Life at The Cliffs

The Cliffs residents have certainly kept busy during the past year. Besides the daily activities put in place, several groups and clubs were established by our residents. First is The Cliffs Choral Group led by Faith Longstreet and Charlotte Crosswell. The Choral Group has performed several times for our residents and guests. Some of their performances were during last year’s Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day.

The group also led a special performance for the Board of Directors during their Annual Meeting in June 2016. Another club that was established last year is the Opera Club—the members meet every Thursday afternoon to enjoy an opera on an HD television with surround sound system in the Private Dining Room. Recently formed is The Cliffs’ very first Science Club. The members meet every Saturday in the Private Dining Room to watch documentaries and have discussions about the most controversial advancement in the field of Science.

Lastly, a group called “After Lunch Bunch” was formed by one of our most beloved volunteer, Nancy Hanna. This intimate group is exclusive to wheelchair-bound residents who meet every other Wednesday in the Country Kitchen where they have discussions about their lives, feelings, families, and events happening in the country.

 

The Cliffs Volunteers

Esther Cancio

Esther serves as one of the Cliffs’ Board members. Esther started volunteering in 2011, a few months after retiring from being a Registered Nurse. She dedicates time to serve the residents on Tuesdays where she comes to help Dawn and Monica by assisting in activities, or taking residents out for walks during the nicer weather. 

Joanne McGhee and Daniel Celmer

Joanne and Dan have been volunteers at the Cliffs for about four years now. This duo spends three days at the Cliffs to help with activities. Joanne often assists Dawn and Monica with activities while Dan’s favorite task is to go to the Haven and mingle with his favorite residents and assist with feeding during lunch time. Dan also loves to talk about current affairs with the residents. On busy days, or during emergencies when the activities department is short-staffed, Joanne helps and conducts activities on the daily schedule.

Nancy Hanna

Nancy’s husband, Jim, resided at The Cliffs for about two years. After her husband passed, Nancy returned to the facility to offer her time and effort to serve the residents whom she had gotten to know and love. She volunteers on Wednesdays and Fridays to assist Charlotte with Marketing and Community Relations tasks. She also started a resident group that meets every  Wednesday. Nancy had also taken over Sybil Aronson’s responsibility after her passing. 

Sybil Aronson

Volunteer Extraordinaire, 2006-2016

The sadness has only softened slightly as the months have gone by since our volunteer extraordinaire peacefully passed away surrounded by those she loved, right here at the Cliffs. It has been an adjustment to not see Sybil shepharding residents onto the Cliffs bus to visit flower gardens, cathedral concerts, historical house tours and more or spending endless hours researching fun activities to introduce to residents and busily preparing seasonal decorations to enliven their “home”. For over a decade, Sybil’s presence was a welcomed and cherished one to both residents and staff alike.  Sybil was introduced to the Cliffs early in 2006 when she brought her sister to live at our newly opened community.  Although her sister got to enjoy the Cliffs for only one year before she died, Sybil felt a genuine commitment to contribute to the welfare of all the residents, and she became as close as family to the staff she assisted. Her presence here will always be felt.

 

Cliffs Residents Provide Orphanage School In Ethiopia with Their First Individual School Kits!

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Cliffs Residents Provide Orphanage School In Ethiopia with Their First Individual School Kits!

“You have to understand these children ages 3 to10 years have not even seen a coloring book.  Imagine how the will feel when they see the generous school kits from the Cliffs residents!”

Emmebeth, a graduate of the orphanage herself, was in tears as she saw the gift packs ready to be shipped to her home town in Ethiopia.  Emmebeth will be bringing them with her on her yearly 5 week journey to give back to the school and orphanage that was her home for so many years.

Residents at the Cliffs took on a goal of raising $300 for the project but raised $426, instead. Enough to cover not only supplies but airline shipping fees as well. Beside coloring books, each kit contained crayons, pencils, pens, notebooks, flip flop sandals, lollipops, sharpeners and erasers.

Ethiopia is on the east coast of Africa and in desperate need of charitable support.

The Cliffs at Eagle Rock is a non-profit Assisted Living & Alzheimer Community in the heart of West Orange.  Residents are now walking laps around the Cliffs for the month of July to raise funds to send a child to camp.

