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Hospice Care is All About Living

Hospice is focused on living, not dying explains Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care RN

January 12, 2017

HSL Hospice Care RN Michel Anne Thorpe with a patient

Reflecting on my first blog where I talked about why I became a hospice nurse, I describe how gratifying it is to care for others at this special and tender part of life—that just being there for patients and their family members means so much to them. In turn, I have learned so many important lessons from them about life—what’s important, what is not, and what brings true contentment.

Bringing Wellness Home to Senior Living Communities

Hebrew SeniorLife launches new program aimed at enhanced health care/housing integration

January 4, 2017

Residents pose with a staff member (center) following a class

Mrs. B., a resident at Center Communities of Brookline (CCB), is extremely grateful for the support that is available right where she lives. The following story illustrates the difference that access to onsite health care and wellness services can make in the life of an older adult.

The Benefits of Dance/ Movement Therapy for Older Adults with Limited Mobility

A Q&A with Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Dance Therapist Whitney L. DiGeronimo

October 26, 2016

 Dance Therapist Whitney L. DiGeronimo leads a Dance for Parkinson's class at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

For the past two years, registered Dance/Movement Therapist Whitney L. DiGeronimo, MA, R-DMT, has been a member of the Expressive Therapies Department at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. I recently spoke with her about her role and the “Dance for Parkinson’s” class now offered on-site to HRC residents at our Boston and Dedham locations.

Tell us about your professional background and training, and your role at HRC?

Meet Hebrew SeniorLife’s Compassionate Caregiver Nominees: Sarah Sjostrom and Uanalee Powell

September 14, 2016

Uanalee Powell, Resident Assistant in Long-Term Care, with a resident

On November 15, the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare will honor the 2016 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award recipient and five finalists at its annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Stroke Support Group at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Now Offered to Greater Boston Community

Support groups for stroke survivors and their families are safe spaces to share experiences

September 14, 2016

Stroke Support Group at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) offers stroke support groups in Dedham and Boston. Patients recovering from a stroke and preparing for discharge from one of our post acute care units or from one of our partner hospitals, like Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, are encouraged to get involved.

Why I Became a Hospice Care Nurse

August 31, 2016

Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care Nurse Shares Story

The universe nudged me toward becoming a hospice care nurse. I guess you could say that it was my calling. I’ve been a hospice nurse for almost three years now with Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care.

10 Tips to Reduce Delirium Risk in Hospitalized Older Loved Ones

May 18, 2016

10 Tips to Reduce Delirium Risk in Hospitalized Older Loved Ones

Delirium is a state of confusion that develops suddenly, often following an acute medical illness, a surgical procedure or a hospitalization. Although delirium is estimated to complicate hospital stays for more than 2.5 million older adult patients in the U.S. each year, this common condition often goes undetected. The end result can be serious complications with sometimes devastating consequences for vulnerable hospitalized elders.

Rabbi Ran Marathon to Raise Money for HSL’s Clinical Pastoral Education program

Marathon effort supports HSL’s unique chaplaincy training program

May 4, 2016

Rabbi Jim Morgan and patient.

Rabbi Jim Morgan is rabbi and chaplain at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Center Communities of Brookline. He ran the Vermont City Marathon on May 29 to raise money for HSL’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, in which he recently completed his third unit of training.

Community-Based Geriatric Nursing Program Benefits Residents at HSL Communities

Video captures intergenerational program in action

April 21, 2016

Community-Based Geriatric Nursing Program Benefits Residents at HSL Communities

Nursing students begin their careers with the understanding that caring for ill and frail people will include having a large population of seniors as their patients. And while caring for them in times of greatest need is vitally important, they often never have the opportunity to get to know patients as people and relate to their more specific medical needs associated with aging.

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