Introducing Allure’s CarePath in Motion program! Allure’s groundbreaking partnership with Vis A Vis Health is celebrating its 1 year anniversary and the data collected is nothing short of astounding!
Too often, SNFs were unable to track and trend their readmissions post discharge from their facilities. Vis A Vis helped us solve that problem and make us better partners to our local hospitals.
Over a 6 month period, only 6.6% of our discharged patients ended up back in the hospital within 30 days! Truly the mark of a soon to be award winning partnership!
Hamilton Park Holds Vow Renewal Ceremony
Hamilton Park for Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was honored to host Mr. and Mrs. Caruso’s vow renewal at their facility. The ceremony was nothing short of amazing and was shared with their family and staff friends! The love-filled event was featured on News12, watch the video above to see a glimpse inside the special day.
Linden Center announces partnership with ReNew
ReNew partners with SNFs, ALFs and LTACHs to provide the most advanced wound care treatment protocols available in a post-acute setting and we are thrilled to have them at our Linden Center.
Melissa Powell featured in Thrive Global
“We all have times when the world feels overwhelming; our responsibilities and difficulties loom large, and stress encroaches upon our daily lives. Stressors—like losing a loved one, managing illness, financial concerns, retirement, or separation from friends and family—can cause tension and anxiety, especially in older adults.”
This Nurses Week 2021, we pulled back the curtain on our everyday superheroes with a fun series called “The Allure Superhero Universe!” We created a fun series spotlighting the various superheroes across our centers:
Celebrating Mother’s Day Across Our Centers
In honor of Mother’s Day this past month, we celebrated across our centers to make sure that all of our wonderful moms knew how special they are, not only on Mother’s Day, but every day of the year! From flowers and cupcakes to blankets that were donated by the Salvation Army, we wanted to thank all of our moms for being who they are.
Congratulations to our Chief Business Officer Matthew Fenley
Crain’s New York Business has just announced today Matthew Fenley, our Chief Business Development Officer, as Notable in Marketing & PR 2021!
We are all so proud, a huge congratulations to him!
Melissa Powell featured in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News
Most skilled nursing facilities were not initially designed to deal with crises like the coronavirus pandemic, though changes were made on the fly as the outbreak unfolded, and more will no doubt follow in the years to come.
Our very own Melissa Powell discusses how COVID-19 is shaping the future of skilled nursing facility design in her latest McKnight’s Long-Term Care News piece.
May Blue Carpet Farewells
We are overjoyed to share our May Blue Carpet Farewells!
We wish our departing patients well, and thank our amazing staff for their dedication and hard work.
Wishing you and your families a very happy New Year. We look forward to 2021 and want to say thank you to each and every one of you for all of your support.
Crown Heights Center Is The first Allure Facility To Receive The COVID-19 Vaccine!
History being made right before our eyes! Crown Heights Center and Mr. George V. proudly leading the way into the vaccination effort for The Allure Group. “This is the best thing that has ever happened because it will prolong life.” – George V.
The King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation hosted a Chanukah Drive-Thru Event on Sunday, Dec. 6. Free activity boxes were distributed, which contained Circle Magazine, a coupon to the Ice Cream House, the means to create your own science experiment and several other festive goodies.
Harlem Center Participated in Salvation Army’s Red Box Drive
Harlem Center participated in Salvation Army’s Red Box drive this year.
Each Red Box was filled with a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, milk, eggs, bread, butter, a dessert and even a game for a local family to enjoy.
We are honored to have been a part of bringing some extra joy to families who needed it this holiday season.
Linden Center’s Christmas Ham Drive
Linden Center hosted a Christmas Ham Giveaway for the local community to bring some holiday cheer to the neighborhood. Together with Uncle Moishy, Linden Center was able to provide families with a delicious holiday meal.
Yes, Healthcare Workers Deserve to be Called “Heroes”
Our COO Melissa Powell’s latest article was published in Healthcare Business Today. In it Melissa writes that while there are those who question the labelling of healthcare professionals during the coronavirus pandemic, there is little reason to quibble. Their actions have been above and beyond the call of duty, and deserve to be saluted.
