December Newsletter from The Allure Group

Happy Holidays from The Allure Group!

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Wintertime is here, and with it all of the lights, snow flurries, and cheer a New Yorker could ask for. Hanukkah started on December 12th, Christmas is right around the corner, followed by Kwanzaa, and spirits are as bright as December 21’s solstice celebrations. With January, now a stone’s throw away, will come heartfelt goodbyes to 2017 and hopes and dreams for the year to come on New Year’s Eve and Day.

At The Allure Group, we have residents of all cultures and backgrounds celebrating winter holidays with their nearest and dearest. We’ve taken great care to honor the traditions of all festivities in each of our facilities. Nothing brings warmth to a home like tinsel, greenery, and shining Menorahs — not to mention the accompanying gifts and food.

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and safe holiday together.

This Month at a Glance…

Quality Recognition at The Allure Group

A big congratulations to Harlem Center and Linden Center on being recognized by the AHCA/NCAL for outstanding quality of care! This is national recognition for achieving certain quality measures, a huge accomplishment and a testament to our great staff’s hard work implementing Allure’s processes.

The Quality Initiative, from AHCA/NCAL, builds upon the existing work of the long term and post-acute care profession by setting specific, measurable targets to further improve quality of care in America’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities.

The Quality Initiative Recognition Program honors AHCA/NCAL member skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities that achieve a number of goals through the Quality Initiative. We’re excited and humbled by this honor!

Leadership at the Harlem Center and Linden Center will be formally recognized at their annual summit in front of hundreds of healthcare professionals in mid-March.

Lights Up Brooklyn Festival with the American Cancer Society

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On December 8th, The Allure Group joined the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life in lighting Luminaria bags to pay a glowing tribute to those brave individuals who lost their battle to cancer as well as those who are currently battling it.

Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. The lanterns helped the fight against cancer in two ways — first, the proceeds for the bags went towards Relay For Life fundraising efforts. Second, they spread awareness around the borough about this important cause using the hashtag #LightUpBklyn.

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EarlySense Comes to Bedford Center

dev_mEarlySense, a contact-free monitoring system, recently went live at the Bedford Center, making  The Allure Group the first nursing facility in Manhattan or Brooklyn to fully adopt this breakthrough technology. The Bedford Center launch went great and we’re installing at King David Center as we speak. Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming rollout.

This innovative system allows the Allure team to track the vital signs of patients through sensors placed under pillows or cushions.

The Allure Group staffers can use that information to nip any potential problems in the bud. It has been discovered, for instance, that the implementation of the EarlySense system has led to a 45-percent reduction in falls, a 60-percent reduction in bed sores, and an 80-percent reduction in code-blue events.

PointClickCare EHR Live at Hamilton Center

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On behalf of the Allure Team, we congratulate the Hamilton Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, for successfully migrating their EHR system from Visual to PointClickCare.

PointClickCare is the industry leader in Cloud based EHR systems, allowing us to provide the highest quality of care, improve our business performance, and simplify the complex processes related to regulatory compliance. This new system will allow Allure to continue to implement new Healthcare Technologies that easily tie into the PointClickCare System. Stay tuned for many future enhancements that will make your day to day workflow easier and more reliable.

Congratulations to the entire project team and thank you all for your hard work!!!!

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The Rapid Growth of EMR in Healthcare

If in the past a physician was inclined to grab a pen, he now grabs a mouse. If he once scrawled a patient’s particulars on a notepad (often leading the latter to wonder just how anyone can possibly read such penmanship), he now enters the information into a computer.

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have gone, in short order, from novelty to necessity. Propelled in no small part by federal edict, they are now as common as a stethoscope, the hope being that their use will lead in time to better, less expensive care.

An EMR also allows medical professionals to monitor a patient’s progress and share that information with others as the situation demands — and allows the patient easy access, him- or herself, via computer, smartphone or tablet. An EMR shows when a patient is due for an examination or screening. It can help identify potential red flags.

In other words, it simplifies the entire process. No longer is it a matter of rooting through a bulging envelope and finding the proper paperwork. Now every aspect of a patient’s medical history is spelled out for doctors and nurses, and just a mouse click or two away. Important information is far less likely to fall through the cracks, and the possibility of errors in caregiving is minimized.

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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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October Newsletter From The Allure Group

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WITH RAFFLES AND RUNS, EVERYONE’S A WINNER

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October was Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we could not have asked for a better turnout at our #TeamAllure walk on Sunday, October 15th. It is always heartwarming to see our community come together in support of great causes like this one and the many, many women that suffer from breast cancer each year. Thank you so much to all who participated!

