A Note from Franklin’s Mayor

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the ribbon-cutting for the first phase of the new Peabody Place, a beautiful environment for our special senior residents. This new facility will provide the state-of-the-art living with the best amenities taking care of our seniors by looking at the whole person, not just the medical issues, and in a way that respects the individual needs of all residents.

Franklin is now undergoing a significant revitalization, most notably the redevelopment of our river into a first-in-the-region white water park designed and implemented by the non-profit Mill City Park. Already we have seen financial growth and investment in our city as more become aware of our many opportunities to enjoy small city life.

But it is not just about the whitewater park. In addition to Peabody Place for our special seniors, we have provided housing options for our entire Franklin community. We completed over 40 apartments through the Concord Area Trust for Community Housing (CATCH) which provides workforce housing in the redeveloped Franklin Light and Power Mill building. In addition, our vacant Steven’s Textile Mill is also being renovated as a “mixed-use” building of business, and over 150 market-rate apartments are projected to be completed by the end of 2023. And not to be forgotten is the redevelopment of our International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) building into nine high-end condominiums overlooking our evolving downtown sector.

This represents an investment of over $70M in our small city.

As we continue to redevelop, three restaurants will be opening this spring in Franklin, providing exciting dining options for all of our citizens. And as we continue to develop Peabody Place, we have been mindful of not just a safe place for residents but a true home for them.

Many years ago, when my grandmother was a resident at the Peabody Home, I spent an afternoon with her, playing familiar songs on the piano in the lovely living room. And the sense of home for myself and my grandmother was very present. This is so important to our residents and one that the new Peabody Place has clearly embraced, maintained and continues to develop. As its philosophy of care shifts away from a nursing home and more to a supportive role that recognizes our seniors as real people who have contributed so much to our community, Peabody Place has set the standard for future senior care of our most valued senior citizens and celebrates lives well lived.

Franklin's Mayor Jo Brown

Jo Brown, Mayor
City of Franklin

In a few short days, we’ll be home

Last week, we furnished and decorated one of our suites to give you an idea of how homelike and incredibly comfortable the private rooms at our new Peabody Place will be.

Our new home is roomy with all the luxuries of home – cable, Internet and individual climate control keypads. Most importantly, the space is bright with lovely floor-to-ceiling windows to let in ample natural light, which is important for our spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Substantial common space is also warm, bright and inviting.

An alternative view of the living area showing the kitchenette and the large window view.

Our elevators run so quietly and smoothly delivering passengers to whichever floor they need to go. Right now, that’s tradesmen and staff only, but this weekend, it will be family members and volunteers making the much-anticipated move to our new building.

Our old home is bustling with activity as we’re working hard to get all our family members’ belongings and personal possessions packed, labeled and ready for Saturday’s big move. With only a few days left, we feel a bit like kids the night before Christmas eagerly waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus.

In a few short days, we will finally be in our gorgeous new home.

A view of the studio bedroom with a lovely blue accent wall.

Our special thanks to Corporate Member Chuck Motta for his help putting the finishing touches to this beautiful space and to the Grevior Furniture Store family, right here on Central Street in Franklin.

Renovations harken in new long-term care model at Peabody Place

The Concord Monitor’s recent article on our expansion and upcoming spring opening details how Peabody is empowering individuals living in a long-term care setting.

Peabody Place, a freshly renovated assisted living facility in Franklin, could easily be mistaken for a luxury hotel.

The three-story building features a granite and brick façade, large manor windows and a view of the Winnipesauke River. But Howie Chandler, the facility’s executive director, is more excited by what the new building represents: a new long-term care model.

He said as residents move from the original, 80-year-old facility to the new building in April, Peabody Place’s care staff will shift away from doting on healthcare needs and focus on providing a meaningful, even fun, lifestyle.

“People don’t usually think of long-term care and fun but that’s really our goal,” he said.

Residents will enjoy private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, which Chandler said are essential for maintaining dignity.

The facility has also made small changes to floor plans to give residents as much control as possible over their lives. Even though all meals are cooked and served by the facility, each room is outfitted with a refrigerator, so residents have control over when and what they eat.

“It doesn’t sound like much but control is so, so important,” he said.

Residents will also have the opportunity to help out around the facility, whether it be cooking, cleaning or organizing events. Even though it’s often easier for staff to quickly complete these tasks on their own, he said the opportunity to help gives meaning to a resident’s daily schedule, one of the most important indicators of longevity, he said.

Construction of the new 63,632 square foot facility is funded by the U.S Department of Agricultural’s Rural Development Fund. Once completed, Peabody Place will more than double capacity and will include 45 assisted living apartments, 13 memory care apartments and 16 independent living apartments.

Amenities include common space for gathering on all floors, a 24-hour emergency response system, memory care services, personal transportation services, a beauty and barbershop, an exercise and wellness room and easy access to downtown Franklin.

Read the full article, “Renovations harken in new long term care model at Peabody Place,” in the Concord Monitor

Monitor staff