September Newsletter 2019 from The Allure Group

Wishing You A Healthy And Happy New Year!

Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year” is the Jewish New Year. It is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. This year, it began sunset of Sunday, September 29th and ends nightfall of Tuesday, October 1st. If you’re celebrating the holiday, we wish you and your family a sweet and happy New Year!

Harlem Center Donated Backpacks & School Supplies to 100 Harlem Elementary Students

One hundred K-2 students at P.S. 154, The Harriet Tubman Learning Center, received new backpacks filled with essential supplies for students to succeed including pencils, cases, notebooks and more from our Harlem Center on Wednesday, September 25. The annual event was exceptionally special this year, as fathers of the young students were also in attendance for a “Dads Day” celebration at the school.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The Allure Group will be participating in the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk  and will be holding raffles throughout the month with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Information coming soon on how you can join us to show your support! 

Group photo from last year’s walk

Newly Renovated Crown Heights Center, Linden Center and Bedford Center

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Things just keep getting better at The Allure Group! Check out our newly renovated Crown Heights, Linden and Bedford Centers. More coming soon! 

Melissa Powell in HHM Global

This month, COO Melissa Powell was published in HHM Global with an article titled, Extinguishing Burnout, a Continuing Challenge in Healthcare. She discusses the extensive research which has identified the causes and consequences of burnout as well as some solutions.

Mid Autumn Moon Festival Celebrations

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is one of the largest festivals in Mainland China and East Asia. This festival began as a celebration of the moon and has a tradition of deity, but it is also a time to reconnect with family members. Many traditions of the Mid-Autumn festival are centered around family reunion and happiness.The Allure Group celebrated Mid Autumn Moon Festival this month across our centers with live music, dancing, and moon cake. 

Linden Center International Day

Linden Center had a great time celebrating International Day this month, with a feast that included food and treats from numerous countries and cultures. 

Pina Colada Night at Crown Heights Center

Crown Heights Center celebrated the end of summer with a festive Pina Colada Night for residents. They played some fun games of dominos as well while they enjoyed their drinks. 

Monthly Art Therapy Session – Linden Center

Residents enjoyed their monthly art therapy session at Linden Center with an afternoon filled with painting. See some of the paintings from this month below.

From Our Blog: Five Reasons Music Programs Are Great for Seniors

Music has been delighting its listeners and challenging its performers since the dawn of time. While you may think music is only a tool to move the emotions and pass some time, science has discovered that music may have a more critical role in the human experience than initially understood, especially for seniors. Click here to read the full blog post.

August Newsletter 2019

Melissa Powell Published in CEO World and quoted in a skilled nursing news piece

Allure COO Melissa Powell writes about the importance of a business leader establishing a culture in which employees are fully engaged in her piece “New Rules For Effective Leadership,” which was posted on CEO World’s website.

Creating such a culture is no small challenge, Melissa writes, but greatly impacts performance, retention and patient outcomes. And the general consensus seems to be that leaders can bring out the best in their employees by concentrating on such soft skills as communication, transparency and empathy.

Melissa Powell also discussed the importance of a skilled nursing operator meeting insurance providers halfway in a piece on Skilled Nursing News’ website entitled “I-SNP Exec: Skilled Nursing Operators Must Approach Insurers to Succeed — But Few Do.”  She was quoted as saying that SNF operators too often take to heart what they have “been taught to believe about” themselves, notably that they are in a position where they must simply follow the lead of others.

That is changing, she told Skilled Nursing News:

“Some of the things that we’re able to now bring to an Advantage plan, and talk about what we can do for them, didn’t exist (as recently as three or four years ago).”

Longevity Garden Team Attends 2019 Good Health Day

The Longevity Garden Team attended Good Health Day, which was sponsored by the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and held in early August. The event, which has been held for over 30 years, features free screenings for such things as cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension, and health activity booths health activity booths that address concerns like oral health, diabetes, cardiovascular health, pediatrics and women’s health issues. There were also demonstrations of things like CPR, Zumba and martial arts.

Harlem Center Staff Holds BBQ

The Harlem Center staff held a barbecue recently, and invited not only members of the community but also staffers from Harlem Hospital. It was a great time to celebrate the warm summer weather with the Harlem Center community, thanks to everyone who came! 

