Shorrock Gardens Care Center Testimonials

To all at Shorrock,

Our heart felt thanks for your kind expressions of sympathy. Thank you all for the care and compassion that you shared with my mom, Josephine Winnick.

Your thoughtfulness has meant more than words can ever say.

Forever grateful,

Joan Stas and family

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Dear Joelle,

I know this note is a little late in coming, but I want to commend you on the excellent staff that took care of my late brother-in-law, Frederick Fuhrmann, while he was a patient at your facility.

 From the moment we arrived, directly from the airport, your care and concern was apparent.  Immediately, I saw “Fritz” have a better outlook and he was able to talk and “kid” with some of the nurses. Every time I visited, it was a great experience. The helpfulness from all the staff, even if he wasn’t their patient, was excellent as was the communication. You all put a strong effort into getting him back on his feet, but God wanted him up in heaven. I know he is eating a big hot dog and pork chop up there right now and has even gained some weight!

I wanted to say a special thank you to Kelly and Marguerite who admitted him with the help of Michael on April 30th. It was a wonderful welcome to be greeted by competent nurses.

Also a thank you to Cheryl for all she did to get Fritz to eat and Ann for her guidance at the end. A thank you to everyone else who helped Fritz, there are so many names I can’t remember them all.

He was a unique and gentle man who, up until the end, had a wonderful life. Being part of your family at Shorrock Gardens made his last six weeks comfortable.

Thank you all again, for all you do, in caring for all of your patients.

Sincerely,

Margaret “Peggy” Keller

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Dear Ms. Metzger,

For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of going to Shorrock Gardens on almost a daily basis. My mom, Helen June Cunningham, was a resident for the last two years on the Evergreen Unit. She died on Labor Day of this year.

During this period of time, I got to know several of “the girls”. Everyone was very thoughtful and caring. I remember after my mom’s initial stay, there was talk of moving her to another unit as she would be a resident and not rehab. Ann Possidel was nice enough to pull some strings to leave my mom in her original room, where she stayed for the rest of her life. I have never forgotten that favor. Joelle was always friendly and smiling and did anything she could to help me tread through the financial waters of my mom’s stay. Kim Stark always made every effort to make adjustments as necessary to provide my mom with the best care possible.

The girls and guys who took care of my mother on a routine daily basis were the best. As time goes by I can remember faces, but not all the names. Michelle, Ceil, Freddie and Phyllis were great to my mom. Stephanie, her morning nurse, was always a ray of sunshine at breakfast. And my mom’s best friend in the nursing home, Marguerite; I can never thank her enough for all the love, care and friendship she gave to my mom during her last years.

There are many more faces I can remember, but names I cannot recall. My mom, sisters and I will never forget all the love, care and thoughtfulness they showed to all of us. We are extremely grateful and you will not be forgotten. You are all in our prayers and thoughts now and in the future. At this time we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays. Thanks Again.

Very truly yours,

William P. Cunningham Esq

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The Brighton Staff,

Where do I begin?

How can I possibly express to all of you – each and everyone – to all of you who cared for Rich, how much you mean to me.

Thank you for your care, your concern and your patience!!! I thank you not only for your concern for Rich but also for the many kindnesses you’ve showed to me.

I will be forever grateful and will remember you always.

With Love and Appreciation,

Noreen Heleman

And Family

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Administrative Office at

Shorrock Gardens,

 To all of you I express my deep gratitude for the many ways you sought to help Rich and Myself and to ease his life as best you could.

For the many kindnesses shown to us, I thank you. I will be forever grateful to you all.

With much love and application,

Noreen Hekeman And family

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Dear Ms. Metzger,

The Family of Helen Dee would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude for the wonderful care given to our mother while she was a resident at Shorrock.

Our mother came to Shorrock in January 2000 after suffering a massive stroke. Defying all odds, she recovered and while she couldn’t walk and was confined to a wheelchair, mom was able to maintain an active role in her family. She saw her grandsons grow up, participate in all family and holiday celebrations, and even attend the wedding of her grandson, Chris. This was in part a tribute to the staff at Shorrock.

When mom passed away on Sept 4th, although her family members were not there with her, she was comforted by her Shorrock family, those people who were so important and integral to her daily life. We were told she passes peacefully and was not afraid. Most importantly, mom was not alone. This meant so much to us, and we know mom felt their care and love.

Over the years there have been so many staff members who have cared for our mother. While we cannot personally thank all those who have been part of mom’s life in the past 10 years, we know that most recently, Manya Kernaghan in Social services; Barbara, Pat and the staff at Brighton; Cheryl, Celia and Jackie were all very important to our mom’s care until the end. There are properly more, and please forgive us not knowing each one.

