August Newsletter from The Allure Group

The Allure Group Is Holding Its Second Annual Job Fair

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The Allure Group is hiring!

We will stage our second annual job fair, on August 26 at 33 Bowery from 11am-4pm. We are, as always, looking to fill positions in all our departments, while accommodating the linguistic and clinical needs of our residents. America is aging, and Allure is, as always, looking to continue its top-notch service and give qualified candidates an opportunity to launch careers in the rewarding field of senior care.

Summer Events at The Allure Group

The Allure Group continues a summer of fun with special events: Hawaiian Day at the Crown Heights Center, a barbecue at the Hamilton Park Center with students from the Summer Youth Program, as well as a trip to the aquarium with our Bedford Center residents. A big thank you to the students who came to help with our BBQ, our residents really enjoyed having you there!

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National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM2018), which was created to underscore the need for immunizations.

Those reasons are many. According to calculations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • The flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.
  • Some 900,000 people contract pneumococcal pneumonia every year, resulting in as many as 400,000 hospitalizations and 28,000 deaths.
  • About 10-13 percent of those who get shingles will experience a painful complication called post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), the symptoms of which are severe pain in the areas where the shingles rash had appeared. This pain can last from weeks to years.
  • Between 850,000 and 2.2 million people suffer from chronic hepatitis B; one of the complications of this affliction is liver cancer.
  • In the United States, human papillomavirus (HPV) causes about 19,700 cases of cancer in women and some 12,800 cases of cancer in men each year. About 4,000 women die each year from cervical cancer.

Coupled with those sobering statistics are those from the CDC showing that in 2016 only 24 percent of adults ages 19-64 had received a pneumococcal vaccination, while 27 percent of those 19 or older had received the Tdap vaccination, which protects against three life-threatening diseases — tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

Just 33 percent of adults 60 years or older had received shingles (herpes zoster) vaccination, while 43 percent of those 18 and older had received a flu vaccine during the 2016-17 flu season.

The bottom line: Vaccinations make a difference.

Coming Attraction: EarlySense Video

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The Allure Group is in the process of finalizing a promo video that will showcase the benefits of EarlySense, the contact-free patient monitoring system.

The Allure Group became Brooklyn’s first network of skilled nursing facilities to make use EarlySense when it introduced the technology at the Bedford Center in July 2017, and it has achieved results similar to those seen in longer-established partnerships — a 45-percent reduction in patient falls, a 60-percent reduction in pressure ulcer development (bedsores) and an 80-percent reduction in code blue events.

Several of the case studies at the Bedford Center also revealed that alerts helped detect such illnesses as a urinary-tract infection and aspiration pneumonia, and that falls by high-risk patients were averted.

EarlySense, founded in 2004, was described by Forbes as a means to respond to the needs of non-critical (non-ICU) patients, while also preventing “alarm fatigue” — i.e., a tendency on the part of healthcare professionals to respond in something less than a timely fashion to the constant alerts sounded by conventional bedside equipment.

Under the EarlySense system, a sensing plate placed under a patient’s mattress detects his or her heart and respiration rates, as well as movements. That data, along with whatever trends that might have been seen over time, is then passed to a bedside monitor and a Central Display Station located at the nurses’ station, as well as medical professionals’ tablets and hand-held devices.

Such information also becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical records.

Employee of the Month

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We want to give a huge shout out and big thanks to our Employee of the Month, Emilio, who works in maintenance, and was honored as the King David Center’s Employee of the Month for July. Thanks for all you do for us Emilio!

Emilio has been part of the Allure family for 18 years.

Our Chief Business Development Officer, Matthew Fenley, Participated On A Panel at the Long-Term Care and Senior Living CXO Summit

The Allure Group’s Chief Business Development Officer, Matthew Fenley, took part in a panel discussion at the Long-Term Care and Senior Living CXO Summit, July 17-18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, CA.

The Long-Term Care & Senior Living CXO Summit is an invitation-only, closed-door event featuring senior-level executives and solution providers. It is centered on discussions of key new drivers shaping the long-term care industry.

The topic of the panel discussion that Matthey Fenley participated in was “Revolutionizing Care Delivery through Technology.”

on our blogThe Caring of the Green: How Horticultural Therapy Heals

It can be said without fear of contradiction that horticultural therapy has fully blossomed in recent years, that its many stalks and shoots go in more directions than the eye can see or the mind can imagine…

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July Newsletter from The Allure Group

JOEL LANDAU SURPRISES HARLEM CENTER STAFFERS WITH BONUSES

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Allure chairman Joel Landau, accompanied by delegates from the 1199 Service Employees International Union, presented a bonus of $1,300 to each of the 250-plus employees at the Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation during an appearance at a previously scheduled employee-appreciation event on June 27.

“We wouldn’t be here if not for you all,” Landau told the group. “Thank you all for your hard work.”

Matthew Fenley, Allure’s Chief Business Development Officer, also addressed the assembled workforce.

