Mass-ALA News

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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!

Our membership continues to grow, which is a VERY good thing. 

 

This month we welcome a new student member and a new business partner. 

  • Ian Wyllie joins us as our newest student member.
  •  Machado Consulting  joins us as our newest business partner.  

 

Machado Consulting provides a wide range of solutions for small to medium sized businesses.  They offer top-notch, well-rounded solutions and expert project planning at reasonable costs.

 

On a side note Machado Consulting was recently named the Veteran-owned Small Business of the Year for Massachusetts by the Small Business Administration.

 

Congratulations to Helder Machado, founder and owner and all your great staff! Welcome to both of our new members and thank you for your membership.

Martha’s Mass-ALA Membership Matters

I think the photo above says it best as to what summer is all about.  Hot weather, the beach, and flip flops!  What a wonderful time of year.  The sun doesn’t go down until late, the fireflies are out, cook-outs, swimming and of course ice cream!  I love all the seasons and different months but truly summer and July are the most fun!

 

I hope all of you are having a great summer, hopefully getting to spend it with family and perhaps taking a vacation to a wonderful location.  Or maybe just a staycation at home, but relaxing and enjoying life because isn’t that what it is all about?

 

This is my summer of music.  Recently I saw Boz Skaggs who is as good as he ever was and this past weekend I saw someone I have been wanting to see for as long as I can remember.  The incredible Rod Stewart!  WOW, he may be in his 70’s but the man can still rock!  What a great time!

 

What’s going On or Member’s Happenings

Every month the wonderful Sara LeBrun from Senior Living Residences (SLR) sends me the monthly newsletters for each of SLR’s assisted living communities around the state.

 

There is a lot going on at all of their communities let me share some of the highlights:

  • Several residents from Concord Park took a trip to the Charlestown Navy Yard and visited the Constitution Museum. What a fun trip, I used to work at the Navy Yard and it is a truly beautiful place to visit.
  • On July 11, the residents of Methuen Village at Riverwalk Park were entertained by the Grupo Fantasia Cuban Dance Duo. Sounds like a fun time hope everyone got their salsa dance moves going.
  • Several residents of Standish Village at Lower Mills rode proudly in the Dorchester Day parade.

 

What fun activities.  If your community is busy going places and doing things be sure to let me know and I will feature them in next month’s newsletter.

 

On the Road

On June 30th, I visited the recently opened Residence at Vinnin Square in Swampscott.  Such a beautiful new community.  I was so impressed with the attention to detail and the safety of all the residents.  Of particular interest were the induction cooktop stoves that were installed in each of the apartments.  Such a big safety feature.

Thank you again Karla Rossi, Dina Finos and Mimi Brophy for the wonderful hospitality and delicious lunch.  Your clam chowder is really the best.

 

On Tuesday July 25, I will be traveling to Hyannis to attend the Governor’s Council on Aging Listening Session being held at the Barnstable Senior Center.  These listening sessions were developed the Council so that they can hear ideas about how to make the Commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.  Governor Baker wants to hear from everyone who is involved with Massachusetts seniors and residents from your community are encourage to attend.  I hope to see some of you there.

 

After the Listening Session, I will be going right across the street to meet Pat Herlihy and tour her community, Brookdale Cape Cod.  Looking forward to meeting her and tour her residence.

 

Member Networking Receptions

Our next Member Networking Reception will be on August 15 at Bridges by EPOCH at Westwood. This reception was originally going to be a breakfast reception but due to a low response we are going back to our original afternoon session and it will take place from 4-6 p.m. on their beautiful rooftop deck. I hope many of you can join us.

 

Host a Networking Reception?

Would you like to host a 2018 Member Networking Reception? This is a wonderful way to showcase your community and meet other Mass-ALA providers, business partners and staff.

 

What do you have to do as a host? We ask that you have adequate parking and provide a gathering place for approximately 30 guests, appetizers and beverages (wine, beer, coffee, nonalcoholic drinks) and tours of your residence. These events usually last for two hours, 4 to 6 p.m., but I possibly may change this time to 4:30 to 6 pm.

 

And business partners, do you want to show off your business? You can also host a reception. We have one coming up on October 11 at Creative Office Pavilions in the Boston Seaport District.

 

I am starting to put together next year’s schedule of receptions and if you would like to welcome Mass-ALA members to your community, please reach out to me at mchamberlin@mass-ala.org or 781-622-5999 x110. Let me know what month you would like to hold your reception.

 

The following months are already booked:

  • April, 2018
  • May, 2018
  • June, 2018

 

New Members

Our membership continues to grow, which is a VERY good thing.  This month we welcome a new student member and a new business partner.

 

Ian Wyllie joins us as our newest student member.

 

Machado Consulting, https://www.machadoconsulting.com/  Machado Consulting provides a wide range of solutions for small to medium sized businesses.  They offer top notch, well-rounded solutions and expert project planning at reasonable costs.

 

On a side note Machado Consulting was recently named the Veteran-owned Small Business of the Year for Massachusetts by the Small Business Administration.  Congratulations to Helder Machado, founder and owner and all your great staff!

 

Welcome to both of our new members and thank you for your membership.

 

Final Thoughts

In case you haven’t heard the foundation arm of Mass-ALA, the Massachusetts Senior and Assisted Living Communities Foundation (Mass-SALC) http://www.assistedlivingfoundation.org/ is holding a golf tournament on October 3, 2017 at the Charter Oaks Country Club in Hudson.  We would love to have as many of you join us for this inaugural event.

 

You can play or volunteer or meet us at the 19th hole for dinner.  Be sure to let me know if you are interested.

 

The Mass-SALC foundation was founded in 2015 to support the work of the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (MASS-ALA), through research, education, workforce development and related activities.