Building Connections

Bridgewater HealthCare Foundation is excited to announce that the Building Connections Campaign surpassed its goal of $3.2 million. By the end of 2018, with the help of many donors, residents, team members and the broader community, $3.5 million was raised in support of the Building Connections Campaign.

Our Building Connections campaign has made life at Bridgewater Retirement Community better than ever by literally connecting buildings and our residents, as well as renovating and expanding our assisted living building. It has built our Resident Care Endowment Fund, so we can continue our commitment to our residents and sustain that support for generations to come.

Each of the campaign’s three funding priorities will connect our residents to new opportunities and to each other:

Renovation and expansion of Assisted Living: By updating the current layout, we can create common living and dining spaces so residents have more opportunities to connect and engage. All rooms will be renovated to look more attractive, with better amenities. The expansion includes adding a connection between Maple Terrace and Assisted Living, so that independent and assisted living residents can interact and move freely between sections. We will also be adding 26 new units—including studios and one-bedroom apartments for couples so that they can continue living together and fully sharing their lives.

Creation of a second memory support house: Our current memory support house, Gardner House, has developed a proven model of success, but the waiting list is long and space is limited. To meet the demand, we plan to construct a second memory support house within our current assisted living complex.

The growth of the Resident Care Endowment Fund: Providing high-quality of life for our residents, regardless of their financial situation, is essential to our mission and our commitment to every resident. When residents have exhausted their financial resources, we can continue caring for them thanks to the Resident Care Endowment Fund (RCEF). As healthcare costs rise and residents live longer, the need to grow our RCEF is even greater.

“Marilyn and I support Bridgewater Retirement Community and especially the Resident Care Endowment Fund because we believe that in that way our gifts keep on giving to benefit residents now and in the future.”

– John Garber, Board Member