We thank you all so very much for the care you have shown to mom. We miss her very much and still can not believe she is truly gone from us. We want to let you know how grateful we are to everyone at Shorrock.

Sincerely,

The Dee Family

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Dear Ms. Metzger,

It is with great peace in my heart I write this letter. My mother, Emilia Florio, was living at Shorrock Gardens in the Meadows unit for 12 months, and recently passed away.

My mother was a French immigrant to America, and married into an Italian family after WWll. My father and his family protected her from everyone and everything. It took her a few years to learn English and she was completely dependent upon him. When my father suddenly passed away in 1968, my mother was lost. I was only 16 years old, but I became my mother’s care giver from that time.

When I married, my husband John opened our home to Mom, and she helped raise my four children, now aged 25 – 34.Mom was 100% a part of my family’s life. We all noticed Mom getting a bit weaker, slower and forgetful. She started to get severe panic attacks and needed me with her more and more. Mom became a permanent shadow in my life, and I began to take more and more responsibility for every aspect of her life.

John and I accepted this and spent more time, but unfortunately the panic attacks grew so severe we had to miss some work. My daughter Tara who came home from Ireland every 3 months saw the constant deterioration in my mother’s ability and mine. With some not-so-gentle movements, Tara changed my request from ordering a part-time caregiver in the home to finding a full time assisted living facility for Mom.

Mom was in another assisted living for a few weeks when she became very ill and went to the hospital. She was discharged from the hospital to Shorrock Gardens, Meadow Unit.

This was a terrible time for me, watching my mother deteriorate, and having to move her yet again. However this transition was handled extremely well. Under the direction of Kathy, Mom and I were surrounded by the most caring, supportive, loving people one would ever hope to meet. The respect Kathy and her team showed to Mom and her fellow clients gives me faith in humanity.

I know Kathy had enormous amounts of work to do, however without fail she would take the time out of each daily visit to tell me how Mom was doing – honestly and with respect. Kathy’s team follows that direction – she is a real leader.

I would like to individually commend a number of staff members who I felt worked above and beyond to ensure Mom maintained her dignity. Mom had many “Bad Days” and one of the nurses, Chanel, would put Mom next to her at the nurses’ station to keep her calm. Patti and Jennifer from activities, Sally one of her aides who made my Mom a blanket, Sandra who was the evening charge nurse, Nyiesha and Clarissa who worked on another unit but checked on Mom at night. Staff that made my mother’s life better. Dee, George, Gloria, Allie, Steve, Jessica, Yvonne, Hergis, Sharon, Gladys, Sandra, Katie, Sarah, Rolando, Jazzmine, Karen, and Vivian.

They granted us all the privacy my family and I needed and checked on us at just the right moments to make sure we had everything we wanted during her last days and hours.

You should be very proud of your tremendous team. I would like to thank you all once again for giving my mother the dignity she deserved in her last months.

Sincerely,

Jeanine Liston

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On behalf of myself and my family, we just wanted to extend our thanks for the attentive care given to my husband, William Isola, who was a short -time resident of the Haven for a month before being transferred to the Meadows. Special thanks should be given to Taylor, who was always attentive to my husband as he had often remarked about how wonderful she was and how much he liked her. She new how to deal with his Alzheimer’s and she even would take the time to visit him occasionally during her break or at the end of her shift when he was transferred to the Meadows. Her dedication and effort should be commended.

In addition, we would also like to acknowledge with special thanks the dedication of Michelle, who also would visit my husband during her own time when he was transferred to the Meadows and who even attended my husbands wake. She should be commended for going up and beyond her job responsibilities as she is such a warm and caring person who should be commended.

In addition, the entire staff at the Meadows was also very attentive and caring workers to my husband during his month and half stay.

Sincerely Yours
Viola Isola & Family

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My mother, Elizabeth Fusco, was a resident of the Meadows unit of Shorrock Gardens, for almost 5 years, I am a retired RN, so my expectations of level of care are difficult to meet. My visits always include looking for any sign of inadequacy. I changed diapers, checked skin care, hair and fingernail care, even the condition of bathrooms. My mother was not communicative, so I spent many hours watching staff with other patients, as well as my mother.

I want you to know how much my family appreciate the high level of care delivered by Cathy and her staff, for the most difficult patients in our health care system.

Sincerely,
Lucille, Thomas, & Phillip Fusco

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Just a short note, very long thanks and passion, for the superlative job done by your team on behalf of my mom, Helen Brown, who passed away 4/13 at evergreen. Ms Parness, in particular, was so kind, and checked on moms’ needs daily, if not more often. The group at Evergreen that I met, Barbara, Michele, Joelle, Charlotte, Maya, Tami, Etal, just outstanding!

