Residents at Alaris Health at Rochelle Park hold a “Let Them Go” party to release Butterflies

Butterflies are loved for their transformative ability as well as the beauty they bring to the world. The Recreation Department at Alaris Health at Rochelle Park engaged residents in an educational butterfly project this summer that brought these colorful creatures close to home.  

The residents watched and studied ten Painted Lady Butterfly larvae, recording their growth Teaching school closings status recognises our partnership’s success in developing high quality leadership andteaching. and behavior as they became butterflies.  After the metamorphosis, the larvae turned into orange and black butterflies with white spots on their wings.  The project last two and a half weeks and all of the butterflies survived and thrived.  

At the end of the project, the residents and staff held a “Let Them Go Party,” where the butterflies feasted on orange slices and were then released outside.  The residents had juice and cookies as they watched their Painted Ladies take to the skies.  

“The residents really enjoyed the project. It was both educational and uplifting to watch these creature progress to the point of release.  The release party was a huge hit,” says Kris Giles, Administrator.  

For information about Alaris Health at Rochelle Park, please call 201-845-0099.

Everything is Blooming at the Vegetable and Flower Garden At Alaris Health at The Atrium

Every year  residents at Alaris Health at The Atrium (Assisted Living) plant and care for their garden on the second floor patio.  They take much pride in their beautiful garden, which is shared by all residents as a place of peace and harmony.  Both Amelia Kiley and Joseph Mason, who reside at the facility, enjoyed digging the dirt and planting the vegetables and begonias.  When the juicy beef steak tomatoes are ripe, residents will savor a salad with home grown parsley, basil and tomatoes.  Until then, residents are enjoying the fresh mint from the garden in iced tea served daily at coffee and tea time. During this hot weather Amelia and Joseph are busy watering daily, but it is worth the effort as shown by the expressions of joy on their faces.


The attractive and spacious Atrium offers many amenities to its residents.  To schedule an appointment or for any additional information about Alaris Health at The Atrium, please call 201-716-8000.

To Alaris Health at Boulevard East

To all the nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, cooks and everyone who works at Alaris Health at Boulevard East, to each and every one of you, thank you very much for the care you gave to my husband.  Even when he was in pain some times, you took very good care of him.  May God bless you all for the work you are doing.  You are the best. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I love all of you and will never forget you.

God bless you.


Alaris Health at Saint Mary’s Hosts Community Breakfast for Seniors

Alaris Health at Saint Mary’s recently hosted a Senior Community Breakfast complete with pancakes and discussion on topics of interest to the senior population.  

Lisa Olender, Director of Physician Integration for the Post Acute Division of Saint Barnabas at Barnabas Health, and Jersey Home Health, gave a talk on post acute care for the senior community.  At the event, Click here to read your taurus horoscope horoscope!Tarus’s symbol is the bull because this sign’s characteristic is to be peaceful and methodical. she was pleased to meet resident Lauerence Smith, who was born at the original Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Newark in 1932.  

A short discussion was also given by Alaris Health on the topic of post acute services and their benefit to seniors. 

“Seniors today are living longer than ever, and they benefit from the kind of comprehensive post acute care that we can provide after hospitalizations,” says Roy Santos, Administrator.  

For more information, please call (973) 266-3001.

North Bergen Woman Makes Miraculous Recovery at Alaris Health at West Orange after opportunistic Pneumonia causes Extensive Health Complications

When Selma Melendez was discharged from Alaris Health at West Orange after an extended medical and rehabilitative stay, it was nothing short of miraculous for her to walk out on her own. Only weeks before, the North Bergen resident had been too weak to breathe without a ventilator, and could not leave her bed or even brush her own hair. She stayed at the West Orange facility to further recover from pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP), an opportunistic and sometimes fatal infection that strikes those with compromised immune systems.    

“Selma improved tremendously and her recovery was smoother than expected as a result of the high level of care,” says Hemant Patel, MD, Pulmonary Critical Care Specialist at Alaris Health at West Orange. “She also progressed because she was extremely motivated from the beginning and never missed an opportunity for rehabilitation.”    

Thirteen years ago when she was in her mid 20s, Ms. Melendez received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor.  Her kidneys had been damaged as a result of a childhood high blood pressure condition and she received three years of dialysis. After the transplant at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), she was able to resume a full life that included her beloved family and pets.   

Then, in January of this year, she developed PCP and a high fever. Ms. Melendez was in such respiratory distress that she required hospitalization, a ventilator and a feeding tube.   

“I don’t remember anything from the three weeks at the hospital when I was sedated and there was concern about kidney failure,” says Ms. Melendez. “When I finally woke up, I couldn’t speak and barely could move. It was so scary.”  

A Long Road to Recovery    

When she stabilized enough, it was crucial to move her to a skilled nursing facility where she could gain strength and work to have the tracheostomy removed, as patients should not be intubated beyond a certain length of time.  In searching for the right facility, of primary consideration was the partnership between Alaris Health at West Orange and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) to provide integrated medical care and rehabilitation services to patients who are recovering from a variety of conditions, and Ms. Melendez was transferred to the Alaris Member Health Center.    

As part of the partnership, Alaris Health at West Orange offers a dedicated Heart Failure and Transplant Specialty Unit, seven day per-week Rehabilitation Therapies, hospital-approved physician oversight, and a NBIMC Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program Advanced Practice onsite-Nurse.    

Ms. Melendez began the hard work of recovery with daily physical therapy and intensive pulmonary treatment. Her new team at Alaris Health at West Orange was in constant contact with her physicians at NBIMC. She improved dramatically, had the feeding tube removed, and soon the tracheostomy as well.   

“Our program is one of the first in Essex County to provide post-transplant patients with this continuity of care,” says Dr. Patel. “It reduces the length of hospital stay and allows patients to benefit from increased opportunities for rehabilitation and recovery at our facility.”    

Ms. Melendez enjoyed the weekly Pet Therapy visits, which lifted her spirits and motivated her to work hard to return to her own cats.    

“I was scared at first that I would not improve, but everyone was so kind and supportive and I felt secure there,” she said.  “In the end it was hard to leave because I felt taken care of by the entire staff. The nurses and rehab therapists especially helped me to improve and reach my goals.”    

At the end of her stay, Ms. Melendez was able to walk out the door with her husband, Bill, by her side. She has continued doing the exercises at home, and says it is “good to be home.”    

For more information, call Alaris Health at West Orange at 973-324-3000, or visit

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