“It’s not working for Mr. Landau; it’s working with Mr. Landau,” he said. “That same notion is what we feel and what I personally feel, every time I set foot inside Harlem Center.

“This is something a long time coming for you, (and is) obviously very well-deserved. Thank you to 1199 for your partnership here. We look forward to caring for our patients and community, each and every day.

COO MELISSA POWELL PRESENTS AT POST ACUTE 360 STRATEGY AND SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE

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The Allure Group COO Melissa Powell recently presented “The Role of Social Media in Managing an Online Image” on June 26 at the Post Acute 360 Strategy and Solutions Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Md.

In it she emphasized the extent to which negative online media activity can affect a skilled nursing facility — how a single Glassdoor review, tweet or press mention can have dire consequences.

THE ALLURE GROUP CELEBRATES THE 4TH OF JULY

We had so much fun celebrating the 4th of July with residents across our centers. From fun and games to delicious treats, we hope everyone who came enjoyed the parties as much as we did!

A special shout out to Miss Sophia Smith, pictured below, who is 102 years old and we think deserves a best dressed award for the day!

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PET THERAPY AT LINDEN CENTER

Pet therapy for the elderly has become a popular method of therapy for senior citizens. In fact, the documented benefits of interaction with pets are mental, emotional, and even physical.

Residents at our Linden Center enjoyed some pet therapy on Tuesday July 10th with an adorable poodle who came to visit.

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SUMMER FUN AT THE ALLURE GROUP

Rabbi Stern kicked off the summer by inviting The Allure Group’s residents to his home for a barbecue that saw entertainment provided by two well-known American Hasidic Jewish singers, Yeedle Werdyger ad Levy Falkowitz.

Yeedle, who has released six solo albums and numerous collaborations, is known as a master of contemporary Hasidic music. Levy, the front man for the band Freilach and a performer in the Shira Choir, recently released his debut album, “Achke Loi,” after appearing on numerous albums.

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Safe to say that a good time was had by all there, as was the case on Father’s Day, when our resident dads were honored at celebrations in all our centers. Nor did we forget about the fathers on our staff; they were accorded a salute that day, too.

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Other June events included a spirited bingo tournament and a horticultural event that afforded residents the opportunity to learn about summer flowers — and take one with them.

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NOBODY TRULY GOES IT ALONE

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Joel Landau also wrote a piece for entrepreneur.com about the scourge of loneliness, which is fast approaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. Seniors are far from immune; 28 percent of those ages 65 and above live by themselves, and such isolation has been known to contribute to physical and mental decline.

Landau went on to note that one eldercare facility began a “togetherness initiative” that calls for employees to make weekly calls to residents who might be isolated, a program that has had a positive impact on both parties.

In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, a group of entrepreneurs is connecting with seniors through everything from sewing programs to virtual reality.

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The Allure Group’s Harlem, Hamilton Park, Crown Heights Centers Honored with prestigious Eli Pick Award

The Allure Group’s Harlem, Hamilton Park and Crown Heights Centers were all honored as winners of 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Awards, presented each year by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) to the nation’s top-performing skilled nursing facilities. Click here for full blog post.. 

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June Newsletter from The Allure Group

Healthy Habits for Summer

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As the school year wraps up and summer approaches, we know you will be spending more time outside enjoying the warm weather with your loved ones. Here are some tips for staying healthy and active to keep in mind with the summer upon us:

  1. Stay hydrated: While there is some debate about how much water you should drink in the course of a day, there is no debate about doing so during the summer months, as it helps you avoid such potentially dangerous conditions as sunstroke.
  2. Remember the sunscreen: Doing so reduces the chances of sunburn and skin cancer, and enhances the skin’s overall health.
  3. Eat healthier: Summer offers the opportunity to enjoy such seasonal foods as corn, watermelon, cherries and blueberries. Bon Appetit!
  4. Get some exercise: There is no better time of year to get out in the fresh air and enjoy a nice walk — or, for the more ambitious, an invigorating pool workout.
  5. Dress for the weather: Wear moisture-wicking or loose-fitting clothing, as that will keep you cool.

The Allure Group Featured in Skilled Nursing News

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Melissa Powell, our chief operating officer at The Allure Group, the challenges of turning around a distressed skilled nursing facility for a piece that appeared May 24 on the website skillednursingnews.com. The topic is one with which Powell has great familiarity; she saw Allure’s Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation go from 83-percent occupancy in 2013 to 97 percent four years later.

Powell talked in particular about the importance of keeping the lines of communication open with staff when undertaking a turnaround.

“I think when you’re going into a building to turn it around, you need to allow the staff to be open and honest and allow them to feel comfortable,” she said. “Tell them: The fact that you’re distressed is not your fault, per se … tell me what you’re doing well, be honest with what you aren’t doing well.”

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2Just in time for summer, we had a great time cooling down at our recent ice cream social at King David Center on Wednesday June 13th. Thanks to all of our residents who came to enjoy these sweet treats with us!

Dr Bhandari Moderated A Panel At The UN

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The Allure Group’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rekha Bhandari, moderated a United Nations panel discussion on Jaipur Foot, on May 23.

