Dec 31 2014
Dec 02 2014
At Harrogate, we get paid time and time again by our residents, who show us that working with seniors and hearing their stories is far more meaningful than receiving a salary. We’re lucky to have kind and caring residents who show us how fun and active retirement can be.
Last month, Harrogate was invited to attend the annual LeadingAge conference in Nashville, where leaders in senior services met to discuss the future of the industry. Executive Director Don Johansen attended, and was so inspired by his experience that he shared it with everyone at Harrogate.
During a general session, LeadingAge and a major business partner Sodexo announced a new and unique way to remind all conference attendees why we do what we do every day. Because this year’s conference was in Nashville, a tribute to senior retirees in the form of a song seemed quite appropriate. The project was put together by local singer-songwriter Lionel Cartwright, and the lyrics were chosen from those who work in the field of senior living. The song, “The Way We Get Paid,” tells the story of why we love and value our careers in senior care so much.
The lyrics included stories about residents, including one who received his diploma at 80; a great-grandmother sharing her parenting skills with a younger generation; and a pilot who still takes to the skies.
Here at Harrogate, we understand and share this same passion for helping seniors thrive in retirement. Whether it’s regular social outings, a dog park or a special family recipe, we make sure our residents have access to exactly what they need to have the retirement they desire.
Listen to the song and let us know what you think!
Nov 22 2014
The Harrogate R.O.M.E.O.’s (Retired Older Men Eating Out) enjoy regularly scheduled trips to local eating establishments for lunch and comradery; however, once a year they are treated to an extraordinary evening of fine dining.
Our Executive Chef, Joe Alonzo, prepares a very special dinner, accompanied by a distinctive wine with each serving and followed by an outdoor sampling of fine cigars.
This year the menu was as follows:
Pumpkin Ale Bisque with frizzled shallots and honey mustard crumbs
Rainbow Microgreen Salad featuring petite heirloom tomatoes, oven roasted grapes, radish, chili candied bacon, raps flower blossom honey and clementine golden balsamic vinaigrette
Buffalo Mozzarella Ravioli with a roasted pepper and whiskey blush sauce and Australian black chia seeds
Butcher Cut Veal Chop & Jumbo Stuffed Shrimp served with red wine reduction & lobster and crab saffron stuffing, Shiitake Mushroom Risotto and Amber Maples Glazed Carrots
Caramel Bread Pudding covered in drunken apples, vanilla ice cream and Applejack amaretto honey sauce
If you, or anyone you know is a R.O.M.E.O., why not become a member of the Harrogate family so you don’t miss the next one?
Nov 22 2014
The Mermaids and the Flower Girls of Harrogate, two synchronized swimming teams at Harrogate, recently presented an amazing program in our own “Polly’s Pool.” There were over 100 audience members in attendance and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the “Dancing Waters” program.
The teams performed together for “Blue Hawaii” and “Tiny Bubbles.” The Move and Groove exercise group did a hula demonstration to “Girl in a Little Grass Shack.” The closing number was “Aloha Oe.”
Door prizes were awarded and Hawaiian refreshments and music were provided following the program in our beautiful dining room.
Nov 18 2014
It was a beautiful day for a parade here in Ocean County and Harrogate was pleased to honor our Veterans with a very moving tribute. The Lakehurst Naval Base Color Guard, the Foundation Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps led the parade, followed by Bagpiper and Drum, Scot Butts and Jim Doyle. Karen Argabright, from the Disabled American Veterans gave an eloquent speach, along with our Executive Administrator, Don Johanson. Taps were played by Joseph Przebieglec. Our Veterans represented the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. The program closed with everyone singing “God Bless America.”
Nov 12 2014
The annual tradition of Halloween at Harrogate seems to get better and better every year. Between the ingenious costumes and creative pumpkins, the judges had their hands full deciding on the winners! Everyone is a winner to the residents of Harrogate as they cheer on the incognito parade of employees and residents in our Clark Auditorium, which was transformed into a haunted forest!
Oct 27 2014
Harrogate’s own Chef Joe Alonzo participated once again in The Hope Center’s 4th Annual Feast of Hope… “A Taste of the Jersey Shore Chef’s Night” this week. There were over 20 restaurants presenting their Chefs at their best that night, and Harrogate was the only table there from a Continuing Care Retirement Community. As guests returned for seconds and thirds and asked how they could enjoy a meal at our “restaurant”, they were shocked to learn that we are not a restaurant and our Residents eat like this every night!
Chef Joe prepared beautifully delicious shrimp wrapped in wonton and drizzeled with a zesty Asian sauce. He also served an amazing Four Squash Autumn Bisque. This scrumptious soup was made up of Pumpkin, Spaghetti, Acorn and Butternut Squash.
The Feast of Hope is sponsored by the Hope Center which is a program funded by the House of Hope of Ocean County, Inc., a not-for-profit organization initiated by the Clergy Association of Greater Toms River. Their mission is to help the aged, the homeless, the hungry, as well as those who are isolated and in need of support. Resources from individuals, businesses, public service agencies, churches, synagogues, schools, and foundations come together to embrace and support those among us who are the most vulnerable and in greatest need.
We are honored to sponsor this event every year.
The Harrogate residents cheered with pride when the Harrogate Team was awarded first place!!
Oct 20 2014
Residents and Staff from Harrogate recently joined the cause for awareness of and the fight against Alzheimers. Although the weather could have been better, the group donned their Team Harrogate purple T-shirts and in a sea of purple walked two miles as part of the “forget me not” movement. We even doubled our fundraising goal! Hurray for Team Harrogate!!
Oct 13 2014
Harrogate is proud to promote the “Eight Dimensions of Wellness”:
- Health Services
In support of the Intellectual dimension of wellness, Harrogate is honored to be partnering with Ocean County College by hosting three days of classes open to anyone 55 and older.
The first day was a fascinating discussion on “The War of 1812: America’s Second War of Independence.” The second was a two part series beginning with “Legacy Writing” and then a program on “Reclamming the Bay.” Lastly, was by the Ocean County Philharmonic conductor and “What Makes an Opera Grand.”
Sep 11 2014
The Harrogate Travelers embarked on a 9 day cruise this past August 28th. Thirty eight residents, along with family and friends travelled from Port Liberty to Portland, and Bar Harbor, Maine, St. John’s, Halifax and Boston. The weather was great and a wonderful time was had by all on the Explorer of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Line.
Next cruise…. Bermuda in June, 2015!!!