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Village at Proprietors Green Assisted Living Residents in Marshfield Discover New Talents

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Village at Proprietors Green Resident Albert DiBenedetto stands before the Art Gallery in the Country Kitchen, which contains some of his artwork.

Visitors to Village at Proprietors Green’s Country Kitchen are pleasantly surprised to see that it’s not only a great place to gather with family and friends, but is also an art gallery in which original works of art created by the assisted living community’s residents are displayed. “We started the art program about three years ago,” says Valeri Williams, resident services director. “The residents who participate are discovering talents they never knew they had. Their paintings are amazing.”

From landscapes to seascapes, nature scenes to a range of still life paintings, the gallery currently features more than 50 original pieces. The group of aspiring artists meets every Monday afternoon with Jeanne Runewicz, an artist and activity assistant at another Welch Group community, who lends her artistic experience and expertise to about a dozen participants. Williams explains, “Each week, Jeanne brings a picture for the residents to recreate as a freehand watercolor, encouraging them to explore their artistic side and learn new skills.” The class is also a good opportunity to sharpen skills such as hand/eye coordination, strategic thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Williams says, “It also builds confidence and a sense of camaraderie among the group. They look forward to it. It brightens their day. Some of the residents get together on their own time during the week to work on their projects.”

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Village at Proprietors Green Resident Barb Donovan’s painting is also on display in the community’s Country Kitchen.

Twice a year, the Village hosts an art show that brings residents, families, and friends together to admire the artwork while enjoying wine, cheese, and, most importantly, each other’s company. Runewicz offers an art class for residents of the community’s Memory Care Neighborhood, as well. The Village at Proprietors Green will also will feature a revolving display of fine art reproductions beginning September 3 in the Independent Living Club Room. When asked why it is important to offer programs like these throughout Village at Proprietors Green, Williams responds, “Who doesn’t love art?”

Learn more about Village at Proprietors Green: www.ProprietorsGreen.com

 

Flowers by Margo

Margo Champagne’s summer flowers

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Mildred’s painting of ships under a dramatic sky

Creative process!

Mildred Conlon, a resident at Village at Proprietors Green enjoys the creative process!

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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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Holiday Fair at Allerton House-Weymouth, November 22!

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Assisted Living Residents are Making Connections

Connected Living ® CEO and Co-Founder, Sarah Hoit demonstrates the ease with which the technology can help residents stay in touch with family and friends.

Social connections are essential to a healthy life. Research shows that for seniors, these social interactions are particularly important. The Welch Group’s Assisted Living Communities along the Massachusetts South Shore are launching a new online program designed to keep residents in touch with what matters most to them.

With the implementation of Connected Living ® technology, residents at Allerton House Assisted Living Communities in Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Quincy and Weymouth can choose how to stay connected. The technology facilitates interaction through email, social networking, photo-sharing, online classes, brain-healthy games, music and more. (more…)

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Welch Group Social Workers Ease Transitions and Empower Older Adults

Joyce Watson O’Neil, LICSW, MPH (Left), Karen Duke, LCSW (Right)

National Social Worker’s Month is particularly important to the South Shore-based senior healthcare and housing organization Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group. Joyce Watson-O’Neil, LICSW, MPH, a social worker with the company’s Allerton House Assisted Living Communities since 1998, says, “The Welch Group was ahead of the assisted living industry in bringing a clinical social worker on board. The longevity of all of our social workers within the company brings a depth and breadth of experience that enhances the resident experience across the continuum of care.” The vital role social workers play extends through the Welch Group continuum, including senior living and assisted living communities; Alzheimer’s and memory care neighborhoods and programs; skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers; and adult day health and home care programs.

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Fall Memory Care Programs at Allerton House in Hingham, MA

In advance of the November 2013 opening of a new Memory Care Neighborhood at Allerton House Assisted Living at Harbor Park in Hingham, MA, the community is holding several free, not-to-be missed presentations. These offerings allow family members caring for a loved one with memory loss to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the various care options available to them. Additionally, the new Memory Care Neighborhood is offering pre-opening rates for those who sign a permanent lease before October 31, 2013. (more…)

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Make a Reservation Today for the New Memory Care Assisted Living Neighborhood in Hingham

The Memory Care Assisted Living Neighborhood at Allerton House conveniently located off Route 3A Hingham, MA is opening in October. Reservations for apartments are now being taken.

The neighborhood will feature a total of 16 rental apartments – 10 studios and three, two-bedroom companion suites. The program will follow the Alzheimer’s Association Habilitation Therapy Methods.  Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group, with more than 60 years of experience in senior care, housing and services on the Massachusetts South Shore owns and manages Allerton House in Hingham. The Allerton House at Harbor Park has a rich 15-year history within the Hingham community. (more…)

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