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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November Newsletter from The Allure Group

we hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving brought celebrations to The Allure Group’s facilities, as residents enjoyed food and family time.

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Also, some fun facts to keep in mind about this distinctly American holiday:

  1. The first Thanksgiving, celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, featured not turkey but such foods as venison and duck. The feast also lasted three days.
  2. Years later Ben Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird, not the bald eagle.
  3. Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving. The average weight of each bird is 15 pounds.

DENTSERV’S SOCK DRIVE WITH THE ALLURE GROUP

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DentServ, a provider of premier contractual dental services, began a sock drive for the homeless in mid-November, and it will run through the end of January. The Allure Group was one of the first companies to partner with DentServ in this worthy cause.

“As soon as I heard of this drive, I felt that it was such a wonderful way to give back,” Melissa Powell, Allure’s Chief Operations Officer, said in a news release. “I immediately reached out to DentServ’s COO, Isaac Newman, to offer our facilities as drop-off locations.”   

New or still-packaged and unused socks can be dropped off at any of The Allure Group’s facilities, or shipped to DentServ’s headquarters in Pelham Manor, New York.

THE ALLURE GROUP CLUB PARTNERSHIPS

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The pictures above show the first meetings of PS 197’s “Celebrating Dads” and “Hello Moms Club.” These are two initiatives The Allure Group’s Harlem Center has partnered with the school to create, giving fathers and mothers in the community a safe place to express their needs, experiences, concerns, and tribulations.

The goal is to assist each club by providing information about such topics as healthcare, life insurance, and career opportunities, but also to discuss relevant topics like domestic violence and law enforcement. In addition to helping to create and sustain these two clubs, we also sponsor the breakfast for the club meetings at the local school, where the children are called out of class to share breakfast with their parents.

The Winners from our Breast Cancer Awareness Raffles

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Congratulations to King David’s employee of the month is Natacha Jean-Baptiste from housekeeping! Thank you so much for all that you do for The Allure Group!

on our blogEmpathy in Healthcare: Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes (or a Ride in their Wheelchair)

How important is empathy in healthcare? Let us count the ways. It leads to better patient outcomes, and results in greater compliance and satisfaction on their part as well…. Click here to read the full post. 

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October Newsletter from The Allure Group

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a great opportunity for some holiday-themed activities! Halloween activities can get the group together, encourage camaraderie, and give everyone a chance to enjoy some spooky fun. Residents at our King David Center had some festive fun this halloweekend with pumpkin painting! See some of the spooky creations that they made in the pictures below:

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Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Thanks to everyone who came to the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk! It was quite a chilly day and we can’t thank you enough for braving the cold and coming out to support the cause! Claudia, the Recreation Director at our Crown Heights Center, was handing out coffee and donuts to the crowd and we’d like to send a special shout out to her for keeping us all warm and fed! If you weren’t able to make the walk this year, we hope to see you next year!

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Breast Cancer Raffle

Last chance, don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets! If you missed the walk but are still hoping to help support the cause, it’s not too late! You can support Breast Cancer Awareness by entering in our raffle at any one of our centers for a chance to win a 1 night hotel stay, dinner for 2, and tickets to a Broadway play! Winners will be announced October 31st.

The Allure Group Won A Silver McKnight’s Award!

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The Allure Group was honored with a McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Skilled Care Silver Award in the Safety category for our use of the EarlySense system.

The Allure Group has installed the remote patient monitoring system — a system that tracks vital signs and movement courtesy of a sensor placed under the mattress — in 1,436 beds across our six facilities.

The Allure Group introduced EarlySense in July of 2017, becoming the first and only eldercare facility in Brooklyn, NY, to do so. The system had been found on a wider scale to result in a 45 percent reduction in patient falls, a 60 percent decline in bedsores and an 80 percent reduction in Code Blue events, and Allure saw similar results in case studies at the Bedford Center, where the technology was first introduced.

Several of those case studies revealed that alerts helped detect such illnesses as urinary-tract infections and aspiration pneumonia.

The award, presented by the national media brand McKnight’s Senior Living, goes to those facilities that harness technology to improve eldercare. Facilities are judged on such criteria as quality, innovation, simplicity and safety.

McKnight’s Senior Living describes itself as a media outlet geared toward “owners, operators and senior living professionals working in independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement/life plan communities.”

Melissa Powell Presented at AHCA/NCAL 69th Annual Convention

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The Allure Group COO Melissa Powell, working in concert with Marc Zimmet of Zimmet Healthcare Services Group, made a presentation entitled “The ISNP Equation” at the 69th annual AHCA/NCAL Convention Expo on Oct. 9 in San Diego.

ISNPs — i.e., Institutional Special Needs Plans — are optional managed Medicare programs available only to long-term care patients. Those patients must maintain Medicare Part A & B coverage (excluding those in Hospice care or those designated ESRD — i.e., end-stage renal disease), in addition to being residents in a skilled nursing facility.

