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Welcome to RIVERBEND 

a cozy Residential Care Home
on Main Street in a vibrant central Vermont town
Riverbend sign in front of porch, ramp and door with flowers, swing and flag


  • Licensed level 3 Residential Care Home

  • Family-owned and operated

  • Nestled in a beautiful Vermont downtown

  • Nurturing community partnerships

  • Easy access to local resources

  • Round-the-clock professional care

  • Praise from residents, families, community


Apply today for yourself or your loved one

to become a resident of our home.

Print and fill out the Resident Application and Admissions Questionnaire below or contact us for print copies, then email or call for an appointment to discuss next steps. 

We're a Level 3 Residential Care Home

Sometimes the terms "assisted living" and "nursing home" are used interchangeably with "residential care home" yet there are important differences.

Level 3 Residential Care Homes like Riverbend “provide personal care, defined as assistance with meals, dressing, movement, bathing, grooming, or other personal needs, or general supervision of physical or mental well-being, including nursing overview and medication management as defined by the licensing agency by rule, but not full-time nursing care.”  You can find out more from the Vermont Agency of Human Services.

With a 22 resident capacity, we take care to match roommates and dining table groups that are compatible and create a family atmosphere, while taking the time for personal touches including medical management like making appointments, connecting with specialists such as for eye care, audiology, cardiology, neurology, orthopedics and rheumatology, promptly answering requests for assistance, and encouraging each resident’s independence.

What Kind of Facility Is Riverbend?

Photo of Riverbend building front

Why Choose Us ?

We offer so much beyond the basics of safety and assistance with activities of daily living in a home-like setting.  We're intimately embedded in the community, offering our residents unique opportunities to enjoy life, stay active and contribute from their unique gifts and wealth of life experience.


Caring, Professional Staff

Our personal care providers offer individual support around the clock while encouraging independence, including our Registered Nurse and Nursing Assistants.

Activities & Social Support

Stay connected with friends and family, strengthen community ties and enjoy good company at home, online and in the community.

Comfort & Safety

From the privacy of your room, cozy shared living and dining rooms to front porch, deck and backyard, enjoy Victorian architecture and modern amenities and gardens.

Ways to enjoy the outdoors:

  • Wave to neighbors walking by on the sidewalk

  • Take a walk

  • Swing gently in the yard

  • Listen to the First Branch of the White River

  • Watch birds at the feeder

  • Visit on the front porch or back deck in the sun or shade

Our great location:

  • We're located right on Main Street in a classic historic town center

  • Nestled right in the heart of the village

  • Just steps from library, town hall, post office, bank, stores, churches, schools and more

  • Neighbors drop by to visit

We have collaborated with:

  • Chelsea Elementary School

  • Chelsea Health Center

  • Gifford Medical Center

  • Integrated Community Resilience

  • Stage Coach/Tri-Valley transport

  • SafeArt

  • Chelsea Senior Center

  • Brookhaven School

  • Local artists

People are saying...

To say I love it here would be an understatement... I would recommend Riverbend very highly for superior care.  It is a great place to work as well as to live.

Judith Ingalls, 18-year

When I read the really nice article. . .my heart filled knowing you are there in Chelsea giving such a wonderful opportunity and home to so many who deserve it.

Sandy Conrad, Southwest Vermont Council on Aging

Michelle was a flower planted in too much hardship and trauma to bloom... now she has blossomed in ways no one knew were possible. 

Chris Zubryd, Resident Family Member

Let's Discuss Your Care Home Options

Whether you are looking for your next welcoming home, a supportive facility for a loved one, or care for a client or patient, we encourage you to reach out with any questions or to set up a free in-home consultation.

Fill out the form, email or call us at 802-685-2250.

I look forward to talking with you,

Jennifer Doyle, Owner and Director

Riverbend Residential Care Home, Inc.

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