NBOC Assisted Living Newsletter
  Summer 2013
Resident dons blue sun hat.
Resident Gladys Garson enjoying summer at NewBridge.

Hello! We are pleased to bring you the Summer issue of To Life!, the quarterly newsletter of the Assisted Living Community of NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, Mass.

NewBridge on the Charles is a continuing care retirement community created by Hebrew SeniorLife, a national leader in senior care and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Have you heard about our ReAge movement?
To learn more, please visit http://www.agingredefined.org today.

To learn more about Assisted Living and Memory Care Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles, contact Tara Fleming Caruso at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu. 

In this Issue.... 

We invite you to: 

  • RECHARGE with a respite stay,         
  • REMARK on the elegance of our Summer Garden Party, 
  • RELATE to the experience of memory care Resident Carla Lynton,     
  • RECOGNIZE the quality of our care team through the story of one nursing assistant, 
  • REMEMBER the dates of some upcoming Resident events and classes, and, as always, 
  • REACH OUT to talk about how we can help!    

Hint RECHARGE: Respite Stays Offer Vacation for Everyone 

Home Asssessment
Temporary stays in
Assisted Living, called  "Respite Stays," can be helpful many situations.

Are you are a caregiver in need of a few days to recharge? Or a daughter worried that her aging father won't be able to safely visit from out-of-state without additional supports? Are you an elder facing a hospital discharge despite not feeling ready to head home?   

 

NewBridge Assisted Living offers respite care in our assisted living and memory care residences to those who may be interested in a short-term stay in our community. Subject to availability, respite Residents enjoy temporary stays in fully furnished apartments, with all the amenities and services provided to our full-time assisted living Residents.

 

The benefit to family members is peace of mind. The benefit to our respite Residents is the support and security they need to live independently on a short-term basis.     

 

For caregivers, an impromptu respite stay may provide just the rest you need to reinvigorate yourself. Let us know if you'd like to be added to our notification list for respite opportunities as they arise. 

   

Learn more about Respite Stays at NewBridge on the Charles.

Hint RECONNECT: NewBridge Residents Enjoy Garden Party, Each Other 

Resident Judi Barnett enjoys tea on the patio.
Resident Judi Barnett enjoys
a view of our gardens and
a glass of mint iced tea at
our recent Garden Party.

What better way to enjoy the natural environment of our 162-acre campus than with a social gathering on the patio, overlooking a meadow and two community gardens? Last month, NewBridge Assisted Living Residents hosted their neighbors from NewBridge Independent Living at a garden party that was the talk of the community. 

 

The menu of tea sandwiches, pastries and fruit combined with a selection of infused iced teas was as satisfying as the conversation and good cheer. Assisted Living program assistant Russ Varney turned our living room into a veritable piano bar, playing all the favorites as our Residents clapped, sang and danced together. Music really turns any event into a celebration, and that is what our community enjoyed on this June afternoon.   

 

Many of our friends who visited from the Independent Living side of campus suggested we make this an annual event! We can't wait!  

 

Check out additional photos from this lovely afternoon on our Facebook page.      

ReconnectRELATERELATE: "I've maintained my independence."

Resident Carla Lynton
Carla Lynton,
Memory Care Resident 
 

After decades of  travel, nonprofit advocacy and support of the arts, Carla Lynton wasn't feeling like herself.  She was living alone in an apartment in Brookline, MA, following the passing of her husband. Below, Carla explains how she came to live at the Memory Care Assisted Living Community at NewBridge on the Charles.  

 

"My family all live far away, but we talk on the telephone frequently," explains Carla. "They heard something wrong in my voice. There was no hiding anything. I was depressed, though I didn't realize it. I had lost weight. They were worried."

Several of Carla's close friends, including her family physician, recommended NewBridge on the Charles. "They said this was the best place around and that I really should take a look. I did, for my relatives' sake. I totally dreaded coming. But I'm so very happy that I did."

"I've maintained my independence in a way I did not think was possible. I can continue to enjoy concerts as I always have. The library is great. I can be by myself if I like or enjoy the many programs planned every day. There is a lot of good stuff going on.  

 

"I love to walk. The campus is beautiful inside and out. You can walk indoors in the middle of winter or during a summer heat wave. The architecture, with such large windows, brings the outside in, wherever you are."

