Holton Home, Western Ave Brattleboro VT  setting the standard in elder care since 1892


Licensed by the State of Vermont as a residential care home, we provide assistance with daily tasks, giving our residents the freedom to enjoy life and maintain independence. Caring staff are available 24 hours a day to help with personal care and medication. A nurse monitors each resident’s health. Also included in the affordable monthly fee are three delicious meals each day, activities, and housekeeping and laundry services. Holton Home has been a non-profit since 1892.

The Benefits of Making the Move

The phone rings.  The caller is concerned about their loved one – a parent, an aunt, a friend.  They’re falling or not eating right, they’re isolated and showing signs of depression or memory loss.  But they don’t want to leave their home.  The caller is very worried, but feels helpless; they want to respect their loved one’s wishes, but watching the decline is so hard.

It can feel like a failure when an elder leaves their home because they need some help, like a step closer to the end.  Giving up their independence, saying good-bye to a beloved pet, losing familiar surroundings.  You might think that such losses would further contribute to their decline.

“It’s not true!” says Andy Reichsman.  And he would know.  For many years, his mother lived next door to his home in Marlboro.  She loved her home, the views, even the caregivers who came in to ensure she took her medication, ate well and got in and out of the shower safely.  Andy was determined to keep his Mom home.  “I vowed I would never move her into assisted living or a nursing home.


Beyond the Walls of Holton Home

Each November we attend the Chrysanthemum Show at Smith College’s Botanical Garden.  It is always pure joy to see the spectacular blooms in all their many forms, some are huge puffs like snowballs2-cropped, other spike out like colorful fireworks –  the usual, the unusual, and the array of hybrids the students develop each year.  We always make our way through the two special greenhouses, walking up through the Camellias (tea) and citrus and through plants from around the world. 1-cropped

The coffee plant is pretty new, with few beans – but the 

Bradley House Revival UPDATE

It was a proud moment when Holton Home’s Board of Directors made the decision to merge with Bradley House, creating sister-homes for elders.  Their dedication to our mission and to “doing the right thing” was admirable; without their commitment to our community’s elders, Bradley House’s future was insecure.

As the breadth of capital needs unfolded, and the costs became clear, we knew we’d need public funders – lots of them.  And, without any one of them, the plan could fall apart.  So, we started the many applications and presentations to those funders.  And, one by one, every single funder has said just what we believe:

Bradley House is too important to lose.  Brattleboro needs both Holton Home and Bradley House.  The number of seniors who need assistance is only growing and we must be ready for them.

  • The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) awarded us a $504,000 grant.
  • The Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) promised a $450,000 grant.
  • The Town of Brattleboro pledged a $50,000 allocation.
  • Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) agreed to a $3.65 million construction loan.
It is because of our community of kind friends that Holton Home has been able to provide exceptional service to elders for more than 120 years. Thank you.

Holton Home
158 Western Avenue
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Tel: 802.254.4155