Renowned pianist Jon Batiste, leader of Stay Human, the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” left Crown Heights residents in high spirits with his performance in mid-July, part of the Sing for Hope initiative.
Batiste, a Louisiana native and Juilliard graduate, serves on the board of Sing for Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the arts to uplift and unite communities. Known for his R&B and jazz stylings, Batiste was named Music Director of The Atlantic in 2017, and also serves as co-artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
July Blue Carpet Farewells
Hamilton Park bade a fond Blue Carpet farewell in July to two patients, Ms. Tatyana and Ms. Linda, who showed the utmost courage and determination in the face of COVID-19.
“I want to say from the bottom of my heart, everybody was so great,” Ms. Linda told the staffers who gathered in the lobby to see her off. Then she went outside and was greeted by her family, who turned out in full force for her happy, healthy discharge.
As for Ms. Tatyana, she came to us on a ventilator but made a full recovery. And as she made her way toward the door in her wheelchair, a guitarist serenaded her and the well-wishers who had gathered.
Burgers at Bedford Center
The Bedford Center received a lovely Shake Shack donation one day in mid-July. All our hard-working employees were grateful for the delicious hamburgers!
Protecting Dementia Patients During a Pandemic
Joel Landau, The Allure Group’s founder and chairman, wrote for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News of the particular challenges the coronavirus pandemic has presented to residents afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The key, Joel wrote, is employing person-centered care — i.e., care that takes into account the values, preferences and needs of each individual.
Discussing Assisted Living with Loved Ones
Joel Landau also wrote for Senior Lifestyle Magazine about the challenges of discussing assisted living with loved ones, and concluded that it is essential to lay the groundwork for talking about such a difficult topic before ever actually doing so. It also helps to identify the available options and review them with your loved one to gauge their preferences and talk through any concerns.
All these steps will make the conversation easier once that time arises — and will make the transition much easier too!
Several residents across The Allure Group’s locations were accorded Blue Carpet Farewells. We wish them well, and as always, we are so proud of our staff for the work that they do. Keep it up!
McKnight’s Spotlights The Allure Group’s Tech Use During the Pandemic
The Allure Group was featured in McKnight’s Senior Living for our advanced use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic to help keep staff and residents safe and healthy. The article spotlighted how therapy robotics, remote monitoring systems and social engagement platforms have all taken on added importance during the crisis. As The Allure Group’s founder and chairman Joel Landau put it, “Having cutting-edge technology in place has helped us weather this most challenging time.”
Harlem Center Green Space
Many thanks to former New York governor David Paterson, Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens, and our guest of honor, Keith L.T. Wright, for their generous PPE donation and for attending/supporting the opening of the Harlem Center garden named in honor of Keith, a member of the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 2016.
Aside from providing a beautiful green space for our residents, renovations will include a vegetable garden for our residents to plant and farm on their own. Stay tuned for the finished product!
Crown Heights Long-Service Employees
Crown Heights celebrated and honored our 55 long-service employees, two of whom have been serving the organization for 40 years. A huge thank you for all of their dedication and hard work!
Deep-Seated Questions About Ageism
The coronavirus pandemic brought into the open some deep-seated questions about aging in America. The Allure Group’s COO Melissa Powell writes about the scourge of ageism and what to do about it, in a post that appeared on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.
The Difference Tech is Making During the Pandemic
Melissa also writes, in a piece that ran on Healthcare Business Today, that technology’s impact has been felt in areas such as contact tracing and testing, as well as in the search for a vaccine. In addition, cognitive technology is capable of strengthening supply chains that have been frayed during the pandemic.
The Importance of Self-Care for Healthcare Workers
Healthcare workers are facing stresses like never before during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, Joel Landau writes for McKnight’s, self-care has taken on increased importance. That means getting the proper amount of sleep, eating the right foods, being sure to exercise and also practicing mindfulness.
Sing for Hope
Raise your hand if you like late night TV! The Sing for Hope Initiative came by with Stephen Colbert band leader, Jon Batiste to Crown Heights! His music and entertainment left our residents in high spirits with a performance they will never forget!
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We’re humbled and grateful for the cheers and standing ovations New York City residents have given healthcare workers every day at 7 p.m. The Allure Group’s founder and chairman, Joel Landau, urges us to remember that those in skilled nursing facilities should never be overlooked in those moments of support.
As he put it:
The brave workers in our nation’s nursing homes should be applauded from every rooftop and every balcony… [T]hat has never been clearer than at this point in the nation’s history.
