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Harmony Village At Paramus

Daniel E. Straus and CareOne Introduce Harmony Village At Paramus

CareOne continues to set the bar for the Garden State healthcare scene!

CareOne Harmony Village at Paramus is a trailblazing assisted living community for the memory impaired, offering innovative memory-care programs designed to help residents maintain the highest possible quality of life, as well as optimal cognitive and physical functioning. The state-of-the-art property will be dedicated to serving those living with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and related memory impairments.

“With the increasing demand for new and progressive care options for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease, our goal is to provide a safe and engaging assisting living community that reflects the high standard of care that CareOne has become known for,” noted CareOne Chairman & CEO Daniel E. Straus. “With each new building that we open, we strengthen our operational expertise and illustrate our strong commitment to serving older adults with compassion and excellence.”

Harmony Village at Paramus’ lush yet comfortable accommodations include 124 private apartments and four distinct “neighborhoods” for residents with varying stages of memory impairment, making it the only dedicated assisted living community for the memory impaired in Bergen County. Further, the team at CareOne’s Harmony Village at Paramus is specially trained to work with residents living with memory impairments as well as their families to create a personalized care plan that maximizes independence and works toward quality of life enhancement. The specialized team will be led by site administrator Sindy Vaillencourt who will ensure the new facility upholds the highest in healthcare standards.

CareOne’s expansion in Paramus marks the thirty-second location in the Garden State for the company and affirms its mission of developing state-of-the-art care and living environments for people living with memory loss.

As one of New Jersey’s largest family-owned, healthcare providers, and one of the largest privately owned healthcare companies in the United States, CareOne’s commitment to exceptional care is epitomized by employees throughout the organization. The company was recognized for its accomplishments and dedication to healthcare this past June when they were named Make-A-Wish New Jersey’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year & Corporation of the Year award as a result of CareOne’s 200 Wishes fundraiser that took place at the Prudential Center in February 2017, both of which #HipNJ attended! 

Families interested in admission information for CareOne Harmony Village at Paramus may contact a CareOne representative by visiting CareOne online or calling 551-276-7200 to learn more about the health care options available to them.

Bella's Butterflies

Bella’s Butterflies At The 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis

#HipNJ‘s own Lisa Marie Latino sits down with Isabella and Connie Masullo to discuss their participation in the 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis in West Orange. The event will be held at the Clipper Pavilion on May 5, 2018.

At the young age of three, Connie could tell that Bella had trouble walking. After seeing that her daughter was hesitant to put weight on her legs, she brought her for a medical assessment. From the initial round of visits and blood tests, they received a diagnosis of Lyme’s Disease for which Bella received a leg brace. Instead of helping little Bella, the brace made it worse and Connie insisted that she see another specialist. The Pediatric Rheumatologist  finally diagnosed Bella with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis which Connie describes as “devastating”.

It took about eight months to find the right balance of medications, but with Connie’s perseverance and Bella’s inspiring attitude, they managed to find an answer. Connie describes the difference before and after proper medical intervention as being “night and day”. Bella now enjoys her dance competitions and a very active lifestyle. 

The origin of this and other arthritic diseases is still unknown, with doctors and researchers working hard to find a cure. To help raise money for the cause, their team Bella’s Butterflies is participating in the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis. Bella will be handing out flyers at her school, Jefferson Elementary in Roxbury, to any enthusiastic participants. 

You can join Bella’s Butterflies or donate to the team through the Arthritis Foundation website.

Rowan University

Robert O. Carr Funds $1.5 Million in Scholarships to Rowan University

Students facing financial challenges, who wish to pursue degrees at Rowan University in Glassboro, now have the opportunity to benefit from the generosity of Robert O. Carr, a internationally celebrated author, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Carr, through his organization Give Something Back, recently announced a $1 million donation to Rowan to fund scholarships for low-income students. This latest donation represents the second $1 million donation that Carr has made to the University, and Rowan was the first New Jersey university to benefit from Give Something Back’s generosity. The organization also made a $500,000 donation to one of the University’s community college partners, Rowan College at Gloucester County, to fund similar scholarships there.

“We deeply thank Mr. Carr for his vision and commitment to higher education and improving the lives of students and families for generations to come,” said Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “Rowan and its students owe a huge thank you to Mr. Carr and Give Something Back, whose goals of increasing access to an affordable, quality education align with those of the University.”

Give Something Back scholars are lower-income (Pell Grant eligible), academically driven students who have faced adversity. Many are the product of working-class families who live below the poverty line. Most are first-generation college students, and some have incarcerated parents or have grown up in the foster care system.

The organization selects scholarship recipients early—in the ninth grade—in order to prepare them for college. Give Something Back scholars are held accountable for their academics while still in high school. They are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school, take a college preparatory course load, and demonstrate strong character throughout the program.

Since 2003, Give Something Back has made contributions of more than $35 million in scholarships to help more than 1,500 students across seven states. Carr was inspired to help lower-income students make their dream of higher education come true because of his own experience with poverty. A $250 scholarship helped him to attend the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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