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​​​​​​​​The Masonicare Experience​​

Throughout the Masonicare continuum, there are countless examples of compassionate individuals going above and beyond the call of duty to provide the seniors of Connecticut with the very best healthcare and retirement living options​ available.

 

​We're pleased to be able to share some of these inspiring stories with you in a series called "The Masonicare Experience." These stories will introduce you to dedicated employees, volunteers, and donors as well as residents, patients and their families who have made the mission of Masonicare their own.

Masonicare at Newtown's New Creative Arts Room

May 24, 2016

By Adam Raider

 

Art is one of the most popular activities – and effective therapies – at nursing homes and assisted living communities. It helps relieve stress and anxiety, improves motor and cognitive skills, and facilitates communication. It can also be a lot of fun.

 

Although art therapy isn't new to Masonicare at Newtown, donations to the Masonicare Annual Appeal have made it possible for residents to paint, draw, and do other activities in a new, dedicated space for creative arts.

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Wallingford Rabbi Connects with Masonicare's Jewish Community

April 20, 2016

By Adam Raider

 

Rabbi Baruch Kaplan does not drive on the Sabbath or during holidays like Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), among others. On those occasions, to provide spiritual care to residents at Masonicare Health Center, he must walk to the campus from his home off Center Street. Those familiar with the topography of hilly Wallingford know that's a schlep.
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An Ending Filled with Laughter, Tears and Dignity

January 18, 2016

By Adam Raider

 

Masonicare's mission is to improve the quality of life for seniors through patient-centered (and family inclusive) care. This extends to end-of-life care, which Barbara Cusati discovered in 2014 when she and her family chose Masonicare Partners Home Health & Hospice to provide palliative and hospice care for her father, Angelo Demma.
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Masonicare at Home: High-Tech and No-Tech Solutions to Keep Seniors Home Longer, Safer

October 23, 2015
By Adam Raider

According to a recent study by the National Institute on Aging, the number of Americans age 65 or older increased tenfold in the last century. Seniors are living longer and, for those who prefer to live in their home – instead of moving to a facility or in with relatives – there is a growing need for services to maintain their independence.Those services range from high-tech to no-tech.

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Dr Ron Schwartz: "Twenty Years in the Same Place Has Got to Mean Something"

May 28, 2015

By Adam Raider - To say that Dr. Ronald Schwartz has bought into the mission of Masonicare and the Masonic virtues that drive our healthcare continuum is a bit of an understatement. This month, Masonicare Health Center’s Medical Director celebrates...

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​​Masonicare 4, Winter 0

Feb 23, 2015

By Adam Raider - When it comes to winter storm prepared
ness, Masonicare has all the bases covered. Secure facilities against frozen pipes? Check. Make sure emergency and alternate utility sources are working? Check. Ensure that there are ample supplies of food...
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In the “Land of Opportunity,” Eiby Angeles Makes the Most of His

Feb 23, 2015

By Adam Raider - Masonicare employees are all, in some way, caregivers. If they’re not directly touching the lives of a resident or patient, then they’re providing support to those who do. This is especially true of the Information Technology (IT)...
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It Takes a Village

Feb 23, 2015

By Adam Raider - Masonicare earned its reputation as a leading provider of healthcare and retirement living options for seniors by providing outstanding service. But in creating a welcoming community at Ashlar Village in Wallingford, a dedicated staff is aided by...
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Masonicare Health Center Nurse Reflects on the “Power of Example”

Aug 27, 2014

By Adam Raider - A 2014 recipient of the Norma J. Brandt Nursing Scholarship, Masonicare’s Suzanne Timbro remembers how her mother’s love and sacrifice inspiredher to pursue a career in nursing. Joyce Russell was working as a licensed practical nurse (LPN)...
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For the Memory Impaired, Music Can Be Powerful Medicine

Aug 27, 2014

By Adam Raider - A now-famous YouTube video illustrates the incredible transformative power that music can have on seniors with cognitive and memory impairments. In it, a man suffering from Alzheimer’s hears music from his past piped through a pair of...
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It’s All In The Family

Aug 27, 2014

By Adam Raider - Among the many bonds that Bob Bateman and his son, Gregg Bateman, share – familial, professional, Masonic – the two are also consistent and generous supporters of the Masonicare Annual Appeal. Bob and his late wife, Susan,...
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At Pond Ridge, Words of Thanks for “Top-Notch” Care

Jul 3, 2013

By Adam Raider - Rev. William Gurnee enjoyed a very special relationship with his late aunt and uncle, Carl and Mary Rose Fiore. He was pleased – and more than a little relieved – when they chose to relocate...
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Enjoying Some of the “Best Years” at Masonicare Health Center

Jul 3, 2013

By Adam Raider - Domenic Twohill of Wallingford lovingly remembers how his mother, a single parent in an age when being a single parent was less common, worked two jobs in order to provide for her children. In her 90s, Faye...
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The Secret to a Successful Partnership? Common Goals and Good Communication

Nov 6, 2012

By Adam Raider  -  In addition to the scope of services it provides in home settings, Masonicare Home Health & Hospice also provides hospice care to patients in over 150 contracted hospitals and skilled nursing facilities around the state. This...
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Therapy Hides in Plain Sight at Masonicare at Newtown

Oct 19, 2012


By Adam Raider - It’s been said that recreation therapy is sometimes undervalued and misunderstood as a component of elder care. John Sweeney, Administrator of Masonicare at Newtown, offers a simple explanation. “In a nursing home setting,” Sweeney said, “you...
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