A Song Brightens the Spirits at Allerton House in Quincy

Allerton House at Quincy resident Bonnie Costello (foreground) brings together other residents in song.

There’s even more music in the air these days at Allerton House at Hancock Park, thanks to a bright idea from Bonnie Costello. Bonnie, a resident of the Quincy assisted living residence since 2012, says, “We have a lot of entertainment programs here, and I noticed a lot of people singing along. So I thought, ‘How about starting a singing group?’”

Bonnie, who sang in her church choir for 20 years, brought the idea to the activities director, and the residents’ signing group began meeting this summer, singing the classics like “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and “Yankee Doodle.” “Everyone is welcome,” says Costello. “You just have to like to sing!”

A tour and more information about Allerton House at Hancock Park in Quincy, call 781-413-7850.

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Village at Proprietors Green holds Program on Low Back Pain – Sign up Today!

Dr. Brett Teran, Physiatrist Plymouth Bay Orthopedics and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth

Village at Proprietors Green in Marshfield is presenting a free program on Treating LowBack Pain. The presentation, by Physiatrist Dr. Brett Teran of Plymouth Bay Orthopedics and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, is scheduled for Thursday, October 8, from 5 – 7 PM.

Physiatrists specialize in rehabilitation and are experts in the treatment of illnesses or injuries that affect how an individual moves. Dr. Teran’s presentation will focus on non-surgical approaches to treating low back pain.

If you, a loved one or friend is dealing with low back pain this program is not to be missed! Learn about the causes of low back pain, ways to prevent it and how best to  manage the pain without surgery.

To reserve your spot, call 866-649-7993. Or, RSVP online at the Village at Proprietors Green website: http://www.proprietorsgreen.com/treating-low-back-pain-physiatrists-non-surgical-approach/

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


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.”


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


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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Enjoy the Latest Allerton House Assisted Living Newsletter

The fall newsletter is here!
Please click the link below to view/ download the pdf.

Allerton House Impressions – Fall 2015

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Allerton House in Hingham Introduces Book Club


Resident Clara Sheskey, a resident of Allerton House in Hingham and one of the Book Club’s founding members is happiest surrounded by books.

A great book has the potential to bring readers on journeys beyond the imagination, open doors to new places and concepts, and melt away everyday concerns. At Allerton House at Harbor Park in Hingham, residents are taking the benefits of reading one step further with their newly established Book Club. Janeen Culhane, activities assistant at the assisted living and memory care community, says, “The idea of starting a book club was inspired by several residents who always seemed to be absorbed in a book. I thought they might enjoy sharing their common love of reading, and the Book Club took shape.”

Janeen Culhane, activities assistant at Allerton House Assisted Living Community in Hingham, MA, provides more books for the club’s consideration.

Clara Sheskey, a resident of Allerton House in Hingham and one of the club’s founding members, notes, “I think the Book Club is a great idea. Everyone takes something different from a particular book, and it’s interesting to discuss our unique perspectives.” The group discussions not only provide intellectual stimulation, but also create a social setting for exchanging ideas and meeting new people.

The Allerton House in Hingham Book Club meets about every six weeks and welcomes all residents who want to participate, whether they have read the book or not. Culhane explains, “We have a core group of people who read the book, but others have a lot to contribute based on their own knowledge and life experiences.” To facilitate the group, Culhane develops and distributes talking points and questions for discussion.

Still in its early stages, the Book Club continues to evolve. Culhane has selected the books to date, but members of the group will become more involved in choosing future titles. Since the first meeting, for which the books were purchased, the Hingham Public Library has partnered with Allerton House to supply them. “The library is able to get the number of copies we need through their relationship with other libraries, and can even provide large print books and books on tape,” says Culhane.

Sheskey, who notes that she has always been an avid reader and is a frequent visitor to the library at Allerton House, found the first selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, “fascinating.” This true story about how the cells taken without her knowledge from a poor, black mother of five who died of cancer at the age of 31 in the early 50s became one of the most important tools in medicine prompted Sheskey to call her grandson, who is involved in stem cell research at the University of California. “He told me those cells continue to multiply and are still being used for research today,” she says.

“People may think of reading as a solitary activity,” says Culhane. “But at Allerton House it has become very interactive. Everyone who participates in our Book Club is actively engaged and involved.”

For more information about Allerton  House in  Hingham, offering traditional assisted living and memory care, contact Carol Taylor, marketing director, at 781-749-3322 or at ctaylor@welchhrg.com


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

Three Amigo's

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


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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