Our Adult Day Health Services (ADHS) program monitors each individual’s medical condition while offering a wide range of social, leisure and community activities. ADHS enhances social interaction and community inclusion by offering trips to local museums, parks, the Greater Newark conservatory, movies, and bowling alleys. In addition, our program fosters creative activities such as music instruction, botany and arts/crafts. The program provides participants with an inter-disciplinary team approach to care, and also includes daily transportation to and from the center within a catchment area. A balanced diet and nutritional lunch is also provided; however, a packed lunch is welcome.
In 2010, the agency developed a sensory room designed specifically for those individuals with severe intellectual impairments. This dedicated space is often an educational tool, but also a recreational area for the adult participants. A multi-sensory environment promotes both, intellectual activity and encourages relaxation. The activities offered are centered around the sensory needs of each individual. The room promotes sensory activities in the area of touch, smell, sight and sound.
Upon an adult’s entry into the program, the director of nursing, social worker, and activity coordinator complete a plan of care which is reviewed and updated quarterly. The program staff and each participant also develop goals together that are designed to foster a greater level of independence. ADHS care team effectively communicates with family, case managers, residential staff and/or physicians in order to ensure a comprehensive approach to the services provided. A consultant dietitian and pharmacist also assist in the plan of care and provide direction to program staff, participants and their caregivers.
The New Jersey Department of Health monitors our Medicaid-funded program. Medicaid care managers authorize each adult’s participation. In order to be eligible, an adult must have a health need that requires daily medical monitoring or receive assistance with three activities of daily living. ADHS operates Monday through Friday, for 5 hours each day from 9am to 2pm.
For more information, please contact Laura Munoz-Torres at (973) 751-0200.
Since 1988, we have provided supports to adults with intellectual and mobility challenges in supervised homes. Through a person-centered approach, the staff provides assistance and fosters independence in the following areas: inter-personal skills, financial management, recreation/leisure activities, vocational interests, transportation, activities of daily living, household management and behavior management.
Currently, 1st Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey provides residential supports to eighteen individuals. Our two group homes and two supervised apartments are located in Essex County. The direct support professionals receive intense levels of training upon hire and no less than quarterly thereafter. In addition, the department has a registered nurse to provide skilled care and to provide medical oversight.
The residences are licensed annually from the Department of Human Service – Office of Licensing and Inspections. In addition to agency quality assurance checks, the Division of Developmental Disabilities conducts announced and unannounced visits to monitor the quality of supports offered.
If you would like a tour or more information regarding the residences, please contact Laura Munoz-Torres at (973) 751-0200.