Short-Term

What is a Green House®?
A radical departure from traditional skilled nursing homes, different in architecture, size, and organization, it is designed to give the home character and its residents autonomy.
Where did the concept of a Green House® originate?
Harvard-trained geriatrician, Dr. William Thomas, who felt that traditional skilled nursing homes did not enhance an elder’s quality of life, took the institutional model of care and made structural, aesthetic, organizational and philosophical changes to create the Green House® model.
What does being the first urban model Green House® in the country mean?
Until now, Green Houses have been developed as free-standing buildings on rural or suburban sites affiliated with traditional skilled nursing facilities, but LFCL takes the Green House® concept to a city setting for the first time within a single 93,000-square-foot building.
Will the Green Houses® serve any specialty populations?
There are two houses that serve specialized populations, one for those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and another serving those with multiple sclerosis (MS).
How does the staffing compare to a traditional nursing home?
We offer a skilled clinical team like many other traditional nursing homes that includes nurses, therapists, social workers and dieticians. Organizationally, however, there are differences with regards to the duties and roles each of our staff engage in. For example, universal caregivers known as the shahbazim perform housekeeping, laundry and cooking tasks as well as provide care to elders. The shahbazim are expected to become a part of each household, interacting with residents as they would as extended family.
Are there licensed nurses to care for the residents?
Our licensed nurses are part of a clinical team that provides skilled care 24 hours per day. Typically, they administer medications, perform treatments and document medical information.
Who is involved with care for the short-term rehab residents?
A team including a doctor, nurse, social worker, dietician, and therapist will provide care, guide your rehabilitation process, and work in partnership with you and your family members. Our therapists come from the best teaching hospitals in Boston, and many have had long careers at the Leonard Florence Center. Expertise ranges from neurorehabilitation to orthopedics to chronic pain management
How many days per week is the therapy department open?
To help residents regain their health and reach their full potential as quickly as possible, the rehab department is open 7 days per week.
Who pays for skilled nursing care?
Payment source generally depends on the patient's condition and approval of 3rd party payers. There are four main sources of payment: Private pay, insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. Because everyone has different needs and medical histories, it's difficult to predict in advance exactly what payment methods might be available. For specific questions, please contact our admissions department. We would be happy to address your individual qualifications and needs.
What if I need more services beyond short-term rehab?
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare offers a continuum of support that is always readily available to residents. This is a huge advantage of being part of the Chelsea Jewish family. These services can be easily accessed whenever a resident needs additional support. Our affiliate agencies include: Chelsea Jewish Visiting Nurse Agency; short-term transitional care and extended programs of medical management. Leonard Florence Center for Living and Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home; long-term skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center; a safe and secure program for individuals who need additional help during the day. Chelsea Jewish Aging Life Care; a program to help seniors and their families explore the different types of support services. Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care; compassionate care and resources for individuals and families.
A radical departure from traditional skilled nursing homes, different in architecture, size, and organization, it is designed to give the home character and its residents autonomy.
Harvard-trained geriatrician, Dr. William Thomas, who felt that traditional skilled nursing homes did not enhance an elder’s quality of life, took the institutional model of care and made structural, aesthetic, organizational and philosophical changes to create the Green House® model.
Until now, Green Houses have been developed as free-standing buildings on rural or suburban sites affiliated with traditional skilled nursing facilities, but LFCL takes the Green House® concept to a city setting for the first time within a single 93,000-square-foot building.
There are two houses that serve specialized populations, one for those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and another serving those with multiple sclerosis (MS).
We offer a skilled clinical team like many other traditional nursing homes that includes nurses, therapists, social workers and dieticians. Organizationally, however, there are differences with regards to the duties and roles each of our staff engage in. For example, universal caregivers known as the shahbazim perform housekeeping, laundry and cooking tasks as well as provide care to elders. The shahbazim are expected to become a part of each household, interacting with residents as they would as extended family.
Our licensed nurses are part of a clinical team that provides skilled care 24 hours per day. Typically, they administer medications, perform treatments and document medical information.
A team including a doctor, nurse, social worker, dietician, and therapist will provide care, guide your rehabilitation process, and work in partnership with you and your family members. Our therapists come from the best teaching hospitals in Boston, and many have had long careers at the Leonard Florence Center. Expertise ranges from neurorehabilitation to orthopedics to chronic pain management
To help residents regain their health and reach their full potential as quickly as possible, the rehab department is open 7 days per week.
Payment source generally depends on the patient's condition and approval of 3rd party payers. There are four main sources of payment: Private pay, insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. Because everyone has different needs and medical histories, it's difficult to predict in advance exactly what payment methods might be available. For specific questions, please contact our admissions department. We would be happy to address your individual qualifications and needs.
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare offers a continuum of support that is always readily available to residents. This is a huge advantage of being part of the Chelsea Jewish family. These services can be easily accessed whenever a resident needs additional support. Our affiliate agencies include: Chelsea Jewish Visiting Nurse Agency; short-term transitional care and extended programs of medical management. Leonard Florence Center for Living and Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home; long-term skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services. Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center; a safe and secure program for individuals who need additional help during the day. Chelsea Jewish Aging Life Care; a program to help seniors and their families explore the different types of support services. Chelsea Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care; compassionate care and resources for individuals and families.

