Our History

The seven Methodist women who founded The Methodist Church Home for the Aged in 1850 could not have predicted the extent to which their dream of providing a safe haven for the elderly would be realized. Known today as The Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation, the non-sectarian Home provides a wide range of personalized short and long-term care to a diverse population within the comfortable, private surroundings of its historic residence and new rehabilitation center.

From downtown to the suburbs

Originally located at 16 Horatio Street in New York City’s current “West Village” neighborhood, the Home’s permanent residence was completed in 1929 across the river in the idyllic (then and now) Fieldston neighborhood of Riverdale, New York. Even today the simple entrance of the home belies the beauty and grandeur of its interior. Only one floor above, the Grand Parlor, now the Home’s Great Room, is a beautiful common space with an adjacent refurbished dining room, newly added multi-media Library, and an outdoor porch with formal gardens completed in 1999.

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Ongoing Improvement

Through the years, active and interested benefactors and staff continued to expand on the Home’s original mission and physical location. By 1976, an additional North Wing consisting of 40,000 square feet of residential living space featuring single rooms with private baths, still a distinction among residences today, was accredited for nursing home status. (A West Wing added during the eighties would bring more single rooms with private baths, and a solarium, to the Home’s expanding floor plan.)


Professional staffing was increased to serve the growing clientele providing nursing services, as well as occupational, physical, speech and hearing therapies. Today, an on-site medical group consisting of physicians, nurses and medical and psychological specialists monitor our clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Ongoing improvement is still one of the main precepts of the Home’s mission and philosophy. Ongoing renovations keep the Home vibrant. Residence expansion, including the new Rehabilitation Center officially opened in 2008, continues to keep the Home’s equipment, treatments and therapies on the leading edge for those we serve.

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