TOMS RIVER, NJ— It’s a highly anticipated event each month. A themed afternoon of refreshments and entertainment for some 30 residents of Arbors Care Center in Toms River, NJ, a center known for providing individually tailored skilled nursing and therapy services for geriatric, postoperative, orthopedic, cardiac and other patients. The twist at the meeting of Arbors Care Center’s Red Hat Society, however, comes from the creative red hats, decorated by the residents in their arts and crafts classes at the center.

The group began meeting over a year ago by coordinating an arts and crafts project involving the hats with a social event. The theme of the most recent gathering was “All Things Irish.” Accordingly, the event featured Irish music, Irish trivia contests, green lemonade, and cupcakes with green icing, along with coffee and tea. Door prizes were also awarded. Themes often center on holidays, such as the recent “Sweetheart Tea” held in observance of Valentine’s Day in February.


A committee of six volunteers plans each monthly event for the Red Hat Society. The ladies choose a theme and accompanying refreshments and games. They also decide on door prizes and make party favors. The committee greets guests at the door and distributes door prize tickets.

One additional member stands out. Angelina DeFalco, the matriarch of the Red Hat Society who recently celebrated her 99th birthday, commented on the monthly get-togethers, “I always have a good time.”

“It’s exciting for everyone to see all the different style red hats and embellishments,” points out Assistant Activities Director Claudia Lebedz. She went on, “The regular meetings are a great way of involving the group in a fun, stimulating activity with a different focus each month.”

John Amory, Administrator, added, “Events that bring residents together are extremely important. Regularly held events at the center facilitate interaction between different groups and provide fun, but focused activities with a clear purpose. Participation and enthusiasm have been excellent.”

An integral part of H. Hovnanian Industry’s 55-acre senior care campus, Arbors Care Center serves 120 residents for both long and short term stays. The campus also includes Silverwoods, an independent living community, and The Haven at Silverwoods, an assisted living residence for individuals who need help on a limited basis.

For those individuals requiring rehabilitative services, Arbors Care Center offers postoperative and orthopedic care, all under the direction of a licensed physician. Professional nurses supervise health care around the clock, and a physician is always on call. Arbors Care Center offers three levels of care: traditional long-term care, post-hospital rehabilitation (short-term care) and respite care services.