LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A different kind of rehabilitation center will be opening soon in Longmeadow. JGS Lifecare held a public ceremony Thursday to reveal the new Sosin Center for Rehabilitation.
Congressman Richard Neal and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno were among those on-hand for Thursday morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
Roberty Baevsky, the Chairman of the Board for JGS Lifecare told 22News, the center’s goal is to create a home-like feel. “We’re looking to help them do the activities of daily living, and do it in a home like setting so they can more quickly transition back to their own home,” he said.
The center consists of two houses which can each accommodate 12 short-stay residents.
Every resident has their own private bedroom and bathroom, with the two houses having common living rooms, dining rooms, dens, and kitchens.
The Sosin Center is the first rehab center in western Massachusetts to implement the “Green House Model.”
Green House Project Director Susan Ryan told 22News, the Green house Model has been proven to reduce medication use and re-hospitalizations, while increasing socialization and one on one interaction with caregivers. “Those in greenhouse homes their length of stay is typically less than it would be in a traditional rehabilitation facility. They’re able to rehab much more quickly,” she said.
JGS Lifecare is also opening a new kosher café, named “Michael’s Café,” which will serve both residents and visitors.
The Sosin Center and Michael’s Café will open following the completion of all regulatory requirements.