Welch Senior Living Principals

The principals of Welch Senior Living — Richard Welch, Paul T. Casale, and Michael Welch — share in the oversight of the business, with Mr. Casale, vice managing principal, responsible for the day-to-day operations. They have worked together for over 30 years as partners, developing and managing skilled rehabilitation and nursing centers, assisted living communities, retirement communities, memory care programs, and related services, including adult day health centers and Welch Home Care Services.

Welch Senior Living grew to a company that managed or owned 19 senior living residences and skilled rehabilitation and nursing centers with more than 2,000 staff members. Along the way, the family enterprise became experts in the field, developing some of the finest and most innovative senior care properties on the South Shore of Massachusetts for the benefit local seniors, whose healthcare and comfort were the company’s top priority. In 2016, the principals decided to focus solely on their assisted living, independent living, and memory care communities.

Richard M. Welch


Richard Welch has more than 40 years of experience in the management of skilled nursing centers. Mr. Welch’s professional experience includes the oversight of Welch rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, housing for the elderly, assisted living communities, home care, a temporary nursing agency, and adult day health centers.


  • Principal in ownership entities of the Welch Senior Living properties
  • Former director of Massachusetts Extended Care Foundation (MECF)
  • Founder, The Friends of Nursing, University of Massachusetts – Boston, School of Nursing

Michael Welch


Michael Welch served as vice president and chief operating officer for all Welch owned and managed rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers. For more than 30 years, he has held senior management positions in the long-term care industry. Mr. Welch directed the company’s successful Medicare PPS conversion and guided the organization toward a team-oriented and process-focused management structure. These initiatives have generated higher census, deficiency-free surveys, increased patient satisfaction, and greater retention of staff.


  • Principal in ownership entities of the Welch Senior Living properties
  • Development of management programs for personnel, facility operations and consulting contract services
  • Former administrator (16 years), John Scott Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Braintree.
    He served for six years as assistant administrator.
  • Past president, South Shore Chapter, Massachusetts Federation of Nursing Homes

Paul T. Casale, MBA


Paul T. Casale has more than 35 years of experience in the management of skilled nursing facilities (SNF). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, formerly known as the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation (MECF) and Mass ALFA, the Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association. Mr. Casale also has significant experience in the development of SNFs, retirement housing, and assisted living residences.


  • Principal in ownership entities of the Welch Senior Living properties
  • Since 1976 responsible for the financial management of the business and development activities related to new facilities – Principal in the ownership entities of the Welch Senior Living properties
  • Administrator for six years of the John Scott House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
  • Director and former second vice president, Massachusetts Extended Care Federation, now the Massachusetts Senior Care Association – Director, Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association

Mrs. Rita M. Welch


Founders Frank and Rita Welch served as the inspiration for the life-long commitment to senior care by generations of the Welch family. The late Mrs. Welch is credited with being both a pioneer and an innovator in Long Term Care. In 1949 the Welch family opened and shared their home with elders needing around-the-clock supervised care. This event marked the founding of the John Scott House by Mrs. Welch and her late husband Frank.

Mrs. Welch served in leadership positions on boards of national and state organizations. She was a founding member and former president of both the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Nursing Home Administrators and the Massachusetts Senior Care Association and served as secretary of the American Health Care Association. She was the first chairperson of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators and held License # 1 in Massachusetts.