65 Briarwood Circle Worcester, MA 01606

State of Emergency Planning for COVID-19

*COVID-19 Update January 21, 2021

We are currently providing vaccinations for all Briarwood and Knollwood residents and staff team members in partnership with CVS. The first phase is now complete throughout the campus.


Dear Residents and Team Members:

In light of the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency and additional communication with public health officials regarding the Covid-19 virus and in collaboration with Masonic Health System’s disaster planning staff, the following steps have been implemented:

Knollwood Closed to everyone (exceptions Administrator approval). 

Assisted Living Closed to everyone (Exceptions approved by RN Director). 

Fitness Center and Pool Closed to Non-Residents (Open to staff). 

Craft & Chat Closed to Non-Residents. 

Café Take-out only. 

Dining Rooms Birches Dining Room closed. Takeout available. 

Sunday Brunch Suspended but limited menu available. 

Thursday Buffet Suspended but limited menu available. 

Salad Bar and Soup Pot Suspended but available via table service. 

Easter – Residents may dine in the Birches Dining Room however without guests. Anyone wishing to have guests may do so in his/her home and order take-out. 

Libraries and Lobbies – Closed to Non-Residents 

Prospect Interview Suite – Used only by Marketing Team and at Team’s discretion. 

Life Enrichment Programs – Suspended until further notice 

Company Supply Deliveries – All supplies must be dropped at Birches Loading Dock. 

All package deliveries such as FedEx, UPS, and Peapod will be dropped at the Birches within the airlock. 

A sound plan has been put in place. Briarwood remains in regular contact with all relevant public agencies. In anticipation of disruptions to our supply network, reserves of water, food and cleaning materials have been built-up.

Residents with private home health aides should share this memo with them so that there is some integration between the Aide and Briarwood Team Members. Without question, private Aides may travel wherever the Resident goes however, Briarwood personnel will be informally screening everyone for symptoms and reserve the right to ask anyone to leave the campus if symptoms appear present.

Residents that self-isolate and have questions or needs may call Daria Meshenuk, Resident Services Coordinator for assistance.

A successful resolution to this challenge depends upon cooperation from everyone. This is a major disruption in everyone’s life and one that is very fluid. So, we may miss some problems however, we will quickly adapt and overcome!

Thank you, 

Paul F. Bowler, CEO