WITH RAFFLES AND RUNS, EVERYONE’S A WINNER
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.
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.
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
- Specialty Rx
- Towne Nursing
- Fiveboro Printing
- Wound Healing Technologies
- Five Star Staffing
- CCI Systems
- Williamsburg Medical Imaging
MINDS IN MOTION
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.
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
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
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!
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.