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November 2019 Newsletter from The Allure Group

We Hope You Had A Happy Thanksgiving!

The Harlem Center donated 30 turkeys to its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, during a senior event in mid-November. Those turkeys were then given out to neighborhood families as part of Thanksgiving care packages, enabling those folks to enjoy a wonderful holiday dinner.

Allure participated in the annual Thanksgiving Day feast held at Boys And Girls High School. The event hosts 500 seniors for Thanksgiving Day, complete with a full Thanksgiving meal, raffles, and a DJ.

Allure was also proud to attend 81 precinct council’s Annual Thanksgiving seniors luncheon with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

Allure Implements New Cardiac Monitoring System

The Allure Group, forever on the cutting edge of technology, is proud to announce a dynamic new partnership with TelemetRYK to bring its proprietary cardiac monitoring system to Allure’s Hamilton Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Bedford Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities.

Implementation of TelemetRYK, which uses biosensors to provide round-the-clock monitoring of the vital signs of residents showing signs of COPD and CHF, is expected to follow at Allure’s other four skilled nursing facilities in the near future.

This new technology, which is compatible with existing telemedicine platforms, is also expected to reduce hospital readmissions and associated costs.

Allure, which monitors the vital signs and movements of all 1,400 of its residents using a remote monitoring system known as EarlySense, also employs robotics to help patients rehabilitate from various conditions, as well as an AR/VR platform called Jintronix to aid those recovering from stroke. In addition, Allure uses a telemedicine platform called Telehealth Solutions, and provides a Pad in Motion tablet at each bedside, equipped with soothing apps and sounds that help residents sleep better.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November was designated Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, who would, sadly, be diagnosed with the disease himself, 11 years later; he died in 2004.

Here are some facts about this dread disease, as compiled by the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • Some two million Americans were afflicted with Alzheimer’s when Reagan made his proclamation. That number has since risen to 5.8 million, and is expected to reach 14 million by 2050.
  • One in three seniors dies while suffering from Alzheimer’s or some related form of dementia, making it the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Alzheimer’s is expected to cost the nation some $290 billion in 2019, a number that is expected to balloon to $1 trillion in 2050.
  • Early detection has been shown to be helpful, but only 16 percent of seniors report receiving cognitive assessments.

A Veterans Day Salute, to All Who Served

A heartfelt thank you to all veterans, who were honored on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The holiday, by the way, originated as Armistice Day in 1919, the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. It became an annual observance in 1926, and a national holiday in 1938.

What Is the Future of AR and VR in Healthcare?

As mentioned above, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are very much a part of the picture at The Allure Group, and in healthcare at large. It is estimated that  some 30 million people will make use of these technologies within the next three years, and 70 million within six.

You can read the entire blog post here.

October 2019 Newsletter from The Allure Group

The Allure Group Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and The Allure Group is staging raffles at all its centers to raise money to fight the disease, the most common one among women other than skin cancers.

Stay tuned for a special Breast Cancer Awareness Newsletter where our raffle winners will be announced!

Harlem Center Recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Nursing Homes 

We’re proud to announce that our Harlem Center was mentioned in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Nursing Homes. Harlem Center is mentioned as one of the top 13 nursing homes in NYC that received a rating of “high performing.”

Hamilton Park Center Recognized in Newsweek for Best Nursing Homes of 2019-2020

Our Hamilton Park Center was also recognized this month by Newsweek for Best Nursing Homes of 2019-2020.

A huge congrats to all of our hard working staff and team members who made this possible!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween, a holiday first observed by the Celts some 2,000 years ago, was celebrated at all The Allure Group’s centers.

FYI: The Celts inhabited an area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and France,  a very large trick-or-treat territory indeed.

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Costume Fun at Hamilton Park Center

Halloween Party and Celebrations at Harlem Center

Allure Celebrates National Case Management Week

Allure celebrated National Case Management Week the week of Oct. 10, a date first reserved 20 years ago by the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) to honor care managers, which that organization defines as “advocates who help patients understand their current health status, what they can do about it and why those treatments are important.”

