The Dwelling Place Respiratory Rehabilitation Center RRC
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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.
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.
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
I appreciate your interest in our Internal Medicine Residency Program. Our community-based program in New Jersey allows our residents to rotate in two hospitals near New York City. The first is St. Mary's General Hospital, Passaic, NJ, and the other is Saint Clare's Health, in Denville and Dover, NJ. The uniqueness of our program is that residents get to rotate in two different healthcare settings which treat patients from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
St Mary's General Hospital is about ten miles from Manhattan in an inner city where our residents encounter people from an urban setting and those who may not have regular access to primary care and may have challenges with their insurance status. Here our residents get to see some advanced pathologies and care for extremely sick patients. Saint Clare's Health in Denville is located about thirty miles from Manhattan in a suburban setting where patients are highly informed, with families extensively engaged in their care. The patients also have regular access to preventive medical care and are very involved in their health. Here our residents get excellent training in preventive medical care and learn to deal with informed patients and their families. Both hospitals have access to subspecialties like infectious diseases, cardiology (both interventional and EP), hematology and oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, nephrology, and numerous others.
Traditionally, the education of physicians has focused most heavily on the domains of medical knowledge and patient management. While these areas remain at the heart of our curriculum, we recognize that excellence in healthcare also requires mastery of other essential elements. Our residency program promotes communication and teamwork among colleagues, physicians, nurses, allied professionals, patients, their families, and caregivers. Our residency program is integrated into the various processes of the hospital to support the development of the skills required to assume a leadership role in the healthcare system of the 21st century.
The transformation from medical student to practicing internist is a developmental process that begins during residency. At the heart of this transformation is the understanding that serving a fellow human being is an honor and a privilege.
Our program provides ample opportunity to balance work and play, and the locale allows convenient access to everything exciting New York offers. Few cities in the world rival New York in the breadth of entertainment, culture, shopping, dining, and diverse experiences. Whether you want to catch a Broadway play, visit world-class museums such as the Guggenheim and MOMA, or stroll through many diverse neighborhoods, New York City offers endless possibilities for leisure activity. Spend a day on the Museum Mile, immerse yourself in Central Park's vastness, or enjoy a cappuccino in one of the many sidewalk cafes while people-watching. Whatever your interest, you will find countless things to choose from in Manhattan.
Dr. Pramil Cheriyath, MD
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program