Nursing Home Residents Need to Know They Can Still Be Creative!

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Celebrating Life

Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss honors 102 year old Irvington nursing home resident

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Mission: To spark hope and creativity in nursing home residents by matching volunteers with similar hobbies, interests and passions.

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Help I’m Lonely and I Need Hope

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Pen and Ink by Ray Horner
Let’s Keep Each Other Company

There are times when all of us crave time to be alone for reflection and that good old “me” time. Yet too much alone time can lead to depression and other issues. But if you are a nursing home resident dealing with health issues a lack of social interaction and support can accelerate the reality of physical limitation..

An article in Mcknight’s Long Term Care publication highlights the impact of social isolation and lack of family support on aging residents.  They highlight the profound impact of socialization on the six dimensions of health  defined as emotional, physical,vocational,spiritual, intellectual,and social. Is it any wonder why activities are a critical component of the holistic care of a nursing home resident?

Our mission at Adopt A Nursing Home Patient challenges us to enhance the level of activities by infusing attention on the interests and passions of the individual resident. Hence, the suggestions made by the article to have book clubs, for example is targeted to the residents who love reading and discussing their books. Hence, our challenge is to locate volunteers who can not only lead a book club but have a similar passion for books.

We are convinced that attention to those six dimensions of health can really improve the quality of life for the nursing home resident. It can really give HOPE to the Lonely.

Please take a few minutes to read the Mcknight article and offer suggestions and comments.

Our First Fund-Raiser Was A Hit!

On November 18, 2017 we had our first fund-raising shopping trip. Penn Dutch shopping and food was only surpassed by the true fellowship of all who attended. Although it was a messy rainy day the sunshine inside the bus was bright.

We played several games onboard and so many people walked away with awesome gifts donated for the enjoyment on the trip.

Check out just a few of the happy winners.


Mayoral Proclamations Perpetual Flowers Loving Family and Powerful Protective Prayers Embraced 102 and 103 year Irvington NJ Nursing Home Residents

Silk Flower arrangement presented to 102 and 103 year old nursing home residents celebrating their birthdays.

On September 8, 2017 Adopt A Nursing Home Patient Organization was honored to participate in a celebration for Marjorie Carter, 102 and Bertha Muldrow, 103 years old. This festive event included other residents, Mayor Tony Vauss, West Ward Councilman Vern Cox, Chaplain James E. Berry and Adopt A Nursing Home Patient Board member Kim Todd and Executive Director, Rosemary Horner.

The energetic and entertaining staff at Alaris Health of Essex went beyond the boundaries of a simple event and produced a program that made an profound statement about the wealth of experience and contributions made by these two women. The visionary for the event, Recreational Director, Patricia L. Desormes, stated “These amazing women are living right here in our midst. The have seen and done so much. I am proud to be part of celebrating their lives.”

Mayor Tony Vauss, 102 year old Irvington Resident.Marjorie Carter
Mayor Tony Vauss Presents Proclamation to 102 year old Irvington Resident at nursing home.
Vern Cox, West Ward Councilman speaks at Alaris Essex Nursing Home
West Ward Councilman Vern Cox helps celebrate life of 102 and 103 year old Irvington Residents.

Irvington Mayor, Tony Vauss and West Ward Councilman Vern Cox both spoke and acknowledged the women with words of inspiration and presented mayoral proclamations from the city of Irvington that made the family, guests and all that attended proud that they were Irvington residents.

Chaplain James E. Berry shared thought provoking words and blessed them with a powerful prayer of hope and protection.

Adopt a Nursing Home Patient presented them with two silk floral arrangements that were done by a volunteer, Deborah Brown.  Two vases were crafted by one of the board members, Lisa Palmer. Executive Director, Rosemary Horner did an interactive presentation with the nursing home residents.

The Honorees

Marjorie Carter

103 year old Bertha Muldrow Irvington resident
Family members of 103 year old Irvington Resident BERTHA MULDROW and Rosemary Horner and Kim Todd.