December blue carpet farewells
We are delighted to share our December Blue Carpet Farewells! We wish the residents well and thank our amazing staff for their dedication and hard work.
Taj Barnett, marketing manager for The Allure Group’s Linden Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, joined Chris Banks, founder and executive director of the East New York United Concerned Citizens, to hand out over 250 turkeys the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Linden Center was proud to co-sponsor this very worthwhile event.
The King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation hosted a Chanukah Drive-Thru Event on Sunday, Dec. 6. We distributed free activity boxes, which contained Circle Magazine, a coupon to the Ice Cream House, the means to create your own science experiment and several other goodies.
November Blue Carpet
We are overjoyed to share our November Blue Carpet Farewells! We wish our departing patients well, and thank our amazing staff for their dedication and hard work.
Linden Center and Vis a Vis Health — a Promising Partnership
With Vis A Vis Health, Allure’s care continues even after you leave Linden Center. Patients are given a hand-held device that enables them to keep in touch with healthcare professionals, and allows those same professionals to track the patient’s biometrics.
Veterans Day Fete
Linden Center celebrated Veterans Day with food, inspirational video chats and the presentation of gifts to our wonderful residents. We thank all the veterans for doing their part in history and for putting their lives on the line for our country!
Heartwarming Thank You Letter
This heartwarming thank you letter, from the family member of a resident to King David Center administrator David Schoenblum, made our day! It is moments like these that motivate us to do what we do. Special shoutout to our hardworking staff for their dedication.
Pondering Smart Healthcare Facilities
Joel Landau, founder and chairman of The Allure Group, wrote for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News about smart healthcare facilities, which have gained some traction during the coronavirus pandemic. Particularly notable was a temporary field hospital built in Wuhan, China — the very epicenter of the outbreak — that was manned by robots.
Artificial Intelligence: How its Potential Has Been Shown During the Pandemic
Joel Landau also wrote for Healthcare Business Today about the manner in which artificial intelligence’s potential has been revealed during the pandemic. He cites as one example the manner in which an AI platform detected an unusual flu outbreak in Wuhan, days before the World Health Organization issued an alert about the pandemic.
“Having PadInMotion’s tablet technology at every single one of our beds was a lifeline during the pandemic,” Melissa told writer Kimberly Marselas, “and will be a staple of our resident-family communication moving forward.”
Renovations began in October 2019 and are nearly complete; all that’s left is construction of an aquatherapy pool. Prior to that, there was a makeover of the lobby, an expansion of a first-floor cafe and the consolidation on the first floor of the rehab center, which had previously been on the eighth floor, and the robotics suite. Resident units, as well as hallways and nurses’ stations, were also upgraded.
“We’re always trying to grow,” facility administrator David Schoenblum said. “If you stay in the same place you’re not going to make strides. You’re going to fall behind. And we’re always looking to grow, to make strides.”
Newsweek Fetes Hamilton Park Center
Big congratulations to Hamilton Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for being ranked among New York State’s best nursing homes by Newsweek Magazine.
Newsweek Global Editor in Chief Nancy Cooper, in a letter accompanying the rankings, noted that the U.S. is getting older by the day. In fact, she pointed out, the oldest Baby Boomers are in their 70s, and by 2030, more than 20 percent of the nation’s population will be 65 or older.
That led Newsweek, in collaboration with the global data research firm Statista Inc., to analyze the country’s 15,000-plus nursing homes and rank them. Just over 400 made the cut, including 63 in New York State.
New Issue of Senior Times
A new issue of The Senior Times, produced by King David Center and fast becoming the go-to publication for everyone in The Allure Group community, is out. This magazine, over 80 pages long, provides everything from the latest in medical news to interesting interviews and side-splitting humor. Truly it is a must for seniors, their loved ones and everyone else. Pick up one for yourself and see what all the hype is about!
