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Dear Family and Friends,
We understand the huge toll that separation has taken on our residents and families. We are excited to announce that our Genesis-affiliated Centers will now allow indoor visitation at all times and for all residents (regardless of vaccination status), with the exception of the three scenarios listed below. CMS, the federal agency that regulates nursing centers, has updated its visitation guidance due to high resident vaccination rates and a drop in COVID-19 cases around the country. read more
Saint John Paul II Center
33 Lincoln Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810-7963
Saint John Paul II Center, a proud member of the community for nearly 30 years, is a 141-bed skilled nursing facility offering several specialized units. We offer a short-term rehabilitation unit to serve those that need rehabilitation services following a hospitalization, a designated dementia unit and a general long-term unit for residents with long-term care needs. We also provide physical, occupational and speech therapy within each of our specialties.
The trade name Saint John Paul II is a trade name owned by and used under license from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport or its affiliates. Use of such trade name does not imply any affiliation with, or ownership, operation or endorsement by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport or its affiliates.
Dementia Care Education by Genesis HealthCare is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association® for incorporating the evidenced-based Dementia Care Practice Recommendations in the following topic areas: Alzheimer’s and dementia, person-centered care, assessment and care planning, activities of daily living, and behaviors and communication.
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- ShortStay care
- LongTerm care
- Memory Support
- Respite care
- Palliative care
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation - including joint replacement, injuries and amputation
- On-site Nurse Practitioner
- Attending Physicians
- Registered Nurses
- IV Therapy
- Audiology care
- Bariatric specialties
- Colostomy care
- Dementia care
- Dental care
- Personal care
- Pet therapy
- Podiatry care
- Psychiatric services
- Vision care
- Wound care
- Hospice care
- Pain management
- Case management
- Dietary and nutrition needs management
- Discharge planning
- Individual treatment plans
- Heparin therapy
- Medication management
- Coordinated transportation
- Cultural, educational, religious and social activities
- Recreation activities
- Interpreter services
- Private and Semi-Private Rooms
- Spacious rooms
- Private bathroom
- Fully air conditioned
- Individual climate control
- Activity room
- Beautiful Garden(s) / Courtyard(s)
- Conveniently Located
- Scenic views
- Suburban setting
- Beauty Salon / Barber Services
- Cable Television
- Comfortable common and lounge areas to gather with friends and family
- Dining Room
- In-room dining options
- Private dining rooms for family gatherings
- Alarm system to aid in the security of residents with cognitive deficits
- Complimentary laundry facility on-site
- Computer with internet access
- Laundry facility on-site
- Mail and Newspaper Service
- Pharmaceutical delivery service
- Wireless Internet
- Gift/convenience shop
- Smoke free environment
Helen ByronCenter Executive Director
Helen has worked as a nursing home administrator for 20+ years and has been with Genesis since 2015. Prior to that she worked as a Director of Social Work/Case Management at Sharon Hospital and as a Social Worker at the VA Medical Center of Castle Point serving veterans. Helen has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and maintains both Nursing Home Administrator and Licensed Clinical Social Worker licenses. She is customer service oriented and enjoys meeting and working with residents and families. She encourages you to stop by and welcomes you to St. John Paul II Center.
Dr. Robin MahabirMedical Director
Dr. Mahabir has been at Saint John Paul II Center since 2016 and has served as a Medical Director for Genesis Healthcare for over 25 years. He attended medical school at the University of Baghdad and completed his residency at Griffin and Yale New Haven hospitals. Dr. Mahabir enjoys the relationships that develop with his residents and having the ability to provide medical direction as well as compassionate care.
Deborah QuareCenter Nursing Executive
Debbie has worked in long term care for 20+ years with prior experience in acute care. She is proud of the care that the staff at Saint John Paul II Center provides. She has many experienced staff that take great pride in their work which is reflected in their care. Debbie's aim is to provide quality care to her residents.
Amy GarciaDirector of Admissions and Marketing
Amy started her career in television production in 2007 but decided to pursue her passion in healthcare in 2013. She attended SUNY Fredonia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications in 2006. Prior to coming to Genesis she worked for 2 years as a hospital liaison in New York. Amy strongly believes in demonstrating kindness and compassion to every person that she meets and loves to spend time getting to know each individual that she encounters at Saint John Paul II Center. She is dedicated to ensuring that all residents are safe, comfortable, and receiving the best care possible.
Rheegie Olores Baje PT, DPT, RACDirector of Rehabilitation
Rheegie is a Connecticut licensed Physical Therapist. He has worked as a physical therapist for 20+ years in outpatient, long -term care and home care settings in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and the United States. He started working at Saint John Paul II Cener as Director of Rehabilitation in June of 2019 . Rheegie obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy in 1998 and went on to get his Doctorate Degree as well as finish his post graduate certificate in Rehabilitation Administration at the University of Montana in 2019.
Linda McCue TRD, ADC-MC, CDPMemory Care Director
Linda has worked in Long Term Care for over 30 years. She has been with Genesis Healthcare for 10 years and is currently our Director of the Specialized Memory Care Unit. She is Nationally certified as both an Activity Director and a Dementia Practitioner. Linda is also certified through the Alzheimer's Association to run our monthly Dementia/Family Support Groups. According to Linda, Safety and Dignity are two of the most important components when placing a loved one in Long Term care. Respecting life long personal preferences and habits is also a vital element towards keeping residents healthy and happy.
Felt like vacation!
After surgery I was hesitant to go to rehab but I couldn't have recovered without the help of the staff at Saint John Paul. Everyone was nice, even the other residents. I felt like I could just focus on my rehabilitation because everything else was taken care of. The food was good - it felt like a vacation! I'm excited to go home, but wish I could stay and enjoy the staff and assistance longer!
Meet Thomas Lytle
In late 2019, I slipped out of bed, landed on the floor and could not get back up. My wife called an ambulance and I was admitted to Danbury Hospital. I knew I would need post-hospital rehabilitation so I actually did my own research while I was in the hospital. I had been to two other facilities in the area and refused to go back. When I looked up Saint John Paul II Center, I noticed that all the recent reviews were very positive. I asked around and no one had anything but nice things to say.
When I came to the facility, I was very anxious. I knew I was going to be here for a very long time, if not forever. My anxieties went away fast when I saw how welcoming everyone was. I was admitted just before Christmas and the recreation department made Christmas wonderful for me. The food is great, the dietary staff works with you, and rehabilitation therapy is wonderful.
Before my hospital stay, I could not walk three steps without falling. After working with the rehabilitation department, I can now walk 100-200 feet confidently. They were very thorough, and they explained why and what muscles I was working to teach me how to do it on my own when they cannot be there. My new goal is to get off oxygen. They have already gotten me from 3L to 2L. The word I would use to describe Saint John Paul II Center is Stellar.
Above and beyond!
Loraine G. has been a resident at SJP since Fall 2015. She says that everyone here is her family and that the recreation department goes above and beyond each day to ensure the residents are happy and taken care of. Loraine loves to see Director of Recreation, Debbie Milczarski when she comes to visit her everyday. Besides the amazing staff, Loraine says that she loves the programs and that it is a Catholic facility and is able to enjoy Mass.
I was transferred to Saint John Paul II Center from Danbury Hospital to continue my healing after surgery, and one week later I am ready to go home and continue my recovery. I am grateful for all the care I have received from the nurses and other staff at the facility. Real professional, I must add, going beyond their duties, making sure we are all in the best state of mind to get better quickly. I feel great satisfaction with all the treatment and wish the healthcare personnel all the best.
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