I would never hesitate to recommend your venue to anyone in need, it is just a very caring, capable place. Once again, on behalf of my sister Susan and myself, our deep appreciation to all.

Sincerely,
Dean M. Brown

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I would like to personally thank your staff and a wonderful Social Worker, Ann, who took such terrific care of my mother, Dorothy Dufour, who was in your facility for short-term rehabilitation. I am so very grateful that she was in your facility, a facility that took such great care of her in her time of illness……My mother was my life and I cared for her and loved her dearly and miss her, but I know that being in your facility and the wonderful care she received enhanced her last few weeks with us here on earth. I would highly recommend your Nursing Home. The care and sincere love that your staff gave to my mother was something that everyone wants when ill has overcome a loved one. You must be proud and honored at the way your staff treats their residents.

Sincerely yours,
Richard A. Dufour
Regional Director Senior Health Management

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We want to thank each and every one that we encountered at Shorrock Gardens for your most sincere assistance to us and our Grandmother through a most difficult time. Especially to the staff on Applewood. We feel each and every one genuinely cared for Nonna’s well being and comfort and ours too during her short stay with you. We thank you and know in our hearts you have a special Angel watching over you.

With much gratitude,
Stan and Debbie Cook

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The Fuhrman Family would like to thank all those who took care of our mother, Anna Fuhrman, while she was at Shorrock. There are too many of you to mention by name, but you know who you are and we are very appreciative for all you have done. Also, many of you took time out of your busy schedules to stop and exchange a few words with her. This meant a great deal to my mother and helped her to keep her spirits up and maintain her sharp mind. Again, many thanks for your caring.

The Fuhrman Family

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Dear Staff, Words cannot express my feelings of deep thankfulness to all of the staff at Shorrock Gardens for the kindness, care and quality service my dad Adlou Darrou received while a resident there. I can truly say from the bottom of my heart that all the staff made my dad’s stay at Shorrock a very happy and loving stay. I myself felt so relieved that my dad was taken great care of. May God Bless you all and thank you all again.

Always,
Beverly Loqualia

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On behalf of the children and their families in Ocean County, and The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, please extend our most sincere thank you to the staff and friends of Shorrock Gardens Care Center for their overwhelming generosity as participants in our 2003 Gifts for Kids Holiday Program. The two families you “adopted” were touched by your spirit, enthusiasm and generosity.

Please extend our thank you to all who participated in the program by displaying the enclosed Certificate of Giving.

Sincerely,
Cathy Tamburri
Gwen E. Forte

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To all of you, our thanks for all the kindness and care you all gave to our mother. Our mother was a “Great Lady” who loved what Shorrock was all about. It was a very “happy home” to her for 6 years. Each of you in your own way touched her heart. Thank you and Gog bless you all!

Sincerely.

The Family of Doris Wood

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Thank you all for the Love and Care you gave Gram. She called Brighton (residential unit at Shorrock Gardens Care Center) home for a reason, and that is YOU… Our thanks for all the kindness and care you all gave to our mother. Our mother was a “Great Lady” who loved what Shorrock was all about. It was a very “happy home” to her for 6 years. Each of you in your own way touched her heart. Thank you and God bless you all!

Sincerely.

The Family of Doris Wood

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Thanks to the girls that took care of mom. Even when she was having a bad day you girls & guys were always there!!! You all will never be forgotten.

Love U All,

Dan

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My mother, Angelina Ordik, was a resident in the Meadows residential unit at Shorrock Gardens until she passed away June 24th.

I wanted to tell you how pleased we were with the staff at the Meadows – Kathy, Tina, Charisa, George, Patty and Ashley. They not only took such wonderful care, but accepted her for the “sometimes difficult person she had become.”

These social people helped me to accept my mother for who she was now, not as I had known her before her illness.

I’m sure I did not mention all the names of her caregivers but please know, each one of the staff were loving, caring people. They did not just take care of my mother but me too.

Please feel free to share this letter with the administrator of Shorrock.

Very Truly Yours,

Barbara Merced

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Many thanks for all your effort in making my mothers 100th birthday so special!

The family appreciates the accommodations made by Steve and his kitchen personnel, the activities people, the receptionist, and all. It was a very memorable day.

Thank you,

Jo Curcio

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I want to thank the entire staff at “Shorrock Gardens” for the care and attention I received while recovering from major surgery. I particularly give thanks and praise to nurse Dorothy and aide Marie, for their patience and congeniality at night. They helped me in my time of need, during the night shift. An excellent team!!!

