About Us
About BallouLife Communities
Since 1900

Providing Quality Care For Over a Century

Our Story

Harriet Blake Ballou founded Ballou Home for the Aged in 1900 for the expressed purpose of serving, “indigent men and women of American birth and correct habits”. There were five first residents who shared common areas such as the kitchen and sitting room but had their own sleeping rooms. The Board of Managers did everything in the early days from fundraising, to staffing, to even making drapes. In 1968, Ballou moved to its current headquarters on Mendon Road. Florence Mowry, speaking at the dedication ceremony, said, “Today, we give our members 500% more in the way of comforts and luxuries than we could in 1900.” Membership expanded to 43 residents and rehab services were added. Even with this expansion, though, Ballou kept its home-like feeling and personal care envisioned by its founders. These founding principles still hold true, even to the present day.


The BallouLife Family

Barry zeltzer, PhD

Executive Director

Sarah Guerra

Director of Finance & Administration

Robert Christensen

Director of Development

Tina Senecal

Director of Life Enrichment

Dennis Ayotte, RN

Director of Nursing

Jocelyn Dubois, RN, MSW, LICSW

Director of Social Services

Mary Menard

Community Relations Coordinator

Brian Snay

Executive Chef

Ruth Daly, RN

Certified Infection Preventionist

Constance Landry, RN

MDS Coordinator

Eric Coburn

Director of Facilities

Tiffany Frappier

Food Service Director

Interested in Joining the BallouLife Family?

Here at Ballou we are always looking for caring, dependable people to join our staff. To view our current job openings or apply for a job, please click here.

Board of Directors

Nancy K. Saccoia


Myra A. Durfee


Stephen J. Rocco

Board Member

Susan Breen

Board Member

Adam Badeau

Board Member

Angela Hebert

Board Member

more than just a building

Our Facilities

In 2018, Ballou Home for the Aged celebrated its 50th anniversary year in its current facility at 60 Mendon Road in Woonsocket. Our current facility includes resident rooms, a chapel, activity room, rehab space, offices, and a spacious and nicely appointed dining room which doubles as the central gathering place for various events, activities, and meetings. Outside are beautiful gardens that are filled with all kinds of flowers and shrubbery as well as benches for people to sit and enjoy the beauty before them.

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