New Alzheimer and Dementia Program Director at Briarwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center’s Memory Care Unit

Briarwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, a Sub-Acute Rehab and Long-Term Nursing Community with a reputation for excellence nestled in the heart of residential Needham, is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Alzheimer Program Director, Rosemary Damigella.

Briarwood’s enhanced Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program, under the auspices of the renowned Dr. Sumer Verma and Dr. Michael Fuller, has earned an outstanding reputation for its sensitive care of the memory impaired. The secured unit features a specialized Recreation program designed to fill every moment of each day with meaningful interactions and life-enhancing experiences.

Rosemary Damigella joined the Briarwood family in 2006 and has been an integral staff member ever since, proving herself to be creative in developing and implementing quality programming to stimulate the mind and body.

In her new role as Alzheimer Program Director, Rosemary is charged with coordinating and developing recreation programing to assist with resident care. Rosemary will work closely with the Doctors, Nurses, CNA’s and her own Activities Staff – maintaining an overarching view of each individual’s quality of life and overall wellbeing. She plans activities with a focus on spiritual, sensory and cognitive aspects, and utilizes a clustering technique – dividing residents into smaller groups based on their cognitive level and providing each group with a task suited to their abilities. Her goal is to elicit and sustain positive emotions, preserve the residents’ dignity, and create moments of success. Rosemary underwent intensive training by the Alzheimer’s Association, qualifying her to teach a 12-hour Alzheimer’s Training Class to Briarwood’s Staff.

Rosemary is excited about her expanded responsibilities and looks forward to providing comfort to those residents suffering from memory loss. “Both of my parents had Alzheimer’s so unfortunately I’m intimately familiar with the accompanying challenges and pain. Being able to give someone a joyous moment is very satisfying and I find that the residents give us as much as we give them.”

For more information about Briarwood’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program and the other services provided, please call (781) 449-4040.