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Take a Tour of Mead #113

Join our resident, Mary, on a tour of our newly renovated and available apartment! 

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Event Recording: The RiverMead Overview

Take a look at the above recording for an overview of our Continuing Care Retirement Community. The detailed presentation covers the LifeCare Contract, the types of residences, prices available at RiverMead, and the amenities our residents can enjoy.

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Event Recording: The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Please view the recording of our recent event, The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease. We would like to extend our gratitude to Anne Romney and Melissa Grenier from the Alzheimer's Association for providing us with their informative presentation. The Alzheimer's Association was established in 1980 and is the leading voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer's care, support, and research. They are at the forefront of ending Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

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Take Charge of Your Retirement Journey

Embrace the freedom and flexibility to enjoy retirement on your terms. Attend our winter series of virtual events to see how RiverMead can help support your retirement lifestyle. View our upcoming virtual events.

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Help Your Loved One Make the Move to Assisted Living

Our series of events will help you determine if assisted living is right for your loved one, and guide you through helping them make the move.

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Monadnock Region Thrive Guide

The Monadnock Region Thrive Guide is 68 pages of beautiful photography and stories showcasing the region.

 

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Our Annual Lobsterfest

This past Friday, RiverMead residents gathered their family and friends for an annual RiverMead tradition that celebrates New England culture by serving lobster and other traditional New England foods. This year, more than 200 lobsters were served! 

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Meet our Waitlist Members | Tim and Jodi

Have a plan for your future. Join the RiverMead Waitlist Program!

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The Monadnock Collaborative Business After Hours

On July 19th, RiverMead hosted the monthly Business After Hours Event sponsored by the Monadnock Collaborative. This event is an opportunity that allows business owners and local professionals to connect and share about upcoming events regarding their businesses in our community. There was a raffle, and the RiverMead culinary team provided delicious food and drinks. This gathering allows chamber members to meet other local professionals and connect with those with similar interests.  

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On the Cutting Edge: The Use of AI and Automation at RiverMead

AI and automation technology has even made a positive impact here at RiverMead. The Husqvarna Automower is an automatic lawn mower and is currently used by the RiverMead landscaping team. The automatic mower can now manage areas that would normally take landscapers two or three days to mow. This frees up those landscapers to do other more detail-orientated jobs within the landscaping scope.

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Our Recent Ice Cream Social!

 

On Thursday, July 6th RiverMead residents, waitlist members, and guests were greeted by one of the year's hottest days so far. It was the perfect day to come inside and sit in the air conditioning while enjoying a cold ice cream.

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Now Available: Village Apartment #3305

Now Available: Village Apartment #3305

Take advantage of a rare opportunity for a two-bedroom apartment on the third floor of the Village Campus. Don't miss out!

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Assisted Living at RiverMead: Independent But Not Alone

Belonging to a community is much more than simply living around a group of other people. Belonging to a community is about sharing an emotional bond with others through friendship, shared experiences, and access to a shared support system. 

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An Evening at The Peterborough Players

On June 21st, staff, waitlist members, residents, board members, and friends gathered for the Peterborough Player’s performance of Souvenir. 

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Father's Day Car Show

During our Father's Day Celebrations, the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club NH USA brought ten classic cars to RiverMead. Residents from our assisted living and memory support neighborhoods, along with their family members, were able to enjoy and appreciate the classic automobiles!

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Get to Know Doris and David

When Doris and David Shaw moved to RiverMead in 2019, they, like most people, feared that their independence might be compromised. As it turned out, they settled in quickly and haven’t regretted the move in the slightest. 

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Memory Support: Signs It May Be Time to Make the Move

Placing your loved one in a Memory Support environment can be a difficult decision. We advocate for families to consider moving their loved ones to Memory Support because we see the benefits and positive impact of our resident-centered care daily.

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Construction of our New Memory Support Garden is Underway!

Construction of our new Memory Support Garden is underway! Accessible from the Memory Support Neighborhood, the garden will provide residents with a safe, secure outdoor location to enjoy with family and visitors. 

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Please Join Us in Welcoming Dan Moore!

Please join us in welcoming Daniel Moore as the Assisted Living Transition Counselor!

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We proudly support local farms!

In 2022, we purchased a total of over 6,134 lbs. of local produce to use in the various dining venues across RiverMead.

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Learn About Our Green Committee

The Green Committee is one of our community's many active resident groups that helps to shape RiverMead. It seeks to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, and increase recycling by engaging and educating residents and staff about the benefits of going green. 

