WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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* * * If you value independence and arenÕt looking for a lot of extra amenities, consider a place like Brook School Apartments in Weston. By contrast, Birchwood Highlands Senior Apartments, also in Weston, is a community unto itself, with a fitness center, library/media center, lakeside views, and an array of educa- tional, recreational, and culinary activities. In Newton, Lasell Village has recreated the feel of an old New England town on the campus of Lasell College; you can enroll in classes while skipping dorm life. If you need help with the basics of daily living, such as cooking and bathing, assisted living may be the appropriate setting. You will be provided three meals a day, light house- keeping services, personal care help, and a variety of programs tailored to physical and memory issues. The cost can range from $4,000 to $7,000 a month Ð higher if special- ized care is required. Nurses oversee care planning and medication, but generally donÕt provide hands-on services as they do in a nursing home. Thanks to increased home health and care services, people are able to remain longer in independent living. The nonprofit Springwell can help assess your needs, and arrange for services and subsidies for those on limited incomes. Skilled nursing facilities offer the most intensive care. They range from the tradi- tional hospital-like institution of long corri- 115 f a l l 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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