On Tuesday, September 23, Jack Authelet, Foxboro Town Historian presented a program on The Doolittle Home to a packed room at the Boyden Library. He drew from his extensive research and his personal relationship with the Home as both a neighbor and past Board of Trustees President.
For the last century, The Doolittle Home has been caring for seniors in a New England style bed and breakfast setting in the historic residence. The home features gracious appointments and state-of-the-art nursing facilities, enabling residents to age in place while receiving personalized care.
Built in 1855 by Allen Doolittle, an employee of Union Straw Works, the sprawling family homestead was used to take in boarders – young women who worked at the factory. Allen’s daughter, Sarah, lived in the family home and was active in the Foxboro Universalist Church. In 1913, she attended a statewide Universalist convention. She was moved by the call for a home to adequately care for the elderly.
Sarah decided to donate her home to provide care for the elderly to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention. The home was fully renovated and incorporated in 1915. Further renovations to the home in 1932 replaced the huge barn with a three-story structure to provide additional rooms. Thirty years later in 1963, ground was broken to add a single story annex to the complex to accommodate a nursing unit.
The nursing unit was completely renovated in 1998 to bring it into full compliance with changing state and federal regulations. And still more renovations to the nursing facility will be completed this year to provide the highest level of nursing care to its residents. The licensed nursing staff provides care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Doolittle Home for Aged Persons reorganized in 1976 as a public charity with no religious affiliation changing its name to The Doolittle Home, Inc. The Doolittle Home is non-sectarian and welcomes all faiths. The Doolittle Home is chartered as a 501(c) (3) public charity under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The location of The Doolittle Home off of the Foxboro Common and across from the Boyden Library ensures residents are a part of the town’s activities. Residents can sit on the screened porch and watch a parade pass by or listen to a concert on the Common. Residents and their families can also enjoy the beautiful grounds of the home, including a half-acre private park.
The community of Foxboro is a part of The Doolittle Home with many generations working, volunteering and visiting the home during its century-long history. Residents are treated to arts and craft activities and a variety of entertainment thanks to volunteers who share their talents. Local organizations make annual visits and a highlight is the weekly visits by two therapy dogs and their dedicated handlers. In addition, The Doolittle Home is operated by a very engaged volunteer Board of Trustees who live and work in the community.
If you are interested in a tour or more information on our services, please call Virginia Lehr at 508-543-2694.