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The Dwelling Place Respiratory Rehabilitation Center RRC

Phone: 973-989-3500

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The Dwelling Place at Saint Clare’s is a specialized unit providing medical treatment and therapy to ventilator-dependent residents. Established in 1983 as the first hospital-based unit of its kind in the state, The Dwelling Place responds to the need for continuing care, support and rehabilitation of residents with prolonged reliance on ventilators.

The primary objective is to eliminate or reduce resident’s dependency on the ventilator and help them achieve the highest possible level of function. With its location inside Saint Clare’s Hospital/Dover, The Dwelling Place is supported by the services, staff and capabilities of an acute care hospital. With its convenient location, The Dwelling Place is easily accessible and encourages active family involvement in care.

Located within Saint Clare’s Health Dover hospital ensures a seamless transition to the hospital or acute care setting in the event of emergent or other medical needs. Additionally, patients will have access to an extensive line of additional services and consultants, including Cardiology, Oncology/Hematology, Psychiatry, Physiatry, Dental, Plastic Surgery, Infectious Disease and Wound Care Specialists, ENT, Gastroenterology, Optometry and Ophthalmology, etc.

The Dwelling Place is a 28-bed long-term ventilator facility offering the latest technology in a resident-centered environment and 24-hour medical monitoring by a team of experts. All patient rooms are spacious and PRIVATE.

The Team

Our multidisciplinary team of experts i is comprised of highly trained team of providers including, pulmonary physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, recreational therapists, case management/social work and certified nursing assistants working collaboratively to ensure the highest level of safe, quality care. Physicians make daily rounds to closely monitor and assess each patient’s respiratory status and ventilator weaning for airway safety and maintenance. Each patient’s team also coordinates care with physical, occupational and speech therapists; spiritual services, dieticians etc. to help residents and families navigate through their treatment and recovery.

The Approach

Each resident is provided with an individualized treatment plans that focuses on a comprehensive program to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Family Support and Resources

Recognizing that family members are an integral part of the care team, the staff is committed to communicate and engage the family in each step of the healing process.

Fees and Insurance

Residents are evaluated in accordance with established admissions criteria. The facility is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as a specialty long-term care facility. We accept self-pay, private insurance and New Jersey Medicaid.

The Dwelling Place Services

  • Daily medical rounds by board-certified pulmonary specialists
  • Round-the-clock Registered Nurses
  • 24-hour Respiratory therapy care
  • Speech, Audiology, Physical and Occupational therapy
  • Nutritional support from licensed dieticians
  • Social workers/Case management to assist families on admission, discharge and transition to the home setting or non-ventilator Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Activity and Recreational programs to enhance and enrich quality of life for residents.


The Dwelling Place at Saint Clare’s
Respiratory Rehabilitation Center (RRC)
400 West Blackwell Street
Dover, New Jersey 07801