July 19, 2021

Sephardic Foundation on Aging Supports Dementia Care Programming

The Sephardic Foundation supports programming at The Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody and Katzman Family Center for Living in Chelsea.

Chelsea Jewish Lifecare is pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a $75,000 grant from The Sephardic Foundation on Aging, to fund program enhancements at our two Dementia Special Care Units located in our skilled nursing homes at The Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody, and Katzman Family Center for Living in Chelsea.

The Sephardic Foundation on Aging is dedicated to empowering all older people to live happier, healthier lives.  One of their funding priorities is supporting and building empathy for people with dementia and their caretakers, and advancing programs that encourage well-being and connections to their community.

Grant proceeds will support the re-establishment of dementia care programs put on hold during COVID-19 as well as the development of innovative programs designed to enrich the lives of our resident living with dementia.  Now that more people have been vaccinated and restrictions eased, we have entered a recovery phase, re-engaging in social and therapeutic activities, rebuilding programming, hiring new staff, and replacing materials and supplies once shared by our residents. These funds will also help us enhance staff training on dementia care, and make physical improvements to our outdoor gardens and activity spaces for the use and enjoyment of our residents.

“As an organization dedicated to providing person-centered care we are committed to caring for our residents and clients with a holistic approach, providing programming that supports their mind, body and spirit in surroundings that feel like home,” remarked Betsy Mullen, COO at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare.   “This grant will help us enhance existing programming, while also affording us the resources to introduce new programs to meet the specific needs of our residents in our Dementia Special Care Units at Brudnick and Katzman Centers for Living.”

“We are so grateful to the Sephardic Foundation on Aging for their continued partnership and support,” remarked Barry Berman, CEO at Chelsea Jewish Lifecare.   This grant comes to us at a critical time, as we are rebuilding our programming and exploring new ways to enhance the quality of life of our residents struggling with some form of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  As the funds are expended and new programs are developed, we look forward to sharing their impact on the lives of our residents as well as our staff.”