Linden Center Green Thumbs Club

The Linden Center recently held a meeting of its “Green Thumbs Club,” where the many virtues of gardening were discussed. Not only does it enable seniors to improve their mobility, flexibility, motor skills, endurance and strength, it also reduces stress, stimulates an interest in nature and provides nutritious food. While there are caveats, like seniors’ susceptibility to sunburn and dehydration, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

Hamilton Park holds Bowling Competition

A bowling competition like the one held by Hamilton Park Center residents offers a reminder that bowling is a lifetime sport, and one in which virtually anyone can take part. Some alleys, for instance, reserve lanes for those who are visually impaired or confined to wheelchairs

No matter the participant, bowling can improve eye-hand coordination, balance and strength, while also providing a social outlet.

Hamilton Park Casino Event

Hamilton Park recently staged a Casino Night, during which residents enjoyed card games, a roulette wheel and various other games of chance. 

Bedford Center Tie-Dye Fun

Tie-dyeing, a practice that dates back to Sixth Century Asia, is most often associated in the U.S. with the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Residents of the Bedford Center brought it into the 21st century with their recent event, which was nothing short of groovy.

Bedford Center Visit To Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Bedford Center residents visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Aug. 14, where they were able to see some of the Garden’s recent upgrades — part of a decade-long project geared toward modernizing the place’s infrastructure and introducing greener practices — as well as staples like the Rose, Herb and Rock Gardens.

Linden Center Yomenco Rhythm and Dance and Yoga Class

The Linden Center recently hosted a Yomenco Rhythm and Dance and Yoga Class. Yoga certainly needs no introduction, and its benefits — strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health — have long been extolled. Yomenco, on the other hand, is a relatively new creation of New York City-based yoga instructor Bruce Van Horn. It combines breathing and stretching, not to mention flamenco music, and has been found to be especially beneficial to seniors.

From Our Blog: Five Ways Seniors Benefit From Pet Therapy

Over the last two decades scientists and researchers have taken a much closer look at the benefits seniors derive from animal therapy, which involves introducing a pet companion into the life of an elderly person in order to enrich their lives. Click here to read the full blog post! 

July 2019 Newsletter from The Allure Group

Joel Landau Pens Piece for Thriveglobal.com

In a piece for Thriveglobal.com entitled “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: What Sets A CEO Apart,” Allure Group CEO Joel Landau notes that business leaders’ top traits  are much the same as they were when Andrew Carnegie, the late steel magnate and philanthropist, outlined 31 of them over a century ago.

They include discipline and persistence, creativity and diplomacy, tact and likability. Joel, in fact, boiled Carnegie’s list to three essential qualities — relatability, adaptability and, for lack of a better word, stick-to-itiveness.

Joel noted in particular that a leader’s EQ (i.e., his emotional intelligence) was far more critical than his IQ, and added that such leaders encourage creativity, risk-taking and collaboration. He wrote that establishing a short- and long-term plan were of the utmost importance, and that a CEO should always be able to roll with the punches.

Melissa Powell Writes About Leadership During Uncertain Times

Change is constant in business, Allure COO Melissa Powell writes in a piece for Business.com entitled “How to Lead a Company in Transition,” and because of that a leader must be agile and quick-minded.

Melissa referenced a Harvard Business Review piece that calls the current business environment a VUCA World — i.e., one characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity — and also took note of the work of Jim Collins, head of a management lab in Boulder, Colo. Collins said change can come from within or without, and can be developmental, transitional or transformational.

Dealing with it, Melissa writes, requires discipline, transparency and creativity.

Fourth of July Celebrations Held at King David Center and Linden Center

The Fourth of July, observed as a holiday since 1870, celebrates the United States declaring its independence from Great Britain in 1776. Fun fact about the Fourth, however: Only John Hancock signed the document on that date; 55 others later followed suit.

Undeterred, the Linden Center celebrated this Independence Day with a barbecue, while the King David Center held an indoor party with festive decorations and entertainment.

Bedford Center Team-Building in Dumbo Park

The Bedford Center’s team gathered at Dumbo Park on July 27 to engage in some team-building activities, which experts have judged to be particularly important in an era marked by technological disruption and lean practices. Such activities enable workers to establish trust, understand each other and define roles. We’re so glad the Bedford team took the time to do this together!

