Jul 05

Summer Pleasures for Caregivers

Caregiving is a year round endeavor that doesn’t just stop so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful days of summer when they arrive. Caregiving can make it challenging for both the caregiver and the care recipient to find time and energy to appreciate the season. Here are some ideas that we hope will help you […]

Apr 26

Supporting the Desire to Live at Home

Springwell’s highest goal is to support people in their efforts to live independently in the setting of their choice. For most people, that setting is home. Are you or a loved one struggling with a disability or the physical and cognitive changes of aging that make it more challenging to live at home? These challenges […]

Feb 13

No Place Like Home

Greta and John Merchant bought their Needham house over 60 years ago when they first moved to the United States. As they faced some of the health issues of aging, it was important to them to stay together in the comfort of their beloved home. They shared this sentiment with their daughter, Sandra and her [...]

May 01

This May, Springwell will help you honor your mother

This spring, Springwell is once again enlisting our community in supporting the seniors we serve while also providing a way for donors to honor and celebrate the mothers in their lives. If you were to draw a composite of the typical person who receives services from Springwell, she would be an 80-year-old woman living by [...]

Apr 04

April is Health Care Decisions Month

April is Health Care Decisions Month, and Springwell is pleased to announce that we are launching the Advance Directives Project to address the lack of end-of-life planning among seniors in our programs. Understanding end-of-life-care choices and being able to talk about them with family and health providers are important for all adults but especially for […]

Mar 06

Making the Impossible Possible

In December of 2008, it seemed impossible that 83-year old Jeanne would ever return to the home she loved. A bad fall months earlier sent her first to the hospital and then to a rehabilitation facility. Though long-term symptoms of post-polio syndrome meant Jeanne used a wheelchair, she had managed independently for years and was […]

Sep 15

Working FAST for Stroke Prevention

Springwell is pleased to be participating in a stroke awareness project funded by Mount Auburn Hospital Community Health Department. Mount Auburn, along with five other Massachusetts hospitals, is part of a pilot program to improve emergency stroke care and outcomes. Springwell is one of several community partners who received a grant from MAH to help […]

Jul 05

Controlling Chronic Conditions

Mrs. Flynn is one of many local older adults working to actively regain control over their health – and their life by participating in one of the evidence-based Healthy Living workshops offered by Springwell. Mrs. Flynn, who is in her early 60’s, has high blood pressure and Type-2 Diabetes. When she first joined The Diabetes […]

Mar 22

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

After 36 years of teaching, and 22 years of attending to her mother’s needs, Marian still wanted to give back. In 2010, she saw an opportunity to volunteer for the Ombudsman program and reached out to learn more. Ombudsmen play a critical role in ensuring that residents of nursing homes and rest homes receive the [...]

Nov 07

PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANT PROGRAM GIVES CONTROL TO ADULTS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

“I’d be here anyway,” says Lenora’s sister, Liza, “but with the Personal Care Attendant Program and Rachel’s help, I don’t have to worry about missing work, or making ends meet. This is my job.” Lenora, who at 54 years old, has been struggling with the impact that diabetes has had on her life, agrees, “Family is important […]