Uplifting Stories

Sharing Some Uplifting Stories

Through this challenging time, our family of SLR communities have managed to find creative and innovative ways to stay positive, and keep residents engaged and families connected to their loved ones. We hope you enjoy reading these “good news” stories we’ve put together.


Compass on the Bay Donates Food to South Boston Neighborhood House

Compass On The Bay News

BOSTON, MA — One in 8 people in Massachusetts is expected to struggle with hunger or experience food insecurity due to the Covid-19 pandemic (Feeding America, 2020). Compass on the Bay wanted to do their part to help neighbors in need by holding a food drive to benefit South Boston Neighborhood House, which serves area…

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Farmington Station Provides Over 100 Meals to Local Seniors

Farmington Station News

BRISTOL, CT – In an effort to give back to the community during these uncertain times, Farmington Station Senior Living partnered with the Bristol Senior Center to provide more than 115 meals to local seniors during a curbside pick up event held at the senior center on Friday, September 11th.  The meals included chicken piccata…

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Nashoba Park Residents Take a Trip to Paradise with Summer Luau

Nashoba Park News

AYER, MA – An island breeze was blowing at Nashoba Park Assisted Living in Ayer as associates and residents enjoyed a vibrant luau complete with a performance by traditional Polynesian dancers. The event, held in the community’s sunny courtyard, offered residents a first class ticket to paradise without ever leaving home. While the traditional dancers…

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Methuen Village Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Voting Rights

Methuen Village News

METHUEN, MA — On August 18th, Methuen Village residents celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted many women the right to vote. Adorned in “Votes for Women” sashes reminiscent of those worn by early Suffragettes, residents and associates of the Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support Community held a…

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Compass Residents Decorate Community with Hand-Painted Signs

Compass On The Bay News

BOSTON, MA – Compass on the Bay in South Boston doesn’t just have one artist in residence – they have a community full of them! Residents of the Memory Support Assisted Living community recently showcased their painting prowess by creating custom wooden signs to decorate their apartments.  “At Compass on the Bay, we take a…

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Standish Village Residents Enjoy Private Lunch at Fael’s

Standish Village News

Quincy, MA – The programming team at Standish Village has been taking small groups of their residents out to try new spots for ice cream and to take in the sights of the city. It was during one of these weekly adventures that Fael’s Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner server Gabriel saw the Standish Village van and decided to…

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Heights Crossing Celebrates National CNA Week

Heights Crossing News

BROCKTON, MA — Heights Crossing found a way to give back to their associates for all seven days of National Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) Week with Dunkin’ Donuts, thank you posters, raffles, a sundae bar, speciality cupcakes, and a barbecue lunch. The Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support Community used the occasion as an opportunity…

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Farmington Station Provides Lunch to First Responders

Farmington Station News

FARMINGTON, CT — First responders have been working tirelessly since the onset of Covid-19 to keep people safe and deliver life-saving medical attention. Farmington Station wanted to find a way to recognize this work and give back. The Assisted Living and Memory Support Community recently provided lunch to the Farmington Police and Fire Departments as…

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Nashoba Park Resident Rings in 102nd Birthday

Nashoba Park News

AYER, MA – Constance Valley, affectionately known as Connie by her family and friends, recently celebrated her 102nd birthday in style, complete with cupcakes and a car parade hosted by her daughter and staff at Nashoba Park Assisted Living in Ayer. Turning 102 is certainly no small feat, and her friends and family set out…

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Farmington Station Residents Celebrate Flag Day

Farmington Station News

FARMINGTON, CT — The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty, especially among seniors, who are at higher risk of experiencing complications from the novel coronavirus. With state-wide restrictions starting to ease and residents looking forward to enjoying all that summer has to offer, Farmington Station Senior Living is finding opportunities to allow residents…

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Cambridge senior communities deliver lunch to first responders

Neville Place News

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Cambridge’s first responders have been working tirelessly since the onset of Covid-19 to keep people safe and deliver life-saving medical attention, and The Cambridge Homes and Neville Place wanted to recognize their hard work in a meaningful way. The two Assisted Living communities recently donated lunches to three city fire stations, as…

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Canton students parade past assisted living community

Cornerstone at Canton News

CANTON, MA – With Assisted Living Communities across Massachusetts restricting visitors and schools finishing out the academic year under distance learning measures, the students at St. John the Evangelist School were missing their weekly visits to their friends at Cornerstone at Canton. That’s when Darlene McKay, Community Service Coordinator at St. John’s, decided to reach…

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Methuen Village Provides Lunch to First Responders

