Health Care Services at NewBridge on the Charles

Model of Care

With the opening of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge, Hebrew SeniorLife joined a revolutionary movement in elder care.  At the core of this movement is the conviction that our elders have the unalienable right to live in an environment that promotes independence, provides choices and optimizes quality of life.  Reflecting a whole new model of care, the Health Center is designed to look like a house and feel like a home.

The Health Center at NewBridge is made up of small households of 14 to 16 residents - with private bedrooms and private bathrooms and showers.  Gone are long hallways and medical equipment is tucked away out of view.  Rather than a nurse's station, the center of each household is a country kitchen, where residents can eat, socialize and engage in activities.

Large, sunny and inviting rooms - filled with books, games and art - set the stage for a community to develop based on the natural rhythms of life.  The small scale provides a feeling of intimacy, allowing residents, staff and families to really get to know each other.
The residents have the freedom to make spontaneous choices.  They control their own schedules, including when to get up, when to eat and when to go to bed.  In hospitals, patients adjust to the institution's needs.  At NewBridge, staff does the adjusting.

Certified nursing assistants - who are closest to the residents-anchor each household, and around them revolves a Clinical Support Team that includes doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers and therapists.  Frontline staff will be permanemtly assigned to improve continuity of care, strengthen the bonds between resident and caregiver, and improve accountability.  Our staffing model minimizes bureaucracy, empowers work teams, and promotes shared leadership and decision making.

Our model of care will offer excellent, compassionate nursing and medical care.  Our care is based on the best evidence of what works - including the results of our own research - and we will continually evaluate the quality of care and make improvements whenever possible.

Utilizing state-of-the-art architectural design, a resident-focused model of care, advanced technology, and new roles and responsibilities for staff caregivers, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge will turn yesterday's nursing home into the specialized "home" of tomorrow.

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