Providing compassionate and quality elder care since 1963


For residents and families of Briarcliffe, it is not an uncommon sight to see Akshay Talwar journeying the corridors and pausing to visit for a while. Akshay Talwar is the CEO and director of Briarcliffe who’s expansive 30-acre campus includes the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the Memory Care Assisted Living and its newest installation, The Briarcliffe Preserve, a Supportive Independent and Assisted Living residence.

It is important for Talwar, who has been involved with every aspect of the development of this closeknit community, to interact with the residents and their families. It is important for him to see firsthand what daily life looks like for the 250+ seniors who occupy this lushly landscaped and inter-connected complex. He cares about the quality of life of Briarcliffe’s many residents; they are extended family to him.

Talwar joins the residents and the dedicated associates of Briarcliffe in marking an incredible milestone this spring, the 60th anniversary of this longstanding senior living and rehabilitation community in the town of Johnston. Six decades is a very long time to grow, evolve, expand, and prosper, all while remaining steadfast and true to a set of guiding principles.

In a recent episode of The Rhode Show celebrating this milestone, Talwar explains that the core mission of Briarcliffe is to provide the highest quality of care to its residents; it’s as straightforward as that. Their overarching purpose is to treat these residents the way they themselves would want to be treated, and to create a place of security, stability, consistency, and compassion. Sixty years of refinement and perfecting the details have contributed to the longevity of Briarcliffe.

Talwar goes on to explain the enduring relationship Briarcliffe shares with both the town of Johnston and the broader Rhode Island community. He says: “We are deeply embedded in the community… and have cared for generations of Rhode Islanders over the years, many of whom come from not only Rhode Island but also from around the country.”

It continues to be an honor and privilege to serve the individual and families of this state, and to be recognized for their important work. Briarcliffe has consistently received top awards from U.S. News World & Report and Best Senior Living Community from RI Monthly magazine.

Beyond the accolades and behind the scenes are the devoted members of the team who provide the day-to-day care for the residents of Briarcliffe. Their tireless efforts do not go unnoticed by their families and loved ones. From the attentive nurses, caregivers and rehabilitation professionals to the hard-working culinary crews to the energetic enrichment associates to the hands-on administrators and maintenance professionals, this is a powerfully compassionate team of providers.

The Briarcliffe campus is located in a quiet corner of Johnston on 54 Old Pocasset Road. To schedule your in-person tour, call 401.944.2450 or visit Briarcliffe online at And don’t be surprised if you run into Akshay while you are there!


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