History



1907
Henrietta Parker establishes the Francis E. Parker Home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in memory of her husband, Francis, who believed that people suffering from chronic illnesses should have the opportunity to live in a home-like environment with excellent and affordable nursing care. Today, this nursing home is known as Parker at Landing Lane.

1940's
General Robert Wood Johnson, son of the founder of Johnson & Johnson, establishes the Parker Endowment, allowing Parker to change the experience of aging in America. Over the next two decades, General Johnson remains deeply involved in Parker, and his generous gifts lead to our first major expansion and modernization.

1954
The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services designates Parker as a not-for-profit nursing home.

1980’s 
Parker purchases a second location at River Road in Piscataway, New Jersey. Parker at River Road opens in 1983.

1998
Parker is honored to become one of only four registered Eden Alternative® homes in New Jersey. The Eden Alternative assists us with fulfilling our ongoing commitment to Parker residents to provide an environment that embraces aging as a phase of continuous growth in life and not as a decline.

2002 
Under Roberto Muñiz’s leadership, Parker opens Evergreen Way in Parker at River Road, a unique Small Home model focused on memory care.

2007
Parker celebrates its 100th Anniversary and adds Parker at Stonegate assisted living residence and Parker at the Pavilion.

2008 
Parker’s Adult Day Center opens, expanding services to support people aging at home in our community.

2010 
Parker Center for Healthy Aging opens to adults age 55+ living in our community.

2014
Parker celebrates the grand opening of Parker at Monroe, a long-term care community that utilizes the Small Home model and specializes in memory care for all stages of dementia.

2016
Parker purchases Parker at Somerset, adding post-acute rehabilitation and Medicare- and Medicaid-certified long-term care services.

2017
Parker celebrates 110th Anniversary by launching the new brand campaign to change the conversation on aging make aging part of life.

2018
Parker launches the #WithIt movement at LeadingAge's national convention in Philadelphia to challenge outdated notions about aging in America.