The goal of National Case Management Week is not only to celebrate those who assume such roles but also to encourage those in the field to raise awareness of the industry.

King David Center hosts a Chol Hamoed Learning Program

King David Center was excited to celebrate the holiday of Sukkot by hosting a community event for children of all ages with story teller R’ Fischel Shechter, illusionist Marc Garfinkel, and lots of exciting prizes!

Linden Center Hosts Columbus Day Parade 

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Columbus Day, which according to the Library of Congress dates back to 1792 (i.e., the 300th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ voyage), was observed at the Linden Center with a parade.

Crown Heights Celebrates End of Hispanic Heritage Month With A Dance Performance

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A dance performance was held in the Crown Heights Center to mark the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, the origins of which can be traced to 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation designating the week that included Sept. 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The first of those dates marks the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, while the second marks Mexico’s independence. 

In 1988, Congress passed legislation designating mid September to mid October as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Linden Center Continues Art Therapy Sessions

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Art therapy sessions like those being held at the Linden Center are defined by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) as sessions that meld “knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions.” 

There is, in addition, a social element to such gatherings. They can serve as stress-relievers, improve self-esteem, improve the dexterity of those struggling with one condition or another, and even sharpen the minds of those afflicted with dementia.

Melissa Powell in CFO.com

Allure COO Melissa Powell, writing for the website CFO.com, opines that a business concept known as radical transparency — i.e., complete openness within a company — certainly has its place, but is not necessarily right for every organization. The problem, she points out, is that not everyone wants to hear blunt assessments about themselves, that indeed they even have a hard time even believing they have shortcomings.

For proof, Melissa offered this example: Respondents to a 1997 survey gave themselves an 87 percent chance of getting into heaven, while putting Mother Teresa’s odds at 79 percent.

Ponder that a moment. They gave themselves a better chance of making it to the Pearly Gates than a woman who spent her life giving of herself.

From Our Blog:

Five Ways Game Days Are Great for Senior Health

August Newsletter 2019

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

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

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

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

That is changing, she told Skilled Nursing News:

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

Longevity Garden Team Attends 2019 Good Health Day

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

Harlem Center Staff Holds BBQ

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

Linden Center Green Thumbs Club

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

Hamilton Park holds Bowling Competition

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

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

Hamilton Park Casino Event

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

Bedford Center Tie-Dye Fun

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

Bedford Center Visit To Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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

Linden Center Yomenco Rhythm and Dance and Yoga Class

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

From Our Blog: Five Ways Seniors Benefit From Pet Therapy

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

July 2019 Newsletter from The Allure Group

Joel Landau Pens Piece for Thriveglobal.com

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

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

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

Melissa Powell Writes About Leadership During Uncertain Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bedford Center Team-Building in Dumbo Park

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

Harlem Center Residents Exercise Outside in Nice Weather

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

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

Bedford Center Residents Visit Prospect Park Zoo

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

Art Therapy Held at Linden Center

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

Ice Cream and Pizza Party at Hamilton Park Center 

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

Weekly BBQ at Crown Heights Center

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

June Newsletter from The Allure Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

20+ Years Recognition Event at Hamilton Park Center

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

Harlem Center BackPack Giveaway

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

Father’s Day Celebrations

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

Hamilton Park celebrated with a party and some musical entertainment.

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

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

Shevuos and Flower Arranging at Bedford Center

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

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

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

Flag Day Celebration at Hamilton Park

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

Happy 93rd Birthday Vinny!

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

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!

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!

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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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!

November Newsletter From The Allure Group

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We hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

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

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

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

congrats to bedford centers Esther Maleh on her engagement!

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

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

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

An Allure-ing taste

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

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Thank You To Our Veterans

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

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Service + Emotional Support Animals

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

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

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

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How High-Tech Rehab Products Assist the Elderly

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

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