Her appearance came shortly after the Jaipur Foot exhibition, which ran May 14-18 at the UN and was organized by the Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing artificial limbs to disabled people all over the world, free of charge.

The Jaipur Foot (or Jaipur Leg) is a prosthetic limb for those who have undergone lower-leg amputations. To date over 1.55 million people have been fitting with such devices, mostly in India but also in 26 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Our Rev Edward Lai Received A Stars Under 40 Award

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The Allure Groups Corporate Director of Asian Initiatives, Edward Lai, was one of 45 individuals to receive a Stars Under 40 award from Schneps Communications at an awards and networking event at the Grand Prospect Hall on May 3.

The award-winners were recognized for achievements in business and public service before the age of 40.

Highlights From Nursing Home Week

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We had a great time celebrating our incredible staff over Nursing Home Week which was held this year from May 13th – May 19th. We are thankful every day for all of our amazing team members, thank you so much for all that you do for The Allure Group!

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on our blogWhat’s Next: Robotics in Elder Care

As the number of elderly around the world climbs, the global rehab robots market is expected to grow, as well. Demand for robotic technologies will continue to rise as patients and families seek better care, and our society struggles to maintain the ratio of medical caregivers to elderly patients. In the US alone, the healthcare industry employs over 4.5 million nursing aides, orderlies, home health aides and personal care aides. And we still face a shortage of skilled labor. Robots can potentially bridge that divide. Click here to read more.. 

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May Newsletter from The Allure Group

The Future OF REHABILITATION 

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The use of robotics in eldercare has long been a hot topic, but The Allure Group is taking a cool, futuristic concept and making it a reality. We’re proud to announce that we’re launching the use of five new robotic technologies at our King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. This equipment, which will become a cornerstone of our rehabilitation services, addresses some of the most common challenges our patients face. By integrating movement therapies into our existing rehabilitation programs, patients can optimize their recovery potential by performing safer movements independently. From self-initiated machines to wearable medical devices, Allure is once again changing the playing field for elderly patients suffering from a range of conditions that compromise movement.

Our new robotic equipment includes:

LOKOMAT BY HOCOMA

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The Lokomat strengthens and trains impaired muscle groups for patients with neurological disorders, facilitating the process of “relearning” how to walk. With the patient supported in a harness above a treadmill, a robotic exoskeleton moves the body in a natural walking pattern. Through repetition, the Lokomat stimulates the legs and neurological system to reorganize walking patterns.

Indications for use: stroke, paraplegia, TBI, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, degenerative joint disease, endoprosthesis, and amputees

Armeo Spring by HOCOMA

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The Armeo Spring is for patients who are beginning to regain active movement of the arm and hand. The primary aim of rehabilitation for patients with partial arm paralysis is to maintain and restore their motor skills, which entails learning new movement processes and improving their coordination skills. Arm weight support enables patients to achieve a higher number of reach and grasp movements, safely achieving therapeutic goals in an independent setting.

Indications for use: stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, neuropathies, upper limb ataxia, and recovery from neurosurgical interventions

Armeo Senso by HOCOMA

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This sensor-based system capitalizes on progress made during the acute stage of rehabilitation and allows for continuation of high intensity, self-initiated upper extremity movements for patients with mild to moderate impairment.

Indications for use: impaired function of the upper extremity due to neurological disorders (e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, recovery from neurosurgical interventions, Parkinson’s diseases, Guillain Barré Syndrome, plexus paralysis); muscular disorders (e.g. muscular dystrophies) in patients who are able to self-initiate movement

 

L300 by Bioness

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This wireless device promotes mobility improvements for patients with foot drop, lower extremity weakness and/or instability as a result of a neurological condition. The system delivers electrical stimulation to help patients establish a normalized gait pattern.

Indications for use: stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and incomplete spinal cord injury.

H200 by Bioness

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This wireless hand rehabilitation system stimulates the nerves and muscles of the forearm and hand to help re-educate paralyzed or weak muscles. Electrical stimulation allows the finger and thumb to move efficiently during reaching, grasping and pinching.

Indications for use: stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, other disorders of the central nervous system resulting in functional deficits and impairments of the upper limb

Robotics Launch Event at King David Center

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We want to thank everyone who came to our CEU and Robotics Launch event last week at our King David Center! We are so excited about what this new equipment means for the rehabilitation experience of our patients.

Parkinson’s Unity Walk

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Team Allure had a great time walking in the 2018 Parkinson’s Unity Walk on Saturday April 28th in Central Park. Thank you so much to everyone who showed up to walk with #TeamAllure!

The 2018 Parkinson’s Unity Walk raises awareness not only for the disorder, but for the needs of patients across the United States. There are over one million people in the U.S. currently living with Parkinson’s, and 60,000 more are diagnosed each year. Parkinson’s is the second-most common neurological disorder, right behind Alzheimer’s.

