Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen Institute emphasizes an activities-based care model.  Programs are driven by individual needs and the interests of the residents and are designed to provide emotional, physical, cognitive, creative and spiritual stimulation.

As the core of the Center’s care model, activity services are not the responsibility of activities staff alone, but rather, are integrated to include the facility as a whole.  This team approach encourages all employees and family members to play a role in creating a successful outcome for each resident.  Ongoing counseling, support and education for residents and their families are provided to insure that success.

This approach manifests itself in a daily schedule of activities specific to each unit, providing opportunities to utilize past and present skills.  From music to horticultural activities, pet therapy and holiday celebrations, cooking or games, discussion groups or arts and crafts, the Activity Services department strives to keep residents interested and active by working with them to develop programs suited to their particular interests.  Intergenerational programs are also a critical component of the activities schedule with young people from local schools and community groups providing interaction with seniors.

In addition to these individualized programs, nursing home residents and apartment tenants also gather to enjoy performances by outside groups and entertainers in larger gatherings which promote a sense of community.  The multi-media center located in the Marcus Auditorium also provides entertainment to all at Daughters of Miriam Center.  Residents, tenants and clients watch movies ranging from blockbuster hits to in-depth documentary series on the big screen accompanied by popcorn for a true movie theatre experience.

In addition to in-house entertainment and programs, Activity Services takes advantage of the rich cultural life which surrounds the Center by arranging visits to performing arts centers and sports venues.  Residents with a life-long love of the arts can enjoy world class performances of plays and musicals.  For the sports enthusiast, we schedule trips to area stadiums to watch local and national teams compete.

Funding for community activities was made possible, in part, due to a grant from the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. These activities reflect our belief in respecting each resident and fostering an environment that promotes self-respect and dignity.  We understand that each resident is an individual and work towards promoting their independence and well being.

For more information, contact the
director of activity services by clicking on the link or by calling 973-352-5355.