From the handmade holiday decorations strung throughout the hallways to the fresh coffee and smell of cinnamon sugar cookies wafting through the air, the warmth that greets those who walk through the front door at CareOne at Ewing is immediately energizing and somewhat familiar.

“That’s what we were going for!” laughs Terri Flesch, director of admissions and marketing at the Ewing facility. “CareOne at Ewing is a family, and that’s evident as soon as you step through our doors.”

For more than 10 years, the 100-bed facility located at 1201 Parkway Avenue has offered both post-hospital sub-acute rehabilitation care as well as clinical long-term living services. CareOne at Ewing is part of CareOne, a healthcare company with 29 locations throughout 11 counties in New Jersey. Each location offers a variety of services including post-hospital rehabilitation, assisted living, Alzheimer’s assisted living, and long-term care.

The medical and physical rehabilitation team at Ewing consists of registered nurses available 24 hours a day, licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists, on-site physicians, social workers, a recreation director, dietician, and case manager. The staff works together with each patient and their family members to meet individual needs and create personalized plans that maximize recovery potential.

“This is what sets us apart from other facilities,” says Flesch. “The staff here at CareOne at Ewing is like a family. We treat each other like family, and treat our patients like family.”

Rose Marie Smieszek, 68, agrees. A patient at CareOne at Ewing for more than four years, she enjoys where she lives and considers CareOne at Ewing her home.

“I’m proud to reside here,” she says. “When my family comes to visit, I’m proud of the facility, the people, and the events. I look forward to showing it off to them.”

Events at CareOne at Ewing are held daily and range from trips to local parks, museums, and farms to game nights and live entertainment. CareOne also offers religious services for various denominations and has systems in place to accommodate any language barriers they may encounter.

“We have barbeque nights, luaus, and morning socials. The residents can bake cookies, paint pumpkins, or make holiday decorations. We realize that people may not always be happy to be here, and so we try to be as creative and engaging as possible,” says Flesch. “In fact, I’m usually the first one up and dancing with the residents when the music starts to play!”

Flesch and other CareOne staff also enjoy heading out to the local community to spread the word about their company. They host in-service workshops with local senior organizations and spend time with groups answering questions about the facilities and admissions process. They also open their doors multiple times a year for community bingo nights in hopes of raising awareness about CareOne and all the services they have to offer.

“The energy is always positive here, ” says Flesch. “It starts from the top and trickles down. That’s what makes CareOne at Ewing such a great place.”

CareOne at Ewing, 1201 Parkway Avenue. 609-882-6900. www.care-one.com.

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