NORTHFIELD - Peggy Falcone considers herself to be independent, but after dealing with emotional stress from Hurricane Sandy and then taking a bad fall, the 77-year-old Atlantic City resident realized she needed assistance, if only for a while.

"I came home after dealing with the trauma of Sandy, and then I fell, and decided I was better off going back and staying here until I feel I'm ready," Falcone said.

Falcone is a patient of Meadowview Nursing Home, which recently opened a sub-acute care unit, which is an in-patient facility created for patients who no longer require hospitalization, but still need short-term medical care in a rehabilitation facility.

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Now renamed Meadowview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to reflect its growth, the facility's new unit offers speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, intravenous therapy and wound VAC therapy and has 28 licensed beds, four of them in private rooms, said Michelle Savage, the center administrator.

The unit is also open to the general population, unlike its joint nursing home, which serves mainly geriatric patients.

"It's for people who plan to go home," Savage said.

Falcone said she eventually does want to go home, but in the meantime, she's happy with the quality of care and services she's receiving at Meadowview and she feels at home.

"It's a place where, number one, you're safe. You're being taken care of all the time by a wonderful staff - nurses, therapists - and they are constantly challenging us, which is good for us, we need that," she said. "Then there's the other stuff, like the religious services they have right here, we vote from here, we go out on day trips from here, we go to restaurants, we go shopping, which is my number one forte."

Anyone interested in meeting with an admission officer or nurse case manager, or getting additional information or a tour of the facility can call 609-645-5955 or visit


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