The demand for specialized geriatric care came as changes in hospital and skilled nursing care created a niche for a more medical-model assisted living. The need for services for people affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders began to grow at an unprecedented rate. Dr. John Hopkins of Portsmouth created a company in which local management and private ownership brought a level of attention to detail in great contrast to the corporate absentee ownership which was overtaking the field.
The mission of Bellamy and Watson Fields is to minimize the impact and slow the progression of degenerative dementia diseases (Alzheimer’s and others) and other chronic conditions of aging.
By doing so, the quality of the resident’s life is enhanced, family bonds are prolonged and new relationships are formed. The therapeutic communities employ a bio-psycho-social approach popularized during the early 1980s when Dr. Hopkins was helping to develop New England’s first geriatric psychiatry program in a community hospital.
Our vision involves developing the space in the healthcare system where acute care has less curative potential as chronic conditions increase. Then, by offering families realistic opportunities to manage chronic conditions with the goal of enhanced quality of life for their elders, the health care and family systems become partners in successful aging.
Dear Bellamy Fields Staff,
What a difference you make in the lives of loved ones and their families. Being the light of hope at the end of an ever-narrowing tunnel offers peace of mind to family members who can then continue with the daily lives. We will forever be reminded of how lucky we were to have found a little slice of heaven called Bellamy Fields where Daddy spent the last two years of his life with dignity and respect.
I sure picked the right place for Mom when I picked you. She was loved not only by us, but by your family. She was so comfortable there, and you made her feel special. I am so impressed with all of you! Your team gave so much of themselves and I will be forever grateful. She was given so much dignity and love. You will be a part of me always. I love you guys and thank you for being who you are! You are superb at what you do!
To the staff at Bellamy Fields,
Just a note to say thank you to all of you for the incredible care you gave to my wife. The level of care, compassion and professionalism at every level did not go unnoticed. What a superior operation you have there. I will forever miss the stories of my wife you shared with me. You allowed her to live out her final days with dignity and grace.
To all the amazing staff at Bellamy;
How do you thank so many wonderful caregivers in a card? God truly blessed my family by leading us to Bellamy Fields for my mother to live her remaining weeks on this earth. You brought comfort, safety, assurance, and laughter to us all in the short amount of time you knew us. My mother hadn’t looked that good in at least a year & it was all because you cared enough to make her & us as comfortable as possible. You treated her with dignity human kindness and such respect I had never seen from employees in nursing facilities and I work in the field! I will never forget our first days there when the aides helped walk my very weak mom to the bathroom. I already loved them for the way they interacted with my mom. I think about how they cared for her dressed her in her own clothes, moisturized her dry skin every day, and made sure she always looked and smelled so clean. They made sure she was always comfortable in her positioning it fills my heart with such love and gratitude. I would like to know where John found all of you because Lord knows we need so many more of you in this world. I truly cannot think of a better place for my mother to have passed from this life. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our family will never forget any of you.