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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parker celebrates its 100th Anniversary and adds Parker at Stonegate assisted living residence and Parker at the Pavilion.
Parker’s Adult Day Center opens, expanding services to support people aging at home in our community.
Parker Center for Healthy Aging opens to adults age 55+ living in our community.
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.
Parker acquires Parker at Somerset, adding post-acute rehabilitation and Medicare- and Medicaid-certified long-term care services.