“BOUTIQUE CARE” for our frail elderly in Columbia

By Barry Schechter

Elder care has become an issue for millions of Americans who need to look after their aging parents. The difficult decision of how to care for them leads many to facilities like Clover Rest Home. The Warren County facility has been the best kept secret for the elderly who need skilled nursing care in a comfortable individualized environment. Located along the scenic Delaware River, Clover Rest Home has been serving the region with distinction for over four decades.

Around two years ago, a new management company stepped in to continue the fine tradition of service at Clover Rest and raise the bar and expand services. The new Administrator, Alvan Small, brings 30 years of exceptional and diverse experience in both large and small nursing homes. He has a track record of developing innovative programs and services for the elderly in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Small explains that Clover Rest Home features “Boutique Care” that is unparalleled in Warren county and the surrounding counties.

“We never use agency nurses. All of our RN’s, LPN’s and CNA nurses are trained, educated and familiar with every residents’ care needs and desires. We make sure that every skilled staff member can serve the needs of every resident.”

Clover Rest Home is the essence of “boutique elder care,” according to Small. The 33 bed facility is smaller than many facilities and allows for intimate care. The 24/7 nursing staff know the special clinical nuances, the personal desires, and the appropriate actions that ultimately satisfies the residents.

Rather than entering an impersonal institutional environment, our residents feel a warm, friendly, family-like ambiance. Whether a resident desires a different meal or has a change in health, our nursing, dietary and recreation staff can quickly accommodate without numerous forms and delays in service. We make sure that our residents do not feel a daunting and complicated atmosphere, especially when dementia or clinical aches and pains are enveloping their physical and emotional well being.

Of course, we have geriatric physicians, psychiatrists, podiatrists, dentists and ophthalmologists make regular rounds at Clover Rest Home. We also have laboratory, x-ray facilities and a pharmacy to support their prescriptions and plan of care.

In addition, a registered dietician oversees the menu. We emphasize a healthy meal plan for all residents, while accommodating for every for different types of diet.

Clover Rest Home specializes in dementia care, respite care and long-term care. Residents have available rehabilitation services to provide for the fastest possible recovery. This includes physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

“All our nurses are trained and certified in I.V. therapy, pain management and wound care” says Small. “This allows the resident to return to Clover if a hospitalization or a decline in health necessitates specialized care.”

Small smiles as he makes a point about what he calls making a decision on a facility based on “cosmetic” appearances.

“Don’t be fooled by all the fancy wallpaper and chandeliers” of some new facilities, says Small.

He urges families to search and compare the facts by visiting www.medicare.gov. Under the drop down caption called “locator,” a person can search for any nursing home in the country and get the real hard core statistics evaluated by the appropriate Federal and State agencies. An easy “5 star rating system” will quickly tell the reader what type of care is given by any facility.

“Clover Rest Home has scored 4 or 5 stars year after year. That is crucial when searching for the right nursing home for a parent or loved on,” says Small. “Don’t be fooled by cosmetics and window dressing!”

The home has a social worker and full time recreation director to make sure that residents have a full array of activities, to stay occupied and happy. In addition, there are six outside entertainers visiting weekly and monthly trips to various places of interest.

For example, in July, residents went to a minor leagues baseball game. They often go across the Delaware to the East Stroudsburg mall. But it seems that everyone’s favorite is a visit to the East Stroudsburg Sherman theatre.

The staff members at Clover Rest Home describe Alvan as very detail-oriented and impetuously insistent on attention to detail. One staffer explains, “Alvan has earned numerous awards for his dedication and fine track record in the industry, and it shows in his work.”

At a very young age, Small earned the “Young Administrator of the year” award for initiating and successfully developing a child care center, an adult day care and a state of the art 120 bed addition to an existing 240 bed facility. His current staff members say that his energy and progressive thinking is infectious and that Clover Rest Home residents have benefited greatly from his efforts.

When asked about his tenure in the industry, Alvan gives credit to his staff.

“I am so proud and fortunate to work alongside such stable, caring and dedicated staff. At Clover Rest, some of the nurses have been on staff for 15-20 years. They are an uncommon group of hard working caring professionals. I’m honored to call them my colleagues.”

Clover Rest Home is Medicare and Medicaid certified. It is conveniently located off Interstate 80, routes 94 and 46. No appointment is necessary for a tour. To visit the “best kept secret” in Warren County, call 908-496-4477.