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Searching for the Best Nursing Home Facility

Life has unexpected challenges that can arise at a moment’s notice. While the hope is for loved ones to remain living at home as they age, sudden physical and/or mental health challenges or deterioration can alter the planned course, causing undue stress and uncertainty in the wake of an already-traumatizing health crisis.

At times like these, Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, a reputable healthcare provider, offers expert quality care and rehabilitation services for loved ones, easing the stress and helping all family members get back to living normal lives without unnecessary worry and concern.

As loved ones age, a common consequence can be difficulty completing daily activities due to deteriorating physical and/or mental capabilities. For this type of situation, it is beneficial to proactively prepare beforehand by consulting with a nursing home facility in New Jersey such as Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Centers, which are staffed with professional caregivers trained in long-term resident care.

Important Factors to Consider When Researching Nursing Homes

Food Service

Food quality, preparation, and nutrition are often top concerns when researching nursing homes. The residents at Bridgeway Senior Healthcare are given three nutritious, healthy meals a day that are prepared with individual dietary restrictions in mind.

Doctor Visits and Prescription Medications

Heading to doctor visits and accurately taking prescription medications also rank high on the list of considerations regarding nursing home care. Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Center provides a list of credentialed doctors and specialists on site, eliminating the need to leave the premises for doctors’ appointments. In addition, their 24/7 licensed nursing staff administers medications to all residents, in strict accordance with prescription mandates and accurate dosages.

Depression Issues

Many seniors living outside of nursing home and care centers suffer from chronic depression due to isolation, decreased activity, and a lack of stimulation. The activity programs at Bridgeway Senior Healthcare focus on what is best for their residents when it comes to interaction, recreation, and relaxation. This NJ nursing home facility offers a diverse schedule of exercise, entertainment, social activities, and off-site trip opportunities, allowing for plenty of interaction and fun with something to look forward to on a regular basis. Residents also stay involved in an array of physical activities and group games to keep them healthy and in motion.

Security and Supervision

Concerns about security are common when placing a loved one in long-term facility care. Peace of mind comes when one can be certain about the facility’s commitment to security and supervision, especially if an unpredicted health incident, fall, or other stressful situation occurs. Residents will be supervised 24/7 by the licensed nursing staff at Bridgeway Care and Rehabilitation Centers; if there are medical concerns, there will always be a skilled staff member available to assist with answering any care-related questions, easing any worries.

Bridgeway Senior Healthcare is a family-owned and operated company in New Jersey, serving the community for over 35 years with a continuum of rehabilitation, memory care, long-term care, and assisted living services.

With two convenient locations in Bridgewater, NJ and Hillsborough NJ, they proudly remain committed to fulfilling their role as one of the best nursing homes in Central New Jersey and the nation. They can be reached at 908-722-7022 for their Bridgewater location or 908-281-4400 for their Hillsborough location. They will be happy to answer any questions, alleviate concerns, and schedule a facility tour. For more information, please visit their website at

6 Benefits of the Right Nursing Home for Your Elderly Loved Ones

Your parents or grandparents are getting older. If they live alone and have a harder time moving around, preparing their meals or grooming themselves, then it might be time to look into helping them move into an assisted living facility. Here are some of the benefits a good nursing home facility in New Jersey can offer:

Meal preparation

By moving to a nursing home, you won’t have to lose sleep over the idea that your elderly loved ones might not be eating right. They won’t just get three meals a day, you’ll also be assured that any dietary restrictions from their doctors will be followed to a tee.


Regular doctor’s appointments are crucial in monitoring the health of your elderly loved ones. But what if there’s no one around to drive them to and from the doctor? No worries. Assisted living facilities offer transportation assistance so whether you need your loved one driven to the doctor or their latest game of cribbage, those services will be covered.


Another great thing about moving into a nursing home facility in New Jersey is the fact that your loved ones can now spend some time with other people. A huge number of seniors who live on their own suffer from depression. You can prevent your own loved ones from suffering the same fate by helping them move to an assisted facility.

Medication assistance

Old age can make your loved ones a bit more forgetful. If they’re having trouble remembering which medicines they need to take or if they can’t seem to remember if they’ve already taken their dose for the day or not, that could lead to a possible overdose and a host of other health problems. By getting them into a facility, you know someone will be there to provide the medication management assistance they need.

Wellness programs

Worried about your loved one’s health? Nursing homes offer exercise and wellness programs so your parents or grandparents can stay mentally and physically fit and active. That’s going to matter if you want to keep them healthy.


You won’t have to be worried over the thought that your loved one is alone at home and might have slipped on the floor or had a bad tumble down the stairs, without anyone around to help him or provide immediate medical attention. At a nursing home, you’re assured of 24/7 supervision.

So if it’s time to pick a nursing home, make sure you get it right. For more information on services, contact us at Bridgeway Senior Healthcare.

Tableside Presentations for our Bridgeway at Bridgewater Residents!

Recently, our Bridgeway Bridgewater location’s Dietary department debuted a new customer service initiative: tableside presentations at dinner! The first one launched earlier this month for both our long term and rehabilitation residents was the dessert, Bananas Foster.



