Comfort. Peace. Love.
Loved ones with advanced illness can often be anxious about what the future holds. Their family members are desperate to make the final days, weeks or months comfortable, hoping to maintain elements of daily activities that help celebrate life and honor their parent, spouse, sibling or child.
At Villa Marie Claire, staff members help residents and those who love them achieve a quality of life free from burdensome physical symptoms. They offer the opportunity for reflection and shared time away from a hospital while providing compassionate round-the-clock care in a home-like setting.
Nestled on 26 acres in Saddle River, NJ, Villa is a residential hospice like no other in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Every room offers a sweeping view of the bucolic grounds, which include a bountiful lawn, walking gardens and an in-ground swimming pool that is open seasonally to residents’ families. High ceilings, wood floors and fireplaces create an elegant, homelike ambiance throughout the sprawling estate. Integrative therapies such as art, pet and music therapy, massage, aromatherapy and Reiki allow residents to experience pleasure and comfort. Overnight accommodations for loved ones alleviate concerns about being far away from the resident and pets are welcome for day visits.
The goal at Villa is to create an environment for residents to spend this chapter of life’s journey with dignity and comfort. Many people have the misconception that hospice hastens death. In reality, hospice patients often live longer because of increased physical comfort and well-being added to the relief that a burden has been lifted from family members and loved ones.
“We created the Villa to meet a need in the community for a freestanding, independent hospice. The innovative, one-of-a-kind place is a haven where people are able to accept that all of us will die but that it doesn’t have to be a terrible, lonely process. You can actually find comfort and satisfaction with those you love, and make the last days of life about living.”
President/CEO, Holy Name Medical Center
How Music Therapy Helps Terminally Ill Patients
What would you want to listen to in your final days and moments?
One cancer patient, a woman in her 40s, chose Frank Sinatra as her life ebbed in a New Jersey hospice. In the woman’s waning days, hospice staffers and volunteers wore out the CD player in her room, activating Sinatra standards like “Strangers in the Night,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and “That’s Life,” says Bob Orozovich, a volunteer at Villa Marie Claire Hospice in Saddle River, New Jersey. The woman drew her final breaths as her husband held her hand and they listened to “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers their wedding song, Orozovich says.
In a Saddle River hospice, four lives draw to a close with resolve and candor
Family and friends come and go, and stay over if they want. Pizzas are delivered. Football is watched. Come summer, grandchildren splash in the pool. Life goes on.
A silver-haired man of gentle bearing holds the hands of his patients. He hugs their loved ones, delivers food, shares meals, answers the phone. even cuts the grass.
He’s the Villa’s medical director, and he lives upstairs. “Call me Charlie,” Dr. Charles Vialotti says. Everyone does. The physician believes it’s good for his patients to talk about their lives. Terry, Laverne, Mary and Wesley did just that.
Licensure and Accreditation
Licensed by: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Accredited by: National Institute for Jewish Hospice
A Certified Medicare and Medicaid Provider
Villa Marie Claire, Hospice and Palliative Services
12 West Saddle River Road, Saddle River, NJ 07458
Phone: 201-783-8870 Fax: 201-327-1325
Holy Name Medical Center
718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
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