Peabody Home is Becoming Peabody Place as Construction Moves Forward

Priority list created so individuals can reserve space in the new Peabody Place now

It’s clear to all who visit downtown Franklin that there is a major project in the works at Peabody Home. The original home, the ‘mansion on Central Street,’ was constructed in 1941 and opened in October of the following year. Over time, upgrades and additions kept pace with changing eldercare standards, the last being in 2001.

The 80-year-old building that has been a beloved residence for many community members is being transformed into a larger, modern retirement community that will include assisted living, independent living and memory care. Such a transformation warrants re-naming to reflect the expanded services and amenities soon to be available. “Peabody Place” will epitomize a renewed culture that will offer more options for seniors in an inviting setting that promotes support of the mind, body and spirit, ultimately increasing quality of life.

“Our home for residential care for more than 80 years is becoming the place for expanded residential care and independent living in a new, state-of-the-art retirement community. With construction underway and the fact that we are taking reservations for those interested in becoming residents in our new retirement community, we wanted to unveil the name and logo now to help us showcase the vision for Peabody Place,” said Executive Director Howard Chandler.

Conceptual rendering of the new Peabody Place in Franklin, NHConceptual rendering of the new Peabody Place in Franklin, NH Conceptual rendering of the new Peabody Place in Franklin, NH

Conceptual rendering of the new Peabody Place in Franklin, NHConceptual rendering of the new Peabody Place in Franklin, NH

Construction of the new 63,632 square foot Peabody Place is being done in two primary phases. Phase one of the project – building a brand-new assisted living and memory care center – is well underway and is scheduled to be completed in late 2021. Once open, current residents will move into the newly built Peabody Place, A priority waitlist has been created for individuals who want to reserve a space now.

After phase one is completed and residents move into the new space, the original building will be demolished and new independent living apartments will be built on that location. Both phases will be integrated into a single three-story building that features a granite and brick façade, large manor windows and will include a 24-hour emergency response system, personal transportation services, a beauty and barbershop, an exercise and wellness room – all within easy access to downtown Franklin. Phase two is expected to be completed in late 2022 and will also host well-appointed common areas including a bistro, media room and library.

Once completed, Peabody Place will more than double capacity from the current 37 residents and will include 13 memory care apartments, 45 assisted living apartments and 16 independent living apartments. It will feature more common space and take advantage of its unique views of the Winnipesaukee River, which bends around a point where the facility is located.

“We’re very excited about the future of Peabody Place and are developing some unique plans for the facility including using more locally sourced food in our dining areas, emphasizing that we are not just pet-friendly, but pet-welcoming, but pet-welcoming and determining how best to use the adjacent Proctor Point property for the enjoyment of our residents and their families. We’ll be launching a new website shortly that will help showcase this vision,” Chandler said.

Funding totaling $26 million for the project was approved through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program in November 2020 and construction began a month later. The building was designed by EGA P.C. Engelberth Construction is building the facility and the engineering work is being conducted by Nobis Engineering. Advisory work is being provided by RS Consulting and Northern Community Investment Corporation. For more information, contact Admissions Director Marylee Gorham at 603-934-3718 or mgorham@peabodyhome.org.

Peabody Executive Director Meg Miller to Retire

Howard Chandler selected to serve as executive director of Peabody Home effective February 22

Meg Miller has announced that she plans to retire from her role as executive director of the Peabody Home in February 2021. Her successor will be Howard Chandler, who has been approved by the Board of Directors and will begin his position on February 22. Miller has worked at the Peabody Home for 22 years as the administrator and has been an integral part of the new phase of growth and expansion of the more than 80-year-old nursing home by securing a substantial loan to more than double the capacity of the facility.

Miller is moving into retirement to spend more quality time with her family and loved ones. She will be available to help with the transition to the new executive director, who is a former colleague and is highly respected in New Hampshire’s nursing home community.