The Allure Group imagines a future free of Parkinson’s disease, but currently treatment options are limited to helping to manage symptoms rather than cure them. Every person who walked or donated to the 2018 Parkinson’s Unity Walk supported the cause and cure for Parkinson’s, so a HUGE thanks to you!

Cherry Blossom Festival

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We also had a fun time promoting our Longevity Garden program at the NYC Cherry Blossom Festival. Our Longevity Garden program, held at our Bedford and Hamilton Park Centers, services the local Asian community. Our program draws upon the many memories, activities, and sensory experiences familiar to patients of Asian descent.

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EarlySense Implementation: A Breakthrough in Eldercare, A Boon to The Allure Group

Six months after becoming Brooklyn’s first network of skilled nursing facilities to introduce the contact-free patient-monitoring system EarlySense, The Allure Group announced that it is seeing exciting results, as has been the case when that technology has been implemented elsewhere.

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March Newsletter from The Allure Group

Happy Easter/ Happy Passover/ happy Spring!

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Here are some fun Passover facts:

  1. This holiday, which celebrates the Israelites’ freedom from Egyptian slavery, is the oldest and most important festival celebrated by Jewish people.
  2. Passover is named after the literal event of God “passing over” the Jewish households back in the day when he unleashed 10 plagues on Egypt because the Pharaoh refused to let the Jewish slaves go free. Can you name them all?
  3. During Passover, Jewish people eat matzos, an unleavened bread made of flour and water, in tribute to their ancestors.
  4. The Coca-Cola Company actually has its plants switch to cane sugar instead of corn syrup in some batches to make the beverage kosher for the holiday.

And here are some fun facts about Easter:

  1. Next to Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year.
  2. Some $14.7 billion is spent each year on the holiday in the U.S.
  3. More than 90 million chocolate bunnies, 91.4 billion eggs and 700 million marshmallow Peeps are produced each year in our country.
  4. Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps during the Easter season, making it the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
  5. Over 16 million jelly beans are consumed in the U.S. during this holiday, enough to circle the globe three times.

A Huge Congrats to our Harlem & Linden Centers!

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Our COO Melissa Powell and the leadership teams from the Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Linden Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation each received a Quality Award from American Health Care Association at a ceremony held in New Orleans in early March.

The Quality Initiative is a national effort, launched in 2012, to further improve the quality of care in America’s long-term and post-acute care centers. Members have been challenged to meet measurable targets in crucial areas like hospitalizations and antipsychotics usage, with the goal of meeting the criteria in four areas by March 2021.

Dr. Salgado Quoted in this month’s Men’s Health Magazine

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Dr. Miran Salgado, quoted in the recent March issue of Men’s Health magazine on ‘What Causes A Brain Fart’, continues to lead our “Minds in Motion” program, a specialized 28-bed unit in the King David Center catering to the needs of those who have suffered a stroke or are afflicted with degenerative neuromuscular disorders like Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

While all of three of these diseases are incurable, advances have been made in research. And in the case of Parkinson’s and MS, patients’ quality of life can be greatly enhanced with the proper care, like that which is administered by Dr. Salgado and his staff of specially trained therapists.

They make use of advanced equipment and techniques. “Minds in Motion” also features an ongoing lecture series, “the Vanguard Series,” which is available to staff, patients, families and the community at large.

To read Dr Salgado’s quote, make sure to pick up one of the March Men’s Health printed edition’s before they’re off the shelf!

The Allure Group Recognizes Social Work Month

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March is National Social Work Month, during which the nation’s 650,000 social workers are honored for their tireless work as advocates, champions and leaders seeking to improve society.

According to a release, social workers are forever seeking to join people with each other and their communities in an attempt to find ways to address issues like hunger, affordable housing, equal rights and making organizations and government accountable.

This month affords everyone the opportunity to shine a light on social workers’ efforts.

Hamilton Park Celebrated St Patrick’s Day With A Special Holiday Menu

allure group st patricks mealWe hope you enjoyed the holiday! Hamilton Park enjoyed a special menu on Saturday March 17th with Irish Soda Bread for breakfast, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Boiled Potatoes and Rye Bread for lunch followed by delicious St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes.

Bedford Center Celebrates First Day Of Spring

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Happy Spring! We are excited about the changing of seasons and look forward to warmer weather! Bedford Center welcomed the first day of spring on March 20th by celebrating with a horticultural therapist.

Sallie Stutz, a Horticultural Therapist who also works in Rusk Rehab, came to Bedford Center and did an amazing program! Our residents on all cognitive and physical levels really enjoyed it! She’s extremely patient, informative and got them all involved in all steps of the learning and planting.

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5 Things To Consider When Selecting A Nursing Home

Location and staff are two big things to take into account when choosing a nursing home. But there are other things to consider as well…

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February Newsletter From The Allure Group

Harlem Center Introduces Hearts in Motion

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The Allure Group is proud to announce that its ground-breaking “Hearts in Motion” protocol was just introduced at our Harlem Center.

