At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, we’re reinventing long-term care so seniors can live their best lives. A great part of the resident’s daily life centers around the overall dining experience. At HRC in Dedham, the meals residents share with one another are an important part of their lives.
About 90 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease have trouble with their speech. Thanks to Lee Silverman Voice Technique, a voice therapy offered at Hebrew SeniorLife, Helene “Honey” Deutch, a Hebrew Rehabilitation Dedham resident living with Parkinson’s disease, has seen remarkable improvements in her ability to communicate with others. Along with being able to speak, Honey has regained her confidence and enjoys all that life has to offer.
I recently sat down with Bill Taube whose mother, Esther, blossomed as a resident at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham (HRC Dedham). Bill’s mother moved to HRC Dedham three years earlier and was at the time, “Angry at the world and depressed.”
Music can transcend words and reach deep into the soul to provide comfort, healing and awakening. Our music therapy program at Hebrew SeniorLife engages even the frailest of seniors in our care, providing a way to engage with the world, increase socialization and improve quality of life. Watch the video below to see the effect music therapy has on our residents.
The Fourth of July holiday heralds the height of summer — the time to hit the beach and fire up the grill. But it also provides an opportunity to pause and reflect on what is means to be an American—who we really are. The United States is in large part a country of immigrants and the residents who live at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston reflect the rich diversity of the immigrant experience.
HSL has come to a redefining moment, where the dining experience has become just as important as quality health care and lifestyle choices. It’s no secret that seniors who choose to live in a long-term care community are looking for high quality services.
Maybe it’s because of all the popular cooking shows or unlimited amount of information the Internet provides, but it all comes down to people wanting food that’s local, organic and nutritious.
In the United States, the 65-year-old and older population is projected to double to 71.5 million by 2030 and grow to 86.7 million by 2050. These seniors will need more services than are currently available. And perhaps more important, they also bring expectations: a desire that their senior years should and can be lived to the fullest.
At Hebrew SeniorLife, we are committed to honoring the wishes of our elders. In fact, honoring and respecting our seniors is rooted in our 108-year history and in our mission.
I just finished reading Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, MD, MPH. In his book, Dr. Gawande, a nationally known surgeon, writer, and public health researcher, discusses end-of-life care, the many issues with traditional nursing home care in this country and the ways in which long-term care should be re-imagined.
There’s no question culture change is gaining momentum in long-term care communities. This summer more than 1,200 people from senior care organizations across the country convened in Kansas City for the largest event dedicated to person-centered care. The Pioneer Network 2014 Conference showcased the latest developments in the long-term culture change movement. I’m proud to have had staff from Hebrew Rehabilitation Center representing our organization.