Our facility-wide raffle was likewise a success. Our generous vendors (listed below) donated some wonderful gifts, with each home offering the same set of prizes including a flatscreen television, iPad, Vidonn smartband, and numerous gift cards.

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There is one grand prize, effective Allure-wide: Dinner and Broadway tickets for two and a one-night stay in Manhattan! After all, nothing says “New York” like show tunes and a classic night on the town.

We will be drawing names on October 30th at each facility and announcing the lucky winners on social media, so be sure to check our Twitter and Facebook to see if you’re among them!

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After the raffle drawing, The Allure Group will also be making our total donation to the American Cancer Society. The facility that has raised the most funds will receive special recognition from COO Melissa Powell and the Allure Group’s owners.

Here is the list of vendors (in no particular order):

  • H&R Healthcare
  • Platinum Care
  • Pinnacle
  • Specialty Rx
  • Towne Nursing
  • Fiveboro Printing
  • Wound Healing Technologies
  • Five Star Staffing
  • CCI Systems
  • Williamsburg Medical Imaging

This Month at a Glance…

MINDS IN MOTION
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Always keen to innovate in ways that empower our residents and their families, The Allure Group is proud of our burgeoning “Minds in Motion” program. Based out of King David Center, our neurological rehab program is a 28-bed specialized unit where we take care of a subset of patients who have suffered strokes as well as patients with Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, and other movement disorders.

Under the expert supervision of Dr. Miran Salgado and specially trained therapists, this program helps patients using  innovative rehab equipment and treatments tailored to individual needs and issues. As part of the program, we offer ongoing educational lectures to staff, patients, families and the community at large. Called “The Vanguard Lecture Series,” these talks are an informational way of driving awareness to the Minds in Motion program.

Parkinson’s Disease is a type of movement disorder that can affect the ability to perform daily activities. It is chronic, and the symptoms become worse over time. It is characterized by tremors, stiffness or rigidity of the muscles, and slowness of movement, but may also manifest in non-motor symptoms. Researchers now recognize early manifestation signs that may place a person at risk, including loss of smell, depression, constipation, impotence and a certain type of sleep disorder.

For those with Parkinson’s and similar disorders, “Minds in Motion” has been extraordinarily positive so far. We’re excited to keep giving back to our residents by raising awareness and continuing to provide the best care possible.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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If the ghouls and goblins gobbling snickers in the streets weren’t any indication, Halloweentime has arrived! Some fun facts about Halloween:
It’s more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day: Halloween originated from a Celtic festival of the dead called Samhain, and Irish Celts invented the jack-o-lantern, which were carved into turnips, beets, and potatoes.

It was once more romantic than Valentine’s Day: By Irish and Scottish tradition, Halloween was one of the only nights a year opposite sexes could mingle. Girls would play romantic fortune-telling games like bobbing apples and cabbage stumping.

Trick-or-treating used to involve dancing and beggins: Experts trace trick-or-treating back to “mumming” in which costumed participants performed door-to-door for treats. In other early versions, kids would follow the performers and beg for coins for fun, out of necessity, or both.

Product innovation at King David Center

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We held a product demo on October 24th at King David Center with Bioness. Products included the vector harness, L300 and H200 (a functional electrical stimulation system). The Allure Group continues to expand our training and explore the realm of robotics in the subacute world.

Above is a picture of our King David Center medical director, Dr. Stuart Fischer, in the harness as well as a picture of the demo truck.

Introducing our new Concierge at King David Center

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As part of our commitment to excellence, we are proud to offer boutique style Concierge Services to our residents. To begin, we’ve just introduced our new Concierge at King David Center, Kellyann Byrne.

King David Center is our first facility to have a Concierge, and we are so thrilled to bring Kellyann on board! We will be rolling out our new Concierge program across all buildings in the coming months.

If there is anything we can do to make your stay with us more comfortable, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your comfort and peace of mind are an integral part of the healing process and as Concierge, Kellyann’s role is to tend to your needs so you can focus on your recovery and strengthen your mind, body, and soul. Her goal is to ensure that you get the most out of your stay with us and return home relaxed and stronger than ever!

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How Cardiac Monitoring Became Commonplace in Brooklyn

The implementation of EHR (Electronic Health Records) has digitized medical information almost completely — a huge opportunity for the healthcare industry to make smarter, faster, and more accurate decisions.