“Hearts in Motion,” developed by Allure’s Chief Medical Officer Rekha Bhandari, MD: Jeffrey Bander, MD; and Chief Operating Officer Melissa Powell, allows staffers to remotely monitor patients afflicted with congestive heart failure. These medical professionals receive automated alerts whenever the patients undergo significant changes in their health, and can act appropriately.

Allure began “Hearts in Motion” in response to statistics that showed that patients who entered a nursing facility were likely to be readmitted 25 percent of the time. Believing that a lack of information can lead to poor care or slow reaction times, Allure first tested its unique protocol with a group of 152 patients.

Each patient was assigned a team consisting of a cardiologist, nurse, and rehab social worker. Live monitoring is then established, so real-time data is delivered to the cardiologists and other specialists, regardless of where the patient happens to be located.

If any factor — be it weight, renal function or some other indicator of potential health risk — changes significantly, the cardiologist receives an immediate automated alert. To monitor slower long-term changes, the teams meet weekly to discuss the patient’s overall health.

“Hearts in Motion” resulted in a decrease in hospital readmissions from 31 percent to seven percent in the test group.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating At King David Center

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We hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day! We had a great time celebrating across our centers! Here are a few photos of our Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating party held at King David Center

The Allure Group Celebrates Black History Month

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The Allure Group honors Black History Month, a month whose origins can be traced back to 1915, when the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) was founded by historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland.

The organization began sponsoring Negro History Week in 1926, an event recognized in cities across the country in the decades that followed. It evolved into Black History Month on several college campuses during the Civil Rights movement of the late ‘60s, and in 1976 president Gerald Ford officially designated the month as such.

The goal, Ford said at the time, was to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

The Allure Group is proud to announce our Hearts In Motion readmission rate for 2017

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We’d like to tout the 1.1 percent readmission rate of our cardiology program in 2017, Hearts In Motion, something that is almost unheard of in the world of nursing homes!

The readmission rate in the nation’s healthcare facilities was a target of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and it shrank from 20 percent to 18 percent in 2013, following the implementation of the ACA’s readmission reduction program.

That led to an accompanying cost reduction. The School of Public Health determined that the Veterans Administration, for example, could save $2,140 per patient by enacting means by which those patients at a high risk for being readmitted were properly handled.

The Allure Group is on board with that as well. We want to thank and honor our dedicated team of doctors, medical professionals and staff who make this possible.

Thanks to everyone who Participated in National Wear Red Day to Support Healthy Heart Month!

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Staff members across various locations of ours decided to show their support on Wear Red Day, thanks to everyone who showed their support! Featured above are members of our lovely Harlem Center staff.

The Allure Group Announces Partnership with Chinatown ManPower Project

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On January 30th, The Allure group held a press conference at our Hamilton Park Center, in honor of The Allure Group and CMP (Chinatown Man Power Project) where we announced our partnership in providing CNA training for the Asian-American community as Hamilton Park becomes a training site for CNA trainees externship.

The Allure Group is partnering with CMP to provide internship opportunities and experiences to nursing students, to supplement their studies by practicing what they learned in the classroom in a real-life setting.

We are so excited about teaming up in alliance to transform lives! This not only affects both organizations involved, but is helping people to save lives and we are happy to be a part of this.

Check out this clip from the press conference yesterday, thanks to News12 Brooklyn: http://brooklyn.news12.com/clip/14088907/program-brings-more-employment-opportunities-to-chinese-community

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December Newsletter from The Allure Group

Happy Holidays from The Allure Group!

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Wintertime is here, and with it all of the lights, snow flurries, and cheer a New Yorker could ask for. Hanukkah started on December 12th, Christmas is right around the corner, followed by Kwanzaa, and spirits are as bright as December 21’s solstice celebrations. With January, now a stone’s throw away, will come heartfelt goodbyes to 2017 and hopes and dreams for the year to come on New Year’s Eve and Day.

At The Allure Group, we have residents of all cultures and backgrounds celebrating winter holidays with their nearest and dearest. We’ve taken great care to honor the traditions of all festivities in each of our facilities. Nothing brings warmth to a home like tinsel, greenery, and shining Menorahs — not to mention the accompanying gifts and food.

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe holiday together.

This Month at a Glance…

Quality Recognition at The Allure Group

A big congratulations to Harlem Center and Linden Center on being recognized by the AHCA/NCAL for outstanding quality of care! This is national recognition for achieving certain quality measures, a huge accomplishment and a testament to our great staff’s hard work implementing Allure’s processes.

The Quality Initiative, from AHCA/NCAL, builds upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care profession by setting specific, measurable targets to further improve quality of care in America’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities.

The Quality Initiative Recognition Program honors AHCA/NCAL member skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities that achieve a number of goals through the Quality Initiative. We’re excited and humbled by this honor!

Leadership at the Harlem Center and Linden Center will be formally recognized at their annual summit in front of hundreds of healthcare professionals in mid-March.

Lights Up Brooklyn Festival with the American Cancer Society

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On December 8th, The Allure Group joined the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life in lighting Luminaria bags to pay a glowing tribute to those brave individuals who lost their battle to cancer as well as those who are currently battling it.

Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. The lanterns helped the fight against cancer in two ways — first, the proceeds for the bags went towards Relay For Life fundraising efforts. Second, they spread awareness around the borough about this important cause using the hashtag #LightUpBklyn.

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EarlySense Comes to Bedford Center

dev_mEarlySense, a contact-free monitoring system, recently went live at the Bedford Center, making  The Allure Group the first nursing facility in Manhattan or Brooklyn to fully adopt this breakthrough technology. The Bedford Center launch went great and we’re installing at King David Center as we speak. Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming rollout.

This innovative system allows the Allure team to track the vital signs of patients through sensors placed under pillows or cushions.

The Allure Group staffers can use that information to nip any potential problems in the bud. It has been discovered, for instance, that the implementation of the EarlySense system has led to a 45-percent reduction in falls, a 60-percent reduction in bed sores, and an 80-percent reduction in code-blue events.

PointClickCare EHR Live at Hamilton Center

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On behalf of the Allure Team, we congratulate the Hamilton Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, for successfully migrating their EHR system from Visual to PointClickCare.

PointClickCare is the industry leader in Cloud based EHR systems, allowing us to provide the highest quality of care, improve our business performance, and simplify the complex processes related to regulatory compliance. This new system will allow Allure to continue to implement new Healthcare Technologies that easily tie into the PointClickCare System. Stay tuned for many future enhancements that will make your day to day workflow easier and more reliable.

Congratulations to the entire project team and thank you all for your hard work!!!!

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The Rapid Growth of EMR in Healthcare

If in the past a physician was inclined to grab a pen, he now grabs a mouse. If he once scrawled a patient’s particulars on a notepad (often leading the latter to wonder just how anyone can possibly read such penmanship), he now enters the information into a computer.

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have gone, in short order, from novelty to necessity. Propelled in no small part by federal edict, they are now as common as a stethoscope, the hope being that their use will lead in time to better, less expensive care.

An EMR also allows medical professionals to monitor a patient’s progress and share that information with others as the situation demands — and allows the patient easy access, him- or herself, via computer, smartphone or tablet. An EMR shows when a patient is due for an examination or screening. It can help identify potential red flags.

In other words, it simplifies the entire process. No longer is it a matter of rooting through a bulging envelope and finding the proper paperwork. Now every aspect of a patient’s medical history is spelled out for doctors and nurses, and just a mouse click or two away. Important information is far less likely to fall through the cracks, and the possibility of errors in caregiving is minimized.

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November Newsletter From The Allure Group

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We hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Since the holiday with it’s delicious food has passed we suggest you digest these fun facts about Thanksgiving:

  1. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
  2. The National Turkey Foundation estimated that 88 percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving, and that 46 million turkeys are consumed.
  3. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers, according to Roto-Rooter.

In the spirit of the season, The Allure Group’s Harlem Center worked with the Salvation Army to sponsor a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23. A huge thank you to everyone who participated! It was a delicious meal spent in good company.

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(Photographed above: Residents; Rudolph Slade, Israel Santiago and Alfredo Brandbelt. Recreation staff Elizabeth Grunitzky, & Recreation Director Aisha Kingsberry. Head of Salvation Army Harlem Lieutenant Chaka Watch, Admissions Director Felicia Legier, Regional Marketing Manager Caron Williams  and CMO Matt Fenley.)

The Allure Group is also joining with the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn to raise money to buy holiday presents for children in need. Their overall fundraising goal is $40,000 and The Allure Group plans to contribute a large amount in support of the cause.

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Our Dietician at Bedford Center, Esther Maleh, got engaged at our Bedford Center facility over the weekend. Her fiancé, Louis Krieger, surprised her at the facility and popped the question on site! A huge congrats to Esther and her new fiancé!!

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Melissa Powell Interviewed on 77WABC’S “Mind Your Business”

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‘Mind Your Business’ airs every Sunday and it is about leaders in healthcare and how they got into their position. Guests share personal stories about how and what to do to succeed in their industry and the business they are in. Melissa’s interview aired Sunday November 26th and is now available via podcast on iTunes! You should also keep an eye out in the “Featured Guest” section on https://www.mybradio.com/

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A tasting of the fall/winter menu was held in the Harlem Center on Oct. 27. Thank you to Pinnacle Dietary for coming to show our Residents & Staff the upcoming fall/winter menu in conjunction with Allure Breast Cancer Awareness. Randy, Deborah, & the Dietary Staff did an amazing job! It was a well planned and well executed event. We are looking forward to launching these new menu items across all of our centers!

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Thank You To Our Veterans

From all of us at The Allure Group, we wanted to reach out and say thank you to all of our veterans! We are honored to have you across our various centers. Thanks for everything that you’ve done for us!

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Service + Emotional Support Animals

Service and emotional support animals are becoming more of a common sight at Allure’s facilities, helping residents go about their days.

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Service animals are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as dogs individually trained to do work or perform tasks for someone with a disability. An emotional support animal (typically a dog or cat) is an animal that provides comfort and support in the form of companionship for an individual suffering from depression, anxiety or some related condition.