The Cliffs at Eagle Rock Residents Form A ’Capella Chorale

17 of the 20 Cliffs Residents comprising their newly formed A Capella Chorale, debuted at the
Cliffs Good Friday Service, held on site at their historic Chapel. The group sang two numbers: “Amazing Grace”
and “Where You There”. Unfortunately 3 members were not feeling well enough to participate.
A large audience of residents, staff and families expressed delight at the quality of their performance. “I heard them practicing,” said Richard McDonald, HR Director, but they didn’t have a lot of rehearsals. Nevertheless, they were really good and I was very impressed.”

New resident Carrie Howson said with a smile: “Being part of The Cliffs Chorus is a joyful, sharing experience. Singing lets you send your happiest feelings out on the breezes and up to the sun!”
The chorus is scheduled to sing a medley of patriotic songs during the Memorial Day weekend, and then they are scheduled to perform for The Cliffs at Eagle Rock Annual Board Meeting in June.

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Senior Gardeners Share Their Harvest

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Cliff’s residents, Major Bill Horn, Marjorie Tallent and Caryl Rowell take turns grooming the robust garden they’ve created at The Cliffs at Eagle Rock Assisted Living in West Orange. Now in its 4th year, their garden has matured under the able supervision of Major Horn who began the project as a way of keeping busy and useful.

“We’ve since expanded into two areas” he says with obvious pride. “We planted our 140 tomato plants, and variety of herbs purposely in the inner court yard so residents can take produce for their own use, as well as our dining staff for meals in the main dining room.” The other location is on a lower slope of the campus I was told, where peppers, green onions, cucumbers and additional herbs are growing. “We’ve had to put a wire fence around it, says Major Horn, to keep out the deer, but the bugs are another story and a real problem!”

The senior gardeners plan and strategize and work with Cliff’s maintenance to prepare a perfect garden. Members take turns with the weeding and watering, and cooks come out daily to pick herbs for their daily meal preparation. To help enhance the beauty, the Cliffs Salon beautician even donated hanging flowering baskets all round!

“We started in April to get the garden started and it looks like we will have a bumper crop of tomatoes in about two weeks,” says Major Horn.
The group is even suggesting there will be plenty for staff to take some home for their families as well. Now that is truly a sharing harvest!

The Cliffs at Eagle Rock Named “Caring Star of 2015” for Service

Positive Feedback in Online Reviews Puts The Cliffs at Eagle Rock Among Best Communities in Nation
West Orange, New Jersey: The Cliffs at Eagle Rock has been selected as a “Caring Star” of 2015, as part of an annual nationwide program honoring service excellence based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com, the leading senior care website.

“We appreciate such positive feedback from families about the services we offer, and we thank Caring.com for recognizing our community as a Caring Star,” said Charlotte Crosswell, the Cliffs Marketing Director.

Families are increasingly seeking insights provided by online reviews to help guide senior care decisions. In multiple research studies, the majority of family caregivers have indicated that they used the Internet and two-thirds took to the Web after noticing signs of memory loss in a loved one.
Of the 31,000 assisted living communities nationwide, only 805 earned the Caring Stars award this year.

“Congratulations to the Cliffs at Eagle Rock for achieving this award after earning high praise from residents and their families,” said Caring.com CEO Andy Cohen. “This important milestone speaks volumes about the positive difference The Cliffs is making in serving older adults, and we join with the local community in celebrating their accomplishment.”

Residents Find Common Ground

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The Cliffs at Eagle Rock Assisted Living Community explored the broad range of backgrounds Among their Cliffs neighbors at their Annual Fall Home Town Social.
Yes, you could say a good many residents come from the local communities, remarks Resident Council President, Major Bill Horn. For instance, residents from Newark discovered they were at competing High Schools and got to reminisce.

But, he adds, “a lot of residents like me grew up and raised families in many different states. We have residents from: Maine, Connecticut, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, and Indiana and Florida, with a large number from New York and Long Island. “A for me, I am from Washington State, I moved here to be near my son, Rev. Greg Horn, pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair. What may be even more remarkable is the number of residents from different countries as well

For instance, here is a list of countries also represented at this year’s social: Ireland, England, Italy, Jamaica, Denmark, Norway, Brazil, Argentina and Canada.

Despite such varied backgrounds, residents all agree they are pretty much the same and find they enjoy their new found neighborhood at the Cliffs.
“We may come from different places, says Major Horn, but now we are all from the SAME place, and it’s a pretty nice one at that!”

The Cliffs at Eagle Rock is an assisted living community with advanced standing in West Orange, New Jersey. For further information about the Cliffs, you can call: 973-669-0011.

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