Yes, in the 1950’s in Louisiana, there was a real gentleman that this dessert was named after.  The owner of Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans noted that bananas were always in plentiful supply so as an homage to his friend, local official Richard Foster, he created this wonderful dessert called “Bananas Foster”.   Our residents and patients loved the flair of seeing the dessert made before them and as an added treat, our new chef, Ruth, who conducted the tableside preparation, made crepes finish off the dessert.  She comes to Bridgeway with a background in pastry work and her talents were a big hit with everyone!



Last week, Ruth gave our residents another treat with tableside pasta! Residents enjoyed the tableside service and the change in pace! They are looking forward to what the kitchen comes up with next!



In case you can afford the calories (trust me, they are worth it!), here is a version of the Bananas Foster recipe from the New Orleans restaurant’s website



1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup banana liqueur

4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved

1/4 cup dark rum

4 scoops vanilla ice cream



Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet.

Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.

Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan.

When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum.

Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum.

When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream.

Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.



Congressman Leonard Lance Visits Avalon Assisted Living


The Avalon at Bridgewater, part of the Bridgeway Senior Healthcare Continuum of Care, hosted Congressman Leonard Lance for a luncheon to tour the facility and meet with those in the Avalon community.

In 2011, Leonard Lance was appointed to the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has a broad legislative jurisdiction including national energy and environmental policy interstate and foreign commerce, consumer affairs and consumer protection, travel and tourism and, finally, health and health facilities.


Residents and staff had the floor as they asked pertinent questions regarding senior care and the future of health care benefits. Some of the questions touched base on Medicare and Medicaid as well as funding for communities like the Avalon.

Leonard Lance has been a supporter of seniors in our community through his efforts in sponsoring, “The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act,” “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014,” and “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.” These acts all support better care of patients in skilled facilities as well as protecting the facilities themselves.


Because of these efforts, staff at the American Health Care Association of New Jersey have referred to Congressman Lance as “quite the champion.” His advocacy is evidenced by being one of few congressmen who annually visits residents in nursing facilities and his support for legislation important them.

Both residents and staff enjoyed having the opportunity to meet with Leonard Lance. He continues to be an advocate for seniors in our community.


Susan Lanza Receives ACHCA Eli's Pick Facility Leadership Award

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Susan Lanza Receives ACHCA's Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

Washington, DC -- May 6, 2016 - The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is proud to honor Susan Lanza, , Administrator of BRIDGEWAY CARE AND REHAB CENTER AT BRIDGEWATER in Bridgewater, NJ as a 2016 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. Two hundred and eighty-eight administrators were awarded leadership awards nationally.

Ms. Lanza was one of 247 recipients who received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award with virtual recognition. This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.

The ACHCA firmly believes that post-acute and aging services facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence. The prestigious Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award is made possible with the support of eHealth Data Solutions.

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today's post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit


For more information contact Shauna Stevenson: or (202) 536-5120.

April is National Stress Awareness Month


The Health Resource Network (HRN), a non-profit organization, has been funding National Stress Awareness Month for over 20 years. Stress is a part of our daily lives. We all know the symptoms and how it affects us. This month, try to take steps to recognize and relieve your stress to lead a healthier life



Here are some options for stress relief:

Try out Yoga

With movements to help with posture and controlled breathing exercises, yoga is a great stress reliever. Meditation is also another option.

Get Enough Sleep
Stress affects the body most when you cannot sleep. The quality and amount of sleep you get affects your mood, overall functioning, and concentration. Make sure to have a set bedtime routine and to get yourself on a schedule to increase the quantity and quality of your sleep.

Get Active
Physical exercise increases your endorphins which enhance your overall well-being. Your mental focus increases and exercise gives you the ability to let go of some of that stress.

Laugh More
Laughter helps to cool down your stress response. Read some funny jokes online or catch a comedy with a friend!

Focus on the Now
Rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, focus on what is in front of you.

Assert Yourself

This will be tough for many to agree to, but it is very important. Make sure to not say yes to all commitments and to have a balance between work life and home life.

Stay Positive
Try to put a positive spin on each situation. Let that positive mindset become your focal point to improve your overall mood.

Help Others

Volunteering and assisting others will help take your mind off of your own stress.


For more information and other ways to relieve stress this month, check out:

Take Five Against Stress

Mayo Clinic

National Stress Awareness

Congratulations to Karen Cumello, MA, BSN, RN-BC!

Bridgeway sends a big congratulations to Karen Cumello, MA, BSN, RN-BC, our Staff Development and Employee Health Coordinator at Bridgeway Hillsborough! The New Jersey Association of Directors of Nursing in Long Term Care (NJADONA/LTC) announced that Karen has won the 2016 Annual Employee of the Year Award in the Specialized RN category! She was selected from nominees throughout the state of New Jersey’s 373 Skilled Nursing Facilities. The award will be presented to Karen at NJADONA/LTC’s 27th Annual Convention Awards Dinner being held at Bally’s Atlantic City on Monday, April 4th. 



