“ROSEWOOD IN THE NEWS”
Police, nursing home rise to the occasion
Appearing in the Cape Cod Times – January 29, 2018
During the snowstorm earlier this month, my neighbors and I lost power. They are in their 90s, and the wife needs oxygen.
I went over to check on them. They needed warmth and electricity for the oxygen canister, so they called the police. The Harwich police came and found out that Rosewood Manor would accept them. The police helped them get their belongings and took them to Rosewood Manor.
The next morning, since the power returned, I planned to bring them home. As I approached their home, a police car pulled in and brought my neighbors back home. I recognized the officer as one who had been there the previous night. I asked him if he had slept, and he said, “Not yet.”
Both the Harwich police and Rosewood Manor provided such positive and generous care when greatly needed.
Appearing in the Cape Cod Chronicle newspaper August 21, 2014
Last week nine residents of Rosewood Manor, along with their caregivers, visited Pleasant Road Beach in West Harwich for an afternoon of sand and surf on Nantucket Sound. This year’s trip was Rosewood’s sixth annual beach visit. Ages of the beachgoers included some in their mid-90’s and over 100 years; some in the group have been visiting local area beaches since childhood and young adulthood. Assistance, including the use of beach wheelchairs, was provided by the Harwich Recreation Department.
Appearing in the Cape Cod Chronicle newspaper August 15, 2013
HARWICH’S JEANETTE SMITH ‘PAYS IT FORWARD’ WITH GRATITUDE
by Elizabeth Van Wye
The following excerpt appeared in the above article about Rosewood volunteer Jeanette Smith:
“Every month since October 2001, Harwich resident Jeanette Smith has baked two batches of chocolate chip cookies (with nuts) and delivered them to the police and fire departments in Harwich…In addition to her volunteer work as the Cookie Lady, recognized in 2008 with a Harwich Police Department citizens award, she has volunteered her time as a fitness instructor at Rosewood Manor nursing facility in Harwich. For nearly 20 years, she’s taught a 30-minute aerobic course three times a week to residents there…She began volunteering at Rosewood Manor in 1995. She knew that physical activity had been key to her own recovery and she wanted to help residents keep moving. Her goal is to keep them active and also to stay smiling. ‘When we are moving we laugh,” she says. “It’s so good for our insides too!”
Appearing in the Harwich Oracle newspaper February 20, 2013
VOLUNTEER MARKS 18 YEARS AT ROSEWOOD
Jeanette Smith of Harwich celebrated 18 years of volunteering at Rosewood Manor in Harwich Center. The residents and staff of Rosewood presented Smith with a bouquet of flowers and a heart-shaped box of candies on Valentine’s Day. Smith volunteers three days a week, running morning exercises and engaging with the residents, providing a familiar, friendly face to begin their day. Smith holds a degree from Cape Cod Community College, and was recognized as the Young Adult Volunteer of the Year for 1997 by the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation.
During the Blizzard of 2013, Rosewood Manor opened its doors to five seniors from the Harwich community who had lost power and needed a safe place to stay, as documented in the following excerpts from local newspapers:
Excerpt from the Harwich Oracle March 13, 2013
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
THANKS TO ROSEWOOD MANOR
…Our shelter was Rosewood Manor in the center of Harwich, a small, private nursing home. Due to the storm the staff had been there since Thursday or Friday but in spite of fatigue they greeted us with smiles, warm blankets and hot tea. Thanks to the efforts of Jan Epstein (manager) and her staff we had a wonderful weekend.
Rosewood is truly an example of what a well-run nursing home should be; warm, homey surroundings and a loving, caring staff. The patients were treated with kindness and respect and every effort was made to keep them happy. We returned home Monday afternoon filled with gratitude and admiration for Mrs. Epstein and her staff. My sister paid them the best compliment. She said, “If ever I have to go to a nursing home I want it to be Rosewood.” Our hats are off to all those who made being there such a positive experience.
Jeannette Louth and Emily Lindberg
Excerpt from the Cape Codder newspaper February 15, 2013
Blizzard Nemo wreaked havoc throughout Harwich, closing roads and knocking out power for a majority of residents. Many were transported to shelters. Epoch Nursing Home along with the Rosewood and The Royal opened their doors and made beds available for the elderly.
