Program areas at Heath Village
Heath Village is a full service retirement community which also includes a comprehensive health care facility. There are no life care fees and optional entrance fees, making it an affordable choice for today's retiree who wants to remain active, involved and independent. The 100+ acre community offers a variety of living accommodations including: 153 independent apartments ranging in size from studio to two-bedrooms; 10 cottage style apartments which include two bedrooms, a single car garage, utility room, two baths, an eat-in kitchen and a three-season porch; 36 hotel-style apartments which include housekeeping services and three meals per day; 40 residential healthcare beds and 99 skilled nursing beds, both licensed by the new jersey state department of health. For the fiscal year ended june 30, 2020, the independent apartments served 253 residents, the residential health care unit served 54 residents, and the skilled nursing unit served 430 short-term and long-term patients. The facility provided $632,459 in benevolent care across all levels of care. All residents and patients of the community enjoy around the clock security, a wireless emergency/nurse call alert system, wifi, maintenance services, transportation services, pastoral services, and social activities both on campus and off campus in addition to a swimming pool and jacuzzi, community garden, shuffle board court, bocce court, nature/walking trail, library, fitness center, bank, computer center, gift shop, beauty salon, craft shop, chapel, art studio, and numerous other amenities. While the residential healthcare and skilled nursing units have their own dining room facilities, all residents and guests of the community have the option of dining in the main dining room for a restaurant style dining option, the grill room for a fine dining experience, the pub, or in the cafe for a less formal setting. Residents also enjoy various special dining events in the main dining facilities throughout the year including birthday night, holiday dinners, a resident anniversary celebration, and a newcomer's reception. During the fiscal year ending june 30, 2020 the dining services department teamed up with a local farm to introduce a farm to table program, which implements seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables into the menus. By using a local farm, the produce is allowed to ripen much longer than produce purchased from other vendors, which provides for better quality and peak freshness.residents of the community continue to participate in over 40 resident groups and organizations, including the bocce ball league, pickleball, bridge players, mahjong, and book discussion group, to name a few. Volunteers who reside on-campus continued the efforts of the facility's thrift store known as the friendship store, which generated proceeds of $8,797 to support the benevolent care fund. An additional $1,510 net proceeds were generated from the Village gift shop. Other resident volunteers also raised $1,863 for the fund by holding bake sales, a farmer's market and a holiday bazaar.residents continue to enjoy parties at the pool along with water aerobics in the summer season. Other on-campus events included outside concerts, lectures, and cocktail parties. The annual family day event was well attended by residents, patients, employees, and family members. The residents also attended various off-campus trips during the fiscal year, prior to the pandemic, including numerous trips to local restaurants, hunterdon hills playhouse, new jersey symphony orchestra, centenary stage productions, paper mill playhouse, and the very popular annual mystery trip. Regular activities continued until mid-march when the pandemic forced all programs to be cancelled, including the annual over-night trip planned for june. With all the restrictions in place, the activities department provided various ways to keep the independent residents active and entertained such as providing interesting websites to explore museums, various destinations, listen to music and learn new exercises. They also provided weekly trivia, puzzles, books, cards, games and coloring pages to all who were interested. Residents were encouraged to make cards to send to family members. The community garden was also available for residents get some fresh air while planting and harvesting various vegetables and flowers during the spring. In observance of arbor day, the facility provided a map of the campus identifying the location of all 41 arbor day trees planted on the property over the years, and residents were encouraged to take a walk outdoors in order to locate each tree. Limited group activities resumed in mid-june such as the art group, woodworking group, fitness classes, and chapel services. All proper protocols were followed to ensure safety such as social distancing and facial masks. During the pandemic, the facility assisted independent residents by providing pick-up and delivery service for prescriptions, and grocery shopping with delivery directly to their apartments. The dining department also provided free delivery of meals upon request. This allowed residents to follow the governor's stay-at-home order and remain safely quarantined in their apartments. Regular updates were distributed by the facility to residents throughout the pandemic, and special treats accompanied the notices. The skilled nursing unit boasts a sub-acute care and rehabilitation facility which provides first-rate in-patient care for adult patients fifty-five and older who are recovering from an acute illness or injury. The facility provides the following comprehensive services: medical and surgical recovery, cardiac care, wound care, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, iv therapy, vestibular therapy, assistive device training, medication management and hospice care. They specialize in balance, gait assessment, fall prevention and improving overall mobility. Independent residents of the community also benefit from the out-patient therapy services provided by this facility. During the fiscal year ending june 30, 2020, the rehab facility served 25 out-patients. Residents who live independently outside of the nursing facility also benefit from home health services and out-patient nursing care made available through the skilled nursing unit.the skilled nursing facility has a social services department which is dedicated to the psychosocial well-being of all patients and residents within the community. This department serves as an interdepartmental liaison for the patients and family members to make sure all their needs are met medically, physically, and emotionally. This department continues to educate patients and residents about the polst (practitioner orders for life-sustaining treatment) and assist them with preparing the polst form. This allows the individual to be their own medical advocate, identifies medical treatments that they approve or disapprove of if they are unable to speak for themselves, and reduces the burden on family and caregivers. In addition, the social service department is available to assist patients with completing living wills and designating a medical power of attorney. The department also continued to work on reducing the signs and symptoms of depression in both long-term care and sub-acute patients, by working together with psychiatrists, therapists, and the interdisciplinary team. Due to this team effort, rates of depression have decreased. The social service department schedules and facilitates all the interdisciplinary team meetings which are held twice a week with the residents and their family members. These meetings are designed to update the residents and family members on medical issues, their rehab progress, etc. The social worker assists with discharge planning for those patients that are receiving subacute rehab and assists with setting up services in the community for the patients to enable them to resume their lives after rehab (i.e., private duty home health aide, nursing, pt, ot, meals on wheels, etc. ), or if the patient is not able to return home, they assist with facility placement. The social service department also assists residents with the medicaid application and assessment, and completes biopsychosocial assessments for medicare. During the fiscal year, the social service department completed the 2020 census for all residents in the skilled nursing and residential healthcare units.