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 one of the few specialized Huntington’s disease unit’s in the nation. 

In addition to focusing on those in need of basic elder care, the Park Avenue facility specializes in physical, speech, occupational, and recreation therapy as well as IV therapy and wound care. JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook also provides care for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as those who have suffered a stroke, brain trauma and psychiatric disorders.

“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 Karin Petrin, director of the Huntington’s disease unit/recreation services. “Coming here provides peace of mind, knowing a loved one is in good hands and being taken care of by an experienced, passionate, caring staff.”

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Cedar Brook’s Huntington’s disease Unit is one of just two specialized units in the state and one of the only six centers in the country. Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder that causes uncontrollable movements and slow loss of physical control and thought processing and residents require very specific care and assistance with tasks of daily living. At Cedar Brook, the goal is to bring comfort and peace of mind to both residents and caregivers through care uniquely tailored to the needs of individuals with Huntington’s disease with staff that is trained, equipped, and experienced in the disease process.  

The facility’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’s bright, cheerful, and homey atmosphere sets it apart. There are dining rooms and activity areas throughout the facility, as well as an outdoor patio for socializing with family and friends. Fully furnished bedrooms with complimentary cable television provide a home-like atmosphere and residents enjoy views of nearby Cedar Brook Park from the facility’s beautiful and spacious main dining room, complete with ‘waiter style service’ during lunch and dinner.

The facility 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 craft, 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, adding, “We are supportive of their needs and focused on their quality of life”.

JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook is a non-profit facility affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health. The facility, located at 1340 Park Avenue in Plainfield, NJ, accepts most insurance as well as Medicare and Medicaid. For more information, visit or call 908-754-3100

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