BIRCH HILL VOLUNTEERS!

There are endless opportunities to volunteer right at Birch Hill and in the greater Manchester community!
Recently, Birch Hill Dining prepared a hot meal along with bread and dessert for the Salvation Army Kids’ Cafe. Birch Hill residents and staff members had a great time serving and visiting with over 80 kids. Currently, The Kids’ Cafe operates 4 nights a week, 48 weeks a year and the average attendance is close to 116 children per night.
Birch Hill has been involved with this program for over 10 years.
Participating staff: Dining GM, Kerry Olson and her children, Kyle & Marissa, Asst. Dir. Dining, Rob Deoleo, Cook, Steve Chandler and Michael Lemery, shuttle driver. Resident volunteers: Priscilla Papp, Sylvia Broady, Edna Snow, Claire Stepnitz and Bill Foss. For more Salvation Army Kids Cafe

 

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers Receive the Spirit of NH Volunteer Award!

The Spirit of NH Awards -VOLUNTEERS- honors individuals, groups, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses from across NH who go above and beyond the call to serve. Residents, Ed and Am Rogers, were honored this year on Nov. 1, in Concord, NH.
Mr. and Mrs. Rogers resided in the New Hampshire town of Harrisville for many years, during which time they were both heavily involved in the Volunteer Fire Department, actively participating in actual firefighting as well as fire prevention training.  Knowing them, it is highly probable that they participated in many other activities as well.  Upon retirement they moved into the Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community (now known as Birch Hill) where they immediately involved themselves into a variety of volunteer activities.  While I can no longer cite them in chronological order, they included, but are not necessarily limited to such things as taking over the very popular indoor golf tournament and making it into an art form, as well as expanding it to as many as four annual tournaments, each with a different format. They ran those tournaments for more than 10 years. Additionally, they ran the weekly putting contest, again occasionally changing the format and calculating the handicaps. Also for many years. They took over the management of the Friday night social held at the “Coop.” This involved stocking the bar, arranging for resident volunteer bartenders, clean-up crews, etc. This they also ran for probably 12 years or so of their entire 15 years of residency. Additionally, they also arranged for special events in the “Coop,” such as New Year’s Eve parties, birthdays, holidays and the like. Both Ed and Am served as members of the Resident Council at various times. Ed volunteered to staff the “Country Store,” a place where residents can buy gifts and basic food items. Am volunteered to help staff the In-House TV station. Additionally, she was often the pianist for special events such as Memorial Services, Holiday observances, or for anything else for which she may be asked. She could often be heard playing just for fun and for the listening pleasure of anyone who happened to be in the area. In the entire history of Birch Hill Retirement Community, it is doubtful to me that there has been anyone who has contributed more to the quality of life of the residents, than Ed and Am Rogers. They are richly deserving of any recognition that one can think of.

A Big Congrats and a Special Thank You to Ed and Am!

See the coverage on WMUR TV

A WONDERFUL REVIEW OF BIRCH HILL

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In the September 20, 2016 Issue of the Union Leader, the children of Birch Hill residents, Mr. & Mrs. Walter, wrote a heartfelt letter to the Editor about our community.

Hats off to Birch Hill

To the Editor: Our sense is that the New Hampshire Union Leader normally receives letters that have a problem or complaint. This letter is different. With an aging population, we are pleased to report that our parents continue to receive truly outstanding care at Manchester’s own Birch Hill.

From the clean facilities to the professional staff, we could not be more pleased with the loving care that our parents receive. As an “age in place” facility, activities are tailored and numerous to keep the most challenged or independent resident busy. The food is outstanding with multiple options. Forgetfulness, confusion, mistakes and moodiness are continually met with a smile and a warm heart.

Even during difficult financial discussions, the leadership team lead by Mr. Gary Zabierek continued to keep the care of our parents as the top priority. While it continues to be hard to see our parents age, we sleep much better each night knowing they are at Birch Hill. Manchester should be proud of one of its own!

CINDY AND RICK McLAUGHLIN
Lexington Avenue

Manchester

CHIP AND KIM WALTER
Damascus, Maryland

BIRCH HILL TERRACE ANNOUNCES AFFILIATION WITH THE RIVERWOODS GROUP: Birch Hill to Begin $9 million Renovation and Improvement Plan

