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Springfield Visionaries to be Honored

Twenty years ago, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing opened its doors to older adults. That promising beginning was the result of a vision shared by leaders from Baystate Health and Springfield College who were intent on building a first-of-its-kind retirement community in Springfield. They assembled a group of leaders who planned and built a community that uniquely hosts independent living, assisted living and a skilled nursing center all under the same roof on a wooded lakeside campus.

On May 21, The Loomis Communities will honor the founding Board of Directors of Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing with the Elvira Whiting Ball Award. The award is presented annually to an individual or group for outstanding service to older adults who personify the spirit of Loomis’ founding leader, Elvira Whiting Ball. There is no better way to honor the founders of Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing than with an award named after another visionary leader, Elvira Whiting Ball.

Elvira Whiting Ball the founding leader of The Loomis Communities who, over 100 years ago, with a group of Holyoke women decided to provide older adults a place to live “exempt from strife.” When there was no Social Security or long-term care insurance, they raised funds for construction of a home for older adults who could not afford private care. In the fall of 1911, the first residents moved to the home on Loomis Avenue in Holyoke, beautiful within and out, dedicated to their comfort and happiness.

The Elvira Whiting Ball Award is presented to an individual or group that has advanced the mission of The Loomis Communities and personifies the spirit of our founder.

Please join us at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing on Thursday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the community’s two decades of service to older adults and to honor these leaders, their vision and the vibrant retirement community they created. $35 per person reservation benefits The Loomis Communities Nursing Centers at Loomis House and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing. For details contact Carol Constant, Director of Community Engagement,, 413-532-5325

Being Honored with the Elvira Whiting Ball Award:

  • Mr. Carl Breyer*
  • Dr. Randolph Bromery*
  • Mr. Michael Daly
  • Mr. Bruce Dewey
  • Mr. Jack Dill
  • Dr. Richard Flynn
  • Mr. John Gallup
  • Ms. Barbara Jefferson
  • Mr. Ronn Johnson
  • Mr. George Kuselias
  • Dr. David Longworth
  • Mr. John Mailhot
  • Mr. John Mann*
  • Mr. Keith McLean-Shinaman
  • Mr. Anthony Mott
  • Dr. Jill Russell
  • Mr. Scott Stearns, Jr.
  • Mr. J. Michael Wallace
  • Dr. Stephen Wittenberg


L-R Dr. Stephen Wittenberg, Mr. Keith McLean-Shinaman, Mr. Scott Stearns, Mr. Jack Dill, Mr. Anthony Mott, Mr. Ronn Johnson, Mr. John Gallup

Thank you to our Business Sponsors!


Benefactor Sponsors - $5,000 +

Sustaining Sponsors - $2,500 - $4,9999

Patron Sponsors - $1,500 - $2,499

Platinum Sponsors - $1,000 - $1.499

Specialized Construction

Gold Sponsors - $500 - $999

Aladco Linens
Atlantic Charter Insurance
Beers & Story Funeral Home
Bert Hill Moving and Storage
Dr. Charles Hines
Healey and Associates, General Contractors
Herbert J. Sims & Company
Holyoke Gas & Electric
Mercier Carpet Service
Paul Robbins Associates
Tighe & Bond

Silver Sponsors - $250 - $499

Altus Dental
Associated Flooring
B-G Mechanical Service
Burkhart, Pizzanelli
Clay & Associates
Geriatric Medical & Supply
Innovative Business Systems
Life Supply Corp
Messier and Brunelle Funeral Homes
Miracle Method
Northern Tree Service
Pancione Painting Company
Springfield College
Springfield Electrical Company
Summerlin Floors
T.P. Sampson Funeral Chapels
Whiting Energy Fuels
Whittlesey and Hadley

Bronze Sponsors - $150 - $249

Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding
Advanced Answers on Demand
B & G Restaurant Supply
Belmont Laundry
Chicopee Savings Bank
Fire Detection Systems
Industrial Residential Security
Marketing Solutions Unlimited
North Beach Creative
Poehlman Electric
T. J. Conway Company
UTCA Unemployment Tax Control

Sponsors - Up to $149

A.V. Powell & Associates
Brodeur-Campbell Fence Company
Holyoke Credit Union
Phoenix Textile Corporation
Wattsaver Lighting

In-Kind Support

Aladco Linen Services
Carey’s Flowers
Liquors 44
Sodexo Senior Services

Prior recipients

  • 2002 Clarke S. Lyon
  • 2003 1981 Loomis’ Board of Directors
  • 2004 Lawrence R. Gonneville
  • 2005 Joan C. Steiger
  • 2006 Gwendolyn Glass
  • 2007 Bruce A. Yarber
  • 2008 Founding Directors of Applewood
  • 2009 Esmat Ezzat
  • 2010 Maria Burgee Dwight
  • 2011 Jeanne and Robert Potash, Lita and Ken Seyffer
  • 2012 Students of the Blessed Sacrament Intergenerational Program
  • 2013 Thomas R. Pratt
  • 2014 Kathy Bowler

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