Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does one apply for admission to Daughters of Israel?
A: Contact our Admissions Department for an appointment at 973-400-3307 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hours are: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; evening and Sunday appointments are also available.

Q: How long is the waiting period for admission?
A: The waiting time varies, depending upon the circumstances and needs of the applicant. Under most circumstances, admissions can be expedited if an appropriate placement is available.

Q: Do you have to be Jewish to be admitted to Daughters of Israel?
A: No, Daughters of Israel is a non-sectarian facility.

Q: Is a financial contribution to the facility ever required?
A: Never. Financial support from the community is important to provide the highest quality care. The Medicaid reimbursement we receive for most residents is nominal in comparison with the actual daily operating costs. The level of care and services we provide is above and beyond our state requirements.

Q: Does Daughters of Israel accept persons who are on Medicaid?
A: Yes.

Q: Am I required to turn over all of my relative's assets to the Home?
A: No. If your relative is admitted as a private-pay resident, we require three months' security and the first month's payment in advance. The escrow money is held in trust. Any remaining funds will be returned when your relative is no longer a resident of Daughters of Israel. If your relative is a Medicaid recipient, then his or her Social Security check, and any other monthly income as determined by Medicaid, must be turned over to the Home each month.

Q: If my relative's savings have been depleted, can he/she be considered for admission?
A: Yes, provided an application to Medicaid for a skilled nursing facility including a Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) has been made and is being processed prior to admission.

Q: Does Daughters of Israel accommodate short-term stays? 
A: Yes. Residents are often admitted for a short-term stay for sub-acute care. Our rehabilitation department is specially trained in occupational, physical and speech therapy. Many residents return to their home after rehabilitation is complete. Short term-stays are also available as respite care for the caregiver provided space is available and all application procedures have been completed.

Q: Do accommodations and care differ for Medicaid residents or those who pay full costs?
A: No. Equal care is provided to all residents regardless of payment source.

Q: Are husbands and wives permitted to share the same room?
A: Yes. Most couples live together, but depending on the circumstances, there may be times when it is preferable for the spouses to live separately.

Q: What is the procedure for obtaining a private room, and is there an extra charge?
A: If a family requests a private room and one is available, there is a modest additional daily fee regardless of whether they are Medicaid or private pay.

Q: Which services are included in the basic rate?
A: Residents receive around-the-clock nursing care, room, board, satellite TV, laundry, the use of walkers and wheelchairs, and incontinence pads, when needed. Medicaid residents do not pay for medications. Residents who pay privately are billed for medication directly from our pharmacy provider. The facility will bill Medicare if appropriate and applicable, and/or bill a third party payer when residents are eligible for additional services, such as physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Q: Are there extra costs?
A:There are modest charges for non-covered services, such as beauty parlor, barber, coffee shop, dental care (unless covered by Medicaid), special trips or outings, special meal or celebration programs and telephone hook-up and service. Co-payment for services not covered by Medicare or third party payers including medications, is the responsibility of the resident who pays privately. There is no tipping allowed in our facility.

Q: What other services are offered?
A:Daughters of Israel provides a full complement of therapeutic activity programs, which encourages socialization and recreation. Residents enjoy our beauty parlor, barber shop, gift shop, atrium, outdoor patios and gardens, and coffee shop.

Traditional Jewish prayer services are held daily, on the Sabbath and all Jewish holidays. We are pleased to have a synagogue and full-time Rabbi. Jewish egalitarian prayer services are held on Friday evenings.

We accommodate and respect the spiritual needs of our residents of all faiths by offering Catholic Mass, Communion, and Weekly Fellowship Meetings. Visits by members of the clergy are made on a regular basis.

Q: Can my relative retain his/her personal physician after becoming a resident?
A:Yes. Most of our residents utilize the services of our medical staff and nurse practitioners, under the direction of our full-time Medical Director, who is a Board-Certified Geriatrician. Your personal physician may be retained by arrangement with the Medical Director.

Q: If my relative has to be hospitalized, will he/she lose their bed?
A: With the exception of our sub-acute residents, when appropriate arrangements are made, the bed is retained for the resident until he/she returns to Daughters of Israel. Currently, Medicaid requires up to 10 days of bed hold to the Home for a Medicaid recipient. After 10 days, payment can be made by the family to continue to hold the bed. Private pay residents must pay the full per diem rate to Daughters of Israel during the hospital stay in order to retain a bed.

Our sub-acute residents who are hospitalized are discharged to the hospital. When ready to return, these residents must be re-admitted to Daughters of Israel.

Q: Is there help available for me while my relative is adjusting to living at Daughters of Israel?
A: Yes. Our Social Services Department is available to help with adjustment. Volunteer Family Council members also provide orientation and resources for families of new residents. In addition, we have two consulting psychologists and a clinical social worker from Jewish Family Services of Metrowest, NJ.

Q: Do you serve kosher meals?
A: Yes. Daughters of Israel adheres to kosher dietary laws. We ask all residents and family members to respect this policy. A copy of this policy can be obtained from the Social Service department.

Q: What are the visiting hours, and are small children and pets welcome at the Home?
A: Visiting hours are regularly 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Children of all ages are welcome. We only ask that you show consideration to other residents and not visit inside semi-private rooms too late in the evening. Pets are also permitted, however you must contact the Activities Department in advance for the regulations related to pet visits.

Q: Can my relative leave the facility for a special occasion or even overnight?
A: Yes. Outside functions, family celebrations and visits are encouraged! There are restrictions regarding overnight stays for residents on Medicare.

Q: How does my relative gain admittance to The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Special Care Unit at Hirsch Pavilion?
A: Your relative should have a primary diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia from your doctor. Our Social Service staff will advise you of space availability and our Admissions staff will outline the additional guidelines to our regular admission procedures, which includes cognitive testing.

Q: What are some features of the sub-acute rehabilitation facility?
A: The facility features a 3000-square-foot gym equipped with state-of-the-art equipment as well as a transfer training car and therapeutic kitchen. The recovery suites feature flat screen televisions, phones and wireless Internet access, and other amenities for a comfortable stay.

Q:What therapy services does the sub-acute facility offer?
A: The facility offers a comprehensive range of physical, speech and occupational therapies, as well as audiology services.

Q:Does the sub-acute facility offer pain management treatments?
A: Daughters of Israel offers the specialized Accelerated Care Plus (ACP) modality program. ACP's pain management treatments – which incorporates the use of Electrotherapy, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Short-Wave Diathermy and Infrared Therapy – helps to improve patient outcomes and optimize functionality gains. In addition, the modalities introduce new treatment options for patients with more medically complex conditions.

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