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January Programming Wrap Up

The new year has started strong here at RiverMead! We've had a jam-packed January Programming calendar offering incredible events, activities, and excursions. Take a look at some of our favorite January Programs!

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John's Corner Dining Experience!

Our culinary team recently hosted the well-received "John's Corner" dining experience! 

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RiverMead Residents and Staff Participate in Operation Santa

RiverMead residents and staff recently donated dozens of toys and clothing for the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club's (GMRC) Operation Santa Program.

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RiverMead Retirement Community Appoints Four New Board Members, All Local Professionals in the Monadnock Region

RiverMead continues to grow with the addition of Beth Fernald, Peter Rotch, Gerald “Jerry” Galus, and Peter Imhoff.

Peterborough, Nov. 9, 2022 – Not-for-profit LifeCare Community, RiverMead, has appointed four new members to their voluntary board of trustees, the organization’s governing body. Members of the board of trustees advocate on behalf of residents, and staff and follow RiverMead’s mission in providing a high-quality holistic lifecare program in a financially responsible manner.

 

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The Western New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer's

Earlier this month, we sponsored the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Western New Hampshire. The walk included 364 participants over 64 teams. The successful event raised over $75,000 to advance the fight to end Alzheimer's Disease.

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RiverMead Day at MacDowell Lake

With summer winding down, RiverMead residents recently took over MacDowell Lake in Peterborough for a spectacular day of events. Shuttles took dozens of residents to and from the lake throughout the day to participate in various events, activities, and presentations.

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The Many Values of Living at RiverMead

In addition to the many significant social, wellness, and healthcare benefits
provided by RiverMead, there are many financial benefits.

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Music in the Monadnock Region

The Monadnock Region is home to authors, publishers, merchants, and incredibly talented musicians. Our residents are able to take advantage of many classical and chamber music concerts throughout the region.

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Boston North End Food Tour

We recently offered our residents the opportunity to participate in the North End Boston Food Tour. This comprehensive walking tour carved a path through the streets of the North End. The excursion combined the history of the North End with the best Italian food in Boston! The neighborhood was first settled in 1630 and is filled with authentic cuisine, culture, and plenty of history.

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A Night at the Peterborough Players!

We are pleased with the success of our recent event at the renowned Peterborough Players!

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RiverMead Sous Chef Wins Steel Chef Challenge!

The New Hampshire Food Bank recently announced that John Bouley of RiverMead Retirement Community won the 2022 Steel Chef Challenge.

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Meet Terri - Our Dementia Programming Coordinator

We are excited to announce that Terri Nolte has been promoted to the role of Dementia Programming Coordinator in our Memory Care Neighborhood.

She is responsible for the planning and executing of programs and activities for residents living with memory loss or dementia. She works alongside the nursing staff to provide residents with physically and mentally engaging programs.

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Work and Learn at RiverMead!

We are offering the opportunity for qualified employees to enroll in our Licensed Nursing Assistant and Medication Nursing Assistant Training Programs at no charge. These training programs prepare employees to provide different levels of professional care to residents. The programs consist of instructor-led classes as well as clinical-based education.

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Meet Dottie!

Dottie is a senior at Fitchburg State University, studying exercise sports science and psychology, and is spending her winter/spring term interning with our fitness team. 

 

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Letter: What would we do without MCH?

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have Monadnock Community Hospital here in Peterborough. Around the country, local hospitals are closing and people are left traveling long distances for routine and emergency care. 

Our Chief Executive Officer, Lara Shea, shares her story and appreciation for the team at Monadnock Community Hospital.

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Upcoming Resident Programs at RiverMead

RiverMead’s newly appointed programming team has been busy planning trips, events, and excursions for the new year. Within the first quarter of the year alone, residents will have access to dozens of happenings on and off-campus.

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Expanded Home Health Services

Due to popular demand, RiverMead has recently expanded the array of Home Health Services that we offer to our Independent Living residents.

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It’s a Great Time to Join Our Community

Now is the perfect time to come to RiverMead. We have beautifully renovated apartments, a choice of dining venues, and many classes and fitness opportunities all here on our campus.

 

 

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RiverMead Rings in the New Year!

RiverMead residents ushered in the new year with various festivities around the campus. New Year’s Eve was filled with activities put on by the programming team, including a New Year’s Toast to-go bag that included champagne, an international buffet, various movies, and horse-drawn carriage rides around the campus.

 

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Thank you to our Monadnock Community Hospital Heroes!