Excerpt from the Harwich Oracle (online) February 13, 2013
AFTERMATH OF STORM
…As public safety and highway crews worked to keep roads clear and respond to calls for help, others sought out those most at risk. Barbara-Anne Foley of the council on aging, Carolyn Casey, director of the Community Center, and police records clerk Donna Tavano called some 500 senior citizens to see if they needed help. Many did. Rescue personnel transported 15 seniors to EPOCH and two were taken to Rosewood Manor.
“They stepped up to the plate,” (Harwich Emergency Management Director Lee) Culver said of the staff at the two senior living facilities. “I can’t say enough about the cooperation of these people. They did an astonishing job.”
Excerpt from the Cape Cod Chronicle newspaper February 14, 2013
HARWICH DIGS OUT, WRESTLES WITH INCONVENIENCE OF POWER OUTAGES
by William F. Galvin
…(Harwich Emergency Management Director Lee) Culver had great praise for the public safety departments and the nursing and senior care facilities in town for caring for seniors in need and assisting the general public in emergency situations. Culver cited Rosewood Manor, The Royal at Harwich and the Epoch Senior Health Care of Harwich and Brewster facilities for taking in senior residents in town overnight.
…”They deserve a high five – kudos,” Culver said of the senior care facilities’ willingness to provide for between 20 and 25 of the town’s more needy seniors.
Appearing in the Cape Cod Times newspaper August 4, 2012:
GOING FOR A DIP
Photo by Sarah Crosby
Caption: Rosewood Manor resident Peg Herring, middle, places her feet in an inflatable pool of ocean water at the annual Rosewood Manor outing at Pleasant Road Beach in Harwich.
The residents’ view of Nantucket Sound.
Appearing in the Harwich Oracle newspaper July 4, 2012:
ROSEWOOD MANOR ATTACKED BY PIRATES
RESIDENTS FEND OFF MARAUDERS WITH SQUIRT GUNS
Rosewood and Harwich resident Peg Herring enjoys a laugh with one of the “pirates.”
Residents of Rosewood Manor in Harwich recently completed their fourth annual two-day “mock” cruise along the coast of Alaska where they were attacked by a band of pirates who arrived right in the middle of the Captain’s dinner. The residents were on the outside deck of the SS Rosewood dining on baked stuffed shrimp and baked Alaska when the pirates boarded the deck and demanded that they surrender their desserts. Unwilling to give up the ship, and their desserts, the residents revealed hidden squirt guns and proceeded to soak the marauders.
The annual “mock” cruise is a fun-filled, two-day event that includes a number of themed meals, an ice cream social, musical entertainment, games, themed movies (such as an Alaskan wildlife DVD), and other surprises. The facility is turned into a cruise ship, the SS Rosewood, and members of the staff play the roles of the ship’s crew, as well as pirates. Residents’ family members and friends are encouraged to come aboard and join in the fun. Past “cruises” have voyaged to the Bahamas and along the coast of Italy. This year’s theme was suggested by a number of residents who actually visited Alaska in the past.
Rosewood Manor is a 24-hour nursing residence on Main Street in Harwich Center.
Appearing in the Harwich Oracle newspaper August 24, 2011:
ROSEWOOD MANOR RESIDENTS ENJOY VISIT TO BEACH
A group of Rosewood Manor residents, along with their caregivers, visited Pleasant Road Beach in West Harwich on Aug. 12 for an afternoon of sun, sand, and surf. This was their third annual beach outing organized by Rosewood staff, with assistance provided by the Harwich Recreation Department.
Ages of the residents who made the beach visit ranged from 76 to 94. All residents agreed they enjoyed every minute of their afternoon visit.
Rosewood Manor is a long-term care residence located in Harwich Center.
Appearing in the Cape Cod Times newspaper August 8, 2009:
A DAY AT THE BEACH
ROSEWOOD MANOR RESIDENTS ENJOY SUN AND SAND
IN RARE OCEANSIDE VISIT
By Paul Needham
Click on link to read about our 2009 beach visit:
Appearing in the Cape Cod Chronicle newspaper June 4, 2009
102-YEAR-OLD WOMAN RECALLS HUSBAND’S PLACE IN CAPE COD LORE
By Alan Pollack
Click to read.