Celebrating More than 140 Years
Henry J. SteereHenry J. Steere and Lucy Bucklin founded “the Home for Aged Men” in 1874, actively contributing to efforts by several clergy and individuals in the Providence area to support the need for the “formation of a society to provide a home for aged men, similar to the one founded in 1865 for aged woman". At the January 1875 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly, a charter of incorporation was received for the Home. Henry J. Steere served as the corporation’s first president. His Presidency was part of his long legacy of community philanthropy and leadership. Henry Steere also served as the first Treasurer and a founder of Rhode Island Hospital during this time.
Originally located on Point Street in Providence,Steere House was not large enough to meet the growing demand for accommodations. In 1882, the Home was moved to a second residence. Henry bought, repaired and furnished the dwelling at the corner of Chestnut and Clifford Streets.
Dreaming of expanding the Home again to meet the growing needs of the community, Steere left a gift in his will upon his death in 1889 to fund the purchase of a lot on Broad Street to build a permanent home. The new “Home” was a spacious and well appointed brick colonial and opened in 1895. In 1908, the Home expanded its mission to include the admittance of couples and ultimately single women as residents.
Over the years, changes have occurred gradually in order to provide for the varied needs of the residents and elders of the Providence community. Not to mention, by the 1980’s, the stately structure was not longer designed for the frailties of the elders residing there.
Therefore, a new facility opened on the campus of Rhode Island Hospital in January of 1991. The facility was renamed Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in honor of the visionary man who influenced health services in Providence during his lifetime and the century to come. The new name also served to reflect the various types of care now offered. The current three story facility is a 120 bed, freestanding skilled nursing facility. Steere House is Medicare/Medicaid certified, and accepts most insurance types.
The organization offers short stay or post hospital care for individuals returning to community settings, but also has a long history of care for those with memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. The campus is a state of the art facility with city gardens and patios, and discrete living environments to meet the different needs of our residents.
Over the years, Steere House has been an organization proud to participate and lead in a number of community-wide, long-term elder services. We are a founding member of the Carelink network, PACE of RI (Program of all inclusive care of the elderly) and other initiatives. A teaching facility, Steere House offers enrollees of the Brown Physician Geriatric Fellow program, University of Rhode Island Pharmacy Program, Community College of Rhode Island Nursing School and many others to spend hours at Steere House to gain real-world elder care experience.
For more than 135 years, Steere House has been assuring the best quality of life for each short term and long term resident in our care. This is a commitment made to each resident by our staff and our Board of Directors.