“I am so grateful for the work our staff has done to help maintain the excellent care and level of service that the Peabody Home has been known for since its inception in the early 1940s and to our fantastic and dedicated Board of Directors for their guidance and support. This is an amazing and caring team that I know will help shepherd the Peabody Home into this exciting new phase of expansion,” Miller said. “I am delighted that the board has selected Howard Chandler as the incoming executive director and it’s a good time for this leadership transition. Knowing him well, I am confident that Howard will be a great leader for Peabody.”

Howard Chandler has served as the administrator of the Mountain View Community in Ossipee, New Hampshire since 2012. Chandler, of Laconia, started on a temporary interim basis and became the permanent director of November 1 of that year. Prior to serving as administrator to Mountain View Community, Chandler held leadership positions at Taylor Community in Laconia and Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith and helped guide these facilities through a similar growth pathway that the Peabody Home is embarking on.

“We are eternally grateful for the dedication and compassion that Meg has brought to the Peabody Home day in and day out for many years. She has been an inspiring leader and I wish her and her family the very best in this next chapter for them. We are very excited that Howard Chandler will be joining us as the next executive director. He is one of the most talented and respected individuals in the industry, has great leadership skills and an impeccable reputation, and we are very fortunate to have him,” said John Benham, a long-time board member and Chair of the Building Committee, who was highly involved in the search.

Peabody Home put shovels in the ground at a recent virtual groundbreaking ceremony to formally kick off the construction process that will result in this significant expansion of facilities and services. The larger, brand-new facility will provide more capacity for assisted living and memory care and add in new high-quality independent living options for a full continuum of care. Funding totaling $26 million was approved through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program in November. On December 22, all loan paperwork was finalized, allowing construction to start.

Construction of the new 63,632 square foot facility will be done in two primary phases. The first phase will be the construction of the assisted living and memory care facility. Upon completion, residents and staff from the current facility, which dates back to 1942, will be moved to the new building. Phase one is expected to be completed in late 2021.

Once completed, the “new Peabody Home” will more than double capacity from the current 37 residents and will include 13 memory care apartments, 45 assisted living apartments and 16 independent living apartments. It will feature more common space and take advantage of its unique views of the Winnipesaukee River, which bends around a point where the facility is located.

For more information, contact Admission and Marketing Director Marylee Gorham at 603-934-3718 or mgorham@peabodyhome.org.

Peabody Home Holds Virtual Groundbreaking for Comprehensive New Senior Living Facility

State-of-the-art facility to include assisted living, independent living and memory care

The team at the Peabody Home in downtown Franklin put shovels in the ground at a recent virtual groundbreaking ceremony to formally kick of the construction process that will result in a significant expansion of facilities and services. The ceremony, captured on video, includes remarks from staff, board members and the mayor, all highlighting the long history of the Peabody Home and the strong interest in creating a “new Peabody.” The larger, brand-new facility will provide more capacity for assisted living and memory care and add in new high quality independent living options for a full continuum of care.

“Peabody Home has given back to this community for almost 100 years. This Board of Directors felt that we needed something to push the Peabody Home forward into the next century. The best option the board found is to put in a brand-new facility that will serve this community for another 100 years,” said Chris Seufert, chair of the Peabody Home Board of Trustees, during the virtual groundbreaking.

Funding totaling $26 million was approved through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program in November. On December 22, all loan paperwork was finalized, allowing construction to start.

“Three years ago, we (the board) thought about expanding and meeting the expectations of what we know is coming in this industry. We looked at our 80-year-old building and thought, ‘it’s time to think of something different.’ What we have come up with is a set of plans that will accommodate two times the census and three times the square footage,” said John Benham, who also serves on the board and chairs the Building Committee.

Construction of the new 63,632 square foot facility will be done in two primary phases. The first phase will be the construction of the assisted living and memory care facility. Upon completion, residents and staff from the current facility, which dates back to 1942, will be moved to the new building. Phase one is expected to be completed in late 2021.