Mid-Autumn Festival at King David Center
King David Center recently celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional festival observed by East and Southeast Asian people. Regarded as the second-most important holiday on the Chinese calendar (after Lunar New Year), it dates back some 3,000 years, to when leaders of that heritage worshiped the moon in hopes of fruitful harvests. It is observed with lanterns, which light the way to prosperity and good luck, as well as pastries called mooncakes.
Mrs. Jean Observes 102nd Birthday
Mrs. Jean, a Hamilton Park resident since 2015, recently celebrated her 102nd birthday with family, friends and staff, who honored her with a cake and presents. She had a wonderful time and is so grateful for the warmth and love she received!
october Blue Carpet Farewells
We are delighted to share our October Blue Carpet Farewells! We wish the residents well and thank our amazing staff for their dedication and hard work.
An Accent on Staff Safety
Joel Landau, founder and chairman of The Allure Group, writes for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News about the twin priorities during the coronavirus pandemic of keeping not only residents safe, but also staff. Regular testing is the best way to do so, though some facilities have resorted to such means as self-confining (i.e., having staff live where they work). In addition, there are states that have formed so-called strike teams, groups that can come to the aid of overburdened staff during times of need.
Leading With Her Heart
Kellyann Byrne, Director of Concierge Services at King David Center, told Patch.com that during the COVID-19 pandemic she has been asked to serve as a go-between for residents and their loved ones. It is something she has been happy to do, as she always “leads with (her) heart.”
“I just feel that I am their visitor,” she said of the facility’s 206 residents. “I’m their daughter or their son. I’m their sister or brother. Whoever they’re closest to, I’m that person for them.”
Bedford Center Director of Recreation Pearl Rimpler happily enlisted her facility in Plantogether, an initiative that involves delivering plants to seniors who are either quarantined at home or residents in skilled nursing facilities.
According to a Fox 5 television report, Plantogether was started in April by two young Crown Heights women, Baila Dalfin and Nechama Hecht, by soliciting donations to their Instagram page. Local gardening businesses have also contributed greenery, and to date the women have delivered plants to over 300 seniors.
“When you see how much it is appreciated by (seniors), you feel like people are thinking about them and people care about them,” Hecht told Fox 5, “so that’s something that inspires us to continue moving forward.”
Celebrating 25 years at bedFord center
Allan Campos, Cardiopulmonary Unit Director at Bedford Center, was saluted for 25 years of service in a surprise ceremony in mid-August. In his remarks to well-wishers, Allan recalled that before he interviewed for the job all those years ago, his uncle, a bank manager, told him to make clear to his potential employers that he would be an asset to their organization.
“I just try to live by that phrase that was given to me by my uncle,” Allan said. “I try to do the best every day.”
He also said he has considered other jobs through the years, then thought better of it.
“I have my family here,” he said. “I love the people that I work with. That’s why I stay.”
The Senior Times – A magazine from the allure group
Click here to read The Senior Times, a magazine from The Allure Group.
The issue includes:
Timely op-eds authored by The Allure Group’s executive staff
A review of King David’s popular summer event featuring world-renowned Uncle Moishy
Tips for thriving during the pandemic
Lighthearted jokes, inspiring poems, fun crafts and mouth-watering recipes
And much more!
Rachel Klein, The Allure Group’s Corporate Director of Special Programs, writes on its opening page that the goal for the Senior Times is “to cover anything and everything you need to know to keep yourself and your loved ones happy and healthy.”
august blue carpet farewells
Several residents across The Allure Group’s locations were accorded Blue Carpet Farewells. We wish them well, and as always, we are so proud of our staff for the work that they do.
how the coronavirus pandemic has sparked healthcare innovation
Joel Landau, The Allure Group’s founder and chairman, wrote for Provider Magazine about the manner in which the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked innovation in the healthcare field. Joel noted that The Allure Group has been on the cutting edge of that trend, having implemented EarlySense, a remote contact-free monitoring system, even before the outbreak.
In addition, such breakthroughs as telehealth and electronic health records have proven invaluable to healthcare professionals during this crisis.
