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In 2016, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, updated its 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Founded with the promise to honor our elders, for 113 years we have served seniors’ health care needs in several neighborhoods within the city of Boston, and more recently, in the towns of Brookline, Canton, Dedham, Needham, Newton, Randolph and Westwood. As a chronic care hospital that primarily serves a community of seniors, it is always our priority to keep seniors healthy and safe in their homes for as long as possible. From flu clinics to caregiver training sessions, we put a lot of emphasis on educating seniors and their loved ones on the necessary steps and care needed to remain independent.

We re-evaluated the needs of our community and the services we offer as well as those offered by others within and around the communities we serve. Our goal is to continue to move forward to meet the guidelines that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services outlined for seniors in its Healthy People 2020 Report and better address the health needs of seniors in our community.

Our findings show that HRC continues to align with Healthy People 2020 in the areas of prevention, long-term services and supports for our seniors. However, the CHNA findings show that seniors in our communities also need assistance with the following:

  • Transportation
  • Alzheimer’s Care
  • Mental health and depression services
  • Linguistic and cultural barriers
  • Access to various geriatric specialists
  • Falls prevention

In response to these findings, HRC developed an implementation plan documenting goals, our current services, and our action plan and timeline.  We thank members of the HRC community for their helpful guidance and input in compiling this 2016 CHNA.

We invite you to review our Community Health Needs Assessment and become involved in aspects that are mutually rewarding to your organization and its goals.