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The Wingate Residences Welcomes New Director of Activities

The Wingate Residences Welcomes New Director of Activities

Burlington Resident Ashleigh Bakaian Joins Needham Senior Living Community

March 26, 2014, Needham, MAThe Wingate Residences, Needham’s only 5-star senior living community, today announced they have added an additional team member to their growing management team. Ashleigh Bakaian, CTRS/L, has joined the community as their new Director of Activities. In her new role, Bakaian will be responsible for all of the activities and wellness programming for the communities independent living, assisted living and memory care residents.

Prior to joining The Wingate Residences, Bakaian served as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Wilton, New Hampshire. She holds a number of certifications and degrees including in First Aid/CPR, Psychological First Aid and is a certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She received an M.S. in Sports Management and Therapeutic Recreation/Child Life from Springfield College and a B.S. in Health Sciences from New England College.

“Ashleigh has worked in many facets of the healthcare industry–in hospitals with children, with seniors at continuing care retirement communities and with people experiencing a variety of limiting physical and psychological health conditions,” said Scott Schuster, President & CEO of Wingate Healthcare. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to the position that we know will be a tremendous asset to our residents.”

The Wingate Residences is located adjacent to the Wingate at Needham skilled care center at 235 Gould Street offering hospitality and healthcare all on one campus. The luxurious 91-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community offers a number of sought-after amenities including leased apartments with underground parking, restaurant-style and outdoor dining, a Wellness Center, start-of-the-art security and much more in a modern setting.

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About Wingate Healthcare

Wingate Healthcare has been owned and operated by the Schuster family for nearly 30 years. Drawing on their long history in the New England medical community and a desire to help meet the critical needs of families in Massachusetts and New York, Wingate has quickly become the Northeast’s premiere provider of healthcare and hospitality for seniors. The Schuster’s strong commitment to serving individuals in all stages and aspects of their lives has led to the creation of Hospitality Homes, Operation P.E.A.C.E., The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a number of other charitable organizations. For more information, visit

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