Harlem Center Residents Exercise Outside in Nice Weather

The Harlem Center stages an exercise program every morning, Monday through Friday, but with the weather being nice it was moved to the patio this month! Not only did the residents enjoy the change of scenery but it also encouraged some neighbors from the community to join in.

Worth noting: Swimming has been judged to be the best exercise for seniors, followed by yoga, Pilates, body-weight training and resistance-band workouts.

Bedford Center Residents Visit Prospect Park Zoo

Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Zoo, a facility featuring 630 animals representing 100 species, was the destination when the Bedford Center’s residents ventured out on a recent day trip. Reports are that a good time was had by all!

Art Therapy Held at Linden Center

There are multiple benefits of art therapy like that which was held recently at the Linden Center. For one thing, it is intellectually stimulating and improves cognitive and motor skills. For another, it alleviates stress and anxiety. And finally, it features a social component.

Ice Cream and Pizza Party at Hamilton Park Center 

The Hamilton Park Center had a pizza/Ice cream party with its summer youth workers. We’re happy to be able to celebrate with our dedicated summer youth team.

Weekly BBQ at Crown Heights Center

The Crown Heights Center stages a barbecue every Wednesday throughout the summer. It’s a great time for residents to enjoy the nice weather and some delicious food!

June Newsletter from The Allure Group

“Inside The Allure Group’s Audition Strategy for Skilled Nursing Telehealth” in Skilled Nursing News

The Allure Group implemented Telehealth Solution as its telemedicine platform, though not without careful consideration. Allure tested out different systems at two of its six facilities over an 18-month period, with COO Melissa Powell monitoring the situation before making a choice. Telehealth is now used in all six buildings.

“I really just looked at stats and feedback from the line staff, and that was really my metric — how the staff felt interacting with them, and how many hospitalizations I was having and for what reasons,” Powell told SNN.

Telemedicine is viewed as a way to target higher-acuity patients, while also reducing patient readmissions. While the handoff from on-site doctors to third-party physicians was a particular concern at Allure, nurses were quick to embrace the new technology.

“Operations management explained: 3 rules of thumb for every COO” by Melissa Powell published in Real Business

Our COO Melissa Powell wrote an article Operations management explained: 3 rules of thumb for every COO” that was published on Real Business in the Business Advice section. The article outlines best practices for chief operations officers, specifically how to build a positive culture and not let small problems become big ones. When dealing with issues, no matter the size, it is best to zero in on them and quickly identify viable solutions, she writes.

20+ Years Recognition Event at Hamilton Park Center

We held a Recognition Ceremony at Hamilton Park Center this month to honor the members of our outstanding staff who have been with us for over 20 years! Thank you so much for all that you do, we are so lucky to have such kind, caring, and dedicated staff members.

Harlem Center BackPack Giveaway

The end of the school year doesn’t mean the learning stops.  Harlem Center’s very own Caron Williams visited one of our local schools to drop off some backpacks to our local kids for their summer programs.

Father’s Day Celebrations

Father’s Day was celebrated this month across our centers with a few different festivities to honor the incredible father’s that we are lucky to have across The Allure Group network.

Hamilton Park celebrated with a party and some musical entertainment.

King David Center celebrated Father’s Day with a live performance as well.

Bedford Center celebrated Father’s Day with a party and some dancing.

Shevuos and Flower Arranging at Bedford Center

To celebrate Shevous this month, we decorated our shul at Bedford Center and hosted a flower arranging activity in honor of the holiday.

Summer Is Here! Bedford Celebrates with a BBQ and a Fun Chocolate Fruit Event

Our Bedford Center celebrated the arrival of summer with a delicious BBQ spread thanks to our friends at Pinnacle Dietary. Even though the rain attempted to rain on our parade, the fun wasn’t stopped for our Bedford Center residents. Our Pinnacle staff was able to cook everything outside and bring it inside for the residents to enjoy. Bedford residents also recently enjoyed a fun fruit event where they were able to dip different kinds fruits into a chocolate fountain for a delicious summer treat.

Flag Day Celebration at Hamilton Park

People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14th each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. On the same day, the United States Army celebrates its birthday. In honor of Flag Day, we hosted a celebration for residents at our Hamilton Park Center.

Happy 93rd Birthday Vinny!

Hamilton Park Center celebrated the birthday of one of our oldest employees, Vinny! Thank you for everything you do for our center Vinny, we love having you on our staff!