Franklin Mayor Tony Guinta participated in the virtual groundbreaking and read a proclamation. “The Peabody Home is now poised to begin an incredible expansion that will not only compliment Franklin’s downtown rebirth, but most importantly will provide a special place for more than 70 seniors to enjoy their golden years in a warm, safe and well-appointed environment,” he said.

After phase one is completed, the original building will then be torn down and phase two will include constructing the new independent living facility on that location. Both phases will be integrated into a single three-story building that features a granite and brick façade and large manor windows and will include a 24-hour emergency response system, personal transportation services, a beauty and barber shop, an exercise and wellness room and easy access to downtown Franklin. Phase two is expected to be completed in late 2022.

Once completed, the “new Peabody Home” will more than double capacity from the current 37 residents and will include 13 memory care apartments, 45 assisted living apartments and 16 independent living apartments. It will feature more common space and take advantage of its unique views of the Winnipesauke River, which bends around a point where the facility is located.

“The Peabody Home has been an integral and beloved part of Franklin’s downtown since the early 1940’s. Residents near and far have come to trust the facility for its high quality of care. The expanded capacity will be critical as the Peabody Home continues to serve the growing senior population of this great community,” US Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a letter submitted as part of the ceremony.

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and U.S. Representative Annie Kuster provided video commentary for the ceremony. “This modernization and expansion of the Peabody Home will serve more seniors in our state, keeping them safe and healthy, and improving their lives,” Senator Hassan said in her video. “I’m just thrilled that the Peabody Home has received this significant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This direct loan represents an important investment in the City of Franklin, its residents and surrounding communities,” Representative Kuster added in her video.

Meg Miller, who has been at the Peabody Home for 22 years and currently serves as director, thanked her volunteer board for all of their work and support and Rural Development for providing the funding to make this project a reality. She encouraged those interested in learning more about the expansion to visit a new website that has information on the project.

Peabody Home, which is an independent nonprofit organization, will continue its unique benefits that help make it an affordable, high-quality option for senior living. While many facilities that offer independent living often require a significant down payment, Peabody plans on requiring a small, fully refundable deposit. The facility will also continue to offer its Yankee Plan, where residents pay for basic services and can then add in additional services a la carte, so they are not charged for services they don’t use.

Schematics and additional information on the building can be found online. Space in the new facility can be reserved now. Anyone who moves into the Peabody Home prior to the opening of the expanded facility will have a space held for them in the “new Peabody.” The building was designed by EGA P.C. Engelberth Construction is building the facility and the engineering work is being conducted by Nobis Engineering. Advisory work is being provided by RS Consulting and North Country and the Northern Community Investment Corporation. For more information, contact us.

Introducing New Hampshire’s Healthcare Heroes – Meg Miller & Catie Gaudreault Named Healthcare Heroes

Congratulations to our very own, Meg Miller and Catie Gaudreault, for being named “New Hampshire Healthcare Heroes!” They were nominated by their colleagues for their dedication to go above and beyond the call of duty and were two of twelve winners throughout the state.

We all know Healthcare Heroes. Every hour of the day and every day of the year they are on the job helping ensure that everyone is healthy, safe and well cared for. New Hampshire is proud to honor two Healthcare Heroes from the Lakes Region – Our very own Heroes: Meg Miller, Executive Director and Catie Gaudreault, Director of Nursing Services.

Twelve Healthcare Heroes were selected from across New Hampshire through a nominations process. This effort was run through the New Hampshire Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI), which put out a call for nominations for individuals employed in a wide range of healthcare organizations who have gone above and beyond over the past several months to care for others. A list of all winners and runners-up can be found on the NH Health Care Association website.

“These individuals exemplify the care and commitment we see across our state as healthcare workers play such a critical role as caregivers during a pandemic that has significantly challenged us in many unprecedented ways. We know there are thousands of Healthcare Heroes across New Hampshire and wanted to showcase a few of these amazing individuals,” said Roxie Severance, healthcare sector advisor for SPI.

