​Cheshire Home Celebrates 40 Years

Posted by Reeve Staff in Life After Paralysis on September 02, 2021 # Lifestyle, SCI Awareness

Former Resident Jenna showcasing her beautiful artwork.

For 40 years, Cheshire Home has been helping young adults with spinal cord injuries, and neurological impairments gain independence after a traumatic injury.

We have quickly become New Jersey’s leading provider for short-term rehabilitation. For at least 20 years, we’ve been working with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, and we’re incredibly proud of the care we’ve been able to provide together, from injury to independence.

Cheshire Home is a true hidden gem located in Florham Park in Morris County. The 35-bed facility provides all of the services that a resident needs to regain their independence after a tragic accident, offering on-site nursing care, mental and emotional support, physical and occupational therapies, vocational and educational programs, transportation and recreation and so much more.

At Cheshire Home, we understand the traumatic experience a resident has faced, and therefore provide the best care possible to help a resident regain their independent lifestyle. Once a patient enters through the doors of Cheshire Home, they are family. Cheshire residents teach each other by example—dedicated to showing each other they are able, not idle, a mantra that has been part of the Cheshire community for decades.

In the past 40 years, Cheshire has served over 230 residents and expertly led each one through a rehabilitation process tailored to their needs and aspirations. The average residency is about 2-3 years, long enough to become family and develop lasting bonds. The dedicated staff, some of whom have been with Cheshire for over 25 years, work diligently to help every resident succeed to meet their personal physical and mental goals. Whether Cheshire is helping residents learn to cook, acquire new job skills, or learn to feed themselves again, our mission is to provide every resident with the means to reach their maximum level of independence.

Former Resident Darrius with Cheshire’s Director of Physical Therapy, Bill Hadewycz.It is a true honor for us to watch the residents succeed, graduate from their programs, and start a new chapter in their lives. Former resident Jenna called Cheshire her home for three years. Through her rehabilitation process, she rediscovered her love and talent for art and pursued her true passion by starting her own business, something she never thought would be possible before Cheshire Home. Darrius spent two and a half years at Cheshire. Most of the time, he could be found in our on-site Physical and Occupational Therapy Center. After making tremendous strides in his recovery, Darrius graduated this past December to his own private apartment.

We have two community homes for residents who can live semi-independently: Cheshire II in Parsippany and Cheshire III in Florham Park. These homes extend our family and our services to more young adults with life-long disabilities.

As Cheshire Home kicks off our 40th Anniversary by celebrating Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, we thank everyone who has supported Cheshire and helped our residents gain independence. Many of the programs and services are only possible because of the generous support of private donations and grant funding, specifically success stories like Jenna’s and Darrius’s. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, in particular, is a huge part of Cheshire’s success story in helping our residents gain independence. We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.

Cheshire invites everyone to join the 40th Anniversary events and celebrations throughout the year. For more information on Cheshire Home and the programs and services we provide, you can visit our website at www.cheshirehome.org or call (973) 966-1232. Please continue to check back often for new events to be added to the 40th Anniversary Year calendar.

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