There are 387,000 service dogs in the United States, according to Service Dog Central. It is much more difficult to ascertain how many emotional support animals there might be, but what is known is that these animals have great value to those in need.

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How High-Tech Rehab Products Assist the Elderly

The world of robotics is permeating many areas of modern life. Now, the healthcare industry is adopting robotic systems to manage several processes more efficiently. Machines can now serve as hospital helpers to do everything from moving medical waste to delivering meals. We’re starting to see several more healthcare applications of robotics in the healthcare industry which can help older patients at rehabilitation centers. In fact, the latest research shows the global rehabilitation robots market is expected to grow at a steady rate of 25% through 2020.

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October Newsletter From The Allure Group

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WITH RAFFLES AND RUNS, EVERYONE’S A WINNER

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October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we could not have asked for a better turnout at our #TeamAllure walk on Sunday, October 15th. It is always heartwarming to see our community come together in support of great causes like this one and the many, many women that suffer from breast cancer each year. Thank you so much to all who participated!

Our facility-wide raffle was likewise a success. Our generous vendors (listed below) donated some wonderful gifts, with each home offering the same set of prizes including a flatscreen television, iPad, Vidonn smartband, and numerous gift cards.

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There is one grand prize, effective Allure-wide: Dinner and Broadway tickets for two and a one-night stay in Manhattan! After all, nothing says “New York” like show tunes and a classic night on the town.

We will be drawing names on October 30th at each facility and announcing the lucky winners on social media, so be sure to check our Twitter and Facebook to see if you’re among them!

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After the raffle drawing, The Allure Group will also be making our total donation to the American Cancer Society. The facility that has raised the most funds will receive special recognition from COO Melissa Powell and the Allure Group’s owners.

Here is the list of vendors (in no particular order):

  • H&R Healthcare
  • Platinum Care
  • Pinnacle
  • Specialty Rx
  • Towne Nursing
  • Fiveboro Printing
  • Wound Healing Technologies
  • Five Star Staffing
  • CCI Systems
  • Williamsburg Medical Imaging

This Month at a Glance…

MINDS IN MOTION
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Always keen to innovate in ways that empower our residents and their families, The Allure Group is proud of our burgeoning “Minds in Motion” program. Based out of King David Center, our neurological rehab program is a 28-bed specialized unit where we take care of a subset of patients who have suffered strokes as well as patients with Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, and other movement disorders.

Under the expert supervision of Dr. Miran Salgado and specially trained therapists, this program helps patients using  innovative rehab equipment and treatments tailored to individual needs and issues. As part of the program, we offer ongoing educational lectures to staff, patients, families and the community at large. Called “The Vanguard Lecture Series,” these talks are an informational way of driving awareness to the Minds in Motion program.

Parkinson’s Disease is a type of movement disorder that can affect the ability to perform daily activities. It is chronic, and the symptoms become worse over time. It is characterized by tremors, stiffness or rigidity of the muscles, and slowness of movement, but may also manifest in non-motor symptoms. Researchers now recognize early manifestation signs that may place a person at risk, including loss of smell, depression, constipation, impotence and a certain type of sleep disorder.

For those with Parkinson’s and similar disorders, “Minds in Motion” has been extraordinarily positive so far. We’re excited to keep giving back to our residents by raising awareness and continuing to provide the best care possible.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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If the ghouls and goblins gobbling snickers in the streets weren’t any indication, Halloweentime has arrived! Some fun facts about Halloween:
It’s more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day: Halloween originated from a Celtic festival of the dead called Samhain, and Irish Celts invented the jack-o-lantern, which were carved into turnips, beets, and potatoes.

It was once more romantic than Valentine’s Day: By Irish and Scottish tradition, Halloween was one of the only nights a year opposite sexes could mingle. Girls would play romantic fortune-telling games like bobbing apples and cabbage stumping.

Trick-or-treating used to involve dancing and beggins: Experts trace trick-or-treating back to “mumming” in which costumed participants performed door-to-door for treats. In other early versions, kids would follow the performers and beg for coins for fun, out of necessity, or both.

Product innovation at King David Center

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We held a product demo on October 24th at King David Center with Bioness. Products included the vector harness, L300 and H200 (a functional electrical stimulation system). The Allure Group continues to expand our training and explore the realm of robotics in the subacute world.

Above is a picture of our King David Center medical director, Dr. Stuart Fischer, in the harness as well as a picture of the demo truck.

Introducing our new Concierge at King David Center

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As part of our commitment to excellence, we are proud to offer boutique style Concierge Services to our residents. To begin, we’ve just introduced our new Concierge at King David Center, Kellyann Byrne.

King David Center is our first facility to have a Concierge, and we are so thrilled to bring Kellyann on board! We will be rolling out our new Concierge program across all buildings in the coming months.

