Tending to Business: CareOne at Cresskill
As part of its ongoing commitment to provide the Northern Valley area with top-quality sub-acute care, long-term care and rehabilitation services, CareOne at Cresskill recently opened its new 6,000-square-foot “West Wing,” an expansion that included 11 private rooms, two semi-private rooms and a new lounge area dedicated to promoting the company’s new Personalized Therapy Program.
“The private room requests were increasing in recent years,” says Cheryl Dorn, administrator at CareOne at Cresskill. “These larger suites include their own showers and are very modernized. This expansion was needed to better serve our patients.”
The expansion is one of several recent changes implemented at the facility, which has served area residents for 30 years. In 2014, CareOne at Cresskill introduced New Jersey’s first and only NeuroGym, comprised of a series of equipment that utilizes motor control, balance, and coordination to help patients effectively regain strength, stability and function. It is geared towards meeting the needs of those with movement disorders, including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS and dementia.
“We purchased the equipment from Canada,” says Dorn, “and the two Canadian physicians who created it come down twice per year and train our staff. Since we purchased it, we’ve seen a decrease in the length of stay of our patients.”
CareOne also finalized an agreement to have Cresskill EMS provide non-emergent transportation services to its patients. “It had been in the works for awhile,” says Dorn, “and we started it last month. Cresskill EMS hired workers to drive ambulances to get my patients to their appointments, so it’s been great for everybody.”
The facility also welcomes area medical professionals on a regular basis to educate patients on health-related issues pertinent to them. On Thursday, March 26, CareOne’s Monthly Cardiac Club will welcome Patricia McMullen, RN, MSN, NP, of Park Medical Group to discuss Coumadin and medication management. Students from area schools are also regular visitors, participating in several inter-generational programs throughout the year.
Day in and day out, CareOne’s main focus, of course, is its range of medical services, which includes sub-acute rehabilitation, long-term care, assisted living and respite care. The growing trend towards sub-acute care, or comprehensive inpatient care designed for someone who has an acute illness or injury, has been evident at the facility in recent years, according to Dorn.
“Historically, we’ve treated long-term patients, but now it’s mostly sub-acute,” she says. “We’re almost comparable to a step-down unit in a hospital.”
Committed to preventing a return trip to the hospital, CareOne at Cresskill has between 75-100 credentialed physicians, including specialists in cardiology, neurology, pulmonology and orthopedics, to address the varying needs of its patients.
CareOne at Cresskill is located at 221 County Road and may be reached at 201-567-9310. For more information about the facility, visit www.care-one.com.