History

Portraits of Francis Parker and Henrietta Parker

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.

1908
A Board of Managers was established to oversee the home's operations. They also initiated a short course in nursing for women who wanted to learn how to take care of residents.

1931
Henrietta Parker passed away in 1931 and her daughters carried on her life's work. During the early years, the home was supported by its patients, donations of food and money from caring citizens, and time given freely by volunteers.

1954
The Francis E. Parker Memorial Home was granted its first license as a non-profit nursing home by the New Jersey Department of Institutions and Agencies. 

1960's
General Robert Wood Johnson, son of the founder of Johnson & Johnson, establishes the Parker Endowment, giving Parker the means to change the experience of aging in America. His generous gifts lead to our expansion and modernization - the first in 1969 and the second in 1978. Both expansions added patient rooms and improved the physical environment of the home. Together, they increased capacity from 9 residents to the present 52 residents living in our Landing Lane home.

1980’s 
The Board of Trustees, recognizing the need for further expansion, purchased property in Piscataway and developed plans for a 60-bed nursing home. Parker at River Road opened in June, 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 nursing home that utilizes the Small Home model and specializes in memory care for all stages of dementia.

2016
Parker acquires 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.

2019
Parker changes the organization's name to Parker Health Group, Inc.