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February 2020 Newsletter from The Allure Group

Heart Awareness Month Observed

February is Heart Awareness Month, as first designated by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. The goal is to raise awareness of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S., taking an average of 647,000 lives each year.  

The Allure Group prioritizes heart health by incorporating the latest monitoring tech for cardiac patients, TelemetRYK. Our hearts are healthier together.

Rivka Mintz, Icilma Fergus Honored

Rivka Mintz, RN, assistant vice president at the Maimonides Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute, and Icilma Fergus, director of cardiovascular disparities at Jvalld Medical Center, were Allure’s Heart Awareness Month honorees. 

Rivka is part of Maimonides’ Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) team, a heart pump implanted in patients suffering from end-stage heart failure. In addition, Rivka is part of a team, led by Dr. Gary Stephens, that travels to the South American nation of Guyana six times a year to provide open-heart surgery for those in need.

In 2011, Icilma — then the chief of cardiology at Harlem Hospital — founded the Healthy Hearts series, which includes Harlem Healthy Hearts, a series of monthly workshops and demonstrations designed to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease. That affliction is, sadly, more prevalent in Harlem than any other part of New York City.

Please join us in congratulating Rivka and Icilma for their tireless dedication and incredible work ethic, characteristics we all look for in the cardiac community. You can read all about them at the links.

Celebrating Wear Red Day

The staff at all six of Allure’s facilities really embraced the spirit of Wear Red Day (Feb. 7), one of the signature days of Heart Awareness Month (a.k.a. American Heart Month), by sporting these gorgeous looks! Thanks to everyone who went the extra mile to raise awareness for a very special cause. This month of all months, we encourage you and your loved ones to take care of your heart health with regular check-ups. Spread the word!

In honor of Tu’Bshvat: The Blessings of Fruit

In honor of Tu’Bshvat, Allure hosted a session to discuss the Blessings of Fruit and how food can help with many of the health issues seniors face every day, on Feb. 10 at The Waterfront. 

According to the website Choosemyplate.gov, fruit is a source of such nutrients as potassium, dietary fiber, Vitamin C and folic acid, which are essential to maintaining healthy blood pressure and bowel function, as well as the growth and repair of body tissue and the formation of red blood cells.

Black History Month Observed

February is also Black History Month, which according to History.com was created as “Negro History Week” in 1926 by African-American historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson. Fifty years later it was expanded to a month-long observance in February, the month in which Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were born.

This month of all months, it is imperative that we remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In observance of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, our residents spent the afternoon creating some heart-shaped artwork for their loved ones.

Taking part in art classes like these has been found to have various benefits for seniors, not the least of which are that it affords them the opportunity to make connections, which seems especially appropriate on a holiday such as this. It is also an opportunity for self-expression, gives them a renewed sense of purpose, improves motor skills and stimulates the mind.

There was, in fact, joy and love throughout the Allure network on the holiday:

  • Harlem Center: AKA Sorority joined us for a Pre-Valentine’s Day social! The girls played games, brought some lovely gift bags and enjoyed refreshments with the residents. And on the holiday itself, children from Global Community charter school visited to spread some love to our residents! So great to see the youth come and volunteer their time and hearts on a love-filled day!
  • Hamilton Park Center: The holiday was celebrated with fluffy delicious cupcakes and live entertainment. Everyone left with fullness and love in their hearts!
  • Linden Center: Residents enjoyed a delicious meal, live entertainment, and dancing. All hearts were filled to the fullest!
  • King David Center: All the love of the holiday was captured in a group photo! All the decorations and festivities really lifted up the spirits of residents and staff!

King David Center Holds Presidents Day Celebration

Presidents Day was a big hit at the King David Center! The decorations and accessories really brought out everyone’s high energy and excitement!

Bedford Got Talent? Yup!

The Bedford Center was the scene for a talent show — dubbed “Bedford Got Talent” — and it was a huge success! Dancing, singing and musical instruments filled the room with smiles from ear to ear!

