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JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook Provides 24/7 Care

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Residents of JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook during a recent clay pot workshop at the Park Avenue Plainfield facility.  Credits: Victoria Caruso
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook in Plainfield offers access to advanced short-term, long-term and sub-acute care in an intimate setting and is also home to New Jersey’s only specialized Huntington’s Disease Unit.

The Park Avenue facility specializes in physical, speech, occupational and recreation therapy, IV therapy and wound care and can accommodate residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as those who have suffered a stroke, brain trauma and psychiatric disorders while also catering to those in need of basic elder care.

“Sometimes people get to the point where they can’t take care of a loved one or can’t afford to provide a loved one with 24/7 care. It’s never something that is planned. It’s just something that happens,” said Petrin. “Coming here provides peace of mind, knowing a loved one is in good hands and being taken care of by an experienced staff.”

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What sets Cedar Brook apart from others is that it is bright and cheerful throughout. There are two bright and cheerful two dining areas in each wing as well as several comfortable areas, including an outdoor patio for socializing with family and friends. Fully furnished bedrooms with complimentary cable television provide a home-like atmosphere and resident’s enjoy views of nearby Cedar Brook Park from the facility’s beautiful and spacious dining areas, complete with flowers and music during lunch and dinner.

Cedar Brook also offers residents a variety of recreational activities on a daily basis. Between meals, the dining area is transformed into a day room and meeting place for those looking to take part in everything from bingo, movies and religious services to socials, arts and crafts and Zumba. Additionally, residents enjoy trips and outside entertainment and a variety of health care-related seminars throughout the year.

“We try to make our residents feel as comfortable and at home as possible,” said Petrin. “We are supportive of their needs and focused on their quality of life”.

Cedar Brook’s Huntington ’s Disease Unit brings comfort and peace of mind to both resident’s and caregivers. The only specialized unit in the state, it is also one of only six centers in the country. Cedar Brook provides care uniquely tailored to the needs of individuals with Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that causes uncontrollable movements and the slow loss of physical control and thought processing. Huntington’s residents require very specific care and assistance with tasks of daily living. The Cedar Brook staff are trained, equipped, and experienced in the disease process.  .

Cedar Brook’s specially trained health care team includes a board-certified medical director, consulting neurologists, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, registered nurses, a social worker and a registered dietitian, as well as speech, hearing, physical, occupational, and recreation therapists. The team focuses on rehabilitating the resident’s body, mind and spirit while also assisting the resident’s loved ones.

JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook is a non-profit facility affiliated with JFK Health System. The facility is located at 1340 Park Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey.  JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook accepts most insurance as well as Medicare and Medicaid. For more information, visit http://www.jfkhartwyck.org or call 908-754-3100. 

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