Karen lives in Branchburg with her husband, Tom, her two children, Marisa and Alexa, and their dog, Lola.  She graduated from the University of Rochester with a BSN and then received her Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration from NYU.  Karen is Board Certified in Gerontological Nursing.  She has been a nurse for thirty years, the past four years at Bridgeway as the Staff Development and Employee Health Coordinator. The thing she loves most about her position is orienting new employees and educating staff.  Karen has a great passion for geriatric nursing and enjoys being part of the Bridgeway Nurse Leadership Team! We are thankful to have such a wonderful staff member as part of our Bridgeway family!

Volunteer Spotlight on Bonnie Hanna

Bonnie Hanna has been a volunteer at the Avalon at Bridgewater since it opened in 2000! She was first introduced to the Avalon as a family member looking for care for her mother-in-law in our Generations Village unit. This is when Bonnie began volunteering.

Fast forward over 15 years, Bonnie still comes to the Avalon every week. Our residents always love when she comes with plenty of stories to share! She has a weekly Yahtzee game running with our Generations Village ladies that has become the highlight of their day!

When asked about volunteering, Bonnie said “I enjoy being with the residents and sharing many memories of my experience as a retired RN, my childhood, and my family. Finding poems, articles to read that sparks a memory or a smile. Sharing my dolls and teddy bears at the annual event and especially hearing about their own dolls or teddies.”

Bonnie volunteers at Avalon because she considers it a payback for the care given to her family member, “I know that over the years I have made many friends. I tell my friends I would be comfortable living here.”

Over the years, Bonnie has learned “that seniors can enjoy each other’s company and participate in activities together. I also have seen residents caring & watching over each other.”

Bonnie has enjoyed celebrating 100th birthdays, visiting, and giving our residents a smile and a hug which always makes a difference in their day. At the end of the day, Bonnie loves to hear “Thank you for coming from the residents and staff.” This makes it “a worthwhile investment of time spent here.”

When it comes to the Avalon staff, Bonnie said, “My compliments to the staff that care for the residents. Many have been here since the Avalon opened. They are compassionate, caring and patient and concerned for the wellbeing of the residents.” Our residents and staff at the Avalon love having Bonnie as a part of our community! We are thankful for her time and commitment to our residents.

Celebrate National Activity Professionals Week!

National Activity Professionals Week is January 17th-23rd! During this week we take the time to recognize all who take part in activities for our residents. All four of our buildings are celebrating in their own way, but this year is a special one for Bridgeway Bridgewater because we have a new member on our team!

Erin Chansky, Activities Director and Nick Lonero, Assistant Activities Director

Erin Chansky has joined the Bridgeway team as our new Activity Director! Having previously worked at the Avalon at Bridgewater in activities, Erin is excited to be a part of the Bridgeway family again! Her previous experience includes being an Activities Director in Vermont and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Recreation Management from the University of Vermont. When asking Erin what is the most important aspect of her job, she feels it is “Ensuring that all of our residents have appropriate and enjoyable recreational experiences daily.” What she enjoys most is making meaningful connections with residents. Seeing a smile on our residents’ faces is what keeps her coming back each day! We wish Erin the best of luck in her new position!


This year, the National Activity Professionals Week theme is “Miles of Smiles.” Each day our residents will be taken to a new location in the United States and learn something new along the way! Some of the exciting activities planned include celebrating MLK Day, a trip to Flaming Grill, and an afternoon at the casino with professional dealers! Throughout the week, residents will have smiley face stickers which they can give to the activities staff members who make them smile! The staff member with the most stickers at the end of the week will receive a special prize!


We are excited to see what our Activities Teams come up with this week to celebrate!


Congratulations, Nick Lonero! Caregiver of the Year 2015

Every year at the HCANJ Convention there is a presentation of the Annual Awards where they take time to honor those extraordinary individuals who make such a big difference in our residents’ lives such as the caregivers, residents, and volunteers of the long term care community.

Bridgeway Senior Healthcare is proud to have Nick Lonero, Assistant Activity Director at Bridgeway Care Center in Bridgewater honored as the Caregiver of the Year!

Nick receiving his Caregiver of the Year Award


Nick always goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our residents have the highest quality of life possible. Once he learns about any past interests of a resident, he tries to incorporate them into activities and trips. On one occasion, Nick arranged for residents to meet local community college basketball players and it was then featured on their school home page. He is always willing to chase down a dream and try to make it come true. He went out of his way to bring barbecued ribs and beer for a resident no longer able to go on outings. With this same gentleman, after a conversation about fishing, he and a group of men spent the day at a local park picnicking and fishing.

Nick has initiated a twice-weekly men’s club and has created a system for those who can no longer speak or have difficulty being heard to participate involving taps on a table or facial expressions as communication tools. He has also started a computer club that has allowed a terminally ill resident to communicate with out of state family members, another resident to explore music of the past, and another to research her family history. He has even been known to run the “Knit Wits” knitting club in the absence of the leader while the ladies laugh at his attempts to understand what the needles are supposed to do!

We are proud of Nick receiving his well-deserved Caregiver of the Year Award in recognition of his exemplary service to our company and our residents!


Nick with our founders and staff from our Bridgeway Senior Healthcare Family