May Newsletter from The Allure Group

Nurses Week Celebrations

They work long hours. They work around the clock. They are asked to do difficult things under difficult circumstances. They comfort patients and families in trying times.

For all these reasons (and more), nurses deserve to be celebrated. And that’s exactly what happened in mid-May, when Nurses Week was observed at all six of The Allure Group’s facilities.

Celebrations and events took place across all of our centers to celebrate our incredible nurses. Gifts were given, luncheons were held, and a delicious breakfast in the case of our Bedford Center, for their night staff. 

It was also Nursing Home Week this month which meant even more reason to celebrate and honor all of our incredible staff. Thank you very much to everyone who helped to put on these wonderful events and celebrations.

See below for some highlights of our celebrations:

Bedford Center Nurses Week Celebrations

Hamilton Park Nurses Week Celebrations

King David Nurses Week Celebrations

Linden Center Nurses Week Celebrations

Crown Heights Nurses Week Celebrations

Harlem Center Nurses Week Celebrations

Allure Chairman, Joel Landau, featured in hhm global

The Allure Group Chariman, Joel Landau, wrote a piece this month for HHM Global titled “For Seniors, Managing Health Means Managing Money” where he included a list of tips and recommendations to help seniors manage their funds. From sticking to a budget to downsizing, the article discusses ways in which managing money can also help with managing your health.

COO Melissa Powell Published in Medcity News

The Allure Group’s COO Melissa Powell penned a piece on May 9 for the Medcity News entitled “Let’s Hang on to What We’ve Got: Why Employee Retention is Crucial,” in which she discussed the challenges of retaining quality staff.

The thrust of the piece is that while compensation is a factor, other things — like engagement, work-life balance and culture — matter just as much, if not more.

So too does leadership. As she wrote:

“(M)anagers can set the tone. They can serve as conduits from the C-suite, communicating to the rank and file the organization’s vision and direction. They can establish the culture, make workers feel wanted and yes, hold the fort when it comes to that slow (and costly) leak of talent.”

Further, she wrote, the management team would do well to connect with employees on their turf — to understand their day-to-day role and plot ways in which they can make it easier for them. That’s how a culture grows, and how organizations can minimize personnel losses.

Congrats to Winsome McLean-Davis: Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award Recipient

Congrats to Winsome McLean- Davis, Post-Acute Care Administrator of Harlem Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, for winning the prestigious ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. We are honored to have you as a part of The Allure Group family!

MANHATTAN TIMES, PATCH AND HARLEM WORLD MAGAZINE COVERED OUR HARLEM CENTER’S PAINT AND SIP EVENT 

Clients in the Fortune Society’s Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) program continued a new initiative called ARTrition on May 20 at the Harlem Center, one that exposed residents to art and nutrition.

This program, a variation on Fortune’s “paint and sip” classes, called upon justice-involved individuals to not only teach residents the finer points of sketching, but also to serve them nutritious smoothies.

The classes were led by Guy Woodard, a Harlem native who began drawing at a young age by learning to skillfully replicate images around him. Woodard’s creativity eventually led him down a dark path, as he did several stints in federal prison for counterfeiting and forgery. After his incarceration, Woodard met with the head of The Fortune Society. The group provided support services, a renewed sense of purpose and a new way to use his talents. “Teaching is my favorite thing to do now,” said Woodard.

In the class Woodard taught for us, they worked on a drawing of President Barack Obama, a request from our residents.

Programs involving creativity have been found to give seniors a sense of purpose, afford them the opportunity to interact with others and experience personal growth, among other things.

To read more about this story, check out the coverage:

Dementia Education Presentation at Bedford Center

Laura Wayman, “The Dementia Whisperer,” raises dementia awareness worldwide and came to present to our community, staff and resident’s family members at our Bedford Center this month.

Laura Wayman is an internationally renowned in-demand expert and author of “A Loving Approach To Dementia Care,” published by John Hopkins University Press. Her expertise in dementia communications and care enables her to provide others with the tools to better understand the world through the eyes of those afflicted with this disease.

Easy Riders: Allure Pedals into Bike Week

Some Allure staffers took part in the Get Out and Ride Bike Challenge, May 13-19, part of National Bike to Work Week. Congrats to all who took part, and see you on the road again next year!