We couldn’t agree more! On that note, our staff is incredibly thankful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from residents, loved ones, friends, and family. Your thoughtful words, cards and gifts bring smiles to our faces and serve as a beacon of light in these challenging times.
Saluting a Sidewalk Serenade
Many thanks to Brooklyn musician Michael Abramovshcik for his serenade of King David Center from a street corner outside the facility on April 27.
“This was our idea to bring music to people who could not be outside,” Abramovshcik told News 12 Bronx. “They can see us through the windows and hear the music.”
Abramovshcik is a member of a social club founded by his wife called Club Aelita, which is committed to combating loneliness and isolation, especially among seniors. And sure enough, he saw the residents at their windows, listening to him as he played.
“I saw their happy faces,” he said, “and that made me happy, too.”
Allure’s Hamilton Park, Crown Heights and Bedford Centers all were overjoyed to announce the discharges of COVID-19 patients.
The Hamilton Park resident is now healthy, and went home to see his wife for the first time in over a month. He expressed his gratitude to the staff for all their hard work, and we share his warm feelings for these caring professionals.
Crown Heights was similarly heartened by the release of its coronavirus patient, and no less proud of its staff. And like those in the other two facilities, Bedford Center staffers gave their patient a warm sendoff.
Thank You for an Uplifting Tribute!
A heartfelt thank you to our first responders at InstaCare, Midwood, and Maimonides for an uplifting tribute to our King David Center staff and residents, which came in the form of a parade of ambulances past the facility in early May, with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
Yet Another Thank You
Representatives of the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, which is headed by Gale A. Brewer, dropped off personal protective equipment at Harlem Center. We could not be happier!
The Allure Group’s HOPE FLOAT!
In celebration of Nurses Week, The Allure Group launched The Hope Float to bring a spark of hope and thank this city’s healthcare heroes. It was a great success, and a week that we won’t soon forget. We’re glad we were able to bring a smile and some much needed fun to those working at hospitals, healthcare facilities, and nursing facilities all around New York.
The Hope Float made stops to Maimonides Medical Center, NYU Langone Health, Weill Cornell Medicine, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Kings County/Downstate, Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai Hospital, NYP Columbia, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn Hospital Center, and Woodhull Hospital.
The Hope Float provided the music, but our heroes gave us all a reason to smile!
Even More Thank Yous
Bedford Center: For Nursing Home Week we all know the way to our staff’s heart, and that is through their bellies! Made From Scratch, a catering service, filled us with great food throughout the week. Could not have been happier! Also, thank you to Sallie, our horticultural therapist, for guiding us and helping us to adapt her usual group sessions into room visits so our residents can continue spring planting! The residents had so much fun!
Harlem Center: Thank you to Field Trip restaurant for donating food! Every kind act matters.
Hamilton Park Center: Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen was so gracious in donating food for our staff! We could not have done this without Winnie Greco on behalf of the Borough President, and Shirley Huang from Caipa. Thanks so much!
Hamilton Park Center/King David Center: Councilman Justin Brannan’s office and Gotcha Cafe donated drinks to the two centers. There was also another donation from Tiger Sugar. We are so grateful for our community and small businesses!
King David Center: A big thank you to Sprint for its donation of socks, postcards, lotions and more. Everything was deeply appreciated and will be put to good use!
Looking to schedule a video chat with your loved one? You can find that and other important info related to COVID-19 on our FAQ page here.
Thank you to our staff for all you do every day, but especially during this trying time. As a token of our appreciation, we shared chocolate bars with them.
Allure Healthcare Hero: Joyce McCollin
Harlem Center receptionist Joyce McCollin, this month’s Allure Healthcare Hero, is fully aware that she is a piece of The Allure Group’s larger puzzle, while understanding that each piece serves an important purpose — especially now, during the coronavirus pandemic.
“If I don’t show up for work,” she said, “someone else will have to fill in for me doing my daily tasks, as well as their own.”
And that, she added, just puts more of a burden on a staff that is already bearing a heavy load.
“I have to do whatever it takes to make it less stressful for my co-workers,” she said. “Big or small, I’m going to do it.”
She said she didn’t pursue a career in healthcare. Rather, “It chose me.” One day she was waiting outside for her kids to come home from school when she was approached by a staff member and asked about working part-time at the desk. She agreed to do so.
“I enjoy the relationships the staff have with each other,” she said, “and wanted to be part of it.”
