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Mass-ALA is hard at work staying on the cutting edge of the assisted living industry. From CEUs to public policy, if it matters to the assisted living industry, it matters to us. Our news stories feature happenings from our member locations, our business partners, as well as the assisted living industry at large. Check this section often to keep up with news that affects seniors and those who care for them in the state of Massachusetts.

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The following documents have been designed to help seniors, families and professionals navigate the assisted living industry. For more information, call Mass-ALA at 781-622-5999 or email us at massala@mass-ala.org.

 

Mass-ALA Membership is Growing!

New Members

It is wonderful that each month I can report that Mass-ALA membership is growing. Our ranks increased by nine this past month.

 

New Business Partners

Fishbrook Design Studios practice well-crafted, personal architecture born equally of their client’s vision and their reverence for fashion, technology and historyhttp://www.fishbrook.com/

 

Since 1969, Minute Women Health has provided peace of mind to thousands of families who are concerned for their parent’s wellbeing. The company provides outstanding aides who will keep seniors safe so family members no longer need to be the caregiver and can just be a caring family member. https://www.mwhomecare.com/

 

Founded in 1800, The Washington Trust Company is the oldest community bank in the nation, the largest state-chartered bank headquartered in Rhode Island and one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies. It offers a comprehensive range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  https://www.washtrust.com/

 

Colonial Life – New England Enrollment Strategies specializes in providing voluntary benefits, benefit communication and enrollment support. The company creates a voluntary benefits program with the best products for you while providing the highest level of service.  http://neenrollment.com/

 

Abigail by Gail: A Colonial Experience is pleased to offer educational programs of the highest quality. Transport back in time to the colonial period in Massachusetts. Learn about Abigail Whitney and her family as they experience the start of the American Revolution and their everyday colonial life. Abigail Whitney lived more than 200 years ago. She was born and raised in Boston, married her childhood sweetheart Samuel and became a beloved mother of 17 children. http://www.abigailbygail.com/home.html

 

Pre-Providers

Two new assisted living communities have joined us as pre-providers.

 

Coming this fall, Bridges by EPOCH at Pembroke is built exclusively for area seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  http://www.bridgesbyepoch.com/communities/pembroke-ma

 

Christopher Heights of Belchertown will open in spring 2018, and is located in the beautiful Carriage Grove neighborhood, a mixed-use community that features walking paths, a common green and is adjacent to the senior center.  http://www.christopherheights.com/locationsTour.cfm?loc=Belchertown

 

Individual Members

Robert Cook is hoping to transition into a sales and marketing position in the assisted living industry.

 

David Mazur is also exploring career opportunities in assisted living in sales and marketing.

 

Welcome to everyone and thank you

Martha’s Mass-ALA Membership Matters

When I lived in Colorado, I missed a New England fall so much. Colorado autumns are pretty but there is no place like home. It is such an incredibly beautiful time of year and the best place to be, bar none, is here. There were no farm stands in the Denver area or in too many other places. So, each year my family would send me bright red leaves and pictures of farm stands like the one above.

 

What’s Going On at Mass-ALA

Our next Member Networking Reception is being held at the Artis Senior Living of Reading community in Reading. The reception takes place from 4 to 6 pm. I hope many of you can join us. I am finding that these receptions are a lot of fun and some great ideas are shared by everyone in attendance. To register, please go to https://massala.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=936138&group=.

 

Our next intensive Boot Camp training is scheduled for December 7 at The Elms at Briarwood in Worcester. New administrators and managers in assisted living: Get six hours of hands-on training in regulations and policies while networking with colleagues at Mass-ALA’s Boot Camp. To register for this training, please go to https://massala.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=935464&group=. This is the last Boot Camp for 2017, so if you’ve been meaning to go, sign up now.

 

Or more accurately I NEED YOU! Have you heard?? We are holding the first-ever We Care Inaugural Golf Classic on October 3 (rain date October 17) at the Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson. It takes a lot of people to run a golf event and I am asking if you would like to help us out and be one of our volunteers.

 

We have a wide variety of assignments, starting with registration, watching the Hole-In-One hole or covering the Longest Drive Contest, and selling Mulligans or raffle tickets.

 

If you volunteer, you will be included in the delicious dinner after the game and receive some nifty thank-you gifts. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch with me at your earliest convenience, at mchamberlin@mass-ala.org or 781-622-5999 x110.

 

The proceeds from this event will benefit the MASS-SALC Foundation Workforce Education Fund, whose mission is to support educational programs to help the senior living industry attract the most qualified, caring and dedicated staff to serve older adults in senior living residences. Founded in 2015, the Massachusetts Senior and Assisted Living Communities Foundation (MASS-SALC) is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization affiliated with Mass-ALA.

 

There is still room to sign up to play golf as a foursome, a twosome or even a onesome.

 

Don’t play golf but would like to support the foundation? Then you can join us for a wonderful dinner.

 

Can’t do dinner but still would like to help out? We are looking for sponsors. Levels range from as low as $150 to $5,000.