Long-Term Care

How does the staffing at the Leonard Florence Center compare to a traditional nursing home?
We offer a skilled clinical team like many other traditional nursing homes that includes nurses, therapists, social workers and dieticians. Organizationally, however, there are differences with regards to the duties and roles each of our staff engage in. For example, universal caregivers known as the shahbazim, perform housekeeping, laundry and cooking tasks as well as provide care to elders. The shahbazim are expected to become a part of each household, interacting with residents as they would as extended family.
What does being the first urban model Green House® in the country mean?
Until now, Green Houses have been developed as free-standing buildings on rural or suburban sites affiliated with traditional skilled nursing facilities, but LFCL takes the Green House® concept to a city setting for the first time within a single 93,000-square-foot building.
What are some of the differences between the GreenHouse® model and a traditional nursing home?
Each home features its own kitchen and open dining space for the ten residents within the home. Meals are made-to-order and menus are designed collaboratively with residents and staff. Each room features a spacious bedroom, private bath and shower. Amenities include state-of the-art therapy rooms, spa, café and bakery, kosher deli and outside patios. It is radically different from the traditional nursing home concept.
Are there licensed nurses to care for the residents?
Our licensed nurses are part of a clinical team that provides skilled care 24 hours per day. Typically, there is one licensed nurse to support two of our Green House® homes. The nurses visit residents to administer medications, perform treatments and document medical information.
We offer a skilled clinical team like many other traditional nursing homes that includes nurses, therapists, social workers and dieticians. Organizationally, however, there are differences with regards to the duties and roles each of our staff engage in. For example, universal caregivers known as the shahbazim, perform housekeeping, laundry and cooking tasks as well as provide care to elders. The shahbazim are expected to become a part of each household, interacting with residents as they would as extended family.
Until now, Green Houses have been developed as free-standing buildings on rural or suburban sites affiliated with traditional skilled nursing facilities, but LFCL takes the Green House® concept to a city setting for the first time within a single 93,000-square-foot building.
Each home features its own kitchen and open dining space for the ten residents within the home. Meals are made-to-order and menus are designed collaboratively with residents and staff. Each room features a spacious bedroom, private bath and shower. Amenities include state-of the-art therapy rooms, spa, café and bakery, kosher deli and outside patios. It is radically different from the traditional nursing home concept.
Our licensed nurses are part of a clinical team that provides skilled care 24 hours per day. Typically, there is one licensed nurse to support two of our Green House® homes. The nurses visit residents to administer medications, perform treatments and document medical information.

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