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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.

King David Center Renovation Coming Soon

In the coming months, King David Center is getting a full makeover! We will unveil the whole new look soon but for now, here is a preview of what’s to come!

Harlem Center BackPack Giveaway

The end of the school year doesn’t mean the learning stops.  Harlem Center’s very own Caron Williams stopped by one of our local schools this morning 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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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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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!

photos from last year’s walk 

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