State and Local Dignitaries Honor New Jersey’s Oakland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

During its celebration of Residents’ Rights Month, Oakland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center received proclamations from State Senator Holly Schepisi and Mayor of Oakland Linda Schwager. Both dignitaries served as guest speakers for the “Reclaiming My Rights, My Home, My Life” themed event at the Oakland skilled nursing facility.

Celebrating Residents’ Rights Month at Oakland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center are (L-R) Marlon Zapanta, director of Life & Wellness; N.J. Senator Holly Schepisi; Christina Buldo, director of admissions; Cindy Blackmon, director of nursing; Oakland Mayor Linda Schwager; Ricky Peña, vice president of Life & Wellness; and Mark Gottlieb, administrator.

Observed annually in October, Residents’ Rights Month focuses on raising awareness of federally mandated residents’ rights while also underscoring the need for dignity and self-determination of all residents. The observance was established by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, formerly the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform.

During her remarks, Senator Schepisi honored Oakland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center with a Senate and General Assembly Joint Legislature Resolution that included Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman DeAnn DeFuccio. The resolution commended Oakland’s leadership and staff who “exemplify the spirit of Residents’ Rights Month all year long by inspiring residents to live life to the fullest while providing them with extraordinary, progressive and innovative care.”

Mayor Schwager presented Oakland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center with a proclamation that reflected on how “residents should be aware of their rights so they may be empowered to live with dignity and self-determination.” The mayor encouraged all citizens to join in these observances.

“Enabling our residents to live their best lives is at the center of all we do,” said Oakland’s Cindy Blackmon, director of nursing. “We thank Senator Schepisi and Mayor Schwager for joining us in supporting Residents’ Rights Month and offer our sincere gratitude for their meaningful recognitions.”

Located at 20 Breakneck Road, Oakland Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The facility maintains a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).