About Us Overview
The Community Family (TCF) was founded in 1978 by a group of local group of families and professionals who were concerned about lack of community-based alternatives to nursing home care. The Everett Center was one of Massachusetts’ first adult day health centers. It quickly demonstrated the effectiveness and affordability of adult day health care – a novel approach to providing care at the time. Several years later, guided by the belief that adult day health services could successfully care for those with dementia, The Community Family opened one of the nation’s first Alzheimer’s adult day health programs in Medford in 1981. This center remains one of the few memory loss centers operating in Massachusetts. In 2019, TCF assumed operation of the Dutton Adult Day Health Center located in Wakefield. Before this the Dutton Center operated by Hallmark Health System for more than two decades.
High quality adult day health care for elders
TCF provides high quality adult day health care to elders, disabled adults and those with memory loss. Our six-hour day programs provide nursing care, nutrition, therapeutic activities, social services and transportation. Since our founding, our approach has kept thousands of adults exactly where they want to be – – in the comfort of their homes and communities.
TCF draws its participants from the cities in which our three centers are located and from surrounding communities. All participants benefit from the health services provided by our skilled nursing staff and the lively programming that makes each day special. Our centers are beautifully designed with warm home-like atmospheres and lovely outdoor spaces.
As a mission driven non-profit organization, TCF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of leaders in the health and business sectors as well as consumers of our services. With the Board’s leadership, TCF has evolved into a stable organization that is recognized as a leader in adult day health.
TCF’s comprehensive services delivered in a home-like environment is a distinguishing characteristic that gives us a unique role in the continuum of long-term care services. Through more than four decades of service, TCF has maintained its “family feel” and tradition of individualized and compassionate care . . . above and beyond for participants and their families. We look forward to continuing to serve these same people and communities for many more years to come.
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“Community Family made tolerable the unbearable tragedy of Alzheimer’s. Your contribution to the community is critical, but your spirits and upbeat attitude are even more amazing. We will never forget you; your example is living proof of a living love.”
“To bring Mom in and watch you greet her with such open, loving arms, then graciously lead her into the ‘club,’ was awe inspiring. You do your jobs with such devotion, love and creativity!”
“The center was nothing less than extraordinary. You are all thoughtful, compassionate people. You treated my husband with dignity and respect and allowed him to maintain a level of normalcy, which would not have been possible without the daily care you provided him. Your compassion extended to me as well, giving me peace of mind for a few hours daily knowing that he was receiving excellent care.”
“In life, there are many unpleasant things to endure. Luckily, for the people faced with these problems, there are often family members to help them through. Other times, help comes from another form of “family.” The Community Family staff is, without a doubt, there to help and forever remains an extension of our [own] family. As a community, we should appreciate a program that truly is perfectly named, for the staff at The Community Family are extraordinary extensions of so many families.”
“You all treated Nana with such love and care, I never had to worry when she went to the ‘club.’ It takes strong, loving, caring and empathetic people to do what you do. Thank you all so much for your support over the years. You made my Nana smile, which means more to me than you know.”
“My family and I cannot thank you enough for the time, patience and understanding you’ve shown to our family and our mother. All of you have helped to preserve our mother’s pride and dignity while she dealt with such a devastating disease.”