Three Divisions of Care...One Commitment to Excellence.
Located at 230 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus, NJ, Bergen Regional Medical Center provides a comprehensive set of quality services including Long Term Care, Behavioral Health Care and Acute Care to the Bergen County community. Bergen Regional is both the largest hospital with 1,070 beds and the largest licensed nursing home in New Jersey.
The entire Medical Center, including its Long Term Care Division, is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. Less than 6% of Long Term Care facilities nationwide pursue and receive Joint Commission accreditation.
Additionally, with 323 beds, Bergen Regional is one of the largest medical resources providing a continuum of care for the behavioral health community and is a safety net provider for the mentally impaired, elderly, uninsured or underinsured for the state of New Jersey. BRMC also provides services for those eligible for health insurance or Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
As a complement to its long term care and behavioral health/substance abuse expertise, Bergen Regional also offers acute medical services including: 24/7 emergency department; surgical suites; physical rehabilitation; pharmacy; laboratory; radiologic services (including digital mammography) and more than 20 ambulatory specialties available through the BRMC Clinic. You can have all of your outpatient healthcare needs fulfilled in one convenient location.
Whatever your medical or mental health needs, Bergen Regional Medical Center is committed to providing you or your loved one with compassionate and quality care.
Handling Holiday Stress and Depression
The holiday season brings many things – many welcomed and some unwelcomed such as an overload of stress and deepening depression. While many people look forward to the holidays, an ever increasing amount of people dread this time of year. Memories of lost loved ones; health or other personal concerns and just the pressure to get everything done quickly and perfectly during a flurry of activity can easily become overwhelming.
Using some popular song titles, here are a few tips from the Access Center for Mental Health and Addiction Services at BRMC to help minimize holiday stress and help put the happy back into your holiday.
- It’s Alright. If someone you love has recently died or you are separated from loved ones, give yourself permission to be sad and to grieve. Just because it is the holiday season doesn’t mean that you have to suppress your feelings. Acknowledge what you are feeling and seek help if need be.
- Only the Lonely. If you feel lonely, don’t isolate, rather seek out activities and interaction opportunities such as social events, community/religious activities or becoming a volunteer at a hospital or local non profit organization.
- Make it Real. The holidays don't have to be perfect nor do you have to recreate the traditions of your past. As families and times change, traditions change as well. Hold onto those most important and be ready to create new ones.
- Let’s Get Physical. Holidays and stress can lead to unhealthy eating and a lapse in exercise routines. Make time to work out and if you are going to indulge, try to drink extra water, make time to exercise and go back to a healthy eating plan the next day.
- Money for Nothing. Before you go gift and food shopping, create and stick to a budget. Don't try to buy happiness with an overabundance of gifts. Do what you can comfortably do.
- Time After Time. Set aside specific days and times for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list.
- No Can Do. Saying ‘yes’ when you should say ‘no’ can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends, family and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity.
- People are People. Try to put past differences with friends and family members aside. Know that people will upset, disappoint and even anger you but they will also surprise you, help you, laugh with you and love you.
- Take It Easy. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone without distraction, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk. Listen to music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
- You Are Not Alone. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable, hopeless and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional or call the Access Center at 1.800.730.2762.