The Sherrill House continues to make strides for seniors

By Michael Coughlin Jr.

The Sherrill House, which has supported older adults in the community for over 100 years, is enhancing its care through new and upcoming amenities. 

The “not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center”—as described by the facility’s website—is located on South Huntington Avenue and cares for about 170 older adults daily through several services. 

The facility, which has different floors that provide long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, and memory care, has recently added to its services to better assist its patients and residents. 

For example, this past fall, the Sherrill House completed the construction of 16 new private rooms and one semi-private room. 

Furthermore, a new sensory room in the memory care unit has been built, which anyone in the facility can use. Although the sensory unit has some more equipment slated to come in, it is currently in use and helping patients and residents. 

Moreover, back in 2022, Sherrill House launched Longwood Hospice, which provides hospice care through an in-house team. Longwood Hospice allows those being cared for and their families to be familiar and comfortable with a full on-site staff instead of an outside agency. 

In addition to the recently added services mentioned above, Sherrill House is looking to provide more in the future. 

Over the next few weeks, the construction of a brand-new dialysis den will be complete, an amenity that will not only make treatment more accessible but also help quell the healthcare crisis induced by the COVID pandemic. 

Patients in need of dialysis treatment often need to be transported by ambulance to hospitals multiple times over the course of a day and week. 

Due to the impacts of COVID on the healthcare industry, Sherrill House had observed a challenge in that it was becoming increasingly difficult to pre-schedule the ambulance rides.  

Essentially, the challenge caused patients to sit around and wait for ambulance rides without drop-off or pick-up times. 

The new den will allow patients to avoid spending long periods in lobbies and waiting rooms before and after treatment while escaping the ambulance wait times. It will also increase access to dialysis care, which will, in turn, open up more beds in hospitals.

The dialysis den, which was made possible through fundraising and a partnership with DaVita Kidney Care, is slated to begin taking patients in May. 

While the dialysis den is slated to be added to the facility soon, Sherrill House also has other plans for the years ahead. 

Specifically, fundraising is underway for the construction of a new rehab gym. While Sherrill House currently has a gym on its ground floor, a new gym on the fifth floor, which would be larger, have updated state-of-the-art equipment, and feature incredible views of the Emerald Necklace and Jamaica Pond, is in the works. 

Also, after the new rehab gym, which is projected to be completed in 2025, plans are to build a new staff cafeteria and wellness center. 

For those interested in supporting Sherrill House’s fundraising efforts, email Bethany Allen, Sherrill House’s Director of Development, at [email protected]

Additionally, for those who would like more information about the facility’s admission process or want a tour, call 617-735-1775 or email [email protected].

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