We would like to thank Monadnock Community Hospital's dedicated team for supporting the Monadnock Region Community through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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January Open Houses

We are holding open houses for prospective residents to learn more about our community throughout January. The two upcoming dates are January 14th and January 28th, from 2 PM – 4 PM.

 

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RiverMead’s Community Connections Program Donates Books for Local Second Grade Students

The group collected twenty-six books and donated them to Peterborough Elementary School on Monday, December 20th.

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Staff Donates Cases of Pie to Local Food Pantry

RiverMead staff recently donated cases of pie to the Peterborough Food Pantry.

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RiverMead Helps Santa Fill The Need

Residents and staff of RiverMead recently donated dozens of gifts to the Grand Monadnock Rotary Club NH USA “Operation Santa” program. These gifts will soon be distributed to children of families in need throughout the region through elementary schools, non-profit agencies, and town welfare offices.

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Downsizing Seminar and Resident Panel Discussion

Downsizing Presentation RiverMead

Recently RiverMead hosted a well-attended Downsizing Seminar. Two of our new RiverMead residents spoke about their downsizing experience, followed by a presentation given by Jan Eaton, Director of Marketing and Resident Services, and Jennifer Coles, Manager of Sales and Marketing.

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS FRONT AND CENTER AT RIVERMEAD

Carol greets at fitness center  keith at hibachi  Farmers Market at RiverMead

Are you curious and perhaps a little concerned about what life is like living in a community during a pandemic?  Are you asking yourself “I would love to be using all of the amenities that RiverMead has to offer- but am I safer at home?”

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A RiverMead Summer in the Time of Covid-19- RiverMeadia Fall 2020 By Diane Hill

 As the coronavirus numbers grew nationally, in the early months of 2020, “shelter in place” protocols were established within the RiverMead community.  Public spaces were closed off.  Visitors were not allowed.  Group activities ended.  Independent Living residents were confined to RiverMead grounds. Masks and social distancing became the norm. 

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Meet Jason Duval Asst. Director of Facilities

Jason Duval is the Assistant Director of Facilities and oversees the daily operation of the maintenance department at RiverMead.  The maintenance department is responsible for grounds keeping, snow removal, apartment and cottage turnovers, work orders, resident satisfaction, fire safety plus so much more.  Jason oversees a staff of 14 ful

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Trip of a Lifetime

RiverMead Residents joined in the Portsmouth Tall Ships "Parade of Sail" By Melissa McCutcheon After an early dinner of fresh lobster at Newick's Lobster House in Dover New Hampshire we headed to Prescott Park in Portsmouth near Strawbery Banke where the Piscataqua, Portsmouth's Tall Ship is berthed. We boarded the Piscataqua,

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New Residents Perspective in a Time of Social Restrictions

It wasn't easy to say goodbye to our home, neighbors and friends.  And letting go of this security and familiarity during the uncertainty of this pandemic filled us with concern and apprehension.  But, during the week before our move to RiverMead, as social restrictions were being eased in the world, we were alarmed to witness in ou

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RiverMead Team Pulls Together!

You don't have to look far to see all departments of RiverMead pulling together to provide exceptional service at a time where RiverMead has had to implement "social distancing". That means that we have suspended our programming, fitness and dining venues, along with not permitting outside visitors to our all levels of our Health Cen

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Living at RiverMead - a Highly Personalized Experience

Resident Centered Care:Living at RiverMead is a highly personalized experience. We learn more than our resident's names. We get to know our community members on a personal level and understand their unique concerns and priorities. RiverMead practices a resident-centered care model that invites, accommodates, and respects residents' wishes i

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Deb Seymore Celebrates 15 years in Culinary Services at RiverMead!

Deb's love for cuisine came at an early age. She was fascinated as a youngster watching the PBS cooking shows by Julia Child and Jacque Pepin. Her mom was a good cook and Deb learned to cook and be creative by watching her mom and experimenting on her own.Deb is instrumental in the busy lunchtime bistro service at The Mead. Lunch service is not

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Ashlee Ballard, Promoted to Health Center Culinary Service Manager

From: Maria Garcia, Director CulinaryDate: 8/30/19Subject: Promotion of Ashlee BallardPlease join me in congratulating Ashlee Ballard to the position of Health Center Culinary Service Manager!Ashlee has been with our department for 10 years. She began her career here at RiverMead while still in high school and has worked in a variety of positions w

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Internship: My Week in Review, by Jocelyn Horsfall-Arsenault

2019 August: RiverMead Marketing Dept. (left to right) Jan Eaton - Director Marketing & Resident Services, Cayce Sands - Marketing Assistant, Jocelyn Horsfall-Arsenault - Intern, ​and Jennifer Coles - Manager Sales & Marketing   My name is Jocelyn Horsfall-Arsenault and I've been lucky enough to spend a week here at RiverMead

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Welcome to RiverMead Charlotte & Lee DeBell!

