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TOMS RIVER, NJ ­­­­— To those families becoming over-matched by an aging parent’s growing needs, and looking for the best path to take, the people at The Haven at Silverwoods have something to say to you: “Come talk to us, we can help.”

Part of the Silverwoods continuum-of-care campus in Toms River, The Haven is one of the area’s first and most highly regarded assisted living communities. Delivering a high level of care, stressing independence, building long-term relationships with residents and families, and promoting active lifestyles, they have created a new standard for senior living.

As attractive as its reputation and standard of excellence is The Haven’s non-institutional setting. Serenely located on a 55-acre property, it has the look and feel of a residential community, that happens to offer assisted living services. The private residences are one-level, spacious apartments ranging in size from studios to deluxe one bedroom units, many with outside patios and woodland views. As unique as the people who occupy them, there’s something for every taste and budget.

Living in the privacy of their own beautiful and spacious homes raises expectations, and makes for a more comfortable transition for everyone. Barbara Estabrook Administrator says, “It’s not like going to a 3 or 4 story facility with an elevator. What separates us is we introduce individuality. In this garden apartment setting residents bringing their own belongings including their furniture; all the pieces come together to become their home. Only the geography has changed.”

Another comfort is the fact that each apartment is equipped with a 24/7 emergency response system to bring immediate medical attention should the need arise.

A sense of family comes from being family-owned

Preserving the family dynamic is not only important to the residents, but also to the family who has owned The Haven since it’s inception. Integrating family ethics into their care giving approach is natural, and sets The Haven apart. Everything is done to create a sense of home and belonging. As a result, residents at The Haven find a comfort level that’s so vital to their well-being. Says Barbara Estabrook, “Management has allowed us to develop an operation run like a very large household. Many of our staff, aides and therapists have been with us for over a decade. So what you see is lots of congeal, warm relationships and interactiveness between our staff, our residents and their families.”

In addition to providing comfortable accommodations, The Haven’s team of supportive caregivers brings peace of mind to residents and families with the promise to make this new life journey a rewarding one. And it all begins with a daily mandate: nurturing and supporting seniors’ zest for living.

Senior living-in action

At The Haven, you can feel the pulse that comes from being part of an energetic and vibrant community. Promoting the highest level of happy and healthy living possible, residents are encouraged to keep active in mind, body and spirit. And those are the objectives of the comprehensive activity programming, which includes a full calendar of physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual opportunities for each resident.

With an unbridled and vigorous agenda in place, the term “senior moments” takes on a whole new meaning. From craft classes, a cooking club and horticultural classes to daily exercises and more, the choices are fun and interesting. Again, choice is the key, as residents are free to fill their schedules however they choose. The Men’s Club meets regularly for poker, shuffleboard and bumper pool, while the ladies have theme parties like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Queen for the Day, to name a few. “We’re meant to be mobile, active and social” says Barbara Estabrook. She continued, “Having activity going on, and interacting with other people gives our residents latitude to enhance their lifestyle.”

Word games, trips and outings, and performances from professional entertainers bring new dimensions of joy. Four times each year residents can mix with grade-schoolers when “Care Giver Kids” of Berkeley Twp. Elementary School visits The Haven for crafts, games and lively discussion. There are even resident-led Sunday services. Residents regularly report how thankful they are for the many ways their days are filled with activity and meaning. Playing together, praying together, growing, laughing and staying fit together makes their quality of life, frankly, livelier.

With so many social settings in place, residents can share stories, life experiences, and reminisce on fond nostalgia. As a result, surprising interactions and common bonds often develop into new and meaningful friendships.

Support with a personal touch

Care at The Haven is attentive but not intrusive, emphasizing a resident’s strengths rather than weaknesses. The experienced professional caregiving team evaluates the level of assistance needed to complement each individual’s current capabilities, without undermining their feeling of self-reliance. Residents can choose to see their own physicians, but the Haven has arrangements with outside professionals to provide on-site care such as physical therapy, podiatry and more. This option is a real benefit for the resident, and the family, especially those living at a distance who otherwise would be forced to leave work, or cancel plans to make a personal trip. With their lives no longer disrupted by managing their parent’s minute-to-minute care and well-being, sons and daughters can assume their more natural roles of sons and daughters.

A higher level of care for every economy

The Haven is committed to keeping services affordable, and the care for those living within The Haven community is unmatched. This is accomplished with an inclusive package, including three dietician planned meals, regularly scheduled visits with a registered nurse, weekly housekeeping, a full social agenda, and 24/7 security with an emergency response system connected to every apartment and monitored around the clock. Additional services are also available, including in-house Occupational and Physical Therapy and Memory Care Services. All things considered, The Haven is the most affordable assisted living residence in the area (even more cost-effective than most 24-hour live-in caregiver services!).

The opportunity of a lifetime

Like anyone making a life transition, seniors need to feel confident and enthusiastic about their future. That said, residents could not be in a better place than The Haven, because The Haven, with all that it offers, is best prepared to enhance the value of their lives. People can truly thrive in an environment where their cherished sense of freedom is preserved, their needs are cared for, their security is protected, and an ever-expanding program of activities brings new possibilities to their days.

The Haven at Silverwoods is located at 1700 Route 37 West in Toms River. For information call (732) 341-0880.