Health Care Services at NewBridge on the Charles

Memory Service

Welcome to the Memory Support Neighborhood of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center's NewBridge campus.  This facility, named in honor of Gloria Adelson Field, is located on 166 wooded acres in Dedham, MA and provides the architectural, programmatic, environmental and enhanced staffing model to create a "state-of-the art" setting for the care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. 

A Neighborhood Approach to Care
Our "neighborhood approach to care" supports function and encourages socialization of our residents.  Three "home-like" households form a neighborhood of care.  Each household contains 12 to 14 private and semi-private rooms with private bathroom situated around a country kitchen, living room and dining area.  The emphasis of each household is the creation of a home-like, deinstitutionalized environment that promotes individuality and encourages consistency of routines.

Each household and neighborhood is safe and secure; both inside and outside.  Beautiful protected gardens, located just off the central neighborhood, are available to residents and their families.

Each household has ample living room space for family to meet with residents in an informal, comfortable and private setting.

Each neighborhood has a spa and beauty parlor for resident use.

Children are part of life in our memory-support neighborhood.  Students from The Rashi School, located on the NewBridge campus, participate, on an on-going basis, in multi-generational programming with the residents of the health care center.

Our neighborhoods are homes - homes in which are residents are in familiar surroundings and supported by a staff who understand and appreciate the personal preferences, interests and life history of each resident.

A Focus on the Individual
At NewBridge, our focus is on the individual.  We know our residents.  We understand their life history, their personal preferences and leisure interests and use this knowledge to preserve and promote a resident's sense of identity.  Our programming is individualized to emphasize a resident's remaining physical and cognitive abilities.  When possible, we focus on behavioral strategies rather than the use of medication.

Spiritual support and specialized programming encourages residents to participate in religious activities and practice their faith. An interdenominational chapel is located on-site to help meet resident and family spiritual needs.  There is also a meditation room.

An individualized plan to meet the social, physical, emotional and spiritual need of each resident will be developed, implemented, assessed and refined as needs of residents change.

The Important Role of Families
Families play a key role in our neighborhood approach to care.  They are part of the interdisciplinary care team.  They are invited and celebrated as important members of each household.  Our Family Partnership provides volunteer opportunities, family education, support groups, family socials and monthly family meetings.

A Caring and Committed Staff
It takes a special individual to work daily with dementia patients.  They are committed and caring. Our staff has had many years of experience in working with individuals requiring memory support.  They continue to receive on-going education and training.  Staff education focuses on a flexible approach and the development of communication skills in working with memory impaired residents.   All of our direct caregivers, including housekeepers, food service personnel and maintenance staff, receive training in the field of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.  The goal of this training is to teach the staff to be more understanding and responsive to the challenging behaviors associated with the disease.

Access to the Finest Medical Care
The Memory Support Neighborhood at NewBridge on the Charles is a social model of dementia care, but one in which medically complex diagnoses can be managed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, therapists and social workers.  Our residents have access to daily medical follow-up as needed and our staff physicians are faculty members of Harvard Medical School.  Our onsite outpatient clinics provide continuity for our residents, thus avoiding the need to leave the health center for routine appointments.

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