It is amazing how quickly time has passed since we moved into a Villa apartment in mid-April. We immediately were graciously and warmly welcomed by our Ambassadors and countless Village and Mead residents, who made our transition extremely easy. That welcoming and caring atmosphere continued as we became more settled and continues today, which spea

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For Immediate Release - RiverMead Villas are Open for Occupancy

Press Release:RIVERMEAD VILLAS ARE OPEN FOR OCCUPANCYPeterborough, NH – RiverMead's Villas are now open for residency. There are two Villa buildings, with the Residences comprised of 24 corner units.The Villas join the two neighborhoods of The Mead and The Village on RiverMead's expansive 90 plus acre campus nestled in the woodlands o

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Meet the Hardings

Meet The Harding's-Ken and Sandy, they are ready and excited about their move to a brand new Villa on the Village campus!On April 1st, Ken and Sandy Harding will move into their third floor Whittemore style villa. The boxes have been packed and ready to go for a month now.They have a few more weeks to organize the last remaining details of the

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TOP 5 Tips for Downsizing Words of downsizing wisdom

Twice a year, the RiverMead auditorium swells with prospective residents, their family members and other eager guests who come to hear a presentation about downsizing and receive a list of valuable resources on the subject. "We came to learn" is the common goal- as like most, we have acquired a lifetime of memories, as well as possessions

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Bridging the Gap -

We had a great turnout and a very engaged group of attendees for our Resident Panel Presentation, followed by lunch in the Mead dining room."I'm just not ready yet" are words we often hear when speaking with prospective residents.  Many are just like you - examining what a next step might be.Downsizing from a large home or re-loc

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Mentoring Our Future

RiverMead Executive Chef Keith Fournier and our current intern from the Culinary Institute of America In 1977 a Chef named Louis Szathmary worked hard to convince the US Department of Labor to change the status of a chef from Service to Professional, Tech & Management. With this, certification and apprenticeship programs were created. Chef L

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A Few Fantastic Days in Maine

Our August morning began with pouring rain and 32 anxious passengers crowded under the awning and entryway to the Mead building eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Luxury Motor coach. Staff escorted passengers to the bus, juggling gigantic RiverMead golf umbrellas. The rain didn't stifle the excitement as passengers found their seats.We arriv

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Housekeeping: Recognizing years of service

Meet Debra Hardy-'Deb' has been part of the 25-member RiverMead Housekeeping Team for the past 14 years. She has enjoyed getting to know our residents and she loves to share stories about her backyard birds and other wildlife she encounters at her home in Rindge.  Deb and her husband are avid hikers and enjoy all outdoor activities the

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RiverMead Resident Martha Manley recognized for lifetime of service by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains

Martha Manley of Peterborough, formerly of Milford, is pinned by the CEO of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, Patricia Mellor. She received a Thanks Badge for her exceptional service at a Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 20. THETFORD, VT | June 21, 2018 – Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains honored the many volunt

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Variety is the Spice of Life

by Ann NunAdministrator of Health Services As the new Health Services Administrator, I thought it would be interesting to see life at RiverMead through the eyes of a Resident. I approached Mrs. L., a longtime resident, and asked if I could experience the day with her. Mrs. L. was happy to have me along for the day's events. We first enjoyed

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For many, fitness has become an integral part of everyday life.

 Jan Daly Eaton, Director of Marketing and Residents Services ​ People may be surprised to learn of the high demand for fitness opportunities amongst seniors. Day-to-day life at RiverMead can be as active as one wishes.Ongoing resident feedback confirms that having a diverse fitness program, on campus and at no additional cost, motivates

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Is your spouse living with Dementia?

Deb Stewart, RN, Memory Support Unit Coordinator Caring for a spouse who has dementia can be a daunting experience. As a caregiver, you can find yourself struggling with impatience, anger, frustration, and fear. Your spouse is struggling with fear, frustration, anger and forgetfulness. What can you do?That is a loaded question and the answer isn

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A Word from Human Resources

Dianne Tisdale, Director of Human Resources The staff at RiverMead tend to be extremely devoted to their work. Everyone is ready and willing to give more than 100% for our extraordinary residents, beautiful campus, and our notable Vision and Mission. (Link to web page Mission Statement) Once you get to know the staff and management, you'll s

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