The Boston Home Unveils $150,000 Renovation of Pavilion for Day Program Serving Community Members with Progressive Neurological Diseases including Multiple Sclerosis

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Revamped Space for Program Supported by Gifts from the Yawkey Foundation, Citizens Bank, Biogen Idec, Carney Hospital, Milton Hospital, Fallon Ambulance, and Individual Donors

The Boston Home announces the grand opening of the newly renovated Pavilion at The Boston Home with a special event on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The space will be used for its innovative B.Fit! Day Program, the first day program in the state for people with Multiple Sclerosis and other progressive neurological diseases, and for professional training. The event will feature Anthony Everett, anchor of WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” who will lead a discussion of B.Fit! staff, participants and family members. Arlyn White, President & CEO of the Greater New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will speak about the MS Society’s history of support of and involvement with the program since its inception. Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services will speak about programs that work to assist people with physical disabilities living in the community. Marva Serotkin, CEO of The Boston Home will make an announcement about an exciting new expansion of the organization’s day program. B.Fit! is underwritten by The Boston Home with additional support provided by the Greater New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, private donations and modest registration fees on a sliding scale.

“Our day program for people living in the community with Multiple Sclerosis and other progressive neurological diseases was founded in 2006 as the first of its kind in Massachusetts. B.Fit! has been successful from the beginning,” noted Marva Serotkin, CEO of The Boston Home. “There’s a great need in the community for a service that empowers participants to stay at home longer, provides them with opportunities to socialize and stay active and connects them to our specialized services. We have demonstrated strong positive outcomes for participants at a low cost.”

B.Fit! participants, funders, staff members, family members, elected officials and community leaders will participate in the grand opening. Confirmed attendees include: James Healey, President & Trustee, the Yawkey Foundations, a lead supporter of the renovation project; Monalisa Smith, Vice President, Citizens Foundation; State Senator Jack Hart; State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry; Ned Morse, President of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association; and Jean McGuire, UMass Boston.

About The Boston Home
Since 1881, The Boston Home has provided specialized clinical care and residential services for adults from throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with progressive neurological diseases, primarily advanced Multiple Sclerosis. Always an innovator, The Boston Home has extended its mission beyond its 96 residents to serve individuals living with progressive neurological diseases in the community through B.Fit!, a day program of wellness and socialization that currently serves 25 adults. Through The Boston Home Institute, The Boston Home advances the standards of care by committing to the education of healthcare professionals at the local and national level, building relationships to support advocacy and public policy issues, and by participating in research initiatives with community and nationally-based organizations and academic institutions.

For more information, visit http://www.thebostonhome.org.

About the B.Fit! Day Program
Through B.Fit! participants become a part of a supportive community of peers, learn to advocate for themselves within the healthcare system, and have access to The Boston Home’s unparalleled resources. During its first five years, this low-cost program has resulted in improved mental and physical health status for active participants, prolonged the time participants stay at home, and helped caretaker families regain their lives. B.Fit! benefits from strong partnerships with community partners including the Greater New England Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The RIDE, the Dorchester YMCA, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Museum of Science.

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