Joseph Kandelman became a Nursing Home Administrator in order to brighten the lives of all nursing home residents. Administration is not only about following the many regulations and ensuring the residents are safe. It is also about giving them that “quality of life” that lets them feel human, that lets them feel valuable, validated, nurtured, and cared for. It is about when talking with a resident in a wheelchair by squatting down in order to speak with them eye-to-eye. It is about when a resident is recognized on the wall for their veteran service to our country, telling them thank you and perhaps asking them about their experience. It is about when a resident states that he is cold, going into his closet and putting on their sweater for them and asking if they feel better. Joseph deeply cares for all of the residents at Deptford Center, and that is clear from his interactions with the residents. He also has an open door policy to residents, families, and staff. If you have questions or feedback, come visit him in the Administration office.
Gail joined the Deptford Center family in 2013 and made an immediate
impact. The physical therapy unit at Deptford has always produced outstanding
results and under Gail’s leadership it has thrived. Gail is now managing the
renovation of the entire physical therapy suite to make it more open, allow us to
accommodate more equipment, and extend the use of the therapy gym to more
residents, more frequently. “Having a brand new facility is going to be great, and
we’re all looking forward to more equipment, but the real force behind our
success are the people here. We have the most dedicated people who know
their jobs inside and out. They don’t expect machines to do the rehab – they do
it, working hands on with every patient. And that’s why our outcomes are so
good. Thanks to Gail’s leadership, the Deptford Center boasts an outstanding
record of helping its residents return to full independence.
Jackie is one of the first friends our new residents make when they arrive at the Deptford Center. A graduate of Richard Stockton University, Jackie knew at a very young age that she wanted to pursue a meaningful career in Social Work. Shortly thereafter, she found the perfect place to fulfill that dream at Deptford Center. A qualified social work professional, Jackie provides support and counseling to our residents and their families and the world of Deptford Center always looks brighter behind her infectious smile.
Maryann is a Registered Nurse with a BSN. She graduated from Holy Family College (before it was a university). She is originally from Philadelphia but has called Woodbury N.J. home for the last 33 years. This year marks her fortieth year as a Registered Nurse. She began her career in the hospital setting and has worked as a psychiatric nurse, in home care and finally landed in geriatrics. Most of her career she has spent caring for the geriatric population. She calls it her passion.She has a deep-seated commitment to the elderly, people who have lived their lives as productive members of the community only to find themselves sick and in need of a kind face and warm smile. She hopes to continue in geriatrics for several more years and bring a little sunshine to those in need.