Protecting Dementia Patients During a Pandemic How to prepare for future healthcare pandemics
Joel Landau also wrote for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News about the need to prepare for the next pandemic, which healthcare professionals agree is an inevitability. Their only disagreement is whether the current crisis qualifies as “The Big One” — i.e., a calamity comparable to the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 — or whether that is still to come.
Joel cites the work of several experts who say the United States is in need of an independent, nonpartisan body that is capable of a rapid response to future pandemics. There are those, in fact, who have said the body should be to public health what the Federal Reserve is to finance.
How does one successfully age during a pandemic?
The concept of “successful aging” has long been debated, The Allure Group COO Melissa Powell writes for Thrive Global, with some researchers defining it pre-pandemic as the ability to remain free of disease and disability, maintain cognitive function and actively engage with life.
Now, however, there are those who have arrived at a new definition — the ability to draw on internal and external resources to withstand life’s setbacks, whether chronic illness or social loss. In other words, it’s a matter of being resilient in the face of adversity.
The Allure Group has a new role for Infection Control Nurses. Here is a link to more information about these positions. Please contact Cynthia Deng (CDeng@AllureCare.com) if you are interested.
Renowned pianist Jon Batiste, leader of Stay Human, the house band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” left Crown Heights residents in high spirits with his performance in mid-July, part of the Sing for Hope initiative.
Batiste, a Louisiana native and Juilliard graduate, serves on the board of Sing for Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the arts to uplift and unite communities. Known for his R&B and jazz stylings, Batiste was named Music Director of The Atlantic in 2017, and also serves as co-artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
July Blue Carpet Farewells
Hamilton Park bade a fond Blue Carpet farewell in July to two patients, Ms. Tatyana and Ms. Linda, who showed the utmost courage and determination in the face of COVID-19.
“I want to say from the bottom of my heart, everybody was so great,” Ms. Linda told the staffers who gathered in the lobby to see her off. Then she went outside and was greeted by her family, who turned out in full force for her happy, healthy discharge.
Came to us on a ventilator and was successfully weaned off of the ventilator and is now able to breathe again on her own. As she made her way toward the door in her wheelchair, a guitarist serenaded her and the well-wishers who had gathered.
Burgers at Bedford Center
The Bedford Center received a lovely Shake Shack donation one day in mid-July. All our hard-working employees were grateful for the delicious hamburgers!
Protecting Dementia Patients During a Pandemic
Joel Landau, The Allure Group’s founder and chairman, wrote for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News of the particular challenges the coronavirus pandemic has presented to residents afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The key, Joel wrote, is employing person-centered care — i.e., care that takes into account the values, preferences and needs of each individual.
Discussing Assisted Living with Loved Ones
Joel Landau also wrote for Senior Lifestyle Magazine about the challenges of discussing assisted living with loved ones, and concluded that it is essential to lay the groundwork for talking about such a difficult topic before ever actually doing so. It also helps to identify the available options and review them with your loved one to gauge their preferences and talk through any concerns.
All these steps will make the conversation easier once that time arises — and will make the transition much easier too!
Several residents across The Allure Group’s locations were accorded Blue Carpet Farewells. We wish them well, and as always, we are so proud of our staff for the work that they do. Keep it up!
McKnight’s Spotlights The Allure Group’s Tech Use During the Pandemic
The Allure Group was featured in McKnight’s Senior Living for our advanced use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic to help keep staff and residents safe and healthy. The article spotlighted how therapy robotics, remote monitoring systems and social engagement platforms have all taken on added importance during the crisis. As The Allure Group’s founder and chairman Joel Landau put it, “Having cutting-edge technology in place has helped us weather this most challenging time.”
Harlem Center Green Space
Many thanks to former New York governor David Paterson, Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens, and our guest of honor, Keith L.T. Wright, for their generous PPE donation and for attending/supporting the opening of the Harlem Center garden named in honor of Keith, a member of the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 2016.
Aside from providing a beautiful green space for our residents, renovations will include a vegetable garden for our residents to plant and farm on their own. Stay tuned for the finished product!
