MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Health care officials from numerous agencies and services got a sneak Hard Hat tour of the Care One Care Center renovations and improvements at a gala reception Thursday evening at the Route 36 facility.
“We’re proud to be able to show the 21st century look and feel to the very popular and beloved 20th century centerpiece for rehabilitation and long term care,” said Jill Monahan, administrator of the facility that has been serving Monmouth County as part of the Care One Health Care organization for 12 years.
Care One, which acquired the 127 bed facility in 2005 and has consistently upgraded and expanded its rehabilitation program in addition to the long term program it has offered from the beginning, began extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior of the facility three months ago and is anticipating a grand re-opening celebration prior to the first of the year.
While guests toured the first of three completed newly refurbished nursing stations at King James, they also got to see the two stations scheduled for the same upgrades and beautification features and meet with residents who are applauding the renovations. Improvements include new floors, wall décor, painting and the installation of unique and eclectic displays of artwork reproductions from a number of different artists. The main foyer has been completely transformed, including new furniture and a more utilitarian reception center. Offices for the nursing and administrative staffs have also been renovated, Monahan said.
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While the front exterior landscaping is evident from the highway, and features huge urns with water cascading over rocks and flowering plants, a focal point will definitely be the enclosed garden that has always been a favorite spot for residents. In recent weeks, construction and landscaping crews have lifted heavy equipment over the building to access the courtyard, available for pedestrian and wheelchair access from each station but not allowing for an access to exterior grounds or the state highway. The result has been massive landscaping which will ultimately include fountains, walking paths, twilight lighting for evening events for residents, a fish pond and unique protections to allow residents to enjoy sunshine-filled days in safety from harmful rays.
“When it was first built as the King James Care Center, this Care One was the home away from home for so many residents from our shore area,” Monahan continued, “and through the years, its residency expanded to include residents from throughout New Jersey. Care One is committed to continuing to provide the rehabilitative services and programs, as well as the residential facilities for long term care, that it has been known for for decades. Coupled with the warmth and friendship that have always been an intricate part of the care program here, Care One has kept up with the most modern rehabilitation programs, techniques and equipment to provide both long term and sub-acute care for all in need.”