Archive | January, 2013

In Memory of Richard Cross

Doolittle Home’s Board of Trustees, staff and residents mourn the loss of devoted twenty year volunteer Richard Leon Cross who died suddenly as the result of an automobile accident Dec. 20, 2012. His talents, humor and friendship will be missed by all.

An honor graduate of Bangor High School he moved to Boston in 1960 to attend Bentley College. An honor graduate of Bangor High School he moved to Boston in 1960 to attend Bentley College. He earned an associate and bachelor’s degree in accountancy in 1962 and 1966, respectively; and after that a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University. As an undergraduate, he was a faculty assistant and a member of the accounting correcting department. Richard went on to the Boston office of Ernest & Young, filling the post of staff auditor for three years.

In 1969 as a certified public accountant, he returned to Bentley, where he joined the accountancy faculty and remained for 40 years until his retirement in 2008. His contributions ranged across the institution which included teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, chairing the accountancy department, coordinating the certified public accountant review course, and serving on many faculty committees. In the realm of college governance, he represented the faculty on the academic affairs, institutional advancement and nominating committees of the board of trustees. From 1991 to his retirement, 17 years, Professor Cross was the school’s ceremonial marshal. Professor Cross’ unfailing commitment to students inspired several awards, notably, the Gregory H. Adamian Award for Teaching Excellence and the Outstanding Advising Award. His mentoring role extended to coordinating the Bentley Business Bowl case competition and advising student organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi and Kappa Pi Alpha. His professional memberships included Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The Becker certified public accountant review tapped his expertise as an editorial board member and instructor. He also taught courses in Boston for the U.S. Civil Service Commission, Northeastern University and Harvard Business School. Until his death, Professor Cross was long committed to community causes and active with Bay Village Neighborhood Association, Boston; Doolittle Home, a life-care retirement home in Foxborough, Mass.; and Hillel Council of Greater Boston. “Richard was a dear friend and our hearts are broken from the loss.” DeAnna Willis, Doolittle Home’s Executive Director shared.

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Volunteering: It’s Good For Your Health

Many Americans volunteer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 60 million people volunteered between 2010 and 2011. Volunteering is great for your health and your community. Research suggests that individuals who are 60 years and older have the most to gain from volunteering. The Corporation for National and Community Service reports a strong correlation between volunteering among older adults and health. The report says: “those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer”.

Choosing an opportunity is an important step in the process of volunteering. Brainstorm with loved ones and identify the goals you’d like to accomplish in your volunteer experience. Do you want to work with adults or children? Would you like to do something indoors or outdoors? Are you interested in working with animals? In addition to your interests, determine the time frame you estimate works for your lifestyle. If you would like to volunteer only on holidays than your search will look different than if you want to volunteer on a weekly basis.

Before signing on to a volunteer opportunity consult with your friends and loved ones. People who care for you may have unique insights into the type of opportunity that is best for you. It is also important to consult with your doctor to determine the benefits and risks to your health, especially if the opportunity involves manual labor. For more information about volunteering Click Here

What makes Doolittle Home Different? True Life Care.

Life Care ensures care for the resident for life, regardless of changes in health or financial status. Residents do not turn over all their assets – they pay an up-front fee for life care based on expected costs of care for their life expectancy according to actuarial tables. That cost is offset by his/her monthly Social Security and/or any pension income to determine the cost of admission. Many residents sell their modest homes, pay their admission and still retain investments of their own. With the up-front fee, residents are guaranteed care for the remainder of their days regardless of changes in health.

Life Care provides full services in addition to room and meals for life. As health changes dictate, residents have access to the fully accredited Nursing Unit. There are no additional or incremental fees with Life Care. Changing medical needs are addressed by staff and licensed providers in a familiar setting.

Life Care provides the resident’s room, three meals per day plus snacks, medication management, nursing staff, activities, etc. If a resident requires a stay in the nursing unit, there is no additional charge. Life Care even provides a hairdresser on site each week because looking good helps residents feel good. Regardless of changes in health, care is provided for life.

Come see for yourself. Schedule a private tour by calling 508-543-2694 and ask for DeAnna Willis, Executive Director.



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