After routine surgery resulted in paralysis, Jenna began a journey of hospitalizations and rehabilitation facilities, and finally found her way to Cheshire Home in 2016. The road ahead held many more formidable obstacles, including a hard-fought battle with COVID-19, but Jenna persevered, taught herself to write with her non-paralyzed hand, re-discovered herself as an artist, and is now a business owner planning to move into her private apartment in August 2020.
While at Cheshire, Jenna’s determination was evident to everyone who met her. She regularly attended Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy sessions. She participated in recreational activities and worked as a Front Desk Receptionist in Cheshire Home’s lobby.
Jenna also made her mark personally in our Home. Her passion for baking and art were once again realized and residents and staff were lucky enough to enjoy her creations. Jenna still gets requests for her famous banana bread! However, it’s her art that has really taken off! Recently, Jenna’s business, Orchid Fluid Arts, was born. We invite you to follow her work on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy.
We’re excited for Jenna’s future and plan on following her journey. We know this is just the beginning of her amazing story!
Roger transitioned to independence and into his private home with his wife in October 2019. From the start, Roger was eager to rehabilitate and reach his highest level of self-sufficiency. He reached that goal within two years at Cheshire Home!
While at Cheshire, Roger was committed to Physical and Occupational Therapy. He regularly attended his sessions and was happy to try new techniques and technologies. His hard work paid off, as Roger left Cheshire Home physically stronger and able to care for himself in many ways.
Roger was also enjoyed the many activities that Cheshire Home offered. He could always be found enjoying parties and events at our Home, as well as going on trips throughout New Jersey with our Recreation Department. His positive outlook and kind-heartedness made it easy for him to become a friend to many during his time at Cheshire Home.
Cheshire Home’s residents and staff will miss Roger! We all wish him well as he continues his journey!
Amparo has worked extremely hard to reach her goal of independence while at Cheshire Home! She spent countless hours focusing on Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy here in our on-site PT/OT facility and at Kessler Rehabilitation Center. Her determination to rehabilitate and reach her highest level of self-sufficiency has paid off as she has advanced to private, independent living!
Along with her desire to advance physically, one of Amparo’s noticeable strengths is her positive attitude. You could always find her with a genuine smile and willingness to offer peer support to many other residents at Cheshire Home- creating friendships along the way. She participated in many recreational activities and attended celebrations at Cheshire Home.
Amparo, and her positive energy, will certainly be missed at Cheshire Home. We are extremely proud of her determination to reach her goals and wish her all the best as she continues on her journey!
Hans came to Cheshire Home on June 6, 2016 and within two years has made life-changing progress. While at Cheshire Home, Hans dedicated himself to rehabilitation. He attended physical therapy 6 days a week, occupational therapy 5 days a week, and speech therapy. He also participated in A.B.L.E (Awareness By Learning Experience) and the many fun activities offered by our Recreation Department. His hard work has certainly paid off!
In March of 2018, Hans moved to Community Housing at Saint Thomas in Old Bridge, which gives him more independence and is the next step in his journey. He is planning to go back to Middlesex County College to continue his degree in Criminal Justice and looks forward to living closer to his family.
On his time at Cheshire Home, Hans commented, "I came to Cheshire Home not being able to walk, and now I’m leaving basically walking." We wish Hans all the best!
Perry, through his art, adds a touch of beauty and grace to our home. Perry has always been interested in art and developed his skill by taking classes at Union County College. We are very pleased that Perry has continued his passion here at Cheshire Home where he paints once a week and uses the computers in our onsite Community Resource Center for inspiration.
Pictured here, Perry’s latest masterpiece was created for Cheshire Home's 2018 Christmas card. We were thrilled to incorporate Perry's art in our yearly mailing, sharing his talent with our supporters. His art hangs throughout Cheshire Home, adding a bit of beauty to our facility. For the past few years, Perry has become quite the entrepreneur, converting his art to notecards and calendars to be sold. His plans for his art continue to grow, and we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve next!
Aside from his art, Perry enjoys many different activities here at Cheshire Home. During the summer, he enjoys BBQs and trips to various parks that the Recreation Department plans, sitting in the sun on a warm day, working as a Cheshire Home receptionist on Saturdays or hanging out with his friends.
We are so proud of Perry, and all that he has accomplished.
