The Tender Sign

Helping Seniors and Caregivers in Mount Laurel, NJ

What we do at The Tender

The Tender has been providing care to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia since 1977. Over the past 40+ years we have seen our population grow from a small group of frail seniors looking for socialization to a program that is dementia focused. The name, The Tender, refers to the small boat (a tender) that ferries passengers from the shore to the waiting ship, a gentle metaphor for the journey of aging.

Most of our clients are living with a family member. Many live with an elderly, ill spouse or with adult children who have spouses and young children of their own. This multi-generational living situation is stressful at best but with the addition of advancing dementia, wandering and incontinence it quickly becomes overwhelming. The Tender not only provides a safe, caring place for the client but also a window of time free from worry for the caregiver.

In order to address the enormous stress faced by caregivers we have a support group which includes a twice monthly group meeting (1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 9AM – 10AM) that offers support, information and education and allows caregivers to voice the overwhelming issues they face on a daily basis.

There is a grant available for residents of Burlington County which means we will only ask for monthly donations. The private pay fee for people not in Burlington County is only $67 and hasn’t been raised in almost 20 years. Your support allows us to make this care available, to make The Tender a place of hope. 


“My wife has been able to have interaction with others. She looks forward to coming to The Tender every day. I have peace of mind knowing that she is in good hands. Thank you for helping me out with her care while I work.”

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