Crown Heights Celebrates Kobe Bryant Day

Everyone at the Crown Heights Center wore Kobe Bryant jerseys or T-shirts, as well as Los Angeles Lakers-themed clothing, in honor of the retired Lakers star and his daughter Gigi — nicknamed the Mamba and the Mambacita, respectively — who lost their lives in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Jan. 26.

From Our Blog: Why Dietary Moderation is Particularly Important for Seniors

Twenty-five percent of seniors suffer from poor nutrition, meaning they are either overweight or underweight, which can lead to far greater health problems. For that reason, it is critical to eat a proper diet. Read the entire post here.

 

January 2020 Newsletter from The Allure Group

WATERFRONT ADULT DAY HEALTHCARE GRAND OPENING 

We are very excited to launch The Waterfront, an adult day healthcare program, tailored towards seniors who can benefit from participating in a variety of group activities, as well as those seeking individualized medical care.

The grand opening of The Waterfront at our King David Center was an unforgettable evening. From the food, to the entertainment, to the kind words said throughout the night, we couldn’t have asked for a better start to this exciting new chapter with The Waterfront. A special thank you to our guest performer, singer Shulem Lemmer.

To everyone who made this event happen and to everyone who joined us for the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebrations, we thank you. This evening was a huge success because of you!

The Allure Group Centers Receive Quality Initiative Recognition Awards from the AHCA/NCAL

We would like to congratulate our Bedford Center, Linden Center, Harlem Center, Crown Heights Center, Hamilton Park Center and King David Center for receiving Quality Initiative Recognition Awards from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL)!

This program honors members that have achieved outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, hospitalization, antipsychotics and functional outcomes. Thanks to our team members for all of their hard work. We could not be more humbled and excited! 

Bedford Center Raising Money for “Victims of Philippines Taal Volcano Relief fund”

Some 6,000 families were displaced when the Taal volcano erupted on Jan. 12 in the Philippines, and subsequent ash ejections — as well as the threat of another large-scale eruption — have precluded the return of those people to the four villages that were affected.

Maria, our wonderful DNS at the Bedford Center, is intimately involved with a GoFundMe Fundraiser called  “Victims of Philippines Taal Volcano Relief fund,” which was established by a group of medical professionals to provide supplies for those who were displaced. We hope many more of us from the Allure family give to this cause, which can be accessed here. Every small contribution helps! 

Congratulations to Harlem Center Medical Director, Raji Ayinla, MD, CMD 

The Allure Group congratulates our very own Harlem Center Medical Director, Raji Ayinla, MD, CMD for getting certified as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care through the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM)! 

We are proud of his achievement on being among more than 5,500 physicians nationwide who have received the CMD designation since the program’s inception in 1991. This program recognizes the dual nature of skills needed to contribute to a nursing home’s quality of care and empowers medical directors with a unique blend of medical and management competence. We and our residents are grateful to count you as a member of the Allure family.

Lunar new year celebrations at our crown heights and bedford centers

Our residents and staff had a wonderful time celebrating Lunar New Year at our King David, Bedford and Crown Heights Centers. Here’s wishing everyone a joyous and prosperous Year of the Rat! All residents and families left with big smiles from great dining and watching fun-filled entertainment. The dragon dancing got our residents on their feet and made everyone really enjoy the music! Thanks so much to everyone who helped to put on these fun events.

Bedford Center Holds Painting Class

Miriam from Pick-A-Color hosted a painting class with our residents at Bedford Center. Everyone had their own unique take on Frosty the snowman!  Activities like this have been found to have multiple benefits for seniors, like aiding in relaxation and socialization and improving cognition and self-esteem.

Linden Center Stages New Year’s Eve Fashion Show

Strike a pose! Linden Center residents enjoyed a fun fashion show on New Year’s Eve, before ringing in 2020. We love to see our residents participating in fun events like these that give them the chance to enjoy themselves and show off their unique personalities. 

Hamilton Park Hosts Salvation Army

Thank you to The Salvation Army for visiting our residents at the Hamilton Park Center! We enjoyed a day filled with musical and dance performances. It was a wonderful day! 

