Preferred Home Health Care Employees Volunteer to Cook Six Meals at the Ronald McDonald House

Posted on March 12, 2014 By

Several employees of Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), a company that provides medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care, recently learned about Caring Cooks, a program that provides a meal for families every night of the week at the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, New Jersey.

The Ronald McDonald House (RMH), 131 Bath Avenue, is a place where families and their seriously ill children can stay while the children are receiving care at nearby medical facilities. The RMH, designed to feel like “home,” features bedrooms with private baths and phones, computer access, laundry facilities, a shower and a comfortable area to relax, among other amenities, including a full kitchen. But nothing can make it more like home than sharing a home-cooked meal!

The staff of PHHC decided to volunteer to cook six meals for families staying at the House. The PHHC team planned the menu and purchased the food. This March they will cook their first meal, serve it, AND clean the kitchen afterwards. Their menu includes corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, Irish soda bread, and dessert.

The participants, all from the Eatontown offices of PHHC, are Head Chef Ellen Stone, the director of education; Stone’s husband Chris and their daughter Hanna; Branch Manager Judy Trabucco; Scott Dooley, branch coordinator; Domonique Miller, branch coordinator; Sherry Davis, RN, director of nursing; Dona Talbot, RN; and Marinda Fallon, HR manager.

Katy Matarese, LSW, the house manager of RMH, said, “We appreciate the time, talent and culinary skills that Preferred Home Health Care employees will be providing to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch. Our families will take comfort in a home cooked meal prepared with love.”

For more information, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, at 732-840-5566.
About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Inc. (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care throughout N.J. and Penn. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry.

Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. In-house services include skilled nursing care for infants, children, adults, and seniors; personal care services, including bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, etc.; private duty nursing services; and at-home physical therapy, among others. All of the care can be provided in-house and is coordinated by registered nurses, with clinical supervision available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit Preferred at for more information.