Methuen Village News

METHUEN, MA — First responders have been working tirelessly since the onset of Covid-19 to keep people safe and deliver life-saving medical attention. Methuen Village wanted to find a way to recognize this work and give back. The Assisted Living and Memory Support Community recently provided lunch to the Methuen Police and Fire Departments as…

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Farmington Station Donates to Local Non-Profit

Farmington Station News

While seniors across the state are finding it difficult to get groceries and other supplies they need while staying safe and healthy, Farmington Station Senior Living wanted to find a way to help. The Assisted Living and Memory Support Community donated 16 boxes of Nutri-Grain bars to Farmington Services for the Elderly, a non-profit volunteer…

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Cornerstone at Hampton Provides Lunch to First Responders

Cornerstone at Hampton News

HAMPTON — First responders have been working tirelessly since the onset of Covid-19 to keep people safe and deliver life-saving medical attention. Cornerstone at Hampton wanted to find a way to recognize this work and give back. The Assisted Living and Memory Support Community recently provided a barbecue lunch to the Hampton Police and Fire…

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Compass on they Bay Receives Dozens of Personalized Cards

Compass On The Bay News

BOSTON, MA – With Assisted Living communities across Massachusetts restricting visitors, many friends, family members, and even small businesses are using the mail to spread cheer to seniors. At Compass on the Bay in South Boston, residents received a special surprise this month when Hollister Staffing sent each resident a personalized card to read and…

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Armbrook Village & White Oak Keep in Touch with Pen Pal Program

Armbrook Village News

WESTFIELD, MA – With Assisted Living communities restricting visitors and students across Massachusetts completing their school year through distance learning, Armbrook Village has found a creative way for seniors and students to keep in touch. The senior living community’s ConnectedLIFE residents and the White Oak School have created a pen pal program, exchanging letters and…

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Canton’s Cornerstone Residents Share Advice for Graduating Seniors

Cornerstone at Canton News

Cornerstone at Canton recently asked residents what advice they would give to seniors graduating from high school and college this year and documented their answers in a photo series. The Assisted Living residents used handwritten signs to share some words of wisdom, hoping it would inspire excitement and possibility during what can be an uncertain…

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Initiative to Deliver Meals to Front-Line Senior Care Workers

Compass On The Bay News

HomeKook’d Committed to Giving Back During Difficult Time  Boston, MA — HomeKook’d is leading a new initiative to deliver free meals to front-line senior care workers who are putting their lives on the line to care for our seniors in communities. They are currently raising funds through a Go-FundMe campaign to cover the cost of…

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Forestdale Resident Celebrates Granddaughter’s Wedding Day

Forestdale Park News

MALDEN, MA – It is a picture perfect day at Forestdale Park Senior Living in Malden as Beverly Convery sits on the farmer’s porch waiting for a very special visit. Just up the road, at Forestdale Community Church, her granddaughter Emily is getting married to husband Rob, and the couple are planning to stop by…

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Standish Village Residents Remember their Heroes

Standish Village News

BOSTON, MA — For many of us, Memorial Day brings back memories of our loved ones who have served, and those we have lost. For residents at Standish Village, it was an opportunity to reflect and remember the many service members who have touched their lives. The Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support Community in…

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Drive-by Parade for Cape Cod Resident’s 100th Birthday

Cape Cod Senior Residences News

BOURNE, MA — A parade was held on May 27th for Peggy Rodriquenz to celebrate her 100th birthday at Cape Cod Senior Residences in Bourne. Friends, family, staff and residents at the Independent & Assisted Living Community helped Peggy celebrate the day by decorating cars and posters in her honor. The senior community’s management team…

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Standish Village Launches Rolling Library with Book Donation

Standish Village News

BOSTON, MA — Many of us are turning to reading as a socially distant activity we can still safely engage with, and this is no different for residents at Standish Village Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support Community in Lower Mills, who recently received a donation of 50 brand new books from the Boston Public…

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Yamaha Technology Helps Keep Cornerstone Seniors Connected

Cornerstone at Milford News

MILFORD, MA – Yamaha Unified Communications is helping the residents of Cornerstone at Milford Assisted Living & Compass Memory Support in Milford, Massachusetts, stay connected during the coronavirus and beyond. The company donated a CS-700 Video Sound Bar™ to the facility as way for residents who struggle to see and hear calls on smartphones and tablets…

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Nashoba Park Thanks Local Community Partners

Nashoba Park News

AYER, MA – As local communities have rallied together to support healthcare and essential workers, Nashoba Park Assisted Living has been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of their neighboring businesses. “I cannot adequately express my gratitude to our families, friends, and local small businesses for their donations of meals, homemade cloth masks and face…

