On November 16, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Health formally recommended against holiday visits at long-term care facilities. This means that nearly every resident at Holland Christian Home was on their own for Thanksgiving this year, and Christmas is expected to be no different.
“Whenever you can’t be with family at the time you used to be with family, it’s discouraging. And there’s no way around it,” says Phil Kline, Director of Admissions at Holland Christian Home.
This Christmas will be hard for those missing family and loved ones, especially residents of retirement homes. That is why journalism students at Eastern Christian School are using their platform to promote a Christmas Care Drive, sending letters of love and fulfilling an Amazon Wish List, to make this Christmas meaningful to residents at Holland Christian Home.
Holland Christian Home is one of the only certified Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) in the Passaic & Bergen County region. With a total of 175 licensed beds for residents, the Home is small enough that all the staff know the residents by name. Many say this community of love is what differentiates Holland Home.
“The biggest distinction I’ve seen… is the community culture here where folks are looking out for each other. They are loving each other. It’s not just providing care in the medical sense. It’s looking out for the whole person,” said Mr. Kline.
The Home also prides itself on being one of a select few Life Care facilities in New Jersey, meaning residents receive all levels of care with no additional cost except an entrance fee plus fixed monthly contributions mostly covered by social security.
For most facilities, residents may start with independent living that requires little extra care. But as residents age, individuals may no longer be independent, requiring extra care and nursing needs. Many people need to move to several different facilities during their retirement.
At Holland Home, residents receive all kinds of care in the same place. Residents will have peace of mind having to never move out for the rest of their life.
Founded in 1875 by a community of ministers, Holland Christian Home seeks to serve the most vulnerable in the community, specifically the widows. The ministry quickly evolved to include providing care to vulnerable elders in the community.
“Ever since then, it has been our mission to serve God by loving our neighbors as ourselves and especially, by loving our elderly neighbors,” adds Mr. Kline. Holland Christian Home celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.
Especially in this season of isolation, Jesus’ commands to love our neighbors continue to ring true and take on even more significance.
Journalism students at Eastern Christian School would like to invite you to show your love and remember the residents at Holland Home. You can send in a hand-written card or purchase a gift listed on this Amazon Wish List. Your simple acts of kindness can make a huge difference in the lives of Holland Home residents.
Holland Home would like to have all items arrive by Monday, December 21, 2020 to allow time for necessary disinfection and distribution before Christmas. Please send items to:
Holland Christian Home Christmas Care Drive
151 Graham Ave