Bedford Center held Pet Therapy for residents

It has been proven that pet therapy benefits seniors in many ways — that it positively impacts their heart health, gives them purpose and can reduce stress. Pets even improve socialization, since they can serve as unbiased listeners and give unconditional love.

With that in mind, the Bedford Center hosted a pet therapy session on May 2nd.

“The Value of a Varied Diet in Skilled Nursing Facilities”

As residents enter a skilled nursing facility it is vital to their overall well-being to feel a level of control over what they are eating each day, as well as to feel that their specific dietary needs have been addressed. These facilities must meet standard requirements to serve a certain level of nutritious meals and snacks to their residents and to achieve basic levels of food safety and preparation. But beyond this, they can tailor daily offerings to ensure their residents feel as comfortable and “at home” as possible.

At The Allure Group, several dietary options are offered, whether residents are looking for Asian, Latin or Kosher fare. Our six facilities also customize their menus to our clientele at each location. For example, we serve Kosher menus at our King David and Bedford Centers, Chinese food at our Hamilton Park location and American and Spanish dishes at the Crown Heights Center. We also change the menus every season, and hold tastings for our residents when we do so. With this mix of choices, residents can look forward to meal times, secure in the knowledge that they will be able to have what is familiar to them.

Read the entire post here.

April Newsletter from The Allure Group

2019 Parkinson’s Unity Walk – thanks for Walking With Us!

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A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came up for this year’s Parkinson’s Unity Walk! The walk was held on Saturday, April 27 in Central Park.

All the proceeds from the event, whether from entries or donations, are distributed among the major U.S foundations researching Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive nervous system disorder that hinders movement. Some 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year, and nearly 1 million will be afflicted by 2020. There is no known cure. Thanks again to everyone who came to walk and to those who donated!

Melissa Powell on “Outsourcing in Healthcare: The Pros and Cons” in hhm global

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Our COO Melissa Powell recently wrote an article that was published in Hospital & Healthcare Management on “Outsourcing in Healthcare: The Pros and Cons.” In the article, she discusses outsourcing in healthcare — how it can improve not only the bottom line but the morale of full-time staff, which will, in turn, lead to more positive patient outcomes. While there are potential drawbacks such as data breaches or violations of patient privacy, management of a facility can mitigate risk by doing its due diligence. Click here to read the full article!

Congrats to David Schoenblum, Eli Pick Facility Leadership award recipient

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Congrats to our very own, David Schoenblum, LNHA at Hamilton Park Center, for being awarded the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award by ACHCA. Your tireless work and leadership is invaluable to us and we are proud to have you as a part of the The Allure Group family!

LINDEN CENTER TO HOST CONTINUING-EDUCATION EVENT ON MAY 16

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On May 16th, our Linden Center will be the site for another continuing-education seminar, “Substance and Alcohol Abuse,” which will be open to hospital social workers, case managers and geriatric care managers.

The seminar, which also includes a dinner and spa event, will afford the Linden Center an opportunity to show off its brand new lobby. We hope to see you there!

Happy 105th birthday to Maudry McCullough!

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Harlem Center’s lovely Ms. Maudry McCullough turned 105 on April 10! Once a seamstress in Texas, Ms. McCullough has been a proud resident of Harlem Center since June 2006. Look at her smile — always pleasant. Happy Birthday to you, Ms Maudry, we’re honored to get to celebrate your special day with you!

Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Brought Therapy Dogs To Crown Heights Center

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The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit completed its Week of Animal Assisted Therapy on April 12, when its star therapist, a bulldog named Olive Oyl, made an appearance at our Crown Heights Center. 

King David Center Holds Continuing-Education Event

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Thanks to all who attended a continuing-education seminar/dinner on April 10 at the King David Center, “Managing Chronic Stress While Treating Trauma.” It was a wonderful night and we’re looking forward to hosting more events like this one in the near future.

Easter Hat Parade at Linden Center

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We had a wonderful time celebrating Easter at our Linden Center, with a Easter Hat parade. Thank you to everyone who participated in this festive event!

King David Center Hosts Grilled Cheese Tasting

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The grilled cheese sandwich was described as “unconditional love in sandwich form” in a 2018 post that appeared on thetakeout.com, and the residents of the King David Center would be loath to disagree after taking part in a recent grilled cheese tasting. Such sandwiches are believed to date back to the early 1900s, but according to thetakeout.com, their origins could be traced all the way back to the 14th century.