Crown Heights Long-Service Employees
Crown Heights celebrated and honored our 55 long-service employees, two of whom have been serving the organization for 40 years. A huge thank you for all of their dedication and hard work!
Deep-Seated Questions About Ageism
The coronavirus pandemic brought into the open some deep-seated questions about aging in America. The Allure Group’s COO Melissa Powell writes about the scourge of ageism and what to do about it, in a post that appeared on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.
The Difference Tech is Making During the Pandemic
Melissa also writes, in a piece that ran on Healthcare Business Today, that technology’s impact has been felt in areas such as contact tracing and testing, as well as in the search for a vaccine. In addition, cognitive technology is capable of strengthening supply chains that have been frayed during the pandemic.
The Importance of Self-Care for Healthcare Workers
Healthcare workers are facing stresses like never before during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, Joel Landau writes for McKnight’s, self-care has taken on increased importance. That means getting the proper amount of sleep, eating the right foods, being sure to exercise and also practicing mindfulness.
Sing for Hope
Raise your hand if you like late night TV! The Sing for Hope Initiative came by with Stephen Colbert band leader, Jon Batiste to Crown Heights! His music and entertainment left our residents in high spirits with a performance they will never forget!
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We’re humbled and grateful for the cheers and standing ovations New York City residents have given healthcare workers every day at 7 p.m. The Allure Group’s founder and chairman, Joel Landau, urges us to remember that those in skilled nursing facilities should never be overlooked in those moments of support.
As he put it:
The brave workers in our nation’s nursing homes should be applauded from every rooftop and every balcony… [T]hat has never been clearer than at this point in the nation’s history.
We couldn’t agree more! On that note, our staff is incredibly thankful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from residents, loved ones, friends, and family. Your thoughtful words, cards and gifts bring smiles to our faces and serve as a beacon of light in these challenging times.
Saluting a Sidewalk Serenade
Many thanks to Brooklyn musician Michael Abramovshcik for his serenade of King David Center from a street corner outside the facility on April 27.
“This was our idea to bring music to people who could not be outside,” Abramovshcik told News 12 Bronx. “They can see us through the windows and hear the music.”
Abramovshcik is a member of a social club founded by his wife called Club Aelita, which is committed to combating loneliness and isolation, especially among seniors. And sure enough, he saw the residents at their windows, listening to him as he played.
“I saw their happy faces,” he said, “and that made me happy, too.”
Allure’s Hamilton Park, Crown Heights and Bedford Centers all were overjoyed to announce the discharges of COVID-19 patients.
The Hamilton Park resident is now healthy, and went home to see his wife for the first time in over a month. He expressed his gratitude to the staff for all their hard work, and we share his warm feelings for these caring professionals.
Crown Heights was similarly heartened by the release of its coronavirus patient, and no less proud of its staff. And like those in the other two facilities, Bedford Center staffers gave their patient a warm sendoff.
Thank You for an Uplifting Tribute!
A heartfelt thank you to our first responders at InstaCare, Midwood, and Maimonides for an uplifting tribute to our King David Center staff and residents, which came in the form of a parade of ambulances past the facility in early May, with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
Yet Another Thank You
Representatives of the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, which is headed by Gale A. Brewer, dropped off personal protective equipment at Harlem Center. We could not be happier!
The Allure Group’s HOPE FLOAT!
In celebration of Nurses Week, The Allure Group launched The Hope Float to bring a spark of hope and thank this city’s healthcare heroes. It was a great success, and a week that we won’t soon forget. We’re glad we were able to bring a smile and some much needed fun to those working at hospitals, healthcare facilities, and nursing facilities all around New York.
The Hope Float made stops to Maimonides Medical Center, NYU Langone Health, Weill Cornell Medicine, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Kings County/Downstate, Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai Hospital, NYP Columbia, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn Hospital Center, and Woodhull Hospital.
The Hope Float provided the music, but our heroes gave us all a reason to smile!
