The children and residents of Harbor House participate in a variety of scheduled activities including holiday parties, themed days, music programs and weekly exercise classes. “The joy in the eyes of both the children and the seniors is unmistakable,” adds Fasano. “You can’t help but have a permanent smile on your face as you watch them together.”

The children also interact with members of the onsite Adult Day Memory Care Program at Harbor House as well as the adjacent assisted living community, Allerton House at Harbor Park.

Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group is a trusted family-owned senior services company. For over 65 years, the Welch Group has been a leading provider of rehabilitation, skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, assisted living and independent living options, adult day health and home care services in Massachusetts.

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Alzheimer’s Expert Peter Ham at Village at Proprietors Green in Marshfield

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Peter Ham, licensed mental health counselor is featured with Colleen Ferguson, executive director of Village at Proprietors Green.

More than 50 people gathered recently at Village at Proprietors Green in Marshfield, a continuing care retirement community, to participate in a presentation on Alzheimer’s disease by Peter Ham, licensed mental health counselor and former vice-president for programs and services at the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Village at Proprietors Green features three distinct neighborhoods, independent living, traditional assisted living and memory care.

Mr. Ham’s presentation, “Understanding loved ones with dementia: Coping and learning how to help,” drew family members and adult children of individuals dealing with a memory disorder. He talked about how best to understand and interact with someone with dementia, and how loved ones can gain acceptance as they learn how to help a family member or friend through the diagnosis.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. On the Association’s website, 10 early signs of the memory disorder are identified. A few include: memory loss involving recently learned information; difficulty developing and following plans that include working with numbers; and having a hard time finishing common and familiar day-to-day tasks. For the complete list visit the Alzheimer’s Association online at: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp

The Memory Care Program at Allerton House at Proprietors Green seeks to re-envision daily living for residents and their families – transforming anxiety into an opportunity for therapeutic activities and a vibrant, engaging lifestyle. The program offers the comforts of home and specialized care within a secure, supportive neighborhood. The program features 24-hour supervision, a personalized service plan, medication management, and hydration program – all by an expertly trained staff. Additionally, the neighborhood offers bright, open common spaces and a large enclosed outdoor patio, with umbrella tables and ample seating.  Delicious, well balanced meals and snacks are an essential part of the program.

Village at Proprietors Green is managed by Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group.  To request a free DVD about the Village at Proprietors Green Memory Care Program  visit the following link: http://www.proprietorsgreen.com/senior-living-options/memory-care/

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Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group Honors Employees at Annual Awards Dinner

Members of the Welch family congratulate the 2015 recipients of the Welch Group sponsored Florence May St. John Scholarship. Pictured: Front row (L to R): Emily Rapport from Colonial in Weymouth; Colleen Bates from Allerton House at Harbor Park in Hingham; Taniqua Furtick from Harbor House in Hingham; Phyllis Lindsay from Bay Path in Duxbury; and Mary Carr from Bay Path in Duxbury. Back row (L to R): Jennifer Sheets from Bay Path in Duxbury; Kristen Delory, LPN, from John Scott House in Braintree; Michael Welch; Richard M. Welch; Paul T. Casale Sr.; Marianne Welch-Martinez; Nicholas Doyle from Harbor House in Hingham; and Kameika Hayles from Hancock Park in Quincy

Reward and recognition are essential components to any successful work environment. Rewarding employees for exceptional service is a hallmark of Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group – one of the oldest senior services organizations in Massachusetts. Welch Group, a leading provider of senior services for more than 65 years, recently honored long-time employees during the organization’s Annual Staff Recognition Dinner, held at Pembroke Country Club.

“We invest in our employees and our employees invest in us,” says Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group President Richard M. Welch, referring to the extraordinary length of service of so many Welch Group employees. “Welch Group employees embody our company’s goals and values, providing the highest standard of care to seniors,” adds Welch.

This year Welch Group employees receiving top honors for their years of service to the company include John Howe, a 42-year dietary staff worker at Colonial Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Weymouth; Sandra Benotti, RN, an MDS/MMQ coordinator at Hancock Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Quincy who has been on staff for 41 years and Donna Griffin, director of social services at John Scott House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Braintree, who is a 40-year employee.

Innovation and quality care are the backbone of Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group – increasingly important with an estimated 72 million Americans expected to be 65 years old or older by 2030. That commitment has made the Welch Group a leading provider of continuum of care services to seniors and their families who may need housing or care options, including independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care, Alzheimer’s care, adult day health or home care services. A significant company milestone later this year is the 20th anniversary of Harbor House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Hingham.

In addition to awards for distinguished length of service, the Welch Group each year honors individuals who plan to continue their education in healthcare or related services. This year there were 14 recipients of the Florence May St. John Scholarship. The scholarship was established by the Welch Family to honor St. John, who began caring for seniors in her home and would later set the model for her own daughter, Rita M. Welch who with her husband, Thomas, opened their first nursing center in Braintree -  the John Scott House.

Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group’s Annual Staff Recognition Dinner is scheduled during National Nursing Home Week (May 10-16, 2015), an annual observance sponsored by the American Health Care Association. Skilled nursing centers around the country held events highlighting this year’s theme, “Bring on the Fiesta: Familia, Vida and Amor (Family, Life, Love).” The special events are meant to encourage residents, families and friends to reach out to and visit with their loved ones and caregivers.

The Welch Group, with facilities, located in Braintree, Brighton, Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Quincy and Weymouth, employs over 2000 staff members. To learn more about Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group visit online at: www.welchhrg.com

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Allerton House Memory Care Program in Hingham features Alternative Art Program

Life Enrichment Coordinator for the Memory Care Program at Allerton House in Hingham, Jeanette Champagne, stands alongside resident artwork proudly on display in the community.

