Glenmeadow Welcomes Two New Staff Team Members
Meaghan Carrier leads Glenmeadow at Home; Chris Einhaus to oversee dining
LONGMEADOW—Glenmeadow has hired two new members of its staff team.
Meaghan Carrier serves as director of Glenmeadow at Home, which provides caregiving and a range of other services to older adults in Greater Springfield who live in their own homes.
Chris Einhaus serves as executive chef and director of dining.
The two were officially welcomed to Glenmeadow during a reception on September 26. Both say they are settling in well to the life plan community and appreciate the warm welcomes they have received both from staff and residents.
Carrier launched her career at Redstone Rehab and Nursing Center in East Longmeadow after earning a bachelor’s degree in social work from Western New England University in 2012. She was a graduate student at Westfield State University at the time, working toward the master’s degree she earned there in 2013.
Since then, Carrier has served as the director of social services at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehab Center for Northampton and as short-term rehab director at Linda Manor in Leeds. While in these roles, Meaghan says she had a close look at the gaps that exist in services for older adults.
“I watched people go home from rehabilitation hundreds of times who could have used more help but may not have known it was out there,” she said. She enjoys her work with Glenmeadow at Home because, “I like the idea of filling a need that wasn’t being met.”
In her role, Carrier oversees staff who provide client services to residents at Glenmeadow as well as to clients throughout Greater Springfield. Glenmeadow at Home offers daily help with such tasks as getting dressed, taking a shower, cleaning house, or managing medications.
As executive chef and director of dining, Einhaus draws on his 35 years of food service experience at local restaurants, hotels, and hospitals. He became interested in food service while in high school on the Jersey Shore when he chose culinary arts as the vocational offering in his junior and senior years.
Einhaus earned his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1981 and has held a variety of jobs since then. He’s been employed with Marriott’s corporate dining services; as food service director in the Brattleboro, Vermont, public school system; as manager for Fitzwilly’s in Northampton; and as food service production supervisor of Baystate Medical Center.
Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is a nonprofit, accredited life plan community; it provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout greater Springfield.
To learn more about Glenmeadow and its history and offerings, visit www.glenmeadow.org.
In the 1800s, elderly individuals without family or means were sent to live at what was called “the poor farm.” In 1884, a group of civic leaders raised funds among themselves and other area families and purchased a house on Main Street in Springfield’s south end, establishing The Springfield Home for Aged Women. Quickly outgrowing that house, land was purchased on the corner of Chestnut and Carew streets, where a new home was constructed and opened in 1900. In 1960, the name was changed to Chestnut Knoll, and, in 1992, it began to admit men.
In 1993, the organization purchased a 23-acre parcel in Longmeadow to build a new community that would provide both independent living and assisted living in one building with various common areas. This was a new concept known as a continuing care retirement community. Existing residents from the old Chestnut Knoll property were moved to the new campus in 1997. Shortly after the move, the board voted to change its legal name to Glenmeadow to coincide with the name being used by the developer of the property.
Continuing care retirement communities are now referred to as life plan communities, responding to the needs of the aging population with new opportunities for care, plus creative, educational and personal exploration. Glenmeadow offerings, which include everything from senior living options and handyman services to personal care and travel programs, are provided at its Longmeadow campus and across the region through Glenmeadow at Home. Glenmeadow strives to fulfill its mission of nurturing the whole person in mind, body and spirit.