As Executive Director of Peabody Home, a long-term care facility founded in 1938, Meg Miller says her role is to lead caring, dedicated individuals, to listen to elders, build on their abilities and minimize the assistance they may need.

Here’s what her nominator said about her:

“She has led her staff to have a zero COVID19 positive facility, keeping its staff and residents safe. While doing this she is spearheading a $25,000,000.00 expansion of the facility that will double its capacity. As Chairman of the Board of Directors, I see her daily efforts on both of the above and am just amazed.”

Meg began working in the healthcare field in 1980 at Concord Hospital. She earned her Nursing Home Administrator License in 1994 and began working at Peabody Home in 1998. “Although COVID19 has been the most challenging part of my career, I’ve enjoyed every minute of being in healthcare,” she said. “I would still recommend a healthcare career to anyone as it gave me a strong foundation to know myself better.”

Catie Gaudreault is passionate about her work in elder care. Her nominator said the following about her:

“Why I am choosing to nominate Catie is that right now, COVID19, staffing issues and increasing regulations, she is willing to take on the leadership role of Director of Nursing Services/quality of life for residents in a long-term care setting. The job of leading the backbone of a long-term care setting is a tough position and I commend Catie for embracing the role.”

Catie began working in the healthcare field 13 years ago after watching her husband’s chronically ill grandmother receive in-home care. “I started working as an Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) in long-term care,” she said. “Now, as the Director of Nursing, my biggest challenge since the pandemic has been addressing the evolving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and educating and communicating those changes to our teams and residents’ families. For those considering a career in healthcare, starting your career as an LNA is a great steppingstone to help you further your goals.”

SPI is a collaborative, industry-led program that provides funding, training expertise and other resources to help companies within a growing industry sector collaborate on workforce development needs together. The SPI healthcare sector team developed the NH Healthcare Heroes effort. The NH Health Care Association serves as the host for the healthcare sector. The effort is sponsored in part by the BEA through a US Department of Labor grant, Northeast Delta Dental and a local t-shirt company, Beeze Tees.

For more information on this effort and to get involved in the future, please contact Roxie Severance at roxie@rsconsulting.services. For more information on SPI, please visit nhsectorpartners.org.

Peabody Promotes Catie Gaudreault to Director of Nursing Services

Peabody Place in Franklin, New Hampshire recently promoted Catie Gaudreault to Director of Nursing Services following the retirement of Cheryl Barnes after twenty-two years of service at this community based senior living home. Ms. Gaudreault brings strong nursing skills with a focus on palliative and hospice care, coupled with a penchant for staff training and educating in the elder care arena – she still finds time to teach at Lakes Region and Manchester Community Colleges as a clinical instructor for their nursing and LNA programs.

Ms. Gaudreault holds an Associate in Science nursing degree from New Hampshire Technical Institute, a baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from Walden University and is currently working towards her Masters in Nursing Education. Prior professional service took place at Concord Hospital working on the medical/surgical unit and providing case management for Bayada Hospice also in Concord.

Meg Miller, Executive Director at Peabody Home stated “Catie Gaudreault as Director of Nursing brings with her the values and culture important to the residents and families of Peabody. Dignity, respect, understanding and above all a willingness to listen to what “Quality of Life” means to the elder and their family members. Catie is enthusiastic, a strong leader knowing that a well-informed staff will ensure the best care of the residents who depend on us for that care. I’m thrilled to welcome her to a consummate, professional team.”

Aside from her professional life as a champion and advocate for thoughtful, compassionate eldercare, she is a sympathetic hospice and palliative care nurse, and an emerging leader in her field. Catie enjoys family time with her husband and three children, outdoor pursuits, running and when sitting still, which isn’t often, crocheting.

Peabody’s Director of Nursing Retires after 22 Years of Service

After twenty-two years of service to the elderly at Peabody Home in Franklin, and specifically, those coping with the ravages of aging, Cheryl Barnes RN is hanging up her stethoscope and heading into retirement.

