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There is always something exciting to report about Fellowship Senior Living. Read all about it! And then, if you want to learn more, please contact us.  By scheduling a personal appointment you will have the opportunity to meet our professional staff and learn about the many choices available to you on our campus or in your home.

Skilled Nursing Care at Fellowship Village Earns Top Ranking from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Home Compare Survey

June 26, 2017

Skilled Nursing at Fellowship Village-a part of Fellowship Senior Living-has been rated a 5-Star Community, recently receiving the highest marks possible in all categories based on the Nursing Home Compare system compiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as well as a deficiency free State Health inspection. 

This important rating system, which reviews State Health inspections, Staffing Data and Quality measures, gives consumers an overview of the safety, quality and overall care provided by nursing homes.  Skilled Nursing at Fellowship Village is among only 2% of the almost 400 New Jersey-based nursing homes to receive this top rating.

Michelle M. Kent, President & CEO of LeadingAge New Jersey, the statewide association of not-for-profit senior care organizations, believes the top ranking awarded to Fellowship Senior Living underscores its focus on mission, vision and priorities.  "This 5-star ranking reflects the consistent quality and care associated with every program and service at Fellowship Senior Living, including Skilled Nursing at Fellowship Village.  To reach this elite status in every category is exceptional."

Since its founding in 1996, Fellowship Senior Living - a mission-driven nonprofit which provides a continuum of care - has always achieved high marks for the quality of care it provides, its state-of-the-art facilities and its focus on community, service and hospitality.

According to Brian G. Lawrence, President & CEO of Fellowship Senior Living, this latest designation is a testament to his team members.  "Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals who day in and day out provide personal service and compassionate care in a warm and welcoming setting.  This latest ranking represents more than 20 years of excellence by Fellowship Senior Living. We are committed to delivering the best possible service, hospitality and support to all those we care for and serve."

Nursing Home Compare is a federal website which offers detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the United States. The background presented on the site is essential for anyone considering a nursing home for themselves or their loved ones. The surveys look at every aspect of the nursing homes they review including the staff-to-resident ratios, meeting the federal nursing home standards, Life Safety Code standards set by the National Fire Protection Agency, and the quality of nursing home care.  The latest results for Skilled Nursing at Fellowship Village will be posted on the Nursing Home Compare website by July 2017.

Learn more at https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html

Fellowship Vilage Expansion Project Begins This Fall

August 25, 2016

A long awaited expansion and renovation project at Fellowship Village is set to begin this fall, announced Brian G. Lawrence, president and CEO of Fellowship Senior Living.  The project includes new construction and renovations in the Health Center which houses assisted living, dementia care, rehabilitation and skilled nursing areas; re-design of the Community Center and the addition of a 240 seat multi-purpose auditorium.

Features of the Health Center project include larger suites for skilled nursing and assisted living residents and more areas for social engagement in a home-like setting. Short term post-hospital rehab patients will enjoy single occupancy suites with full private bathrooms. Memory care residents will benefit from a secure environment with outdoor space, specialized activities, art studio and salon services.

The new design for the Community Center includes the addition of a Great Room and lounge for social activities, expanded administrative space, a new entrance and reception area.  The sorely needed multi-purpose auditorium, large enough to accommodate resident gatherings, will host theatrical, culinary and educational events, worship services, celebrations and more.  Additional parking and new landscaping are also planned.

The project reflects trends that are occurring throughout senior living communities.  “Seniors now expect more choices,”  notes Lawrence. “They’re seeking communities that offer an active lifestyle with high quality amenities, convenience and updated facilities.  Fellowship Village has been a standard bearer for excellent care and service for over 20 years and we intend to continue as we serve our current residents and welcome future residents.”

Annual Family Fun Day Slated for September 10.

August 25, 2016

Fellowship Senior Living invites the public to join in the fun at Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The annual event will take place at Fellowship Village, the senior living provider’s continuing care retirement community, 8000 Fellowship Rd., Basking Ridge. 

“Family Fun Day is such a special day for our Fellowship Senior Living family,” notes Brian Lawrence, president and CEO of the non-profit organization. “It’s not unusual to see four generations of family members enjoy the afternoon together. And we’re delighted to welcome area residents who bring their families to our Fellowship Village campus and join in the fun.”

