The Leonard Florence Center for Living, the only urban model skilled nursing Green House® in the world caring for individuals with ALS, recently celebrated the opening of its second ALS residence in Chelsea, MA.
Named after Richard “Dapper” McDonald, a native of Middleboro, MA…
Bill Needleman, a 101 year-old resident at the Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates Assisted Living, which is part of the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, won the Resident Spirit Excellence Award at the Mass-ALFA awards dinner on May 16. This prestigious award honored Bill for being such an inspirational part of the community.
This year’s Mass-ALFA awards dinner was held on Monday night, May 16 at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Alongside Bill was his daughter Mala Kovner and Chelsea Jewish Lifecare staff, including: CJF Chief Operating Officer Betsy Mullen, Kaplan Estates Executive Director Megin Hemmerling, Kaplan Estates Marketing Director Andrea Hillel, Kaplan Estates Resident Life Director Ellen Gordon, the Estates on Admiral’s Hill Interim Executive Director and Director of Resident Care Yari Velez, the Estates on Admiral’s Hill LPN Jane Sterling and the Estates on Admiral’s Hill Certified Nursing Assistant Cindy Castro. Winning this prestigious award is a huge accomplishment for Bill and the event was made even more special because of the love and support from our staff.
The Mass-ALFA Awards are given to “those who have made a difference.” Bill has become an active speaker for the Veterans Association, volunteers weekly at the childcare center on the Chelsea Jewish North Shore campus and states that his goal is to “bring life, education, celebration and love to all those around him.” Bill is also preparing for his Bar Mitzvah anniversary celebration on June 4. No doubt about it, Bill is a very busy 101 year old!
By Record Staff
Patrick O’Brien, who was diagnosed with ALS 10 years ago at age 30, spent 10 years producing the highly acclaimed ALS documentary “Transfatty Lives.” The film, which won the 2015 Audience Award at the Tribeca and Milano Film Festivals, will have its Boston premiere on April 3 at the Revere Showcase Cinema.
Patrick, who lives at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) in Chelsea, is entirely immobilized and on a ventilator. He directed and produced ‘Transfatty Lives’ entirely by using his eyes to communicate through a special device attached to his computer. ‘Transfatty Lives’ takes one on an emotional roller coaster from Patrick’s wild, fun-loving days as a DJ and filmmaker into the dark heart of ALS. With the support of his friends and family, Patrick braves the unthinkable and turns his camera onto himself. He is able to capture all of the emotion, humor, and absurdity of real life – falling in love and fathering a child along the way.
‘Transfatty Lives,’ so named because of O’Brien’s love of donuts and other junk foods, depicts O’Brien’s personal reflections since his ALS diagnosis.
In Patrick’s words: “ALS is a fatal and incurable disease. I have chosen to do something with my illness. As you will see, I turned the camera on myself and began to document my journey with ALS. This challenge has given me a focal point for my energies, and will hopefully inspire others to keep moving through their own adversities.”
The Leonard Florence Center for Living, operated by the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, is the first urban model Green House in the country and the only fully vented ALS residence in the world. O’Brien moved into the LFCL soon after it opened in 2010, after living in a traditional nursing home that kept him confined to his bed – and his room – 24 hours a day. Today, in addition to producing films, O’Brien travels, attends concerts, sporting events and movies.
“We are so proud of Patrick and excited to show his remarkable film to the Boston community,” states Barry Berman, Chelsea Jewish Lifecare CEO. “Patrick’s talent, passion and perseverance in the face of such a devastating disease is an inspiration to us all.”
The premiere will be held at the Revere Showcase Cinema, 565 Squire Rd in Revere at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 3. Tickets are $20 per person and include the film, a Q&A with Patrick O’Brien and a reception following the premiere.
All proceeds benefit the Patrick O’Brien Foundation. To purchase tickets, go to www.reelboston.org. For more information, email Judy Mastrocola at email@example.com or call 617-887-0001.