In 1998, she was hired as the Director of Nursing Services and has become a leading expert in the field of managing seniors suffering from the diseases that are broadly grouped as dementia, but more importantly, supporting them and their extended families through that process. It wasn’t just mainstream medical care though; Cheryl sought out educational opportunities in complementary medicine centered around aromatherapy and reiki in addition to certification from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Trainer in June 2018. Her training and leadership brought the Quality of Life award to Peabody in 2008, bestowed by the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services.

Peabody Executive Director, Meg Miller illuminated the incredible length and breadth of Ms. Barnes influence in the realm of elder care stating, “After 22 years at Peabody, Cheryl has finally turned that magical retirement age of sixty-five. Her unwavering stewardship has driven the culture here, one of care, support and love, all delivered in a home-like environment. She knew early on how important it is to support both residents, their families and our staff. She has been selfless in her support of the many issues that comes from leading a diverse group of over thirty nursing professionals”.

Her initiatives ranged far beyond the memories shared by countless families of loved ones who lived out their last years at Peabody Home. She worked as Director of Nursing at Epsom Manor Nursing & Retirement, Presidential Oaks (formerly Odd Fellows Home) in Concord, and prior to Peabody Home, Taylor Community in Laconia, racking up an impressive thirty-year career.

Cheryl Barnes has been and continues to provide mentorship to those newer to the field. She was a founding member of the New Hampshire chapter of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care and is their sitting Board Treasurer.

New Hampshire State President, Kirsten Lyons says, “From my very first NADONA meeting in the Spring of 2017, I was warmly welcomed by Cheryl. She was tireless as an advocate and champion for our professional field, a respected and revered source for peer training, and certainly a voice to listen and learn from. We took back to our own facilities tools and techniques learned from her, to share with our own nursing staff. Cheryl lead with the mantra of caring for residents as if they were part of her own family. Her compassion, kindness and dedication is and was completely genuine”.

The COVID pandemic robbed this great lady of the retirement party she deserved, but staff at Peabody Home still managed to hold a gathering, with remote access for many more who ZOOM’ed in to join in the congratulations for her decades of service. One of the nurses penned an original song which was played during the party, presents, memories and goodwill was shared by all, along with sweet delights from Dairy Queen, one of Cheryl’s go to stress relievers!

While letting go of nursing care will be a challenge, she will devote her time to creative pursuits, consultancy work, and providing support and mentorship to up-and-coming gerontology specialists.

Peabody Staff receive Certified Dementia Practitioner credential

Seven staff members from the Peabody Place in Franklin, New Hampshire have been certified by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. The certification complements other professional credentials and training already obtained within the multi-leveled skilled care provided at this unique senior living community nestled in the heart of Franklin and located along the banks of the Winnipesaukee River.

Photo caption: Meg Miller – Administrator, Haley Bryan – LNA, Stephanie Gagne – RN, Angela Mundy – Director of Activities, Terri Didonato – LNA, George ‘Chip’ Gailey – LNA. Not present Laurie Hansen – Activities Assistant

NCCDP – National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners– has developed and encourages comprehensive standards of excellence in direct-care skills, education and sensitivity in the area of dementia care. The Council was formed to promote standards of excellence in dementia education to professionals and other caregivers who provide services to dementia clients.

As the number of cases of dementia-related diseases continues to increase both nationally and worldwide with a strong focus on research for causes, treatment and possible cure, there is no national standard for dementia-specific education for all healthcare professionals. While Alzheimer’s Disease is the most well-known of this group of illnesses, others include Lewy Body Dementia, often masked by a misdiagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, Vascular and Fronto-Temporal Dementia that make up the four most common types of progressive disease that destroys memory and important mental functions.

Now with seven additional practitioners minted, Peabody continues to strive for the gold standard in compassionate memory care of the elderly.