This year, organizers welcome back perennial favorites such as the inflatable giant slide, petting zoo, pony rides and caricature artists.  A deejay will keep the mood lively as guests enjoy refreshments, arcade games, henna tattoos, fun photos, and ice cream treats served from an authentic classic ice cream truck. 

Volunteer firefighters from the Liberty Corner Fire Company will be on hand with a fire truck to explore, and families can circle the “Village Green” in the colorful trackless train.  Shoppers are invited to peruse the Village Store or check out the unique crafts and tasty treats made by Fellowship Village residents. Animal lovers can get up close and personal with "Rizzo's Reptiles." 

Admission to Family Fun Day is free and there is no charge for refreshments or amusements. Call 908-580-3800 for more information.

 

Rutgers Brings Ai Chi to Fellowship Village Residents

March 6, 2014

A unique partnership between Fellowship Village and the Rutgers Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is benefitting twenty residents of the continuing care retirement community in Basking Ridge. Once a week for three months, residents are participating in a therapeutic aquatic program called Ai Chi. Rutgers assistant professor and doctor of physical therapy Anita Van Wingerden leads the class at the Fellowship Village indoor pool, assisted by second year students of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT).

Dr. Patricia Deotte, the director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at Fellowship Village and an adjunct faculty member of the Rutgers DPT program, worked with Van Wingerden to bring an Ai Chi program to the non-profit senior living community. Deotte’s goal to expand wellness opportunities for the residents of Fellowship Village blended perfectly with Van Wingerden’s vision to create an intergenerational and educational experience for her students.

Ai Chi was created by former Olympic swim coach Jun Konno.  Combining Tai Chi concepts with Shiatsu and QiGong techniques, it is performed in warm shoulder depth water.  Unlike more vigorous water aerobic exercises, the postures of Ai Chi are meditative, slow, and broad. This thermal aquatic workout fosters range of motion while challenging balance and facilitating core strength and stability. Some participants wear five pound ankle weights to counteract the natural buoyancy of water and control movement.

Dr. Deotte has observed improvement as the weeks go by as the residents are now holding poses they would be unable to perform on land.  Prior to the first session in the pool, the Rutgers student interns tested the participants’ flexibility, strength, aerobic capacity, and agility. The tests will be repeated and evaluated when the course is completed.

To learn more about the Rehabilitation and Wellness Center at Fellowship Village, call 908-580-3880.

Fellowship Senior Living Cultivates Garden to Table Fare

June 13, 2013

The campus of Fellowship Senior Living is nestled in 72 acres of green rolling hills in Basking Ridge.The wide variety of trees and plants that dot the continuing care retirement community create a verdant vista that's hard to beat. Yet for Ed Wang, vice-president of Culinary and Catering Services for Fellowship Senior Living, something has always been missing from the community's landscape.

According to Wang, an on-site garden to grow produce has been his department's goal for a long time.It was just the right combination of staff support and enthusiasm that finally kicked off the project.

Executive chef Sean Cznadel began by reviewing policies and governmental guidelines that govern the use of home grown produce at senior living communities. Chefs Frank Ndreu and Adam Irlander sowed seeds in the community's 1,350 sq. ft. greenhouse. They planted herbs, which include thyme, sage, hot spicy oregano, parsley, and basil. The chefs added squash, peas, peppers, tomatoes, corn, pumpkin and eggplant. As the plants quickly flourished, Irlander and Ndreu transplanted the seedlings in beds prepared with the assistance of housekeeping supervisor Humberto Zapata and Fellowship Senior Living resident Frank Goodheart.

While this home grown effort will not yield a harvest large enough to feed the 400 seniors who call Fellowship Senior Living home, the fresh herbs and vegetables will be tasty additions to a variety of salads, vegetable dishes, and Chef Ndreu's mouth watering brick oven pizzas.

The new garden also compliments the organization's support of local farm to table initiatives. The culinary staff hosts regular farmers market events on campus that feature Jersey grown produce and purchase local products whenever possible.

Wang is excited and anxious to see the results of his team's efforts. He notes with pride, "Their hard work shows great initiative and a commitment to enhancing our culinary services at Fellowship Senior Living."

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