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Brookhouse Home gets $250,000 Cummings grant

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Judy Kane, administrator of the Brookhouse Home in Salem, thanks Bill Cummings following an awards ceremony in Woburn for the Cummings Foundation’s sustaining grants. Brookhouse, a nonprofit rest home for senior women, received a $250,000 grant to be distributed over 10 years.

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Important COVID updates


Dear Families,

Spring is here! Our grounds are blooming under Julia’s green thumb and creative spirit. We have a new raised bed for a kitchen garden; everyone is excited to see things grow. Her creative bunches of beautiful peonies around the house brighten our day.

Chef Dennis has broken out the grill and we look forward to eating out as soon as the restrictions allow.

Marsha has initiated a sharing and caring group to allow all to verbalize how they are feeling in this moment; many then realize they are not alone in their feelings. Marsha also continues to schedule FaceTime and Zoom for residents at their request or family’s.We are very fortunate to report no positive covid-19 cases are in our building. This is directly related to the stringent adherence to the guidelines put forth by the Department of Public health through Governor Baker. Precautions such as no communal dining, masks worn by all, temps taken on all staff as they enter daily, social distancing and no residents off BH property must remain in place.

On a bright and positive note. Governor Baker has issued a memorandum that will allow outdoor visits with residents to occur with physical distancing, and protection requirements described below in detail:

  • Visit will occur in a designated outdoor visitation space
  • Only scheduled and confirmed visits are allowed
  • A staff member must remain with the resident at all times during the visit
  • Visitors are limited to no more than two individuals
  • Visitor must remain at least 6 feet away from resident at all times – no exchange of food, drinks or gifts allowed.
  • Staff and resident will wear surgical masks, visitors must wear face covering during the visit
  • Visit scheduled in advance and is weather dependent, sufficient staffing, and the health and well-being of the resident dependent.

Visits at Brookhouse will begin on June 9, 2020. They will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1:00p-2:00p. Each visit is limited to 30 minutes. Please book your visit through Marsha, contact her at Marsha will get back to you with your confirmed visit date and time.

We appreciate everyone’s continued patience and cooperation as we keep your loved ones safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

As the Governor stated today , the timing of when we can begin to return to “normalcy” is 100% dependent on how well we continue to adhere to the precautions. So far, I am very proud to say that Brookhouse has exceeded in all areas.

Feel free to contact us with any questions. Stay safe.


Judy Kane


Every single resident at Brookhouse remains COVID-19 free! As a baseline, staff and residents were tested by the National Guard on 5/11 and the results were 100% negative for the virus! This has been an incredibly difficult time for our residents and our staff. Not being able to see their loved ones has many residents feeling down, but our staff is doing an amazing job at keeping spirits up. We have been face-timing and Zoom-ing with family members, and making sure we have activities where the women can still enjoy while maintaining a safe distance. Everyone is wearing masks, and we are not nearly ready to relax our precautions. There is clear evidence here that what we have been doing is definitely working, so we will keep doing it all! We will certainly let everyone know when we are ready to allow new admissions, and possibly some visitors – but not yet!

Thank you for your continued support and faith in Brookhouse.


Judy Kane, Administrator


As the Coronavirus situation evolves, we are making every possible effort to reduce the risk to our vulnerable population. We are receiving daily instructions and updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

We have restricted all non-essential visitors. Essential visitors include medical personnel and our staff. Upon entry, they are screened and their temperature taken. Temperatures above 100.3 and over are not allowed inside. Deliveries are received outside.

Today we have informed residents that they can only leave the property for essential medical appointments. Many providers are cancelling non-urgent medical appointments. We have instructed our residents they may go outside, but must remain on Brookhouse property.

We thank you for patience during this time. Please call or email me with any questions 978-740-2493

Judy Kane, Administrator

Hello Judy,

Just wanted to be in touch. It seems to me…….Janice has never been happier in her life! The Brookhouse Home is no doubt a wonderful place for her. She is thriving there, so much so that we have trouble reaching her on the phone! She is so engaged with her new life and friends – she loves it there. She also speaks so highly of the staff and services she receives.

Thanks very much for all the work you and your staff do to make her life meaningful and comfortable.

It is of great comfort and relief to know she is happy, well cared for and safe at Brookhouse.

Hope all is well with you and your family in the New Year.

Jean Guyer

Caring Environment

At Brookhouse Home we provide a caring, supportive environment for our residents.

  • Social Activities
  • Meals
  • Medication
  • Recreation
  • Emotional Support
  • Mental Stimulation
  • Personal Care
  • Exercise

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Historic Salem

The Brookhouse Home is located in the center of Salem’s historic waterfront district.

Directly across Derby Street, residents and guests may walk the renowned Derby Wharf; a symbol of Salem’s famed overseas trade after the American Revolution, now authentically restored by the National Park Service. The Wharf is the home of the Friendship and a beautiful view every season.

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Quality of Life

Take a look at our gallery of photos to see the range and scope of activities enjoyed by our residents.

From concerts to field trips to games and movies … there is never a lack of fun and engaging things to do at the Brookhouse Home.

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Donate to Brookhouse Home

Brookhouse is a non profit charitable organization. All donations go towards sustaining the mission that began over 150 years ago, which is to provide a safe, supportive environment to senior women who may not otherwise be able to afford residential assistance. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

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Donation Total: $25.00


There is a place in Salem town
Once owned by Captains of renown.
It’s right next door to the Customs House
Where Nathanial Hawthorne once kept accounts.
Mr. Brookhouse was well aware that his
Lovely home had rooms to spare.
Whaling and warfare are two occupations
That left many widows in our new nation.
Kindly Mr. Brookhouse, at his own direction
Left his home to these ladies of every complexion.
So now we can sit here and look out to sea
And know it’s a place where
We’re glad to be.

Joan Deitz, Age 90
Brookhouse Resident

The Brookhouse Home - between an assisted living facility and a nursing home

Though not technically an assisted living facility…

(Brookhouse Home is a residence for women classified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Level IV Residential Care Home) – its technical designation doesn’t begin to describe what the Brookhouse Home means to the 36 senior women who live there. Though the stately building is a fine example of famed Salem architect Samuel McIntire’s work and the Derby Street location offers unparalleled views of Derby Wharf and Salem’s historic waterfront, it’s the care provided by our committed and compassionate staff that sets us apart from other area assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Treating our residents with respect, helping them maintain their independence, encouraging them to exercise their personal choices, keeping them safe – these are more than slogans. They are the principals we live by.

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