SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In an effort to continue its commitment to providing lifelong support for its clients with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), JESPY House has announced the opening of The Michael Och House, a Center for Aging at JESPY.

Located within walking distance of South Orange’s commercial center and JESPY’s five other shared residences and programming sites, the newly-renovated residence will hold its grand opening event by invitation only on Oct. 6.

Funding for The Michael Och House was provided by members of the Och family, honoring their father’s 20-plus years of board leadership and service to JESPY House. 

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“The Och family couldn’t be more proud of what JESPY is doing to ensure that older people with I/DD can remain in the community they have called home for years,” said Daniel S. Och, speaking on behalf of his father and his family. “Our family is very excited that JESPY has named the house for our father, Dr. Michael Och, who has long been dedicated to serving the needs of others and cares deeply about JESPY’s clients.”

The formerly private home has been adapted to accommodate the needs of JESPY clients as they grow older and is fully accessible. Each client who is now residing in The Michael Och House has his or her own personal space as well as communal areas for programs, socialization, and recreation. On-site nursing and 24/7 staffing are also available.

Established in 1978, JESPY House is a South Orange-based nonprofit that is a local leader in pioneering innovative strategies to help aging clients remain in the community that has been their home for decades.

Aging in place is on the minds of many people as more and more baby boomers join the ranks of senior citizens. For baby boomers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), aging in place is even more challenging.