If there is anything we can do to make your stay with us more comfortable, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your comfort and peace of mind are an integral part of the healing process and as Concierge, Kellyann’s role is to tend to your needs so you can focus on your recovery and strengthen your mind, body, and soul. Her goal is to ensure that you get the most out of your stay with us and return home relaxed and stronger than ever!

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How Cardiac Monitoring Became Commonplace in Brooklyn

The implementation of EHR (Electronic Health Records) has digitized medical information almost completely — a huge opportunity for the healthcare industry to make smarter, faster, and more accurate decisions.

Sensor technology also brings a whole new world of data possibilities to monitor and prevent health issues. For some, this could manifest as wearable technology; for The Allure Group, it’s coming in the form of EarlySense, a device for beds that records patient heart rate, breathing rate, and motion. With EarlySense data, our nurses will be able to assist residents at the first hint of an issue, and track their vitals for a better overall sense of their health.

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September Newsletter From The Allure Group

Spotlight of the month

Happy High Holidays!

Fall is well on the way, and with it some very special holidays for Allure’s Jewish residents. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, was celebrated on September 21-22, and with it festive meals, candle-lighting, and prayer services. On September 30th will be Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for those practicing Judaism.

A bit of context for those that don’t know: Rosh Hashanah translates to “Head of the Year.” Like the human head to the body, the year’s “head” impacts the months to come significantly. It is celebrated with apples dipped in honey for a sweet year ahead, and is generally a joyous day to ask for peace, prosperity and blessings.

Yom Kippur is a day of personal and communal atonement for the sins of the past year. On the heels of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is observed through introspection, prayer, and fasting.

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One of the key components of the Jewish New Year celebration is the traditional blowing of a Rams Horn ushering in the New Year. To celebrate this event, Bedford Center hosted a workshop (pictured above) on how to transform the shofar from its original brawl state into a final horn to be used for the high holidays.

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

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For Allure’s Chinese residents, The Mid-Autumn Festival will commence on October 4th and continue through the 8th. A grand Chinese festival second only to the Chinese New Year, the harvest celebration coincides with the moon at its fullest and brightest.

Some background: The Moon Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies that dates back to ancient China. Many legends are associated with the festival, including that of Chang E, who consumed a mystical elixir and fled to the moon, where she resides there to this day as the “yin” to her husband’s “yang” on the sun.

Chinese and Chinese-American citizens and families will gather to appreciate the harvest moon, consume traditional round pastries called mooncakes, and express yearnings for distant families and friends.

This year, Allure’s Bedford Center will be hosting its first Mid-Autumn festival in-house. We will provide two kinds of moon cakes: sweet and salty, with 20 of each up for grabs.

  • Sweet Moon Cake (soft) : 2 duck egg yolks, sweet lotus paste
  • Salty Moon Cake (little bit hard) : chopped almond, chopped sun flower seeds, chopped walnuts and sesame.

Hispanic Heritage Month

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At Allure’s Crown Heights Center, we are delighted to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with our Latino residents. The month began on September 15 and will carry on through October 15. The month pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society—not to mention New York City and the Allure community.

Hispanics and Latinos comprise over a quarter of New York City’s population at 27.5%, as well as a significant portion of seniors, some of whom we are blessed to serve with cultural programs at The Allure Group like Salud Latina. To our Hispanic residents and their families: thank you for being part of our community!

This Month at a Glance…

Fundraising Opportunity

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Attention, Allure Community: We’re proud to announce an Allure-wide fundraiser for breast cancer awareness! 

Breast cancer is a disease that affects about 1 in 8 U.S. women over the course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in American women. We hope that increased awareness and funding will help women suffering from this cancer and improve our ability to screen, diagnose and treat it.

As some of you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness and funds, The Allure Group will be hosting a company-wide fundraiser complete with raffles in each of our six buildings. The total sum will be donated to the cause on behalf of Allure and the generosity of our contributors.

In addition to the raffles, staff from each of Allure’s facilities will be joining our team in the Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 15. If you would like to join us in walking or purchase a raffle ticket, your facility’s administrator will be delighted to help you out.

Back to School Backpack Giveaway!

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September means back to school for students across NYC and the country! 

Residents from The Allure Group’s Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation have donated dozens of backpacks and supplies to students at P.S. 197 John B. Russwurm School. Five of our seniors, ranging from ages 73 to 95 years old, will be supporting local kids by visiting the school and meeting the students, ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grades.

The backpacks included essential supplies for students to succeed including pencils, cases, notebooks and more. In this way, The Allure Group and our older-generation residents can support the next generation by contributing to the best tool in life: education.

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Using Data Science to Revolutionize Patient Care

The implementation of EHR (Electronic Health Records) has digitized medical information almost completely — a huge opportunity for the healthcare industry to make smarter, faster, and more accurate decisions.

Sensor technology also brings a whole new world of data possibilities to monitor and prevent health issues. For some, this could manifest as wearable technology; for The Allure Group, it’s coming in the form of EarlySense, a device for beds that records patient heart rate, breathing rate, and motion. With EarlySense data, our nurses will be able to assist residents at the first hint of an issue, and track their vitals for a better overall sense of their health.

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