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Methuen Village Honors their Healthcare Heroes

Methuen Village News

METHUEN, MA – To Executive Director Tracy Valletti, the frontline and healthcare associates working at Methuen Village Assisted Living have always been heroes, but as communities rally to show their appreciation of essential workers, this senior community is celebrating their team in new ways. Earlier this month, associates arriving for their shifts were treated to…

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Middleboro Non-Profit Donates Face Shields to Heights Crossing

Heights Crossing News

MIDDLEBORO, MA – When Rich Oakley founded BoroBot in 2018 in the old Green School building, he envisioned a tech-focused makerspace that allowed local students and curious adults to get hands-on experience with new technology. Now, with the help of donations from the local community, the non-profit has shifted gears from 3D printing courses and…

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Cornerstone at Hampton Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Cornerstone at Hampton News

HAMPTON, NH — Cornerstone at Hampton found a way to give back to their associates on Cinco de Mayo by assembling a taco bar and offering margaritas (virgin of course). The Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support Community used the holiday as an opportunity to bring some joy and excitement to what would otherwise be…

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Llamas Provide Comfort to Canton Seniors

Cornerstone at Canton News

CANTON, MA – It was a special day at Cornerstone at Canton Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support when llamas Nova and Julia from Plain View Farm stopped by for a visit! See the heartwarming video from NBC10 Boston.

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Southie Celebrates WWII Veteran's Birthday

Compass On The Bay News

World War II U.S. Army veteran Ottavio Cerullo couldn’t leave his residence to celebrate his 99th birthday Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic, so South Boston brought the party to him. Boston Police officers and firefighters drove by his assisted living home blaring sirens and flashing lights, while supporters waved American flags, held signs and honked…

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Llamas Pay Visit to Cornerstone at Milford

Cornerstone at Milford News

MILFORD, MA — Residents at Cornerstone at Milford received a surprise treat on April 23rd when llamas Nova and Julia from Plain View Farm of Hubbardston visited the senior community. The llamas strolled the perimeter of the building and peered into several windows, much to the delight of Cornerstone’s residents. For Cornerstone, organizing the visit…

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Forestdale Seniors Find Joy in Spring Gardening

Forestdale Park News

MALDEN, MA – Like many of us who are spending a bit more time at home these days, residents of Forestdale Park Senior Living in Malden are enjoying time in their community’s garden, taking advantage of the warm spring weather. The community’s garden, which consists of four large raised beds and a couple of potted…

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Cornerstone at Hampton Hosts Creative Easter Car Parade

Cornerstone at Hampton News

HAMPTON — With Assisted Living Communities and Nursing Homes restricting visitors, Cornerstone at Hampton found a creative way for families to spend at least part of Easter with their loved ones. On Easter Sunday, family and friends decorated their cars with paint, balloons and signs and drove around Cornerstone in an “Easter Car Parade”. Residents…

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Cornerstone at Canton Residents Share Their Gratitude

Cornerstone at Canton News

CANTON, MA – It’s the little things that sometimes matter the most in life, and residents of Cornerstone at Canton took advantage of a sunny afternoon to share what they are most grateful for.  Residents of Canton’s Assisted Living Community used handwritten signs to share their appreciation for the spring weather, good health, and their…

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Heights Crossing Hosts Family Easter Parade

Heights Crossing News

BROCKTON, MA — With Assisted Living Communities and Nursing Homes restricting visitors, Heights Crossing found a creative way for families to spend at least part of Easter with their loved ones. On Easter Sunday, family and friends decorated their cars with paint, balloons and signs and drove around the senior community in an “Easter Car…

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Concord Children’s Center Donates Masks to Concord Park

Concord Park News

The Concord Children’s Center donated over 100 homemade masks for associates at Concord Park, an Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support community in West Concord. During the school year, students from the Children’s Center participate in intergenerational programs with residents at Concord Park and the students have continued to send letters and cards to the…

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Methuen Village Hosts Easter Parade Drive-By

Methuen Village News

METHUEN, MA — With Assisted Living Communities and Nursing Homes restricting visitors, Methuen Village found a creative way for families to spend at least part of Easter with their loved ones. On Easter Sunday, family and friends decorated their cars with paint, balloons and signs and drove around the senior community in an “Easter Car…

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Standish Village Receives Easter Flower Delivery

Standish Village News

Residents at Standish Village Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support received a colorful surprise this Easter when Cedar Grove Gardens delivered 100 potted flowers to the senior community. “We are so grateful to Cedar Grove Gardens,” says EnrichedLIFE Director Lauren Basler. “Their delivery really brightened our day and made everyone smile.”  Cedar Grove also provides…

