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In the News
Brookhouse Home “Class of 2023” Completes ‘Matter of Balance’ Course
November 15 was a significant day for our residents as they completed the ‘Matter of Balance’ course receiving not only a certificate of completion, but also a graduation ceremony marking the occasion. The course was sponsored by the National Council on Aging and through a series of workshops, residents were encouraged to set goals and make small changes to reduce fall risks.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence, and generate enormous economic and personal costs. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based falls prevention programs, and clinical-community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be substantially reduced.
Setting Goals, small changes reduces fear of falling
Fall prevention is a challenge for all older adults and this September the Brookhouse Home participated in a structured course sponsored by the National Council on Aging.
Through a series of workshops, residents were encouraged to set goals and make small changes to reduce fall risks. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and improve activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. The program includes eight two-hour classes presented to a small group of 8-12 participants led by trained coaches. The course emphasizes that falls are controllable, and helps set goals for increasing activity levels, making small changes to reduce fall risks, and exercising to increase strength and balance.
The curriculum included group discussions, mutual problem solving, role-play activities, exercise training, assertiveness training, and a few homework assignments.
Brookhouse Home receives generous donation from the Salem Garden Club
The Salem Garden Club recently informed us that they had been very successful in their fund-raising efforts this year and in years past. They had initiated a plan to make annual donations to deserving non-profit organizations in Salem.
They polled its membership and the non-profit Brookhouse Home was selected to receive a donation for 2022 of $2000. They requested that the funds be used for something garden-related. Thank you to the Salem Garden Club for the kind and generous donation. Pictured in the photo from left is Julia Coffin, Building and Grounds Director at the Brookhouse Home, , president of the Salem Garden Club Janice Baldwin, Administrator of the Brookhouse Home Judy Kane and Vice President of the Salem Garden Club Julie Andrews.
Brookhouse Home receives Outstanding Team Award from LeadingAge Massachusetts
The Brookhouse Home for Women is the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Team Award from LeadingAge, an organization representing the mission-driven, not-for-profit providers of health care, housing, and services for older persons in Massachusetts.
The Outstanding Team award was presented to the management team at the 2022 LeadingAge MA 68th Annual Membership Meeting on October 12 in Worcester, Mass. and delivered personally to the Brookhouse Home by the president of LeadingAge Massachusetts Elissa Sherman. Additionally, Brookhouse Home’s activity director Marsha DiCesare was recognized by LeadingAge for her nomination in the Heart and Hands category and staff nurse KellyAnn Watkins was recognized for her nomination as Emerging Leader.
LeadingAge praised Brookhouse Home for its high standards and best practices under the leadership of its Administrator Judy Kane. The award highlights the respect the team each has for each other who were all noted for their outstanding efforts. Please read more here.
Massachusetts Preservation Grant Awarded to the Brookhouse Home
The Brookhouse Home was awarded $10,000 for Window Repair and Restoration. Listed as the Benjamin W. Crowninshield House (c.1810), the original owners of our home, the grant funding reinforces the great needs that our many historic buildings have and the amount of work the organizations responsible for them undertake. The work we do today ensures these important parts of our history and community remain for the future.
“It is such an honor for us to receive this prestigious grant,” said Judy Kane, Administrator of the Brookhouse Home. “We cherish the history of our home, designed and built by Samuel McIntire originally for Benjamin Crowninshield, and we feel so fortunate that Preservation Massachusetts and the 1772 Foundation also supports our efforts to preserve and maintain this beautiful home.” Please read more here.
Historic Salem celebrates 75-year legacy of preservation
In the 1940s, the city threatened to tear down the Salem Witch House in order to enlarge North Street. A group of individuals helped raise more than $40,000 to move the house back about 35 feet from Essex Street. Soon, it was designated as a museum and now brings in over a quarter million dollars annually for the city. This event launched a wave of preservation in Salem and led to the creation of Historic Salem, Inc. … read more »
Brookhouse Home gets $250,000 Cummings grant
Brookhouse Home, a rest home for senior women, has been awarded a $250,000 sustaining grant from the Cummings Foundation, to be disbursed over 10 years. The Salem nonprofit is one of several organizations sharing in the foundation’s $25 million grant program for 2019 … read more »
Brookhouse gets a new roof
Wondering what all the staging is for at the Brookhouse Home on Derby Street? Workers are repairing all seven chimneys and replacing the slate roof on the historic, red-brick mansion, which dates to … read article »