Thirty-eight original watercolor paintings are currently on display at Allerton House at Harbor Park for the enjoyment of residents, staff, family and friends. The artists are residents of the Hingham Allerton House Assisted Living Community’s Memory Care Neighborhood, which offers specialized care, support and opportunities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related memory disorders.

One such opportunity is the neighborhood’s Alternative Art Program. “The Alternative Art Program encourages residents to explore their artistic sides and learn new skills. It is designed to engage all of the participants in a positive and accepting environment in which the outcome is always successful,” says Jeanette Champagne, life enrichment coordinator at the Allerton House Memory Care Neighborhood.

The Alternative Art Program participants work with a variety of mediums using multiple techniques. They design and create painted silk scarves, hand-painted beaded jewelry, headbands and greeting cards in addition to landscape, still life and floral paintings. Champagne says, “The beauty of art is in its originality. All of the residents can start off with the same project, yet the end results are completely unique to each individual.”

The program was created by Jeanne Runewicz, an artist and activity assistant at another Welch Group community, Allerton House in Duxbury. According to Champagne the Alternative Art Program began when the Hingham Memory Care Neighborhood opened in 2013. Champagne and Runewicz meet each week with the resident artists, lending structure, guidance, assistance and support.

The program’s projects continue to evolve to accommodate the needs and interests of the residents, and are broken down into manageable steps to ensure success. “The feeling of accomplishment and pride that comes from creative endeavors is difficult to describe, but easy to see when a resident engages in and completes an art project,” says Champagne. “We have a lot of talented individuals here in the Allerton House Memory Care Neighborhood.”

The Memory Care Neighborhood features 16 rental apartments – 10 studios and three two-bedroom companion suites. The program follows the Alzheimer’s Association Habilitation Therapy Methods. For more information contact Carol Taylor at ctaylor@welchhrg.com

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Medicare Seminar at The Village at Duxbury Provides Clarity on Long-Term Care Coverage

Speakers during the Medicare coverage seminar included (L to R): Holly K. Harris, elder law attorney; Diane Buckley, RN, BSN, vice-president of corporate compliance with Harmony Healthcare; Elisa Bovee, MS, vice-president of operations with Harmony Healthcare; and Nancy Zappolo, director of case referral and case management for Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group.

The Massachusetts Chapter of Elder Law Attorneys recently sponsored a seminar for staff members of Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group and their colleagues at The Village at Duxbury. The program entitles, How to Overcome the Twin Hurdles to Nursing Facility Rehabilitation Coverage: Hospital Observation Status and the Improvement Standard Under Jimmo, clarified the understanding of Medicare coverage available for older and disabled individuals diagnosed with chronic and long-term medical conditions. Among the speakers were: Nancy Zappolo, director of referral and case management for the Welch Group; Elisa Bovee, vice-president of operations with Harmony Healthcare International, a long term care consulting firm; and Holly Harris, an elder law attorney. Continue reading

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Allerton House at Central Park in Weymouth Fair to Benefit Hospice of the South Shore

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Village at Proprietors Green supports Magic Moon Foundation

Village at Proprietors Green staff featured with Magic Moon Foundation Director Donna Green (holding check) are from left to right: Activities Assistant Debbie Stockdale; Resident Services Director Valeri Williams and Executive Director Colleen Ferguson.

Teamwork is at the heart of Village at Proprietors Green annual Holiday Boutique fundraiser, featuring arts and crafts made and donated by residents and staff of the Marshfield senior living rental retirement community. This year “the team” gathered to present a check for $1,660 to Magic Moon Foundation Founder and Director Donna Green from the boutique sales during the holidays. The charitable organization is dedicated to the support of children and families who are coping with cancer. According to Magic Moon, the non-profit foundation empowers “children to use their inner strengths to manifest miracles in their lives.”

For residents of the senior living community, the fundraiser is a labor of love – with the planning and work to create the crafts beginning in January for the traditional December event. Nothing makes the residents and staff at Village at Proprietors Green happier than being part of the larger community, according to Executive Director Colleen Ferguson. “Residents here are active, engaged and full of purpose,” adds Ferguson.

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Village at Proprietors Green offers Veterans Assisted Living Information at January Program

Village at Proprietors Green, a Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group managed community in Marshfield is offering an informational program for wartime veterans or their surviving spouses. During the program individuals will learn whether they qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefit toward assisted living. The presentation will cover eligibility requirements, income qualifications, and the potential for reducing monthly assisted living costs.

Aid and Attendance Benefit Program at Village at Proprietors Green

Presenter: Patty Servaes of Elder Resource Benefits Consulting

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time:

6:00 PM – Hors d’oeuvres

6:30 PM – Presentation

RSVP Required. Call 888- 299-3642 to reserve your space.

To determine what you should bring to the seminar, call 508-270-7556.

Village at Proprietors Green offers spacious, sophisticated rental assisted living apartments, as well as independent living and memory care.  The community is decorated in beautiful, seaside pastels and offers residents a range of studios, and one- and two-bedroom options, depending on the neighborhood. Impeccably appointed common and family gathering spaces include a living room with fireplace, private dining room, library, fitness center and theatre, as well as onsite physical therapy. Chef-prepared meals are offered along with several dining options. Activities and special events include numerous musical and entertainment events as well as ballroom dancing, art classes, book clubs and Wii games.

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Holiday Fair at Allerton House-Weymouth, November 22!

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