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Concord Park Seniors Receive Art from Local Students

Concord Park News

At Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support, students from near and far have been sending letters, art and inspirational messages to bring extra cheer to residents. “It’s really touching to see the outpouring of community support,” said Natasha Heimrath, executive director at Concord Park. “Residents light up when they see a letter, note…

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Standish Village Launches Virtual Storytime for Kids Near and Far

Standish Village News

Boston, MA — Standish Village Assisted Living in Boston has launched a new creative way for residents to stay connected and engaged with people outside the senior community.  They launched a “Virtual Storytime” in late March, in which residents take turns reading to an audience of children and their families. They have been inundated with…

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Heights Crossing Receive Donated Flowers from Local Stop & Shop

Heights Crossing News

BROCKTON, MA – Residents at Heights Crossing received a special delivery last week when Brockton’s Belmont Street Stop & Shop donated enough fresh flowers for the Assisted Living and Memory Support Community to create custom bouquets for each resident.  Cassandra Furtado, a Programming Assistant at the community, came up with the idea of delivering flowers…

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Cornerstone Hosts Creative Outdoor Concert

Cornerstone at Canton News

CANTON, MA – Residents at Cornerstone at Canton Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support received a sweet surprise on March 18th when vocalist Michael Goodwin performed an outdoor concert for everyone to enjoy. As residents sang and danced along inside, Goodwin serenaded them with classic hits such as “Danny Boy,” “Purple Heather” and “When Irish Eyes…

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Donated Lobsters Bring Smiles to Heights Crossing Seniors

Heights Crossing News

BROCKTON, MA –  Residents of Heights Crossing Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support Community were treated to a special lobster roll lunch on Tuesday thanks to the donation of 80 live lobsters from local businesses. Boston Lobster Company in South Boston provided the lobsters, which were paid for by New Generations Moving & Storage of…

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Man Sings Outside Long-Time Girlfriend's Window

Compass On The Bay News

A Massachusetts man strummed a tune of love outside Compass on the Bay Memory Support Assisted Living Community in South Boston, MA. Ed Oliver Bohld’s longtime girlfriend, Mary Lou, has been living at the Compass for five years. He visits her daily and on Thursday decided to do something special. He rode his bike with…

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Nashoba Park Centenarians Share Their Tips for a Long, Happy Life

Nashoba Park News

AYER, MA – It’s the question we’re always asking: what’s the secret to living a long (and happy) life? Experts all agree on the basics, such as eating well and staying active, but what is the key to truly thriving in late adulthood? Recently, three charming centenarians who live at Nashoba Park Assisted Living in…

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“Thank you for all the care & caution you are providing daily to everyone. I feel that I can have confidence that my brother is getting the best care possible. God bless all of you & stay safe too.” – Mary

“You all truly are Super Heroes. You do an amazing job every day of keeping everyone safe, well fed and engaged. Every time I call Mom she tells me about the great food, the wonderful aides and says how lucky she is to be in such a nice place. We are so grateful!”
– Cindy

“Thank you so much to this wonderful staff that continues to find creative ways to keep everyone happy, entertained, providing great meals, especially during this difficult time. You’re the best! My mom looks happy, beautiful and well taken care of! Thank you again, stay safe!” – Maritza

“This is a trying and very scary time but you are managing to keep the residents engaged & as comfortable as possible.”
– Roberta

“I am so glad my parents are there. Caring and accommodating. Thank you to all who work there. You go above and beyond everyday.”
– Michelle

“Please know that I greatly appreciate all of you, and what you do every day. You have majorly enhanced Mom’s quality of life since she moved in with you. I see loving kindness in action, every time I am able to be there.” – MaryGail

“I want to acknowledge all the staff for the care, support, enthusiasm and love they give to my parents each and every day. This is such a trying time, but knowing my parents are in the best possible place is a gift you all give to me and my family.” – Karen

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“Miraculously, the team has managed to preserve the peace and harmony of resident life here in the very midst of the Pandemic. I came here in need of care and companionship; found both, and so much more. The strength, and good management persists.” – Mary K

“Handling this crazy time with love and caution and humor. So grateful.” – Ellen

“Thank you to all of the staff who are taking such great care of our loved ones during such a challenging time. You are so appreciated.” – Shelly

“Thank you to all the staff from the bottom of my heart! True heroes!” – Nancy

“I wanted to thank you for being open with the families of residents. I have friends whose parents are in different facilities of varying kinds and that is not the case with them. I know this is a very difficult time in so many ways and I commend you and all your staff for the hard work and commitment to the well- being of residents (and staff).” – Nancy

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