Even More Thank Yous
Bedford Center: For Nursing Home Week we all know the way to our staff’s heart, and that is through their bellies! Made From Scratch, a catering service, filled us with great food throughout the week. Could not have been happier! Also, thank you to Sallie, our horticultural therapist, for guiding us and helping us to adapt her usual group sessions into room visits so our residents can continue spring planting! The residents had so much fun!
Harlem Center: Thank you to Field Trip restaurant for donating food! Every kind act matters.
Hamilton Park Center: Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen was so gracious in donating food for our staff! We could not have done this without Winnie Greco on behalf of the Borough President, and Shirley Huang from Caipa. Thanks so much!
Hamilton Park Center/King David Center: Councilman Justin Brannan’s office and Gotcha Cafe donated drinks to the two centers. There was also another donation from Tiger Sugar. We are so grateful for our community and small businesses!
King David Center: A big thank you to Sprint for its donation of socks, postcards, lotions and more. Everything was deeply appreciated and will be put to good use!
Looking to schedule a video chat with your loved one? You can find that and other important info related to COVID-19 on our FAQ page here.
Thank you to our staff for all you do every day, but especially during this trying time. As a token of our appreciation, we shared chocolate bars with them.
Allure Healthcare Hero: Joyce McCollin
Harlem Center receptionist Joyce McCollin, this month’s Allure Healthcare Hero, is fully aware that she is a piece of The Allure Group’s larger puzzle, while understanding that each piece serves an important purpose — especially now, during the coronavirus pandemic.
“If I don’t show up for work,” she said, “someone else will have to fill in for me doing my daily tasks, as well as their own.”
And that, she added, just puts more of a burden on a staff that is already bearing a heavy load.
“I have to do whatever it takes to make it less stressful for my co-workers,” she said. “Big or small, I’m going to do it.”
She said she didn’t pursue a career in healthcare. Rather, “It chose me.” One day she was waiting outside for her kids to come home from school when she was approached by a staff member and asked about working part-time at the desk. She agreed to do so.
“I enjoy the relationships the staff have with each other,” she said, “and wanted to be part of it.”
She also savors the relationships she has fostered with residents who stop by the desk each and every day, and adheres closely to something her dad and two former colleagues once told her: Take pride in your work — “meaning,” she said, “whether you’re President of the United States of a street cleaner, always put your heart and soul into your work.”
She is heartened every day by the selfless attitude of everyone at Allure — at the way people pitch in and help, no matter what department they happen to be in or what position they hold.
“It’s not about titles,” she said, “but helping each other get the job done, and seeing smiles on the residents’ faces.”
COVID-19 FAQ Page is Now Live on our Website
Want to know more about CDC and New York City guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis? Eager to reach out to loved ones, but not quite sure how? You can find all that information on the Frequently Asked Questions page of Allure’s website. Particularly valuable are links to the individual pages devoted to each of our six facilities, offering regularly updated information that is pertinent to each and every resident.
Reaching Out to Loved Ones
With visitation limited during the pandemic, our residents and staff eagerly reached out to loved ones by whatever means possible. Here, for example, is an Easter wish one of our residents shared:
Retaining Talent in the Aftermath of COVID-19
Retaining talent, challenging at any time, is a particular concern during the current crisis, as Allure founder and chairman Joel Landau writes in SCORE Mentors. The companies that are best at keeping their staff intact, he added, feature strong leadership, transparency and opportunities for professional development.
Tracking PPE During the Pandemic
Allure COO Melissa Powell told Skilled Nursing News that it is not only important to know what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for staff during the coronavirus crisis; it’s also a matter of knowing when to order it.
Moreover, she said facilities need to be aware of the various guidelines concerning what is and isn’t appropriate PPE.
“You need to pay attention to what is required by the Department of Health, versus what the (Food and Drug Administration) says,” she said. “Just because the FDA says something’s okay, I don’t necessarily know and believe yet that the Department of Health says that’s okay. So I’ve been keeping very strict adherence to what the Department of Health says is okay, and watching what products to use based on the Department of Health.”
We are seeking Registered Nurses for all six of our facilities, whether they are in search of full-time, part-time or per-diem work. Interested parties should send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 690-7400 (Ext. 1219).