Marjorie Carter was born August 9 1915 in Georgia and siblings of three sisters who are deceased. At 15 years old, she married the love of her life Lee Andrew Carter who at that time was 19 years old. After she was married; worked as a cook/ house keeper and later in the years worked with Atlanta Life Insurance Company selling Life Insurances and was awarded `Best Seller of the Year`”. Her husband and her migrated to New Jersey and became highly involved her church and black women organization. She always dreamed of being a very important person in society. After a while, she taught her dreams were just a dream, but over the years,she had joined every club in her church and was a Sunday school, teacher and an Usher. In her busy life,her husband and she became adoptive parents of three children where she then opened her heart and home to children who were in need. She became a foster mother and devoted all her life to helping children and others who needed to be cared and loved.She passed the Slavery, great World Wars and the Depression days.  Ms. Carter is very pleasant where she knows everyone faces and name. She always smiles and concern of staff well-being. She continues provide her motherly love and compassion toward staff. She love music and social gatherings and has many close relationship with the other residents.


103 year old Bertha Muldrow and Adopt a Nursing Home Patient
Adopt A Nursing Home Board member Kim Todd and Exec. Dir. Rosie Horner Present flowers to 103 year old BERTHA MULDROW

Bertha Muldrow was born in Kingstree, South Carolina on October 20, 1914 (no siblings). She is a widower and has one child Janie Mae Porter (who is deceased; she passed away in 2010). She has 4 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She worked as a domestic housekeeper to help provide for her family. Bertha provided clothing to individuals within her community from items given by her employer.Bertha migrated to New Jersey when her daughter sent for her around 1975. After the separation of her daughter and her husband, Bertha assisted her daughter with taking care of her children while she worked. Due to the declined in health status after the death of her daughter; Bertha admitted to Alaris Health on December 16, 2011 as a long-term care patient. She is very pleasant but self-reserved. She is very observant and not afraid to speak her mind. She complements staff their appearance and performances. She is conservative and interacts with certain staffs and peers. Her memory remains intact but has difficulty connecting history events or periods







Meet and Greet will be held April 29, 2017

Rosemary Horner , Executive Director, announced that the second meet and Greet for Adopt A Nursing Home Patient will be held on April, 29, 2017. The start time is 9:30 and should end at 10:30. It will be held at 50 Union Ave, in the  the 8th floor conference room.

if you have been thinking about volunteering or just want to know more about us please come.

Also, we will again, assemble our care packages immediately after for our next large group event at a local nursing home. We welcome any contributions.

The planned items are:

socks, lotion, toothbrushes, toothepaste, tissues, and combs. We are also desiring to add a pen , small notepad and chapsticks(or Vaseline) to the package. We are planning packages for 63 patients. Please contact Mamie, her number is below, if you can help with any of these items.

If you can attend please RSVP at 973-371-9718 by April 25, 2017 Tell Mamie to have a cup of coffee or tea ready for you.

Hope to see you there!


PS if you cannot make it but want to donate to the cause  it is welcomed.




Painting Demo and Coloring Session By Raymond Horner Jr.

It was sleeting and the roads were attacked with water and ice. A few of our volunteers contacted us to say they could not make it. A few were also battling with colds and flu. But a few brave souls and board members were able to provide a memorable event.

Inside the dining room was transformed to a warm exciting coloring feast  The elements outside could not put a damper on the excited residents who attended.

Ray Horner Jr. began to paint a beautiful butterfly. Interacting with the patients at the same time.

Ray also created a coloring page that each resident with the assistance of volunteers and board members choose from an assortment of coloring markers, pencils and crayons to color. The stimulation for each patient made it hard to end the session. But dinner had to replace the coloring pages on the tables.

Raymond completed his picture and donated it to the facility.

Some patients colored more than one page. The result was a matrix of pictures they will hang in their rooms. The music was good, the laughter was hearty, the songs sung gave hope on a rainy day.

There were several prizes given out for the oldest, youngest veterans, etc. And each patient went back to their rooms with a beautiful gift bag of lotion, comb, toothbrush, tooth paste, tissues and socks.