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Seniors, How Often Do You Think About Health Care Decisions?

Hebrew SeniorLife partners with Mass. Coalition on Serious Illness Care to empower seniors on health care decisions

March 15, 2017

“What matters most?” That’s a question we should all ask ourselves from time to time. And it’s one that is easy to lose sight of in the rush and routine of day-to-day life. So every now and then, it’s wise to take a fresh look at our lives and our resources—be they time, energy or money—to make sure we are dedicating them in a way that aligns with our values, preferences, and life goals.

A Voice for the Voiceless

Assistive communication devices are improving quality of life for seniors in our care

March 1, 2017

Assistive communication devices are improving quality of life for seniors in our care

Famed motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “effective communication is 20% what you know, and 80% how you feel about what you know.” For those facing health care decisions at the end of their lives, effectively communicating how they feel can be hard; and for those trying to do so without a voice, it can be next to impossible.

Nursing Education Training Manual Shares Model for Innovative Intergenerational Collaboration

February 22, 2017

Nursing students from Curry College with an HSL community resident

At Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), we are always on the lookout for opportunities to bring seniors and young people together to build relationships and shatter stereotypes. We’re also deeply invested in training future generations of senior care providers. So when the opportunity came along to build a program that would combine the two, we jumped at the chance.

Spiritual Care of LGBT Elders

One-of-a-kind program educates chaplains to provide culturally competent care

January 18, 2017

Hebrew SeniorLife is actively working to create an informed, welcoming, and inclusive community for LGBT seniors.

When it comes to LGBT elders, “most 90-year-olds have lived silent hidden lives.” This is one of the reasons that Rev. Mary Martha Thiel created a one-of-a-kind chaplaincy education unit, Spiritual Care of LGBT Elders. It’s part of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program she directs at Hebrew SeniorLife. “We’re not aware of any other CPE program with a unit focused just on the needs of the elder LGBT community,” says Mary Martha.

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

A resident exercises at Center Communities of Brookline

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.

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