The band that entertained the residents is one of 2,500 sponsored around the globe by The Salvation Army, an organization founded in London in 1865. According to Caringmagazine.org, the first band was founded in 1882, when a man named Charles Frye and his sons offered to serve as bodyguards for Salvation Army street preachers. To pass the time the Fryes played brass instruments, and before long became the first leaders of the Army’s musical arm.

Linden Center NYPD Hosts Zero Tolerance Program

Thanks to the team of NYPD officers who visited Linden Center to educate our residents about the Zero Tolerance Program, which dates back to the 1990s. This program was enacted in an attempt to reduce youth violence, drug dealing, domestic violence and auto-related crime.

It was our honor to host a group that does so much for the community. We learned so much and had a great time doing it!

From Our Blog: How to Help Seniors Get the Most Out of Day Trips

Taking seniors on a day trip is not just a walk in the park — though goodness knows, that’s far from a bad thing. There is much more to it than that. Much more in the way of challenges, and much more in the way of benefits.

Click here to read our full blog post.

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

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!

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!

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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!

July Newsletter from The Allure Group

JOEL LANDAU SURPRISES HARLEM CENTER STAFFERS WITH BONUSES

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Allure chairman Joel Landau, accompanied by delegates from the 1199 Service Employees International Union, presented a bonus of $1,300 to each of the 250-plus employees at the Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation during an appearance at a previously scheduled employee-appreciation event on June 27.

“We wouldn’t be here if not for you all,” Landau told the group. “Thank you all for your hard work.”

Matthew Fenley, Allure’s Chief Business Development Officer, also addressed the assembled workforce.

“It’s not working for Mr. Landau; it’s working with Mr. Landau,” he said. “That same notion is what we feel and what I personally feel, every time I set foot inside Harlem Center.

“This is something a long time coming for you, (and is) obviously very well-deserved. Thank you to 1199 for your partnership here. We look forward to caring for our patients and community, each and every day.

COO MELISSA POWELL PRESENTS AT POST ACUTE 360 STRATEGY AND SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE

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The Allure Group COO Melissa Powell recently presented “The Role of Social Media in Managing an Online Image” on June 26 at the Post Acute 360 Strategy and Solutions Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Md.

In it she emphasized the extent to which negative online media activity can affect a skilled nursing facility — how a single Glassdoor review, tweet or press mention can have dire consequences.

THE ALLURE GROUP CELEBRATES THE 4TH OF JULY

We had so much fun celebrating the 4th of July with residents across our centers. From fun and games to delicious treats, we hope everyone who came enjoyed the parties as much as we did!

A special shout out to Miss Sophia Smith, pictured below, who is 102 years old and we think deserves a best dressed award for the day!

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PET THERAPY AT LINDEN CENTER

Pet therapy for the elderly has become a popular method of therapy for senior citizens. In fact, the documented benefits of interaction with pets are mental, emotional, and even physical.

Residents at our Linden Center enjoyed some pet therapy on Tuesday July 10th with an adorable poodle who came to visit.

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SUMMER FUN AT THE ALLURE GROUP

Rabbi Stern kicked off the summer by inviting The Allure Group’s residents to his home for a barbecue that saw entertainment provided by two well-known American Hasidic Jewish singers, Yeedle Werdyger ad Levy Falkowitz.

Yeedle, who has released six solo albums and numerous collaborations, is known as a master of contemporary Hasidic music. Levy, the front man for the band Freilach and a performer in the Shira Choir, recently released his debut album, “Achke Loi,” after appearing on numerous albums.

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Safe to say that a good time was had by all there, as was the case on Father’s Day, when our resident dads were honored at celebrations in all our centers. Nor did we forget about the fathers on our staff; they were accorded a salute that day, too.

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Other June events included a spirited bingo tournament and a horticultural event that afforded residents the opportunity to learn about summer flowers — and take one with them.

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NOBODY TRULY GOES IT ALONE

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Joel Landau also wrote a piece for entrepreneur.com about the scourge of loneliness, which is fast approaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. Seniors are far from immune; 28 percent of those ages 65 and above live by themselves, and such isolation has been known to contribute to physical and mental decline.

Landau went on to note that one eldercare facility began a “togetherness initiative” that calls for employees to make weekly calls to residents who might be isolated, a program that has had a positive impact on both parties.

In the United Kingdom, meanwhile, a group of entrepreneurs is connecting with seniors through everything from sewing programs to virtual reality.

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The Allure Group’s Harlem, Hamilton Park, Crown Heights Centers Honored with prestigious Eli Pick Award

The Allure Group’s Harlem, Hamilton Park and Crown Heights Centers were all honored as winners of 2018 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Awards, presented each year by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) to the nation’s top-performing skilled nursing facilities. Click here for full blog post.. 

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June Newsletter from The Allure Group

Healthy Habits for Summer

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As the school year wraps up and summer approaches, we know you will be spending more time outside enjoying the warm weather with your loved ones. Here are some tips for staying healthy and active to keep in mind with the summer upon us:

  1. Stay hydrated: While there is some debate about how much water you should drink in the course of a day, there is no debate about doing so during the summer months, as it helps you avoid such potentially dangerous conditions as sunstroke.
  2. Remember the sunscreen: Doing so reduces the chances of sunburn and skin cancer, and enhances the skin’s overall health.
  3. Eat healthier: Summer offers the opportunity to enjoy such seasonal foods as corn, watermelon, cherries and blueberries. Bon Appetit!
  4. Get some exercise: There is no better time of year to get out in the fresh air and enjoy a nice walk — or, for the more ambitious, an invigorating pool workout.
  5. Dress for the weather: Wear moisture-wicking or loose-fitting clothing, as that will keep you cool.

The Allure Group Featured in Skilled Nursing News

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Melissa Powell, our chief operating officer at The Allure Group, the challenges of turning around a distressed skilled nursing facility for a piece that appeared May 24 on the website skillednursingnews.com. The topic is one with which Powell has great familiarity; she saw Allure’s Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation go from 83-percent occupancy in 2013 to 97 percent four years later.

Powell talked in particular about the importance of keeping the lines of communication open with staff when undertaking a turnaround.

“I think when you’re going into a building to turn it around, you need to allow the staff to be open and honest and allow them to feel comfortable,” she said. “Tell them: The fact that you’re distressed is not your fault, per se … tell me what you’re doing well, be honest with what you aren’t doing well.”

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2Just in time for summer, we had a great time cooling down at our recent ice cream social at King David Center on Wednesday June 13th. Thanks to all of our residents who came to enjoy these sweet treats with us!

Dr Bhandari Moderated A Panel At The UN

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The Allure Group’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rekha Bhandari, moderated a United Nations panel discussion on Jaipur Foot, on May 23.

Her appearance came shortly after the Jaipur Foot exhibition, which ran May 14-18 at the UN and was organized by the Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing artificial limbs to disabled people all over the world, free of charge.

The Jaipur Foot (or Jaipur Leg) is a prosthetic limb for those who have undergone lower-leg amputations. To date over 1.55 million people have been fitting with such devices, mostly in India but also in 26 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Our Rev Edward Lai Received A Stars Under 40 Award

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The Allure Groups Corporate Director of Asian Initiatives, Edward Lai, was one of 45 individuals to receive a Stars Under 40 award from Schneps Communications at an awards and networking event at the Grand Prospect Hall on May 3.

The award-winners were recognized for achievements in business and public service before the age of 40.

Highlights From Nursing Home Week

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We had a great time celebrating our incredible staff over Nursing Home Week which was held this year from May 13th – May 19th. We are thankful every day for all of our amazing team members, thank you so much for all that you do for The Allure Group!

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on our blogWhat’s Next: Robotics in Elder Care

As the number of elderly around the world climbs, the global rehab robots market is expected to grow, as well. Demand for robotic technologies will continue to rise as patients and families seek better care, and our society struggles to maintain the ratio of medical caregivers to elderly patients. In the US alone, the healthcare industry employs over 4.5 million nursing aides, orderlies, home health aides and personal care aides. And we still face a shortage of skilled labor. Robots can potentially bridge that divide. Click here to read more.. 

Monthly Word Search

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