The Hebrew Home and Hospital has a 110-year history of service to the aging Jewish population of Greater Hartford. Founded in 1901, the Hebrew Home and Hospital was formed by a group of women volunteers who recognized a need for housing, food and clothing for Hartford’s elderly, indigent population. These women, dubbed “The Handkerchief Brigade,” went door to door collecting nickels to build the first Hebrew Home on Wooster Street.
Since that time, we have had several “homes” – on Washington Street, Tower Avenue, and at our current location on Abrahms Boulevard in West Hartford – but our commitment to the elderly has not diminished. Remaining true to our commitment to the original mission of our founders, the Hebrew Home and Hospital has over many decades expanded its role in both inpatient and community based services to meet the changing needs of our growing elderly population.
In 1972, with the construction of a connector from Mount Sinai Hospital to our Tower Avenue facility, Hebrew Home obtained a Chronic Disease Hospital License. With this license came the ability to offer on-site rehabilitation and pharmacy services to our patients.
In 1974, Hebrew Home opened its first Adult Day Center. We were the second Adult Day Center to be licensed in the State of Connecticut. This small program was to become the foundation of our community services affiliate, the Community Outreach Program for the Elderly (COPE), today known as Hebrew Community Services. Today, our community service programs include two adult day centers, licensed home health and assisted living services agencies, hospice care, meals and respite programs.
In 1989, the Hebrew Home and Hospital built a replacement facility at 1 Abrahms Boulevard in West Hartford. At this time, Hebrew Home and Hospital included skilled nursing, chronic disease hospital, subacute rehabilitation, skilled nursing level special dementia care unit and a protective care unit for patients with psychiatric diagnoses who are also in need of skilled nursing services.
The new facility on Abrahms Boulevard allowed us to expand our community-based services, and in addition to the services previously mentioned, we offer outpatient Medical and Rehabilitation Clinics, Wellness Programs, home delivered meals and Personal Emergency Response services.
In early 2001, we added another dimension to our spectrum of services with the opening of Hoffman SummerWood Community, a premiere assisted living community. Our original 66 apartments quickly filled and with a consistent waiting list, in 2007 we undertook a 42-unit expansion which opened in June, 2009. The new construction also expanded our community spaces. Hoffman SummerWood Community offers supportive, assisted living services to people over age 55, including Kosher meals, memberships at the Jewish Community Center and President’s College of the University of Hartford, and the array of health and related services already available from the Hebrew Home and Hospital.
Because we expanded our core services to include nearly every spectrum of senior care, in 2003 we restructured our corporate presence by establishing a parent organization for our service affiliates that many now know as Hebrew Health Care. Under Hebrew Health Care’s umbrella of services are:
- The Hospital at Hebrew Health Care: geriatric medical hospital care, and geriatric behavioral health care.
- Hebrew Health Visiting Nurses: home health services
- Hebrew Health Hospice: end of life care
- Hebrew Health Assisted Living Services: home health services provided in managed residential communities
- Hebrew Health Adult Day Services: social and medical programs and respite care
- Hebrew Rehabilitation Group: sub-acute, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation.
- Hoffman SummerWood Community: one of Connecticut’s premier assisted living facilities.
- Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group: primary medical care and geriatric consultations.
- The Gene and Anja Rosenberg Hebrew Home & Rehabilitation Center: long-term skilled nursing care, inpatient rehabilitation, and dementia programs.
In 2005 we recognized a need to broaden the scope of our 45-bed geriatric hospital services. Today, The Hospital at Hebrew Health Care is comprised of a 22 bed behavioral health unit and 23 bed medical unit. The Hospital at Hebrew Health Care is specifically designed to serve older adults whose unique needs are often not well understood in a large community hospital setting.
We expanded our services yet again in 2009 with our new Hebrew Health Hospice. The agency serves individuals – with life-limiting illness – and their families both in patients’ homes and in institutional settings.
Through our rich constellation of elder care services, Hebrew Health Care serves more than 2000 people each year in Greater Hartford.
This blog will allow us to reach you through education about aging and the services that are available to the aging population, not only in Connecticut, but across the nation. Thanks for stopping by and we hope you will come again.