Central Boston Elder Services is one of the largest nonprofit home care agencies in Massachusetts. The agency has been helping seniors live independently since 1974 and is pleased to open the Dudley Square Elderly Housing Development this year. “This project is a remarkable accomplishment for the agency and continues our goal of assisting in the redevelopment of the Roxbury community,” said Catherine Hardaway, executive director of Central Boston Elder Services (CBES). In 2005, The Art Connection placed 18 artworks in CBES’ headquarters, and in September 2011, we facilitated the donation of 25 additional works to be hung in the new housing development. The 57-unit development is a”green” building adjacent to the CEBS headquarters, includes many public areas for its residents- elders over the age of 62. Twelve of the apartments serve the needs of homeless elders and 21 are reserved for low-income residents.
The seven-member selection committee comprised of staff, board members, and CBES volunteers chose art that has been placed throughout the seven-story building ‘s common areas. “The selection process was an exciting challenge. We had a wonderful and extensive selection of imagery to choose from. We believe that our residents will be stimulated by the vibrant colors and enjoy the beauty the art adds to their surroundings,” recalls Jacqueline Linton Weaver, CEBS’ executive assistant. “We are very appreciative of the art donated by such a diverse group of artists and the guidance and support received form the staff at the Art Connection… The art is displayed in our common areas, community areas and corridors where both residents and guests can enjoy”.
Art hangs in the lobby and lounge, where elders will participate in wellness and exercise programs and receive meals on wheels. Work was chosen for the library, game room, TV rooms, and in the top-floor sky lounge, which has a view of downtown Boston. The selection committee was careful to choose work that represented the population of elders that would be living in that space in years to come, as well as representing the rooms in which they were being placed, such as “Four Buildings”, a photograph by Mark Peterson shown here, selected to hang in the sky lounge.
The addition of this art will enhance the exhaustive list of services offered by CBES, which includes grocery and chore services, assistance with management of funds , meal delivery, personal care and home health services, transportation, and respite care, among other things. Eligibility for these services is based on a sliding scale and is determined by age, income and need. Most Boston residents living in the neighborhoods of Allston, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill, North Dorchester, North Jamaica Plain, South End and Roxbury qualify to receive services at little or no charge.
Each client of Central Boston Elder Services is assigned a case manager to develop an individual care plan. Case managers oversee and keep clients up-to-date about elder advocacy programs and are knowledgeable about benefits, funding sources and guidelines for services and program beyond the scope CBES. As the needs of each client changes, case managers make the necessary adjustments to ensure proper care is as responsive as possible.
For more information, please visit http://www.centralboston.org/.