Sensor technology also brings a whole new world of data possibilities to monitor and prevent health issues. For some, this could manifest as wearable technology; for The Allure Group, it’s coming in the form of EarlySense, a device for beds that records patient heart rate, breathing rate, and motion. With EarlySense data, our nurses will be able to assist residents at the first hint of an issue, and track their vitals for a better overall sense of their health.

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September Newsletter From The Allure Group

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Happy High Holidays!

Fall is well on the way, and with it some very special holidays for Allure’s Jewish residents. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, was celebrated on September 21-22, and with it festive meals, candle-lighting, and prayer services. On September 30th will be Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for those practicing Judaism.

A bit of context for those that don’t know: Rosh Hashanah translates to “Head of the Year.” Like the human head to the body, the year’s “head” impacts the months to come significantly. It is celebrated with apples dipped in honey for a sweet year ahead, and is generally a joyous day to ask for peace, prosperity and blessings.

Yom Kippur is a day of personal and communal atonement for the sins of the past year. On the heels of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is observed through introspection, prayer, and fasting.

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One of the key components of the Jewish New Year celebration is the traditional blowing of a Rams Horn ushering in the New Year. To celebrate this event, Bedford Center hosted a workshop (pictured above) on how to transform the shofar from its original brawl state into a final horn to be used for the high holidays.

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

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For Allure’s Chinese residents, The Mid-Autumn Festival will commence on October 4th and continue through the 8th. A grand Chinese festival second only to the Chinese New Year, the harvest celebration coincides with the moon at its fullest and brightest.

Some background: The Moon Festival is an inherited custom of moon sacrificial ceremonies that dates back to ancient China. Many legends are associated with the festival, including that of Chang E, who consumed a mystical elixir and fled to the moon, where she resides there to this day as the “yin” to her husband’s “yang” on the sun.

Chinese and Chinese-American citizens and families will gather to appreciate the harvest moon, consume traditional round pastries called mooncakes, and express yearnings for distant families and friends.

This year, Allure’s Bedford Center will be hosting its first Mid-Autumn festival in-house. We will provide two kinds of moon cakes: sweet and salty, with 20 of each up for grabs.

  • Sweet Moon Cake (soft) : 2 duck egg yolks, sweet lotus paste
  • Salty Moon Cake (little bit hard) : chopped almond, chopped sun flower seeds, chopped walnuts and sesame.

Hispanic Heritage Month

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At Allure’s Crown Heights Center, we are delighted to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with our Latino residents. The month began on September 15 and will carry on through October 15. The month pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society—not to mention New York City and the Allure community.

Hispanics and Latinos comprise over a quarter of New York City’s population at 27.5%, as well as a significant portion of seniors, some of whom we are blessed to serve with cultural programs at The Allure Group like Salud Latina. To our Hispanic residents and their families: thank you for being part of our community!

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Fundraising Opportunity

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Attention, Allure Community: We’re proud to announce an Allure-wide fundraiser for breast cancer awareness! 

Breast cancer is a disease that affects about 1 in 8 U.S. women over the course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in American women. We hope that increased awareness and funding will help women suffering from this cancer and improve our ability to screen, diagnose and treat it.

As some of you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness and funds, The Allure Group will be hosting a company-wide fundraiser complete with raffles in each of our six buildings. The total sum will be donated to the cause on behalf of Allure and the generosity of our contributors.

In addition to the raffles, staff from each of Allure’s facilities will be joining our team in the Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 15. If you would like to join us in walking or purchase a raffle ticket, your facility’s administrator will be delighted to help you out.

Back to School Backpack Giveaway!

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September means back to school for students across NYC and the country! 

Residents from The Allure Group’s Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation have donated dozens of backpacks and supplies to students at P.S. 197 John B. Russwurm School. Five of our seniors, ranging from ages 73 to 95 years old, will be supporting local kids by visiting the school and meeting the students, ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grades.

The backpacks included essential supplies for students to succeed including pencils, cases, notebooks and more. In this way, The Allure Group and our older-generation residents can support the next generation by contributing to the best tool in life: education.

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Using Data Science to Revolutionize Patient Care

The implementation of EHR (Electronic Health Records) has digitized medical information almost completely — a huge opportunity for the healthcare industry to make smarter, faster, and more accurate decisions.

Sensor technology also brings a whole new world of data possibilities to monitor and prevent health issues. For some, this could manifest as wearable technology; for The Allure Group, it’s coming in the form of EarlySense, a device for beds that records patient heart rate, breathing rate, and motion. With EarlySense data, our nurses will be able to assist residents at the first hint of an issue, and track their vitals for a better overall sense of their health.

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