Whatever the case, they are as delicious as ever today!

March Newsletter from The Allure Group

‘Something Extra’ for Bedford Center residents
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Something Extra, Yale University’s premier all-female a capella group, performed for the residents of the Bedford Center on March 14, which may be viewed as a continuing commitment on the part of The Allure Group to do … something extra.

Music has long been found to be beneficial to seniors’ overall well-being, mood and memory. It is also viewed as a stress reducer. All of this means that it serves as just part of the holistic care Allure endeavors to provide.

Something Extra dates back to 1977, according to the group’s website, and since then has performed throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. The group’s appearance at the Bedford Center was part of a New York City Tour that also included a stop at Columbia University, among others.

Parkinson’s Unity Walk Slated for April 27

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It’s that time of year again — time to lace up the walking shoes and head out to Central Park for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk. This year, we are teaming up with NewYork Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist’s APCA INR Center and we hope that you’ll join us!

The walk will be held April 27 (rain or shine) and feature a rolling start, between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. It follows a gentle 1.4-mile course and all donations will go toward Parkinson’s research as funded by four major U.S. Parkinson’s foundations.

There will also be informational booths, allowing participants and others to meet with representatives from sponsors and foundations. Click here to sign up and/or donate!

Avos U’banim at Bedford

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The 12-week Motzeh Shabbas program culminated the first weekend of March, and saw thousands of boys treated to the finale of the Bedford Center’s Avos U’banim program.

The program, conducted in conjunction with the Keren Tosfos Yom Tov organization, educates adults and children alike about the importance of recognizing the kedusha of the Beis Medrash by remaining silent during davening. The children also learned about these Halachos and gained inspiration to promote kovod in a Beis Medrash.

Harav Pinchas Spitzer opened the program by emphasizing to the children the importance of being kind to one another. Harav Chaim Yehyda Aryeh Breuer, principal of Skver Cheder in Borough Park, followed by discussing the significance of Morah Mikdash and not talking during davening. The night was capped by a skit in which the performers amplified the latter lesson.

Hamilton Park Celebrates a 100th Birthday!

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Happy 100th Birthday to Joseph Agoglia! Hamilton Park had a great time celebrating his birthday at a wonderful party that was held on March 25th. Thanks very much to everyone who came to celebrate and join in the fun!

King David Center Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday, Too!

Happy 100th to King David Center resident Lydia Gerinshteyn, too! Lydia, who was born in Ukraine and moved to Brooklyn in 1994, she told Brooklyn News 12 that the secret to a long life is this: “Don’t do anything bad to anybody. … Live with passion, and enjoy life.”

King David Center Employee of the Month

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Congrats to King David Center’s Employee of the Month, Brigitte Jean Phillip, CNA! Thank you so much for all that you do for The Allure Group!

Mardi Gras Celebration at Harlem Center

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Residents at the Harlem Center were treated to live jazz, as well as chicken and sausage gumbo, as part of their Mardi Gras celebration.

Mardi Gras, a tradition dating back to Ancient Roman celebrations of the arrival of spring, is observed throughout the world one day before the religious season of Lent begins. The festivities in New Orleans are particularly noteworthy, as are those in Brazil and Venice.

St. Patrick’s Day Horse Race at King David Center

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The King David Center celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a horse race … of sorts.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, who was born in Britain (then under Roman control) late in the fourth century, then kidnapped and taken to Ireland at age 16. He escaped but later returned around 432, and helped convert the Irish to Christianity.

Melissa Powell Published On Digitalhealthage.com

A piece entitled “Healthcare Technology: Seven Trends that may Shape the Future,” by Allure COO Melissa Powell, appeared on the website “Digitalhealthage.com” on March 26.

In the piece Melissa discusses such things as Allure’s use of robotics and EarlySense, a contact-free remote patient-monitoring system, as well as the increasing popularity throughout the healthcare industry of companion robots and other cutting-edge devices.

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New Blog Post: Keeping Tabs on Seniors

Healthcare professionals walk a fine line when monitoring residents in a skilled nursing facility like those in The Allure Group’s Brooklyn- and Manhattan-based network: The goal is always to provide the best possible care, while at the same time providing for a resident’s comfort and respecting his or her privacy.

