Education & Learning

As experts in the areas of senior living, short-term rehabilitation, and mental health, the professionals at Christian Health Care Center comprise a valuable source of information—not only for residents, patients, consumers, clients and their sponsors, but also for the broader community. Each month, in this area of our website, we will take a look at topics of interest in the fields of senior living, mental health and health care. You can also access past articles by clicking on the appropriate link.

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Featured Article

Common Questions about Assisted Living

The Longview, North Jersey’s premier assisted-living residence, offers personalized, compassionate care in a community that fosters independence by providing support as needed. Longview features three delicious and nutritious home-cooked meals, exquisite renovations including a 24-hour Village Café and beautiful sitting areas, professional clinical staff available 24 hours a day, personalized care services, medication management, and ad full calendar Read More

Person- and Family-centered Care

How do you improve the quality, safety, and delivery of care? At Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), the answer focuses on building partnerships between the staff, and those we serve and their families through Patient- and Family-centered Care (PFCC). PFCC is a philosophy focusing on treating patients, residents, clients, consumers – and their family members Read More

Seasonal Affective Disorder

By now we have all heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that primarily occurs in the fall and winter with symptoms such as fatigue, moodiness, and appetite changes. Symptoms often begin as mild and then become severe. SAD is considered a subtype of major depression and has many of the same symptoms, such as depression, Read More

Are you sodium-smart?

Most people in the US consume more than twice the daily recommended amount of salt, according to the American Heart Association. Sodium intake from packaged foods, table salt, and condiments like soy sauce averaged nearly 4,000 mg a day per person. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends limiting sodium to less than 2,000 mg a Read More

Perfect timing for short-term rehab

Timing, as the saying goes, is everything. When Andrea Babasade needed to select a post-acute care facility for her adult son Steven following hospitalization for bilateral pneumonia, the Wyckoff resident had recently come across an advertisement for Christian Health Care Center’s short-term rehab unit. “I was given a list of facilities, and Christian Health Care Read More

Anti-inflammatory foods to boost your health

Joan Katz, RD, Chief Dietitian at Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), is a strong proponent of a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods. Underlying chronic inflammation may play a role in heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. “We know that some foods have the capacity to suppress inflammation, but it’s unclear how often and how much is Read More

Is your heart-smart diet up-to-date?

Through heart-healthy eating has changed over the years, and many of our go-to items are no longer the best choices. Joan Katz, RD, LNHA, Christian Health Care Center’s Chief Dietitian, offers 15 tips that can change your heart-healthy regime into a heart-smart diet: Portion size: A dramatic increase in portion size for all types of Read More

Short-term rehab: Valuable first-hand experience

When Carol O’Neill, RN, required short-term rehab following hip surgery, the Mahwah resident took a bit of her own advice. As the Parish Nurse of Old Paramus Reformed Church in Ridgewood, Ms. O’Neill has referred many parishioners to Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) and visited them while here. “Since so many of our congregants come Read More

Summer depression: Causes and coping skills

Summer is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but if you’ve got summer depression, it isn’t. For some people, summer depression has a biological cause. For others, the particular stresses of summer can pile up and make them feel miserable. Especially hard is that you feel like you’re supposed to be having a great time. Read More

Tips for work-from-home and stay-at-home dads

More than 23 million men are either work-from-home or stay-at-home dads. Here tips from Christian Health Care Counseling Center for this ever-growing population. Clearly communicate with your partner on responsibilities. Discuss expectations and responsibilities early and often regarding all aspects of parenting. Include expectations about cooking and home care, contributions to parenting at night and Read More

Mental-health breaks for mom, the ultimate caregiver

On Sunday, May 8, 2016, America will take time to celebrate 10 million mothers. Many mothers not only care for their children, but their parents, as well. The following list is intended to make you think back to a simpler time in your past, and possibly one in your future. Use them sparingly (one at Read More

Christian Health Care Adult Day Services client inspires staff and seniors

Christian Health Care Adult Day Services of Wayne has several distinctive features. The medical day program, with an additional location in Wyckoff, offers health care, nutrition services, socialization, exercise, activities, pastoral care, and transportation. It also counts among its clients a true legend. Ninety-six-year-old Charlie D’Angelo holds the Guinness World Record for driving an ice Read More

“Short-term rehab at Christian Health Care Center is the benchmark for excellence!”

Like most couples married for nearly a quarter century, Valerie and Jerry Shurko have shared countless milestones, journeys, laughs, and tears. What sets the Ramsey couple apart, however, are dual short-term rehab stays at Christian Health Care Center last year. Mr. Shurko was a patient on The David F. Bolger Post-acute Care Unit for three Read More

Minimize your risk of falls and injury

The tips below provided by Rehabilitation Services at Christian Health Care Center should be used as guidelines to minimize your risk for injury or falls at home. Remove any throw rugs, and keep walkways clear. Always pick up your feet when walking. Place frequently used items in closets, cabinets, and on counter tops within easy Read More

Can your diet affect your mental well-being?

Is good nutrition is essential for our mental health? “Several studies are investigating the correlation between nutrition and mental health,” says Carolyn McAdams, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Christian Health Care Center (CHCC). “How we feel can be a result of what we eat, and vice versa.” Food and chemicals in the brain interact throughout Read More

The Transitional Care Suite for Therapy: Excellence in Innovation

In the specially designed Transitional Care Suite in the Bolger Gym & Wellness Center, patients work side-by-side with occupational and physical therapists in preparation to return home or to independent living. The suite features a fully functional kitchen, bedroom, laundry room, living room, and bathroom to provide patients a chance to relearn daily activities in Read More

Too tired to exercise? We can help!

Too tired to exercise? Simple changes to your daily routine can save you valuable energy to allow you to participate in additional activities during the day or simply avoid feeling fatigued as often. The following tips are meant to help you look at your everyday activities and determine if there is a more efficient and Read More

Caring for the Caregiver

More than 65.7 million Americans are caregivers. In any given week, they dedicate more than 20 hours to tasks ranging from assisting with activities of daily living and administering medicine to preparing meals to doing laundry. Exhaustion from juggling several roles at once, frustration from not being able to fulfill all the needs of their Read More

Effective help for bullying

“I was being bullied for being different, for my parents not being together, for my weight, for the way I looked, for the things I liked, and for the people I was friends with,” says Kaitlin*, a freshman at a local high school. Kaitlin is one of 2.7 million students in kindergarten through grade 12 Read More

Every day is Mother’s day at Christian Health Care Center!

  Christian Health Care Center keeps caring in the family. From the Center’s early days, generations of family members have been found working, living, and/or volunteering here. Thirty-two-year CHCC veteran Nancy Maphis, Long-term Care Admissions Coordinator, is looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with her twin sons, Troy and Kevin, all residents of Hawthorne. Troy Read More


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Medical Minute: Be a Considerate Guest During Cold and Flu Season

Mental Health: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Senior Focus: Easy Steps to Prevent Falls

Medical Minute: Alzheimer’s Disease

Medical Minute: Valley Hospice at Christian Health Care Center

Medical Minute: Seniors & Nutrition

Mental Health: The Outpatient Mental-health Care Team

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