On July 12, 2016, Manchester, N.H., Birch Hill Terrace, a non-profit charitable Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) with roots in Manchester that go back 125 years, announced an affiliation with The RiverWoods Group, a non-profit, charitable organization that is parent company of RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community ( CCRC), based in Exeter, New Hampshire.
This announcement is the culmination of a two year process of discussion and deliberation between the two boards. The affiliation has received approval by the NH Department of Insurance, which governs CCRCs, as well as the NH Department of Charitable Trust, which must review and approve such proposals in the state.
“We are thrilled that our work together has culminated in this partnership,” said Gary Zabierek, President of Birch Hill Terrace. “This affiliation will bring fresh ideas and resources to the table. Next month we will start a major capital investment in our physical plant, which will transform the look of our apartment homes, and bring new energy to the community.”
Justine Vogel, CEO and President of The RiverWoods Group added, “Although we have not taken this step until now, Birch Hill and RiverWoods already share identical values and mission; we were both founded by grassroots community members interested in improving the lives of others. Together, we can provide peace of mind to more seniors in New Hampshire. As two charitable non-profit CCRCs we will both benefit from an affiliation.”
With approval in hand, improvements are the next step. Birch Hill is revealing their plans for a reimaged community, and will be investing $9 million in the next 24 months into the building. This will be the single largest capital investment in the company’s history.
Nationally, there are close to 2000 Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and the concept has been around for more than 100 years. With that said, the story of this “holistic approach” to senior care is only now being shared with the public. Although it’s growing, right now there only are a handful of CCRCs in northern New England. However, interest and education about this concept has been rapidly increasing among retirees. CCRCs welcome people 62 years or older, to enter as independent residents. Once there, residents can enjoy a variety of amenities (housekeeping, laundry service, dining, inside and outside maintenance, programs and exercise classes), while making friends. As they age, if a resident needs a higher level of care, it is available to them within the same campus. Depending on the CCRC contract type, this is generally at a reduced cost. Additionally, often a resident can get a refund on their initial entrance fee, when they pass away or move. To provide affordability and meet the needs of a clientele looking for comfort and quality care, the majority of CCRCs are non-profit, and many are organized within systems.

In addition to its capital improvement plans, Birch Hill has also created a new program, the Leader’s Circle, that provides significant financial incentives and special home upgrades to a limited number of people. The plans for Leader’s Circle will be reviewed at a luncheon program open to the public on September 21, at LaBelle Winery. To reserve a seat, please contact kprice@birchhillterrace.com or call 603-836-2302.
“We will transform our campus in the next 2 years,” said Gary Zabierek. “I can tell you that if you think you’ve seen Birch Hill, you owe it to yourself to take a second look.”

The story in New Hampshire Business Review (NHBR)

Union Leader

RiverWoods Website News Page

The RiverWoods Group Website

 

BIRCH HILL TERRACE AFFILIATES WITH THE RIVERWOODS GROUP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 21, 2016, Manchester, New Hampshire – Today, Birch Hill Terrace, a non-profit charitable Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) with roots in Manchester that go back 125 years, announced that its board voted last week to affiliate with The RiverWoods Group, a parent company of RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community ( CCRC), based in Exeter, New Hampshire.

“The time is right for this move,” said Gary Zabierek, President of Birch Hill Terrace. “We are facing an unprecedented wave of boomers getting ready for retirement, bringing an increased demand for contemporary enhancements. This affiliation brings resources and fresh ideas that will help position us to serve both our current residents as well as the next generation.”

Justine Vogel, CEO and President of RiverWoods added, “After much time and work together, we realized that Birch Hill and RiverWoods have very similar values and mission; our goal is to create community and peace of mind for seniors. As two charitable non-profit CCRCs we can benefit from an affiliation, and collaborate to bring this way of life to more people.”

The affiliation agreement was finalized on March 17, and will be reviewed by the New Hampshire Charitable Trust Director, as well the New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner.

With the affiliation will come a major capital investment in the Birch Hill Terrace campus, estimated at nearly $6 million over the next 24 months. The money will be used to reimagine the common spaces and apartment design. It is estimated that architectural renderings will be revealed by mid-May, in a series of marketing events to be held locally.

“This affiliation will enable us to transform our campus,” said Gary Zabierek. “ I can tell you that if you think you’ve seen Birch Hill, you owe it to yourself to take a second look.”

About Birch Hill

Birch Hill Terrace’s history dates back to 1875 with the founding of The Manchester Women’s Aid and Relief Society. Since then, the organization has continually evolved to meet the needs of the Manchester community. The Women’s Aid Home, known as Pearl Manor was established in 1891, and in 1991 a new campus, Hillcrest Terrace, was created to serve a growing number of independent seniors in the greater Manchester area. In 2009, the organization became a CCRC Continuing Care Retirement

About CCRCs

Nationally, there are close to 2000 Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and the concept has been around for more than 100 years. The majority of CCRCs are non-profit, and many are organized within systems. There are a handful of CCRCs in northern New England, and interest and education about this concept has been rapidly increasing among retirees. CCRCs welcome people 62 years or older, to enter as independent residents. Once there, residents can enjoy a variety of amenities (housekeeping, laundry service, dining, inside and outside maintenance, programs and exercise classes), while making friends. As they age, if a resident needs a higher level of care, it is available to them within the same campus. Depending on the CCRC contract type, this is generally at a reduced cost. Additionally, often a resident can get a refund on their initial entrance fee, when they pass away or move.

For a primer on CCRCs, download the Insider’s Guide to CCRCs here.

CONTACT:
Cathleen Toomey
ctoomey@riverwoodsrc.org
603-658-1587

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