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From Generation to Generation through Songs, Crayons and Games
By Amy Forman, Jewish Journal Staff
Published February 04, 2016, issue of February 04, 2016.
“Twice each week, 95-year-old Marty Lawson enthusiastically makes his way from Kaplan Estates, where he lives, to visit the five year olds in preschool at the North Suburban Jewish Community Center (NSJCC), which is located on the same Peabody campus, ready to participate in whatever activity the kids are doing – coloring, playing games or joining in a lively discussions…”
On Thursday, November 19th, 90 year old Jeffrey & Susan Brudnick Center for Living resident, Mary Cena, celebrated a huge success with her new cookbook at a cookbook signing event at the Center. More than 100 people were in attendance, including other residents, families, friends and Brudnick staff members. Mary sold out of all 120 copies of her cookbook within one hour! More cookbooks are in production for those still interested in purchasing one.
Overall, it was a tremendously uplifting event for everyone who attended. Mary is genuine proof that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it–even at age 90 and living in a long-term care residence!
We are incredibly proud to have hosted a tour of the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL) to a group of LeadingAge members visiting Boston for the 2015 National Conference. More than fifty LeadingAge members traveled to the LFCL on Monday, November 2, to learn about the incredible design, features and technology within the Center that provide our residents with unsurpassed dignity and independence.
Hosting tours for the large group were Betsy Mullen, Chief Operating Officer for the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and Ina Hoffman, Admissions Director at the Leonard Florence Center for Living. The group toured “Main Street” on the 1st floor, enjoying the Cafe and Bakery, Kosher Deli, European Day Spa, Chapel and Family Room. The group also was able to visit the individual homes where they learned about the self-managed work team from the Perlman House, rehabilitation services from the Berman House, and ground-breaking technology from the Steve Saling House.
Last, but certainly not least, CEO Barry Berman completed the tour. Mr. Berman highlighted the primary differences between traditional nursing homes and the Green House model by showing a powerful video made by ALS resident Patrick O’Brien. Altogether, it was a very special day and we hope that LeadingAge enjoyed their tours as much as we did hosting them.
LeadingAge Tours Leonard Florence Center for Living :
On Tuesday, June 9th, a brand new class graduated from the Chelsea Jewish Academy. Eight Chelsea Jewish Lifecare employees, all on staff at the Peabody Campus, graduated from the Academy. Initially, these employees underwent rigorous interviews and pre-testing to qualify for the Academy. They then fulfilled 127.5 hours of required classroom instruction and hands-on training, in addition to extensive homework assignments.
Now that graduation is over, the next step is for the group to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation through the American Red Cross. This will enable the employees to become Certified Nursing Assistants within the state of Massachusetts. Once certified, the employees will begin working as Shahbazim at the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living, which is currently transitioning to a Green House® model of care. In the interim, the staff will begin rotations with their mentors on the second floor of the skilled nursing facility.
Congratulations Chelsea Jewish Academy Graduates!
National Nursing Home Week 2015: May 10 – May 16
National Nursing Home Week is a way for today’s care communities to proactively communicate that skilled care centers are changing their focus and providing residents with a better quality of life. The Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is a perfect example. As the first urban model Green House® skilled nursing residence in the country, the Leonard Florence Center for Living sets the stage for a model of care far removed from traditional nursing homes. And the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home will soon be undergoing a dramatic renovation. What will make a huge difference: kitchens on every floor; bright, cheerful gathering spaces such as cafes, spas and patios; natural light and an abundance of glass. At Aviv Skilled Nursing, the therapeutic gardens are spectacular this time of year. KIDSPOT is another popular offering; residents can enjoy young visitors in an environment created especially for children.
The National Nursing Home Week was developed to help foster a positive attitude toward care in long-term and post-acute care centers. The CJF will be joining in the festivities with ice cream sundae parties, giant sheet cakes, popcorn stations, raffles and musical concerts.
Join us in honoring National Nursing Home Week. Certainly, we have come a long way in providing long-term care. Let’s celebrate this milestone as we look forward to the future.