Home Health Care Company to Renovate, Re-Open Former Quaker Rest Home

A nonprofit agency that provides home health care services in the Boston, Mass. area is planning a $3 million renovation for a former assisted living facility that had been run by the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, a network of Quaker congregations, reports Boston.com.

In April, the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice bought the Hingham, Mass. rest home, which the Quakers closed in September 2011 due to financial reasons, for $1.625 million with plans to use it for hospice. 

NVNA and Hospice will invest about $3 million into the shuttered building for renovations, and expects it to re-open in 2013.

The building will be renovated into a hospice residence for dying people from the surrounding communities who had been getting home healthcare services from NVNA and Hospice but can’t stay at home and wish to stay out of a hospital or nursing home. It will have room for 12 people. 

Plans include adding a nondenominational chapel, updating elevators, replacing windows, and creating two kitchens—one for patients and their families, and one for volunteers and caterers to prepare meals, the article says. 

The home health care agency will partner with the Norwell nonprofit Campus of Caring for the renovation. NVNA and Hospice provides home health care services to residents in Abington, Braintree, Cohasset, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Milton,­Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Quincy, Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth, and Whitman, Mass. 

 Written by Alyssa Gerace