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Organizational Profile

More than 100 years old, Hebrew SeniorLife is known widely for the exemplary care it provides to seniors. Hebrew SeniorLife is a unique system of housing, health care and services that includes:

  • a long-term care facility, two post-acute units, the Institute for Aging Research, and adult day care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, Mass.;
  • senior housing at Jack Satter House in Revere, Mass., Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph, Mass., and Center Communities of Brookline, Mass.;
  • a continuing care retirement community at Orchard Cove in Canton, Mass.

Within the past several years, the organization has opened six outpatient clinics, offering services in audiology, exercise, memory disorders, osteoporosis screening, and rehabilitation, and a 46-bed Medical Acute Care Unit (MACU) at its Roslindale facility to provide extended medical and rehabilitative care for seniors with complex medical conditions or multiple acute or chronic illnesses.

Hebrew SeniorLife is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization independently funded by individual, foundation, and corporate gifts and supported by the membership of its auxiliaries.

Facts About Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

  • A 640-bed kosher long-term care facility.
  • A full-time, in-house staff of primary care geriatricians provides comprehensive medical care to residents.
  • An interdisciplinary team of nurses and therapists, as well as specialists in podiatry, audiology, dermatology, optometry, neurology, cardiology and other medical specialties, complements the medical staff.
  • The Recuperative Services Unit, a 50-bed, short-term, post-acute facility within the walls of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, offers short-term care to older adults who require rehabilitation services after a hospital stay in order to return to their homes in the community.
  • Hebrew Rehabilitation Center offers services to seniors in the community, including an Adult Day Health program offered at the Roslindale facility and a satellite location at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in Brighton, and outpatient services.
  • Five outpatient clinics provide rehabilitation, exercise, memory disorders, osteoporosis screening, and audiology services for community-based seniors.
  • The Medical Acute Care Unit (MACU), a 46-bed, short-term post acute facility within Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, provides extended medical and rehabilitative care for seniors with complex medical conditions or multiple acute or chronic illnesses.

Facts About the Institute for Aging Research

  • The Institute for Aging Research is the nation's largest gerontological research facility located in an applied setting.
  • Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research is an internationally recognized source of medical and social gerontological research and a leading site of research on a broad range of conditions that impact the health and quality of life of seniors. Projects are ongoing that focus on the aging brain, Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, syncope and falls, and blood pressure regulation, among others.
  • The Institute for Aging Research serves as a training ground for post-graduate Ph.D.s who wish to pursue research careers. The reputation of the Institute's faculty attracts talented scientists from around the world.
  • In 1988, Dr. Maria Fiatarone began a study to determine the effects of weight training on leg muscle strength of nonagenarians (people over 90). This study changed the way seniors approach exercise throughout the world. Exercise is no longer seen as an activity for young adults only, but is regarded as a necessary component of a healthy lifestyle at any age. Exercise studies are ongoing through the Center for Lifelong Fitness.
  • In 1990, the Minimum Data Set (MDS) for Nursing Home Resident Assessment and Care Screening, developed by John Morris, Ph.D., co-director of the Institute for Aging Research, was mandated by Congress for use in all skilled nursing facilities in the U.S. participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Facts About HSL Housing

  • Jack Satter House in Revere, Mass., is a 266-unit specialized housing complex for people 62 years of age and older. The apartments are designed for easy access by handicapped individuals. Staff is available around the clock to monitor the building and to respond to mechanical and medical emergencies.
  • Simon C. Fireman Community in Randolph, Mass., is a 160-unit specialized housing complex offering the same services as Jack Satter House.
  • Center Communities of Brookline (Mass.) comprises three senior housing facilities and offers vibrant, independent senior living enhanced by an unparalleled array of services and amenities.
  • Orchard Cove in Canton, Mass., is a continuing care retirement community that allows its members to age in place. Members can count on the security they need, without leaving their community, through a continuum of care that includes independent living, assisted living, and an onsite 45-bed skilled nursing facility.
  • NewBridge on the Charles is Hebrew SeniorLife's multigenerational community on the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson campus in Dedham, Mass. This innovative community will include independent senior supportive housing, assisted living, memory assisted living, skilled nursing care, and long-term care. An integral part of the community will be multigenerational programming with the Rashi School, a K-8 school currently located in Newton, and an early childhood education center.

Facts About Geriatric Training at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

  • Hebrew SeniorLife trains approximately 750 students annually in a variety of geriatric health-care specialties.
  • Hebrew Rehabilitation Center is the nation's only long-term care facility associated with Harvard Medical School.
  • Hebrew Rehabilitation Center serves as a major clinical education and training site for hospitals, medical schools, and universities, including Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, Northeastern, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  • Hebrew Rehabilitation Center is formally affiliated with the College of Nursing at UMass Boston and, as a result, scholarships are awarded to nurses committed to a career in gerontological nursing.
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