She also savors the relationships she has fostered with residents who stop by the desk each and every day, and adheres closely to something her dad and two former colleagues once told her: Take pride in your work — “meaning,” she said, “whether you’re President of the United States of a street cleaner, always put your heart and soul into your work.”
She is heartened every day by the selfless attitude of everyone at Allure — at the way people pitch in and help, no matter what department they happen to be in or what position they hold.
“It’s not about titles,” she said, “but helping each other get the job done, and seeing smiles on the residents’ faces.”
COVID-19 FAQ Page is Now Live on our Website
Want to know more about CDC and New York City guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis? Eager to reach out to loved ones, but not quite sure how? You can find all that information on the Frequently Asked Questions page of Allure’s website. Particularly valuable are links to the individual pages devoted to each of our six facilities, offering regularly updated information that is pertinent to each and every resident.
Reaching Out to Loved Ones
With visitation limited during the pandemic, our residents and staff eagerly reached out to loved ones by whatever means possible. Here, for example, is an Easter wish one of our residents shared:
Retaining Talent in the Aftermath of COVID-19
Retaining talent, challenging at any time, is a particular concern during the current crisis, as Allure founder and chairman Joel Landau writes in SCORE Mentors. The companies that are best at keeping their staff intact, he added, feature strong leadership, transparency and opportunities for professional development.
Tracking PPE During the Pandemic
Allure COO Melissa Powell told Skilled Nursing News that it is not only important to know what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for staff during the coronavirus crisis; it’s also a matter of knowing when to order it.
Moreover, she said facilities need to be aware of the various guidelines concerning what is and isn’t appropriate PPE.
“You need to pay attention to what is required by the Department of Health, versus what the (Food and Drug Administration) says,” she said. “Just because the FDA says something’s okay, I don’t necessarily know and believe yet that the Department of Health says that’s okay. So I’ve been keeping very strict adherence to what the Department of Health says is okay, and watching what products to use based on the Department of Health.”
We are seeking Registered Nurses for all six of our facilities, whether they are in search of full-time, part-time or per-diem work. Interested parties should send resumes to email@example.com or call (212) 690-7400 (Ext. 1219).
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the brave and hard-working members of our staff who are toiling tirelessly to keep all our nursing homes running smoothly amid this global pandemic.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some show up every day to care for the most vulnerable in our society. We are grateful to each and every one of you for your dedication and are proud to have you as a part of The Allure Group family.
Click here to read the Thank You note by our President & COO, Melissa Powell.
A Message for the Friends and Family of Residents
We wanted to send along a message of solidarity and also provide some facility-specific information during this trying time. While the recently mandated visitor policy has been difficult for all, you have other means of staying connected with your loved ones, particularly through our bedside tablets known as Pads in Motion.
These tablets, which have been in use for over a year, are designed to keep residents in touch with family and others who cannot visit as much as they might like. Now, with the unique challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, PadInMotion has become an essential lifeline to help keep residents connected to the outside world. While we are doing all we can to keep safe and busy in the facilities, we would encourage you all to reach out to your loved ones. Our staff would be thrilled to set up a quick chat, virtual card game or maybe even a happy hour.
Here are best practices for staying safe and stopping the spread of the coronavirus:
Shelter in place: In other words, stay home! This is particularly important for those suffering from lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system. By staying home, you avoid those who might already be infected with the disease.
Wash your hands: Sounds simple, but do it often, with soap and water.
Don’t touch your face: Hard to do; tends to be one of those things people do without thinking. But it’s a must.
Cover your nose when you cough or sneeze: Do so with a tissue. Or into your elbow. But not your hand.
Mind your health: Pay attention, particularly for signs of cold or flu. An elevated temperature or shortness of breath are specific signs that the coronavirus might be taking hold.
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!
Newly Renovated Crown Heights Center, Linden Center and Bedford Center
Things just keep getting better at The Allure Group! Check out our newly renovated Crown Heights, Linden and Bedford Centers. More coming soon!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Thanksgiving brought celebrations to The Allure Group’s facilities, as residents enjoyed food and family time.
Also, some fun facts to keep in mind about this distinctly American holiday:
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.
Years later Ben Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird, not the bald eagle.
Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving. The average weight of each bird is 15 pounds.
DENTSERV’S SOCK DRIVE WITH THE ALLURE GROUP
Clean socks are the most-requested item at homeless shelters (above even food), and as a result often in short supply. DentServ Dental Service, P.C. — with an assist from The Allure Group — is aiming to do something about it.
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.”
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
king david center employee of the month
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!
Empathy 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.
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:
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!
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!
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
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.
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.