Benchmark Senior Living on Clapboardtree Welcomes New Executive Director

Patrick Hardy Joins Norwood Community to Positively Impact the Lives of Local Families

Patrick Hardy

For many people working in senior living, it’s not a job, it’s a calling. For Patrick Hardy, the new executive director at Benchmark Senior Living on Clapboardtree in Norwood, Mass., the desire to make a difference led him to senior living eight years ago. Educated in economics, he switched careers from financial services wanting to positively impact families. As the community’s new executive director, Hardy is responsible for overseeing all aspects of its operations and helping local families thrive.

Prior to joining Benchmark, (, a leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast, he oversaw Brookdale Senior Living properties in Dedham, Mass., and Auburn, Mass. Before pursuing his passion for senior care, Hardy was a portfolio administrator for State Street in Boston. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Originally from Central Massachusetts, Hardy now lives in Waltham, Mass., with his wife, Mairead. In his free time, he enjoys celebrating his Irish heritage, spending time outdoors and watching Boston’s sports teams win.

“Benchmark stands for what I believe in,” says Hardy. “The company is not only incredibly dedicated to its residents and families but also to its associates, which is important for ensuring quality care. Clapboardtree is a beautiful new community with a plethora of resources, and I look forward to helping facilitate solutions for Norwood area families.”

Most recently, Benchmark Senior Living on Clapboardtree celebrated its first anniversary of caring for South Shore seniors. Located on the Westwood/Norwood line across from Xaverian Brothers High School, the community offers assisted living, memory care for all stages of dementia supported by Benchmark’s effective, award-winning Mind and Memory approach, an active programming schedule, experienced staff and a host of on-site amenities.

“Patrick not only has experience but also, more importantly, he has the passion and desire to connect with our residents and families on a deep level,” says Julie Lombardo, regional director of operations for Benchmark. “We founded this community on the promise to elevate human connection, and we know that Patrick will help fulfill that promise every day.”

About Benchmark 
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark Senior Living is a leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark operates 56 senior living communities offering independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and continuing care in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Benchmark has been recognized as a top workplace by The Boston Globe for 10 consecutive years as well as by the Boston Business Journal, Connecticut Post, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal. It has been named one of the healthiest employers by the Boston Business Journal and Providence Business News. For more information, visit

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