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As Parents Age: The Adult Child Conundrum

You are invited to: A series on the Joys and Challenges of Supporting Aging Parents
Loomis Village, 20 Bayon Drive, South Hadley
This dinner series is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Come for one, or the entire series!

Because a caregivere's life is busy enough, buffet dinner is included beginning at 5:30 pm. Presentation will begin promptly at 5:45 pm.

Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 pm: Your Life is Changing

Providing care for a family member is an act of kindness, love, and loyalty. It can also be overwhelming. This discussion will focus on things you can do to make the caregiving process easier and more pleasurable for both you and your loved one. Discussion led by Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN, University of Massachusetts College of Nursing and College of Nursing students

November 8,Election Day, not scheduled, remember to vote!

Tuesday, November 15, 5:30 pm: Navigating Shifting Roles

An adult child doesn’t assume the top of the hierarchical relationship because an aging parent’s needs increase. In the words of Pema Chodron, “Compassion is not a relationship between a healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” Discussion will focus on navigating shifting family roles with compassion and dignity. Led by Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN

Tuesday, November 22, 5:30 pm: What Matters in the End

Families are neither comfortable with nor used to discussing serious illness or dying. Discussion will help family members better understand importance of advanced care planning and prepare for conversations about the later stages of life. Led by Jeffrey Zesiger, MD and Raeann LeBlanc, DNP, RN

Tuesday, November 29, 5:30 pm: Designing Your Own Later Adult Years

Aging will happen to all of us naturally, but aging well takes careful planning. Now is the time to begin to plan an enjoyable, wise, active, and fruitful later life. Such planning will also add richness to your life now. Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN and Barbara Perman, PhD

Please RSVP to Carol Constant, or 413-588-5184.


Adult Child Caregiver

About the presenters:

Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is an advocate for promoting dignity, function, self-management of chronic health problems, and independence in older adults.

Raeann LeBlanc, DNP, RN is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a trainer through the AACN End of Life Nursing Education Consortium.

Barbara Perman, Ph.D. is President and Founder of Moving Mentor, Inc. She is a pioneer in the growing field of senior move management and co-author of the book “No Ordinary Move, Relocating Your Aging Parents, A Guide for Boomers.”

Jeffrey Zesiger, MD is the medical director of Palliative Care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Dr. Zesiger is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Palliative Care and Hospice. His is also medical director of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice.

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About The Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.

With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on three campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

For more information, call us.

Applewood: 413-253-9833
Loomis Village: 413-588-5102
Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing: 413-355-5803
or send us a note through our Contact Us form.

Independent Living

Independent Living Homes and Apartments


What is independent living?

Independent living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

When referring to retirement communities, independent living describes a house or apartment home in an age-restricted community setting designed for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as an apartment in a stand-alone building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, including access to a continuum of health care should you need those services in the future.

Our independent living apartments, villas, and cottages set the standard for distinctive retirement living. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a spacious, thoughtfully designed homes. Comfort and peace of mind are the focus of our independent living homes, with features such as a private balcony or patio, lovely views, a well-equipped kitchen, generous closets and storage, and many other amenities.

A wide selection of independent living apartments and homes is available at all of The Loomis Communities. Whichever of our communities you choose, you’ll find neighbors who become friends, and plenty of space for your treasured possessions. The Loomis Communities offers everything you need to create a healthy, happy, active retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living


What is assisted living?

Assisted living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

Assisted living offers a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for you if you do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on your own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. A variety of activities and social events, as well as transportation, cleaning, and laundry services, also are typical features of assisted living. The Loomis Communities provides assisted living as part of a comprehensive continuum of care, while many organizations only provide one level of assistance.

Our assisted living features private apartments that residents furnish with their own personal treasures, providing all the comforts of home. Our studio and one-bedroom apartments provide a place where residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) can truly enjoy life. Caregivers are available to help residents with activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and medication management. The intimate residential design of assisted living allows our staff to get to know and understand the needs and desires of residents and their families.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Care


What do all these terms mean: home care, skilled nursing care, licensed skilled care, and long-term care?

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are available at the following Loomis Community:

Nursing homes are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offer furnished rooms and health services to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight but do not require hospitalization. This is called skilled nursing care. Our communities provide skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation, complex medical care, and long-term care. Oversight is provided by licensed professional nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. A comprehensive therapy department is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The Loomis Communities nursing homes are designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing offers licensed, skilled nursing care in a cozy and supportive environment. Both our nursing centers are Medicare and Medicaid-certified and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. The Loomis House nursing center also offers specialized dementia care. Our compassionate staff delivers care with respect and dignity.


What is rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, or short-term rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is available at the following Loomis Community:

The Loomis Communities offer rehabilitation services with a staff of professionals. Our physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and gourmet chefs, work as a team to get you back home. We complete a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized care plans to manage residents’ physical, social, and emotional concerns.

Our unique approach promotes independence and a rapid return home after rehabilitation from a broad range of surgical procedures, injuries, and illness.

Our nursing center, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing is Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing received a 5-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Person-Centered Long-term Care. This mark of excellence means that we have been recognized as a provider of quality care for your loved one that meets state-of-the-art, international standards of performance.

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

Gabrielle Thomes,
413-782-1800, ext. 5850, or

Applewood Senior Independent Living in Amherst MA
Loomis Lakeside CCRC Springfield MA
Loomis Village Senior Living South Hadley