Matthew Hollingshead recently joined Hebrew SeniorLife as the executive director of Assisted Living and Memory Care at NewBridge on the Charles. His energetic, resident-centric approach and skill in leading large teams is already making a difference in the lives of our residents. I recently spoke to Matt about the rewards and challenges of his work.
Whether it’s a fall, a wandering episode, death of spouse, or loss of a dependable caregiver, too many families find themselves making decisions about assisted living in “crisis mode.” Up until turning points like these, there is often some level of denial about the possibility that a more supportive living environment could someday be needed. Yet beginning a search for assisted living at such a moment is far from ideal.
Orchard Cove, Hebrew SeniorLife’s continuing care retirement community in Canton, MA, celebrated a new beginning in June with the opening of its innovative Enhanced Living environment designed to maximize personal independence and nurture community for twenty-eight residents who require slightly increased support to enjoy their best lives.
On a gentle spring morning, the Charles River winds and flows its way through the 100-acre nature preserve on the NewBridge on the Charles campus, quiet but for frogs on the shore and birds in the air at this time of year.
Center Communities of Brookline resident Annie Burrows, age ninety-eight, has found a “peaceful haven” at CCB. Moving to CCB was a wish of her late husband of sixty-six years, an avid golfer, who wanted to live in Brookline. Since his passing, Annie has embraced every facet of life at CCB. Once a chronic non-exerciser, Annie wakes early each morning and heads off to the CCB gym. Her life is filled with opportunities for enrichment. “I’m able to do things alone that I didn’t know I could do,” she says.
At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), an integral part of Hebrew SeniorLife, we provide high-quality, person-centered care that meets the special needs of our residents and patients. On our post-acute care units, our person-centered approach to care ensures patients and their families take an active role in their treatment and recovery.
While many may perceive senior living communities as places where older people go to put their feet up and watch the world go by, Hebrew SeniorLife believes that seniors have far more potential to accomplish exciting things in their later years. The residents of Hebrew SeniorLife communities are people who are learning, growing and achieving full, healthy and vibrant lives.
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.