 

"Most of all, I love the fact that from the kitchen staff on down, everyone knows you personally and treats you well. I'm greeted by name. They remember my dining preferences. I'm personally invited to programs the staff thinks I might enjoy.  It's lovely. We are so well cared for. I can only tell you my children are happy, my brother is happy, and it's all thanks to the staff at NewBridge. I've been very lucky."

 

Hear from other family members and Residents. 

RECOGNIZE RECOGNIZE: For Martha Viasus, Caring for Seniors is a Dream Fulfilled

Martha Viasus, CNA
Martha Viasus,
Certified Nursing Assistant 
We often hear from family members that what really sets NewBridge Assisted Living apart is the quality of our care team. Certified Nursing Assistants, or "CNAs," are the staff members who provide direct care to our Residents on a daily basis. Under the supervision of our Director of Nursing, they offer support with tasks like dressing, showering, and medication reminders. They do this when and how it best suits each Resident, so that each can live their best life possible. Being a CNA is challenging work; yet at NewBridge we are proud to have a high staff retention rate. The story of one CNA, Martha Viasus, shows why.

 

Growing up in Colombia, Martha dreamed of working in health care, but her family circumstances did not allow her to attend college. Once in America, Martha tried  to get her CNA certification, but needed to improve her English language skills. In 2009, Martha began working as a housekeeper at NewBridge on the Charles. Nurse Judy O'Malley noticed her loving way with the Residents, as well as her command of English. She encouraged Martha to try one more time, with the financial support of Hebrew SeniorLife's tuition-reimbursement program.

 

"All my life I wanted to care for people and show them my love," explains Martha. "When you want something you don't give up," she says. Martha passed the certification test and soon began working part time as a nursing assistant and part time in housekeeping, as part of a collaboration with both departments until a full time CNA position opened up. Today, she's working full time as a CNA and loving it. "I love my job now. I'm feeling really good. I love all my Residents. But the ones assigned to me are special to me and I hope I am special to them. This place gave me that."

 

Meet other members of our team. 

 

Happenings REMEMBER: Upcoming Programs

 

Assisted Living programming will include these events and more: 

 

Mayan textiles

Historic Boston Sightseeing Cruise, August 8

Discover the historic and contemporary milestones of Boston's inner and outer harbors during this fun and informative 90-minute boat cruise. 

 

Textiles and Tortillas: Lives of Contemporary Mayan Women, August 12

Join Devik Wyman, owner of fair-trade boutique Mango Tree Artisans, as she shares her collection of hand-woven textiles along with photos of scenes not included in the typical Guatemalan tourist itinerary.   

 

From Opera to Broadway, August 23

Enjoy opera, operetta, lieder and even Broadway tunes performed by coloratura soprano Olga Lisovskaya, with Maja Tremiszewska on the piano.

 

View our monthly calendar of assisted living programming.    

 

     

 Memory Care Assisted Living programming will include these events and more:    

Broadway

 

Collaborative Collage, August 5

Work with others to assemble print images into a group art project, evoking memories around a specific theme.  

 

Experience Broadway, August 16

Review plot synopses, film clips and of course sing the songs in this multi-media tour of old Broadway.   

 

Summer Cookout August 28

Reminisce about summers past and continue lifelong traditions of enjoying the tastes and smells of summer BBQ. Family members and Residents alike look forward to this biweekly summer cook out.    

  

View our monthly calendar of memory care assisted living programming.  

 

Hello REACH OUT: Let's Talk!  


Tara Fleming Caruso
Call Tara at 781-234-9404
Start with a Personal Telephone Consultation...


Sometimes it's hard to know where to start. As you explore Assisted Living and Memory Care Assisted Living further, please feel free to contact Admissions Counselor Tara Fleming Caruso at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu. A 19-year veteran in the field of senior care and a licensed mental health counselor, Tara helps families daily to evaluate their situations and determine whether NewBridge on the Charles may be the right fit. Get to know Tara through her posts on Hebrew SeniorLife's ReAge blog.

 

Then Come for a Tour & More! 

 

Visiting is the best way to get a feel for our community. Private tours for seniors and family members are available by appointment.  


In addition, potential Residents are invited to experience NewBridge through our "Resident for a Day" program. Based on interests and availability, we'll help plan a day that works for the individual -- perhaps enjoy lunch, take in a concert, meet some of our Residents and then explore the grounds at one's own pace. Contact Tara at 781-234-9404 or tflemingcaruso@hsl.harvard.edu to learn more about the many ways to structure this experience.
We look forward to seeing you soon at NewBridge! 

 

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