The goal is to reduce costs, especially those incurred in hospitals, courtesy of upgraded clinical services that might include the work of nurse practitioners, the use of care-management technology or the offering of remote care via telecommunications tech (i.e., telehealth).

Among the questions Powell and Zimmet tackled where what entities were contracted, what the responsibilities of a SNF might be and how the enrollment process works.

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At The Allure Group, Food Feeds More than Just the Body

When it comes to aging gracefully, diet is more powerful now than ever. Recent studies on aging show that a good diet brings both physical and mental health benefits… Click here to read the full blog post.

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The Allure Group Special Edition Breast Cancer Awareness Newsletter

WALK WITH US IN BREAST CANCER WALK OCT 21!

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Join Team Allure as we take part in the Breast Cancer Walk, Oct. 21 beginning at the MCU Stadium on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Those who sign up for the event, part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be given a free T-shirt. 

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Can’t make the walk this year? No problem! Enter our raffle at any of our centers to support the cause!

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Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease for U.S. women. An estimated 266,120 will be afflicted this year with invasive breast cancer, and another 63,960 will be diagnosed with situ breast cancer. In addition, some 2,550 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is further estimated that some 41,400 will die from breast cancer in 2018 — 40,920 women and 480 men.

Please show your support and donate to the cause if you are unable to attend our walk on October 21st!

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We hope to see you walking with us this year on October 21st, click here to sign up!

September Newsletter from The Allure Group

Backpacks and School Supplies Giveaway!

Residents from our Crown Heights, Linden and Harlem Centers spent time this month giving back to the young people in their communities. Members from The Allure Group went to P.S. 289, P.S. 149 and P.S. 197 giving hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to elementary school students.

Many students at the school live in temporary housing and have been coming to school without the supplies they need. The Allure Group’s Chief Business Development Officer, Matthew Fenley, was quoted at the event saying “It’s a great opportunity for the senior community to interact with younger generations.”

The Allure Group looks forward to this event every year and is thrilled to be able to make a tradition out of it. Looking forward to doing it again next year!

The Allure Group Celebrates Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

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Many of the residents at the Allure Group’s six facilities observed the Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah (i.e., Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (a Day of Atonement).

Rosh Hashanah began on Sept. 9 this year, and marked the start of the year 5779, according to the Hebrew calendar. Shanah tovah! As might be expected, it is always cause for joy and celebration.

By contrast Yom Kippur, which began at sundown on Sept. 18 and ran through sundown the following day, is considered a time for repentance and contemplation — hence the traditional 25-hour fast, during which observants not only forego food but also water!

We want to send a huge Thank You to Pinnacle Dietary for the beautiful spread that they put together on Rosh Hashanah for our residents at King David Center (pictured above). We enjoyed getting to celebrate with our residents and staff and we hope you enjoyed the holidays with your friends and family!

Walk with Us in Breast Cancer Walk Oct 21!

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Join Team Allure as we take part in the Breast Cancer Walk, Oct. 21 beginning at the MCU Stadium on the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Those who sign up for the event, part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be given a free T-shirt.

According to cancer.net, breast cancer is the most common form of the disease for U.S. women. An estimated 266,120 will be afflicted this year with invasive breast cancer, and another 63,960 will be diagnosed with situ breast cancer.

In addition, some 2,550 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

It is further estimated that some 41,400 will die from breast cancer in 2018 — 40,920 women and 480 men.

Congrats to Winsome Mclean-davis, Harlem Center administrator, featured in Christian Times!

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Harlem Center administrator Winsome McLean-Davis was featured in the Christian Times’ Harlem Week 2018 issue as one of 44 Women Transforming our World. 

The Times noted that “her ability to lead and inspire has helped transform the nature of sub-acute care in the Harlem community.”

Winsome, a Howard University graduate, began her healthcare career as a social worker. She was honored in 2016 with the American College of Healthcare Administrators (ACHA) Award of Leadership Excellence.

HEALTHCARE CAREERS JOB FAIR AT THE HARLEM CENTER!

The Allure Group hosted a Healthcare Career Fair at the Harlem Center on Sept. 18, featuring on-site resume reviews, as well as applications and interviews for those seeking positions as RNs, LPNs and CNAs.

While the goal was to fill positions only at the Harlem Center, those in attendance were free to apply for prospective openings at any of the Allure Group’s facilities.

There’s Always Reason for Celebration at the Allure Group!

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There were numerous celebrations at the Allure Group’s facilities in late August and early September, starting with a staff appreciation barbecue at the King David Center on Aug. 24, followed by a bingo/game night at that same facility on Sept. 5.

Also on Sept. 5, the Harlem Center hosted a cheese-tasting, featuring a performer and non-alcoholic wine. And on Sept. 9, there was a Grandparents Day Celebration at the Crown Heights Center.

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.. 

Monthly Word Search

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