“My mom was always the life of the party. She used to sing with a band, loved to dance, spoke Italian fluently, and was full of love and life. But a few years ago, she started to show signs of dementia. It was hard to see her struggling. What’s worse: my mom knew she was declining, because my grandmother and great-grandmother both had Alzheimer’s disease. My mom recognized symptoms and was terrified, but she fought hard. I helped my mom sell her home in Florida, and she eventually came to live with me in New Jersey.”
Maria’s mom, Rachel started to exhibit serious signs that would require her to move into a long-term care facility. Maria realized she could no longer care for her mom at home and was heartbroken for her. Rachel needed more specialized care, and eventually, she was hospitalized. Her symptoms of dementia became too disruptive and severe, and care facilities just could not appropriately care for her. So her daughters researched alternative plans for their mom and ultimately reached out to Christian Health Care Center. Today, Maria’s mom Rachel resides at Christian Health Care Center’s special behavioral unit called Southgate.
“My mom has really responded so wonderfully to the treatment, the care, and the environment. Southgate is such a blessing to my entire family. There aren’t words to describe the gratitude that my sister and I feel for Southgate and Christian Health Care Center. The staff is so skilled, kind, patient, and compassionate. We know that mom is loved. We know that she is cared for. She’s very lucky to be at Southgate. There is a genuineness and a real sense of caring. Southgate and the entire staff are truly a Godsend.” – Maria Cruz
We strive to be here for those who need specialized care like Rachel, when others can’t help. Whether it’s treating depression, offering adolescent and family counseling, serving those with dementia, providing physical therapy, enabling the developmentally disabled community to receive behavioral care, or making independent senior housing available, Christian Health Care Center’s mission has always been to provide compassionate and high-quality, specialized care and services to foster health, healing, and wellness for people of all ages. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
But we can’t do it without your help. Your gifts enable us to enhance our services and programs, and ultimately directly benefits our patients, residents, clients, and consumers. Please consider making a gift to our 2018 Annual Fund. Your contribution will be thoughtfully stewarded to areas of greatest need at Christian Health Care Center, or can be allocated to the program area you desire. Families like Maria and Rachel are the true beneficiaries of your support.