Thanks to the day shift as well – too many names to remember each one and all. God Bless all those who help the sick, may God always bless them in his memory.

My very special thanks to the physical therapy dept. May God bless Mr. Jay, Wirt, Will, Ryan, Jamie, Jim and Jackie, etc. Thanks to all the Nurses Patti, Joan, Barbara, Lisa, Rodger, and all those names that escape me. Thanks to Ann the social worker and to Steve and his food dept. Thanks to all the aides that work with the nurses. Special thanks to aide Marie who personally went to McDonald’s and treated me to a milk shake on her day off, because the day before I said I wanted a milk shake. Nurse Joan for her smile, Nurse Lisa who gave me the grand tour of the grounds, for exercise; we had fun. Timmy for the banana I enjoyed and thanks to nurse Antonio and handsome nurse Bob.

Sincerely,

Antoinette Arena

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My Husband Edward Kasper has returned home after a stay in your sub-acute therapy section. We would like to thank everyone; especially the therapist, nurses and aides for the excellent care and treatment he received.

Sincerely,

Florence Kasper

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With sincere thanks for your thoughtful kindness. Thank you for being available for my phone calls and providing me updates on “Uncle Pete.” You helped make the process easier to handle.

Sincerely,

Jack

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I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your effort on behalf of Peter Kerrick. He is now at peace but your “Caring” was very helpful in his final days; we appreciate that.

Sincerely,

The Family of Peter Kerrick

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For the three weeks recovering from my hip surgery the nursing staff and therapist always go utmost attention to the patients. Our particular nurse when on duty gave her all and in my opinion went above and beyond her duties. The outstanding nurse is Margarette Tucarico LPN, of the Evergreen section. Her help was most appreciated. I am how home and will remember Shorrock Care Center fondly.

Sincerely,

Hazel Curtis

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Dear Ms. Metzger,

It is with great peace in my heart I write this letter.

My mother, Emilia Florio, was living at Shorrock Gardens in the Meadows unit for 12 months, and recently passed away.

My mother was a French immigrant to America, and married into an Italian family after WWll. My father and his family protected her from everyone and everything. It took her a few years to learn English and she was completely dependent upon him. When my father suddenly passed away in 1968, my mother was lost. I was only 16 years old, but I became my mother’s care giver from that time.

When I married, my husband John opened our home to Mom, and she helped raise my four children, now aged 25 – 34.Mom was 100% a part of my family’s life. We all noticed Mom getting a bit weaker, slower and forgetful. She started to get severe panic attacks and needed me with her more and more. Mom became a permanent shadow in my life, and I began to take more and more responsibility for every aspect of her life.

John and I accepted this and spent more time, but unfortunately the panic attacks grew so severe we had to miss some work. My daughter Tara who came home from Ireland every 3 months saw the constant deterioration in my mother’s ability and mine. With some not-so-gentle movements, Tara changed my request from ordering a part-time caregiver in the home to finding a full time assisted living facility for Mom.

Tom was in another assisted living for a few weeks when she became very ill and went to the hospital. She was discharged from the hospital to Shorrock Gardens, Meadow Unit.

This was a terrible time for me, watching my mother deteriorate, and having to move her yet again. However this transition was handled extremely well. Under the direction of Kathy, Mom and I were surrounded by the most caring, supportive, loving people one would ever hope to meet. The respect Kathy and her team showed  to Mom and her fellow clients gives me faith in humanity.

I know Kathy had enormous amounts of work to do, however without fail she would take the time out of each daily visit to tell me how Mom was doing – honestly and with respect. Kathy’s team follows that direction – she is a real leader

I would like to individually commend a number of staff members who I felt worked above and beyond to ensure Mom maintained her dignity. Mom had many “Bad Days” and one of the nurses, Chanel, would put Mom next to her at the nurses’ station to keep her calm. Patti and Jennifer from activities, Sally one of her aides who made my Mom a blanket, Sandra who was the evening charge nurse, Nyiesha and Clarissa who worked on another unit but checked on Mom at night. Staff that made my mother’s life better. Dee, George, Gloria, Allie, Steve, Jessica, Yvonne, Hergis, Sharon, Gladys, Sandra, Katie, Sarah, Rolando, Jazzmine, Karen, and Vivian.

They granted us all the privacy my family and I needed and checked on us at just the right moments to make sure we had everything we wanted during her last days and hours.

You should be very proud of your tremendous team. I would like to thank you all once again for giving my mother the dignity she deserved in her last months

Sincerely,

Jeanine Liston