David, a resident of Cheshire Home, adds a creative flair to our Home. David has a background in graphic design and recently lent his experience and skill to Cheshire Home's Development Department. When asked if he would create the cover and inside of our Donor-versary card, David quickly agreed. He created a beautiful card that will be sent to donors on the anniversary of their support to Cheshire Home. We are extremely proud to share David's work with our friends!
David's talent reaches far beyond working with our Development Department. His creativity is boundless and we can't wait to see what the future holds for this innovator.
Charles spent 11 months at Cheshire Home, focusing on physical therapy here, and at Kessler Rehabilitation, five days each week. He returned in June of 2017 to his family home, and during the summer months he will be auditing a course at Hunter College in preparation for attendance in the spring of 2018. Previously he majored in Government and The Classics, and he is happy to return to academia. When Charles was asked what his experience at Cheshire Home meant to him, he noted that the peer environment was very significant, seeing and talking with people at various stages of recovery. He worked hard at his own rehabilitation, and shared that the care and services he was provided at Cheshire Home made it possible for him to not only return home, but return home successfully. "If I had left sooner, like I initially wanted to, I just would not have been able to make it. I needed the transitional time to prepare, to learn to live independently, and now I'm ready."
After three years of rehabilitating at Cheshire Home, in May of 2017 Herson rejoined his parents, who he said are his motivation to live, in Costa Rica. Herson feels that he could not have found a better place anywhere, than Cheshire Home, where he was well cared for by our nurses and care assistants, and where he could work in physical therapy so that he could go home again. "At Cheshire I felt very comfortable and was treated with respect," he said, "and I will miss everyone." He added with a smile that he will miss the parties, also, when residents, staff, family and friends forget the work for a little while, and celebrate...together.
At one of these parties, we all discovered that Herson has a beautiful singing voice, and he joined the Holiday Express orchestra in entertaining residents, staff, family and friends!
Liana resided at Cheshire Home for slightly more than two and a half years, during which time she feels she benefited greatly from nursing and physical therapy. She has noted that the peer support at Cheshire was a huge factor in her rehabilitation being a positive experience. Advancing from from Cheshire Home to Cheshire II, our community home in Parsippany, she now lives semi-independently, still within the comfort of a supportive environment.
When asked to reflect on what has been most significant to her through her transition, she answered, “I have my independence back! I feel like myself again. My time at Cheshire Home enabled me to become healthy, emotionally and physically.” Liana, who is a nurse, volunteers in the community, drives her own van, and works as a Cheshire receptionist. We're happy to see her on her frequent work days.
Julissa Santiago moved into her own private apartment and has been living there successfully for several months. While rehabilitating at Cheshire Home, she pursued her interest in dramatic cosmetology, and worked a five-day schedule as a Walmart Associate in the Cedar Knolls store. Her employment at Walmart offered her valuable experience in working with the public. She enjoyed assisting customers in the Fitting Room area, and directing phone inquiries to the appropriate Department.
Julissa's flare for dramatic cosmetology has been fun to watch develop and we look forward to seeing the amazing things she does with her talent!
Rell dedicated himself to comprehensive physical therapy at Cheshire and has advanced from Cheshire Home to Cheshire III, our community home in Florham Park. While at Cheshire Home he attended the County College of Morris as a Dean’s List student, maintaining an "A" average, and advancing further into the field of Accounting and Principle Management.
As he was carrying a busy course load, Rell worked, and continues to work, as a Cheshire Home front desk receptionist. He was also selected by Kessler to participate in a clinical study for people with paraplegia where, during dedicated time in the study, he walked with the use of the Robotic Skeleton.
"I will be living on my own and working as an accountant," Rell has stated very assuredly, and added, "No doubt." Now living semi- independently, we all pull for Rell to to use his many talents to achieve his goals.
We were all so proud when David achieved his independence from Cheshire Home. He moved into the community where he is active in advocating for disabled people living at home who require assistance. A frequent visitor, and friend to Cheshire Home’s residents and staff, David is quite remarkable.
While at Cheshire Home, David served as the Vice-President of Cheshire Home’s Resident Council. He was a recipient of the County College of Morris' scholarship program and earned his Associate’s Degree in Sociology. He regularly participated in events and trips- we even have a picture of David with the NY Jets Flight Crew!
All who know David are confident that his unique insights and diverse interests will contribute to many adventures yet ahead of him.