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The Soldiers' Home in Chelsea has prepared this guide to help you to learn about our facility and services. Our mission is to provide the best health care possible to eligible veterans who reside in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Chelsea Soldiers' Home is a state-funded, fully accredited health care complex that offers veterans quality care, full-time residential accommodations and multi-service out-patient department. The tradition of service to our nation's veterans is surpassed only by our continuing commitment to excellence in care for those who are in need now and in the future.
If desired, you may request a tour of the facility. To schedule a tour of the long term care units, please call our Social Workers, Josh Garon, LICSW or Scott Baker, LICSW at (617) 884-5660. To schedule a tour of the residential section, please call Mike Nappo at (617) 887-7120 or Kathy Shea at (617) 887-7156 from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
We provide the following services:
As a result of its exceptional health care services and the professionalism and expertise of its staff, the hospital is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Public Health. Our mission is to provide the highest level of comprehensive care, while always respecting the psycho social, spiritual and cultural needs for our veterans their families, and always striving to extend comfort, dignity and responsive care to all of our patients. We actively promote individual and family participation in the formulation and implementation of the plan for care; from admission to discharge.
Located atop Powder Horn Hill, the highest of the hills that semicircle Boston harbor, The Soldiers' Home is really a small, self-sustaining "city", featuring its own library; dry cleaning; barber shops; an auditorium and recreation rooms; a dining room and canteen; and even its own pharmacy. Also available to residents are Catholic, Protestant and Jewish chaplains; counselors; recreational programs; regularly held beanos, coffee hours and numerous outside trips. The safety and well-being of our residents is of paramount concern, as evidenced by our Campus Police Force; medical emergency alert system; and new fire alarm system. Residents can also fully utilize all of the many clinics at the Outpatient Department for their health care needs.
Services are available to veterans with out charge. We accept medical insurance plans and require that all veterans provide disclosure of their insurance coverage. If insurance does not cover the service, or if the veteran has no insurance, there is never an out-of-pocket charge.
The Soldiers' Home in Chelsea offers denominational services to meet the spiritual needs of our veterans. Service listings are available in the lobby of the Chelsea facility.
The Chelsea Soldiers' Home provides residential care for those veterans who can live in an independent setting and who, for social or financial reasons, require minimal assistance with the activities of daily living. Our residential care facilities are located in several buildings at the Soldiers' Home.
Residential care veterans are provided with a variety of social programs which promotes the overall general state of well-being for all veterans. The Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT) is an example of the social programming offered for residential veterans at the Soldiers' Home in Chelsea.
The Department of Social Work at the Soldiers' Home in Chelsea is an integral part of the professional services provided to our veterans. Licensed social workers are involved in both the admissions process and the provision of social work services to all veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers' Home.
The goal of the Department is to assure that our veterans' rights, personal needs, dignity, and self-esteem are respected and maintained. To that end, services frequently extend beyond our veterans to their families. Social workers are also available to provide outreach services to veterans in the community and in the Department of Outpatient Services who request information regarding health care, long-term care, and a vast array of community resources.
The Soldiers' Home in Chelsea offers a wide variety of recreational activities that meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of the veterans. These activities revolve around physical group exercise, arts and crafts, bingo, current events, group outings, and many other social functions, including celebrations for all holidays.
Veterans and community organizations are also an integral part of the Department of Recreation at Chelsea. They actively sponsor bingo games, social events, and coffee hours, and regularly receiving our veterans at their individual clubs for social gatherings.
Phone extensions for other departments at Chelsea may be found below. Please dial our main number (617-884-5660) to access these extensions: