Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Spirit At Maristhill!

Maristhill gets in the Spirit of the Season and kicks off Christmas with their annual Family Christmas Party featuring Tony Funches, a great entertainer who was formerly with the Platters.

The event took place in our new sun-room, which was completed as part of our recent renovation. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Great Expectations!

As the holidays approach, we are excited to be able to bring back our traditional annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Dinner in the Activities Room.

Last year, we were unable to host these events because of construction, and we missed having the opportunity to join with residents and families in celebrating. We also plan to hold separate holiday parties for our two long term care units, now that we have the lovely sun-room to use for functions, and we hope many of you will join us for live music and goodies! 

Information on these and all the many holiday “happenings” will be available in this newsletter, on our bulletin boards, and at the front desk.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Halloween at Maristhill!

Staff, residents, and a special visitor are getting ready for the annual Halloween party at Maristhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. 

Our annual party and celebration will take place in the Activity room on Monday afternoon.

Additional activities during October include:

- Pumpkin Carving with St. Jude Students

- Art Therapy
- Eddie Marando on Accordian
- Halloween Dessert Making
- Halloween Crafts
                                      - Voting Day!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Staff Recognition

In this month's newsletter Administrator Carolyn Fenn shared a special thanks to Bill Driscoll, our Activities Director, whose energy and enthusiasm in planning and executing Maristhill Marketplace were exceptional. This major fundraiser each year is astonishing to all of us! 

Also, please welcome Lynne Koot, RN, our new Assistant Director of Nursing/Staff Development. 

Lynne will be working closely with Luanne Deagle, our Director of Nursing, and has already jumped in with both feet to assist with flu shots, staff training, and all our ongoing projects! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Maristhill Marketplace - Raffle Tickets Available By Phone!

As noted in our previous post, Maristhill's 8th Annual Fall Marketplace will take place on Friday, September 23rd from 1:00-6:00pm, and on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am-12:00pm. 

A wide-range of collectibles will be offered at the sale, as well as jewelry, small furniture, holiday items, kitchenware, and hand-knitted Afghans. 

This year's raffle will have a 1st prize of $1000 and a 2nd prize of $500 along with 25 additional prizes ranging in value from $25 - $250! 

If you’re unable to visit us to buy raffle tickets this year you are luck… as tickets can be purchased by telephone! Simply call (781) 893-0240 Extension 30.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Maristhill Marketplace Resumes in 2016 - Save the Dates!

Maristhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is happy to announce that our 8th Annual "Maristhill Marketplace" has been scheduled for Friday, September 23 rd from 1:00-6:00pm, and on Saturday, September 24 th from 9:00am-12:00pm.

As in previous years, the Marketplace fundraiser will take place in early Fall, with the raffle drawing set to begin on Saturday the 24th.

A wide-range of collectibles will be offered at the sale, as well as jewelry, small furniture, holiday items, kitchenware, and hand-knitted Afghans.

This year's raffle will have a 1st prize of $1000 and a 2nd prize of $500 along with 25 additional prizes ranging in value from $25 - $250!

Read the press release...

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Moving Wall Comes to Waltham August

The Moving Wall is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for thirty plus years. 

When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of The Wall. He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington. John, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. 

Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site. It will be in Waltham August 10th through the 16th. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 4th Celebration at Maristhill

Our engaged community at Maristhill celebrated Independence Day with a fabulous barbecue on the patio.

Residents, their guests and our staff all enjoyed the sunny, warm day along with the fun!

Other activities this week included our regular exercise groups, summer crafts, and some wonderful entertainment by Tony Funches, formerly of the Platters, and performer Julie Zielski. 

In addition, we all enjoyed a book signing and presentation by author N.S. Dolkart, who is also our Assistant Activities Director.

It seems there's always something happening at Maristhill!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Book Signing at Maristhill - Join Us!

In one of last year's posts we announced that Noah Beit-Aharon, Assistant Director of Activities at Maristhill, is also a talented author of fantasy novels!

In fact, Noah has secured a two-book contract under his pen name N.S. Dolkart, and a book-signing event has been scheduled to take place at Maristhill on Wednesday July 6th.

You are welcome to join us from 3pm - 5pm in Maristhill's newly-renovated lobby for a presentation and reading from Noah's second book, "Silent Hall," and, of course, for some socializing and fun!

Curious about the book?

Here's a brief summary:
After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves – and Psander’s library – from the wrath of the gods.

All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

First Glimpse of Maristhill's Completed Renovations

While, as you may know, the grand opening is scheduled for this Friday (June 17th, 4 - 6:30 pm), here's a first-glimpse of Maristhill's new entry way.

The renovations have included a new entry-way, lobby and sun room, complete with a large deck on the third level which will allow residents to more easily enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.

