Updated: New Life Adult Social Day Care Celebrates Grand Opening

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Cecelia Hightower, left, and Rachna Tripathi, co-owners of New Life Adult Social Day Care Center on Franklin Boulevard, at the center’s grand opening.

UPDATED: New Life experienced some delays in getting state certificates, but as of Jan. 1 it is up and running. The adult social center accepts Medicare, Medicaid and many forms of insurance, and offers meals and snacks.


For Rachna Tripathi, the idea to create a social day care center for adults was borne of a personal tragedy.

“My father-in-law was here from India,” she said. “Once my son was grown up, he felt lonely at home. Because he was lonely, he stopped eating and drinking, and he had a heart attack. Within six months, he was gone.”

The memory of that spurred Tripathi, a former respiratory therapist, to partner with Cecelia Hightower and create the New Life Adult Social Day Care Center. The center, located at 727 Franklin Blvd., in the Franklin Boulevard Commons building, celebrated its grand opening Sept. 5.

The center’s goal is to provide some place for senior citizens to spend their days socializing, playing games and getting nutritious meals, the partners said.

Tripathi said that in general, fees are paid for by insurances such as Medicaid and Medicare, but that those who do not have insurance are also welcome.

“The fee we charge is very minimal,” she said.

A bus will be provided for those who need transportation to and from the center, Hightower said.

Hightower said clients stay for a minimum of five hours a day, and can stay the entire day if they wish.

“We have different games, we have movies, sing-alongs,” she said. “Something exciting for their memories.”

The 4,500-square-foot center provides something for older adults to do, Hightower said, but also provides peace of mind for caregiving children who may not be able to stay home all day.

“You know your mother and father are safe here until they go back home,” she said. “They don’t have to be sitting at home and doing nothing.”

Hightower, an Avenel resident, said one reason Franklin was picked for the center was that most of her family and friends live here.

“I decided to come where I have family and friends, and there are a lot of elders in Franklin Township,” she said.

Tripathi said also influencing the decision was their finding that Franklin was underserved in the area of social day care for seniors.

“There’s lots in New Brunswick, lots in the Edison area,” she said.

The center will initially be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Tripathi said. Eventually, hours will be expanded to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., she said.

2015 New Life Adult Day Care Center Grand Opening



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