Video surveillance only goes so far. Also of value are such contact-free patient-monitoring systems as EarlySense, which is widely used by The Allure Group, and wearables like watches, pendants and even inner soles. Click here to read the full post.

February Newsletter

5 Ways Technology is Improving Post-Acute Care, by Melissa Powell

The Allure Group has always strived to be on the cutting edge of technology, and The Allure Group COO Melissa Powell writes in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News that it is critical for a post-acute facility to consider many factors when implementing tech.

Among them, she adds, are clinical effectiveness, adaptability for staff and whether it can be easily understood by a resident’s family.

She went on to note the many ways in which Allure has integrated tech into its care, including EarlySense, a contact-free patient monitoring system, robotics, telehealth and electronic medical records. Click here to read the full article!

Healthy Heart Month at Allure

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February was Healthy Heart Month, and to mark the occasion The Allure Group offered free blood-pressure screening for all residents, at each of the six centers in The Allure Group network. In addition there was a cooking demonstration on Feb. 20 at the Hamilton Park Center in Brooklyn, and a CEU seminar and spa event at the Crown Heights Center on Feb. 28 to promote healthy hearts!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, killing some 610,000 people every year. Some 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year.

We’re Hiring – Director of Nursing Services

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The Allure Group is seeking a Director of Nursing Services. Interested parties should contact ToniAnn Franco at Tfranco@allurecare.com, and if you know if anyone that would be a great fit, please pass along the word that we’re looking!

King David Center Employee of the month

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A huge congratulations to our King David Center Employee of the Month, Max Kenigsberg! Thanks for all that you do for The Allure Group!

Harlem Center Celebrates Black History Month With Music Program

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Did you know that, according to Johns Hopkins, music can be considered medicine for your mind? There are many health benefits associated with music, from improved memory to stress relief, motivation, and even decreased pain from chronic illness. It may come as a surprise to you that something as simple as listening to music can so dramatically improve your quality-of-life.

Harlem Center celebrated Black History Month with a program through music with Mr. William Spaulding. Our residents had a fun filled afternoon singing and dancing together and we are very thankful to everyone who came and participated, thanks to you all!

Chinese new year celebrations

Chinese New Year this year, The Year of the Pig, officially begun this year on February 5th, 2019, and ended on February 19th.

The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept.

We spent time celebrating across multiple centers and want to thank everyone who helped out and attended our celebrations! Below are some fun photos from the celebration at our Bedford Center:

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Valentine’s Day Celebrations

We celebrated Valentine’s Day across our centers this month with musical guests, festive decorations, and fun parties for our residents who spent time decorating cookies and enjoying the performances.

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President’s Day entertainment

We had a musical guest come to Bedford Center on President’s Day who spent some time serenading our residents with some lovely tunes. Thanks so much for everyone who came and enjoyed the festivities with us.

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Harlem Center Painting Program

Our Harlem Center held a painting program this month for our residents with a group of volunteers from Art 4 New YorkOur residents had a great time painting and embracing their creativity!

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Blog Post: Winter Safety Tips For Seniors

The winter months pose various challenges for seniors, presented not only by ice and illness, but the possibility of isolation — even in a bustling eldercare facility, like one of the six in the Allure network.

So what is a senior to do? Click to read our blog post!

January Newsletter from The Allure Group

The Allure Group Earns Eli Pick Award

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The Allure Group is proud to announce that our Crown Heights Center, Hamilton Park, and Harlem Center have been recognized by the American College of Healthcare Administrators for the Eli Pick Leadership Award.  The award is presented each year to the skilled nursing facilities deemed to be among the nation’s top performers.

Winners are selected based on a variety of quality indicators, quality measures, overall census as well as three years of survey data.

Only 7% of the nation’s SNFs qualified for the honor. We are extremely excited and humbled to have been recognized. Congrats again to this year’s winners!

ATCU Marks First Full Month

The Advanced Transitional Care Unit, a joint partnership between Maimonides Medical Center and the Hamilton Park Center, completed its first full month of operation.

The ATCU is a state-of-the-art transitional care unit that ensures patients make a smooth transition from the acute to post-acute setting. Patients are stratified based on diagnosis and acuity, then receive enhanced transitional care until moving into the post-acute phase of their stay. We’re excited to see the success this new program will bring to our patients!

