An Introduction to Chelsea Senior Living
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316 South Avenue Fanwood, NJ 07023
Established: 1988
(866) 531-0695

About Chelsea Senior Living

Chelsea Senior Living, based in Fanwood, N.J., has been providing comfortable, safe and secure homes for seniors for more than 40 years. The privately held company has expertise in the development, operation, marketing, and management of senior facilities and services, with the scope ranging from upscale to affordable. The company's expertise is reflected in the experience of its staff and the quality of services it provides to its residents. Chelsea Senior Living's CEO, Herbert Heflich, has more than 42 years of experience in the field of eldercare management.

Chelsea's 16 communities are located in three Eastern states: 12 in New Jersey, three in New York, and one in Pennsylvania. The communities are located in tranquil settings with beautiful views, but close to shopping areas, medical facilities, and entertainment venues. The communities feature beautifully appointed parlors, nicely landscaped outdoor areas, private apartments in a variety of floor plans, gourmet meals, an on-site beauty/barber salon, a variety of enjoyable and educational activities, and transportation to various off-site activities. A professional staff, including licensed nurses and those trained to assist in therapeutic recreation, are on hand 24/7 to ensure that residents are not only cared for-but cared about.

The mission of Chelsea Senior Living to is provide a comfortable, safe, and secure home for seniors who need help with their daily activities in a caring environment with a supportive staff that treats them with dignity and respect. Chelsea communities encourage maximum independence by promoting individuality, privacy, and freedom of choice. However, the communities also provide personalized support and healthcare services as needed with the goal of helping residents achieve a better quality of life than they could achieve on their own.

Senior Living Options

Chelsea provides older adults with many choices, from independent and assisted living, to memory care, mental health, and respite/trial stay. For those in need of financial assistance, Chelsea offers alternative payment programs such as live settlements from in- force life insurance policies, the Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit Program, and the New York Assisted Living Program. Chelsea Senior Living also will pair compatible seniors together in shared apartment living as a beneficial solution to them both.

Chelsea's independent living apartments offer privacy and independence in a safe and home-like environment in a community setting. There are beautiful spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments available at the Fanwood and West Milford, N.J., communities. In addition, Fanwood offers 12 luxury two-bedroom apartments, called The Lofts at Chelsea, which offers elegant living in a secure community that is just an hour away from the exciting attractions of New York City.

Independent living offers such amenities as 24-hour emergency response system, private baths, and fully functional kitchens, giving residents the option of preparing their own meals or purchasing a meal plan to dine in the community's restaurant-style dining room. Residents also can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and cocktail hour, and they also have the option of scheduling transportation for shopping trips or other outings. Weekly housekeeping and linen services are available for a fee.

The assisted living communities provide a helping hand with the activities of daily living while allowing residents to enjoy the company of friends in a relaxing and warm environment. In assisted living apartments and suites, residents will enjoy maximum privacy, comfort, and accessibility with such features as high ceilings, large windows, convenient kitchenettes, and spacious bathrooms. A caring and professional staff is available 24/7 to assist residents with bathing, dressing, dining, walking, medication management, participation in activity programs, physical therapy, and health/wellness issues.

For individuals with Alzheimer's or other forms of memory impairment, Chelsea Senior Living offers the Country Cottage program with emphasis on providing a safe, secure and supportive environment that enhances the quality of life for residents. Under the care of a high trained staff of professionals, residents are part of an innovative, personalized program that gives them the stimulation and encouragement they need to maintain their skills as best as possible.

Mental Health Program

Chelsea Senior Living offers a special care program for older adults with advanced depression, anxiety or other behavioral health issues. Known as The Crossings, this innovative mental health care program is located on a private dedicated wing within the East Brunswick, N.J., community. Residents in the program are provided with the same amenities and services that are offered in Chelsea's assisted living program. However, they also receive specialized care from a skilled behavioral health clinic team.

The highly structured daily therapeutic program addresses all facets of the resident's needs in such areas as physical exercise, counseling and coping skills training. Evaluations are made to determine the best course of action for each resident, in order to meet that individual's unique physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. The Crossings was cited for its innovative approach as a "Program to Watch" in Assisted Living Executive's 2011 "Best of the Best" issue.

Respite Care/Trial Stay

Rounding out the care options is the Chelsea Respite Care Program, which is available to provide caregivers with a break from the everyday demand of providing care to a loved one. The program offers a perfect solution for caregivers who must travel on business or who wish to take a vacation, and it is also an excellent option in the event that a senior needs to recover after an injury or hospital stay.

For those who are thinking about the transition to senior living but are unsure of whether they want to make a long-term commitment, Chelsea Senior Living also offers a trial stay program. During the trial stay, residents have access to the same care, amenities, programs and social opportunities as the full-time residents. Based on the quality of the communities and the wide range of activities so readily available to them, many seniors decide to move in permanently once the trial period is over.

Wide Range of Activities

Chelsea Senior Living offers residents the choice of socializing as much or as little as they want. Residents have access to a wide range of activities for their enjoyment and/or to aid in their physical and mental wellbeing. Among the activities are: a "Good News" program, which allows residents to catch up on local stories and current events; a morning exercise group; music, art, and Internet classes as well as educational courses and seminars; a book club; a variety of social games, such as bridge, chess, Bingo, or Boggle; ice cream socials; movie nights; and (at some communities) a nightly happy hour. Transportation is also available as needed to area grocery stores, shopping centers, doctor's offices, places of worship, theaters, banks, and malls.

Gourmet Dining

Fine dining that is both delicious and nutritious is a hallmark of the Chelsea community experience. Residents can start their day with cinnamon French toast or waffles with fresh fruit, then have a delicious sandwich wrap for lunch. For the evening meal, talented chefs prepare such entrées as prime rib, grilled lemon chicken, poached salmon, and grilled lamb chops, while mouth-watering desserts run the gamut from crème brulee to strawberry shortcake. An attentive staff serves these meals in beautiful restaurant-style dining rooms. A private dining room is available for family dinners or special events.

Experienced Wellness Staff

The experienced wellness staff at Chelsea Senior Living offers a path to wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Among the activities are daily exercise and strengthening programs; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; ongoing medical assessments; medication management; nutrition counseling; memory coaching; intellectual stimulation opportunities; education on health issues; intergenerational activities; focus on spiritual and emotional wellness; religious worship opportunities; and socialization through structured and unstructured activities. These comprehensive activities are designed to reduce stress and anxiety, increase overall feelings of peace and safety, and to provide the resident with a brighter outlook on life.