 

We also can use raffle items such as gift baskets. If you are interested in providing something like this, then give me a call at 781-622-5999 x110 or email me at mchamberlin@mass-ala.org.

 

For more information and to sign up for the Golf Classic, please go to http://www.assistedlivingfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/GolfSponsorship_2017_UPDATED_8_10.pdf.

 

And finally, preparations are under way for our very popular, always informative Annual Fall Conference and Tradeshow. This year’s conference will be a two-day event, October 25 and 26. The first day starts at 11 am with an Executive Round Table moderated by Argentum President and CEO James Balda and a panel discussion that includes Tom Grape, Benchmark Senior Living; James Coughlin, Northbridge Company; and Larry Gerber, EPOCH.

 

On Thursday, October 26, Steve Moran, founder and publisher of Senior Housing Forum, will be the morning keynote speaker. He will be speaking on “How to be the Best Senior Living Sales Person in the World without Breaking a Sweat.” For more information on this year’s conference, please visit https://massala.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=980238&group=.

 

On the Road

As we say here at Mass-ALA,
If you’ve seen one assisted living community…you’ve only seen one!

 

This fact is proven true all the time and this month I have had the pleasure of visiting two communities that once again showed me how unique our communities are.

 

On September 14, I made a site visit to RiverCourt Residences in Groton. This beautiful community is built in the historic Groton Leatherboard mill complex and overlooks the scenic Squannacook River. Special thanks to Kathi Crowley, director of community outreach, for taking the time out of her very busy schedule to show me around. And BIG thanks to Kathi for the raffle donation of a great carry-on bag and Patriots neck rest for our We Care Inaugural Golf Classic on October 3. Not only that, Kathi has agreed to be one of our important volunteers at the Golf Classic. WOW, what a find you were! Be sure to take the virtual tour of this community at http://www.rivercourtresidences.com/.

 

That same day, I attended a meeting of the Region 3 Regional Leadership Council hosted at Broadview Assisted Living in Winchedon. It was great to see Jamie Connor and Lindsey Connor again so soon and thank you for the wonderful treats! It was a good meeting that allowed members to discuss concerns with each other.

 

And on Tuesday, September 19, The Fieldstone at the Overlook community in Charlton hosted a Mass-ALA Member Networking Reception in its performing arts center. Sending a big thank-you to Kathleen Walker for hosting this fun event! Fieldstone at the Overlook is located on more than 400 acres of beautiful countryside and offers so many services to their residents. Look at all they offer: http://overlook-mass.org/community/photo-gallery/.

 

New Members

It is wonderful that each month I can report that Mass-ALA membership is growing. Our ranks increased by nine this past month.

 

New Business Partners

Fishbrook Design Studios practice well-crafted, personal architecture born equally of their client’s vision and their reverence for fashion, technology and historyhttp://www.fishbrook.com/

 

Since 1969, Minute Women Health has provided peace of mind to thousands of families who are concerned for their parent’s wellbeing. The company provides outstanding aides who will keep seniors safe so family members no longer need to be the caregiver and can just be a caring family member. https://www.mwhomecare.com/

 

Founded in 1800, The Washington Trust Company is the oldest community bank in the nation, the largest state-chartered bank headquartered in Rhode Island and one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies. It offers a comprehensive range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  https://www.washtrust.com/

 

Colonial Life – New England Enrollment Strategies specializes in providing voluntary benefits, benefit communication and enrollment support. The company creates a voluntary benefits program with the best products for you while providing the highest level of service.  http://neenrollment.com/

 

Abigail by Gail: A Colonial Experience is pleased to offer educational programs of the highest quality. Transport back in time to the colonial period in Massachusetts. Learn about Abigail Whitney and her family as they experience the start of the American Revolution and their everyday colonial life. Abigail Whitney lived more than 200 years ago. She was born and raised in Boston, married her childhood sweetheart Samuel and became a beloved mother of 17 children. http://www.abigailbygail.com/home.html

 

Pre-Providers

Two new assisted living communities have joined us as pre-providers.

 

Coming this fall, Bridges by EPOCH at Pembroke is built exclusively for area seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  http://www.bridgesbyepoch.com/communities/pembroke-ma

 

Christopher Heights of Belchertown will open in spring 2018, and is located in the beautiful Carriage Grove neighborhood, a mixed-use community that features walking paths, a common green and is adjacent to the senior center.  http://www.christopherheights.com/locationsTour.cfm?loc=Belchertown

 

Individual Members

Robert Cook is hoping to transition into a sales and marketing position in the assisted living industry.

 

David Mazur is also exploring career opportunities in assisted living in sales and marketing.

 

Welcome to everyone and thank you for your membership!

 

Final Thoughts

Hard to believe that when next I write it will be the end of October and Halloween will be upon us. Be sure to send me pictures of your special events and happenings at your communities. I hope to see many of you at the Fall Conference and Tradeshow.

 

And in celebration of the Jewish New Year, I wish all of our Jewish members L ‘Shana Tova. May the new year bring you hope, peace and joy. May you have an easy fast and be written down and inscribed for a good year. Shalom.