Allure To Celebrate National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1

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The first Friday of every February — i.e., American Heart Month — is designated National Wear Red Day, to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease. This year that occasion falls on Feb. 1, and Allure plans to join the wave of red sweeping the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, killing some 610,000 people every year. Some 735,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. We invite all to join us in bringing awareness by wearing red tomorrow, Feb 1st.

Stay tuned for a full listing of events taking place this month at Allure as we recognize American Heart Month and Allure’s groundbreaking Hearts in Motion Cardiac Rehabilitation program!

Allure COO Melissa Powell Published on Business.com

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Team-building, one of an executive’s most critical tasks, is primarily a matter of promoting professional development and personal wellness within the workforce. So writes Allure Group COO Melissa Powell for the publication Business.com:

Developing great employees is a multifaceted task, but much of it starts by addressing their needs as professionals. In any industry, development and fulfillment are the major aspects of professional satisfaction, and any organization that works hard to foster these two qualities will find itself enjoying the rewards–motivated, self-starting, hardworking employees.

Melissa adds that it is also important to provide such perks as meditation rooms, yoga studios and exercise facilities, to help employees deal with the everyday stresses of their jobs.

Happy 90th Birthday!!

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We are proud to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of the members of our Adult Day Care program. Thank you to our King David Center for hosting a fun birthday bash to celebrate a wonderful person!

Pet Therapy at Harlem Center

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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 Harlem Center recently enjoyed some pet therapy with a few adorable dogs who came to visit.

Cooking Lessons at King David Center

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Residents at our King David Center participated in a cooking lesson recently where they learned how to make trifles. It was a fun afternoon with delicious sweet treats, thanks very much to everyone who participated.

Bedford Center Employee Of The Month

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Congratulations to Fang Wu, this month’s Employee of the Month at our Bedford Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation! Thanks so much for all of the work you do for The Allure Group!

December Newsletter from The Allure Group

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Wishing The Allure Group’s staff and residents the happiest of holidays, and a wonderful New Year! We are so thankful for all of our hard working team members and wanted to extend a huge Thank You to everyone who has helped to make this year so amazing for The Allure Group. We’re looking forward to a really exciting 2019!

Hanukkah Party at our Bedford Center

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Our residents had a great time celebrating Hanukkah with their families at our Bedford Center on Monday December 10th. It was a lovely evening filled with music, laughter and fun. Thanks so much to all of the families who came to celebrate!

Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser Presentation

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During this season of giving, The Allure Group is giving back. The Allure Group has donated over $5,000 to the American Cancer Society. Pictured above is Megan Hallworth from the American Cancer Society, who was able to come into one of our facilities and accept the donation on behalf of the organization.

Holiday Toy Drive

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The Allure Group sponsored a toy drive for the children of New York’s five boroughs this month and we wanted to thank everyone who donated. We are looking forward to spreading this holiday cheer with children in need and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donations and support! 

Sock Drive with DentServ Continues

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The Allure Group is proud to partner with DentServ Dental Service, P.C. on a sock drive, an initiative that aims to provide New York City’s homeless with suitable socks.

The sock drive began in mid-November and will continue to the end of January. New or still-packaged and unused socks can be dropped off at any of The Allure Group’s Advanced Recovery Centers or shipped to DentServ’s headquarters in Pelham Manor, New York.

Socks are the item most in demand at homeless shelters (above even food), and that is obviously of particular concern in winter, when frostbite can occur in as little as thirty minutes  — and as few as 10 minutes when temperatures plunge below zero.

Dr. Salgado Continues Lecture Series

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Renowned Neurologist and King David Center Minds in Motion Program Director, Dr. Miran Salgado, gave a lecture entitled “Managing Spasticity: Botox and Other Interventions” On Dec. 13 in the Lasha Lounge of Allure’s King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. The lecture was part of The Allure Group’s #EducationSeries.

Spasticity, characterized by stiffness, involuntary jerking or convulsions of a muscle or muscle group, is often the result of stroke, brain trauma or spinal cord injury. Botox, when injected into the afflicted muscle, can arrest or reduce the spasms.

Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our Linden Center and King David Center Employees of the Month! 

King David Center Employee of the Month:  Lucy Levit from Adult Day Care.

Linden Center Employee of the Month: Solomon  Slater (pictured below)

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Our Monthly word search

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