Officials gather to celebrate grand opening of Oasis at Dodge Park

Dodge Park Rest Home also honored for 50th anniversary  

(l to r) Micha Shalev, co-owner; State Sen. Harriette Chandler; Carrie Lindberg RN BSN, director of nursing; and Ben Herlinger, co-owner.

Worcester – Nearly 400 guests gathered Sept. 13 to celebrate the grand opening of the Oasis at Dodge Park, a new state-of-the-art facility located at 102 Randolph Road. The event was also an occasion to honor the 50th anniversary of Dodge Park Rest Home, which is located across the street from Oasis. Both facilities are co-owned by Micha Shalev and Ben Herlinger.

Located at the site of the former Oddfellows Home in Worcester, directly across the street from Dodge Park, the Oasis facility is specifically designed around the needs of individuals with memory loss and cognitive disabilities. It is the only rest home in the region with a special dementia care unit.

The Alzheimer’s Program at the Oasis is designed to promote independence within a comfortable and safe “small household model,” while helping individuals maintain the optimum level of function and to maintain the highest quality of life possible.

The recently completed Phase I will accommodate 50 residents while Phase II will accommodate another 32 when completed.

Dodge Park’s focus is on residence center care. It has been recognized as a “Caring Superstar” by caring.com, a designation that is based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on the website.

The five-star honor puts it in the top 1 percent of facilities (one of only 67 in the country) offering assisted living and memory care services nationwide.

At the Sept. 13 event Shalev addressed the crowd, noting that he and Herlinger were “very blessed” to have so much support that was needed to “deliver the unique level of care provided at both facilities.”

“We are very proud of Dodge Park’s 50-year tradition of excellent care, and are we extremely proud of the newcomer … the young, dynamic, unique and bold sister … the Oasis at Dodge Park,” he said.

Shalev noted that state senators Harriette Chandler (D-1st Worcester) and Michael Moore (D-Millbury). Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus, and Timothy Murray, the president of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, had been instrumental in helping to facilitate the process of building the new facility.

He also thanked his “wonderful managers and staff,” adding, “At the end of the day – we are as good as our team we work with.”

For more information visit www.dodgepark.com and www.oasisatdodgepark.com,

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