A Place to Call Home

Date Posted: 
Monday, June 23, 2014

Residents at the Reformed Church Home (RCH), a senior care facility in Old Bridge, New Jersey, keep busy—they can participate in exercise programs, do arts and crafts, join a book club, attend classes through a learning program, and attend a variety of live music performances. They can join off-campus outings to eat out at restaurants, go on shopping trips, or tour historic properties in the area.

RCH also makes sure to care for its residents’ spiritual health. Full-time chaplain Samir Youssef, an RCA minister, coordinates chapel services, devotions, Bible studies, hymn sings, and musical performances by choirs and bell ringers from area congregations. Because the religious background of RCH residents is diverse, Youssef also networks with local rabbis, priests, and pastors of other denominations to ensure that all residents receive the spiritual care they need.

“I think the most important reason we’re so special is we have a very skilled and compassionate staff and we’re extremely highly rated by our residents and their family members,” says Linda Mayerik, director of marketing for RCH.

RCH is also highly rated by the state of New Jersey, and has received several awards, most recently the 2014 Embracing Quality Award from Providigm, a company that evaluates quality of care at nursing homes. The award is a distinction that was received by only 305 facilities in the United States and Ontario.

The Synod of the Mid-Atlantics has run RCH since 1951, when it purchased a nursing home in Irvington, New Jersey, called Bethany Home for the Aged. Eventually the nursing home outgrew its building, so in 1998 it moved to its current facility in Old Bridge. At that time, the ministry added its assisted living, sub-acute rehabilitation, and respite care programs.

“One of the benefits of how we’re structured here is that we can have couples come in together for assisted living, come together for skilled nursing, or one to each,” says Mayerik. “Because all of our care is in one building, they can do activities together and eat together.” Visit reformedchurchhome.com or call (732) 607-9230 for more information.

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