We'll share some additional photos after Friday's event, and also once the landscaping is completed. Can't wait!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Grand Opening & Dedication of the Mary DiDuca Wing at Maristhill

The official grand opening of Maristhill’s new sunroom will take place on Friday June 17th from 4:00 to 6:30pm, when we invite members of the greater Waltham community to an open house and dedication ceremony.

The work has been ongoing for some time, and we are completing final touches in the lobby, with furniture, art work, and landscaping at the front entrance, just in time to get outside and enjoy the wonderful weather!

Read the full announcement...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Wonderful Resident Milestone Celebration at Maristhill

It seems like there's always something happening at Maristhill as our engaged elder community regularly enjoys a wide range of activities, performances and presentations. 

In the picture to your right, resident Pauline Manning, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday, enjoys the resident luncheon with her niece Dawn Marie.

Congratulations Pauline! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

The activity room was crowded with residents and their families at Maristhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s Mother’s Day Social with renowned entertainer Tony Funches.

As you may know, the incomparable Tony Funches was the former lead singer of Herb Reed’s Platters. A favorite among residents and staff, Tony’s stage career has spanned nearly thirty 30 years, more than twelve of which were spent with the Platters. 

He has performed at Maristhill numerous times over the past several year, and the wide vocal range of this incredible singer is just the beginning of his talents. His on stage personality and ability to engage audiences of all age levels are exceptional, and we are thankful that Tony visits Maristhill on a regular basis.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Grand Opening of Renovated Space at Maristhill Coming Soon!

It is a time of excitement and change here at Maristhill, as we prepare for the grand opening of our renovated lobby and sunroom.

In the next week, we will be re-opening the main parking lot and moving our receptionist back to the front of the building.

New furniture has also been ordered, and I am working on landscaping the front area to be a welcoming and colorful space.

Stay-tuned for another update soon! 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bentley University Fundraiser to Benefit Maristhill

Bentley La Società Italiana di Bentley presents "A Taste of Italy: Wine & Food Tasting," a fundraising event from which all proceeds will benefits Maristhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Enjoy delicious Italian food, including antipasto, calamari with marinara sauce, Caprese salad, penne with meatballs, gnocchi and assorted Italian mini pastries, gelato & fruit!
  • When: Saturday April 2nd from 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Where: LaCava Executive Dining Room
More information...

Friday, March 18, 2016

St. Patrick's Day at Maristhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

The residents of Maristhill and their families found the luck of the Irish at this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Party.

The event capped-off a busy week of activities, which included crafts with students from St. Jude's school and a wonderful performance by entertainer Dave Burns.

It seems there's always something good happening at Maristhill!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Encore - A Maristhill Rehabilitation Story

Maristhill loves its’ repeat customers, especially ones as vibrant as Catherine Walsh.

Catherine, who looks and acts much younger than her stated age, is on her second "go-round" at Maristhill.

Her first stay was in 2015 after a fall left her with a fractured Leg. She came to us directly from the hospital emergency room wearing an immobilizer and only able to bear minimal weight.

Our rehab department worked on her upper and lower body strength and she was able to go home safely in less than three weeks.

"I love the rehab department…," she said. "And the place is immaculate!"

After the success of her first stay, when she fell and needed rehab again Catherine was happy to return.

Her current stay is more complex, but she knows that our rehab department they will have her climbing the stairs in her beloved home as soon as possible.

Read the full story...

Monday, February 15, 2016

Valentine's Day at Maristhill

Valentine's Day is a popular holiday at Maristhill, and our residents enjoy various activities and events such as our Valentine's Day Social.

We have also enjoyed an ongoing intergenerational program with local students from St. Jude's school, who visit our facility and work with residents on holiday-themed arts and crafts projects.

National data shows that these programs are beneficial for both the young and the old, offering viable ways to keep children and seniors learning, growing, eating well, and staying active.

These programs are also a favorite within our engaged community here at Maristhill.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Maristhill Successfuly Completes JCAHO Survey

We are happy to report that Maristhill has once again successfully completed its triennial JCAHO survey.

JCAHO stands for Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The  accreditation reflects a commitment to systems and processes designed to enhance quality care with standards that go beyond basic regulation.

Congratulations and thanks to our dedicated staff for their diligence and excellent work!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Recipe for a Happy New Year & Thank You!

We are at the dawn of a New Year, and I am taking the opportunity to share a "Recipe for a Happy New Year" to get us off to a good start.

But first, I want to thank all of you for your generous response to our Annual Appeal, especially at a time when so many other causes call us to action. The monies raised will help us proceed with our renovations and culture change initiatives, all meant to improve the lives of those we serve.

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with you, get to know you, to share memories and forge new experiences over the past year. I look forward to many good things in 2016, including and especially the opening of our renovated lobby and new third floor lounge and terrace!

Recipe for a Happy New Year, Anonymous, from Appleseed.com:

Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past –have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing – don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

Happy New Year,

Carolyn Fenn, Administrator