Alaris Health at Castle Hill Residents Make Tie Dye Tee Shirts

At Alaris Health at Castle Hill, the staff understands the importance of addressing the individualized needs of residents.  Not only do residents receive the best medical care possible, but at Alaris Health at Castle Hill, the staff is also in constant communication with the residents to learn more about their interests.    

“When a group of residents requested the opportunity to make tie dye tee- shirts at the Resident Council meeting, the staff jumped at the suggestion. We try to foster any interests that our residents want to explore,” says Francine Sokolowski, Administrator for the facility.    

The residents agreed to hold cookie sales to help earn money for the shirts.  They baked and sold cookies to the staff in April.  In May, two tie dye classes were held and more than 35 residents made shirts.  The shirts were worn by the residents at the opening party celebrating National Nursing Home Week.

Alaris Health at Castle Hill, located in Union City, New Jersey, offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike.  For more information, please call (201) 348-0818.

Pet Therapy at Alaris Health at West Orange Helps Bring a Smile to Faces and Fosters Healing

Pet Therapy dog, Matti, comes on a weekly basis to Alaris Health at West Orange and has made many friends among the residents.  When this furry bundle of support visits, the residents greet the dog happily.   

“Therapy dogs like Matti lift the spirits of our residents.  They encourage socialization, and help everyone to reminisce about the animals they had in the past, and their memories of childhood with these animals. A dog lying on the bed and cuddling up with someone brings a personal touch and real comfort,” says Sindy Vaillencourt, Administrator at Alaris Health at West Orange.   

Mary Hesselgrave has been bringing her dog, Matti, a beagle mix who is a rescue dog, to the facility every Tuesday.  She says the little dog “loves everyone” and is not afraid of wheelchairs or walkers.   

“Matti walks up to people and they smile.  She reminds them of pets they used to own and that brings up happy thoughts. Once when we visited I heard two patients talking and one said that she was waiting for her pain pill. The other replied that Matti was here, and that the other woman did not feel the pain when the dog was around. It was a wonderful thing to hear how much she helps people,” says Ms. Hesselgrave, who is also a Eucharistic Minister for the facility.   

For more information about Alaris Health at West Orange, please call (973) 324-3000.

Alaris Health at Fountains-North Campus Holds Staff and Resident ‘Bake Off’ to Celebrate National Nursing Home Week

The winner, resident Caleope Searles, mixing the recipe.

When good cooks compete, the result is the best recipes possible, but more importantly, lots of excitement during the process.  As part of its celebration for National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18, Alaris Health at Fountains-North Campus held a ‘Bake Off’ consisting of teams of residents and staff members.   

“Our residents fondly remember the favorite dishes they prepared for their own tables.  Our staff members work each day to find the best recipes and create an atmosphere of home cooking. These groups combined to make some wonderful meals and had a fun time in the process,” says Paul Cohen, Administrator for Alaris Health at Fountains-North Campus.   

The “Bake Off’ consisted of five units, with staff members and residents teaming up to create tasty concoctions. The teams had two hours to finish their chosen recipe. At the end of the ’Bake Off’, a judge was selected to taste all the dishes and choose the winning entry.  The winning entry was a dish called ‘Baked Macaroni and Cheese,’ which included ingredients such as macaroni noodles, carnation milk, sharp cheddar cheese, mild cheese.  Other recipes entered were Fettuccini Alfredo, chicken kabobs, Adobo, and pizza balls.    

Staff member assisting the effort were Yvette Andrade, Recreation Therapist; Gretchen Legion, Recreation Therapist; Myrna Ragodo, Recreation Therapist; Phyllis Gardner, Recreation Therapist; Gladys Casillas, Recreation Aide.   

Alaris Health at The Fountains – North Campus offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike. For more information, please call (201) 863-8866.

 

PHOTO: The winner, resident Caleope  Searles, mixing the recipe.

Alaris Health at Rochelle Park holds Physician Breakfast to Honor Dedicated Service to Patients

Alaris Health at Rochelle Park recently held a special ‘Physician Breakfast’ to thank the medical staff for dedicated service to patients.  Staff members joined together to thank physicians at the gourmet breakfast, which included made-to-order omelets.  Alaris Health at Rochelle Park offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike.  For more information, please call (201) 845-0099.

PHOTO: From left, Kristine Giles, Administrator of Alaris Health at Rochelle Park, Michele Dendrinos, Director of Admissions, Doreen Bryan, DON, Director of Nursing.

Two New Programs at the Rehabilitation Department of Alaris Health at Belgrove Enhance Recovery for Patients

Patients come to Alaris Health at Belgrove to recover from a variety of conditions, but they all have the same goal; to gain strength and return home as quickly as possible. To enhance the recovery of patients, Alaris Health at Belgrove’s rehabilitation department is now using two innovative technologies that support healing for patients with varying medical needs.   

Through the use of Shortwave Diathermy, safe electromagnetic waves that use heat for healing, and Gentle Electrical Stimulation, which is employed to help manage muscle pain, patients have two technologies to promote healing of wounds in a safe and efficient manner.   

Helping to Heal Wounds

A skin wound that fails to heal, heals slowly or heals but tends to recur is known as a chronic wound.  Causes range from diabetes or vascular disease to surgery, and if not treated, wounds may develop an infection.   

“The electrical stimulation in these systems has been found to also stimulate certain kinds of cells that promote healing in skin. Some cells are attracted to the stimulation and that assists in the healing process,” says Julie Chen, MD, Wound Specialist at Alaris Health at Belgrove.   

Shortwave Diathermy

Through the use of the Megapulse II Shortwave Diathermy and its safe electromagnetic waves, many patients find that they experience a gentle healing effect for muscles, joints and tissues.  This therapy may be used to assist with soft tissue injuries, slow healing wounds, arthritis, joint pain and scar tissue. The therapy works by helping to manage pain, increase circulation, and increase movement and flexibility in stiff muscles and joints.     

“At Alaris Health at Belgrove, we are always looking for innovative ways to help our patients through the rehabilitation process, so that they can return to the comforts of their home. These successful new programs promote muscle relaxation, assist with issues of pain, and help to increase circulation. We are pleased to be able to provide our patients with the most state-of-the-art therapies to assist in their recovery,” says Amy Pseja, Rehabilitation Director.    

Gentle Electrical Stimulation

The Omnistim 500 Electrical Stimulation system uses electrical stimulation pulses to create comfortable muscle contractions. This treatment can be used to assist with pain, slow healing wounds, weakness and joint procedures. The system helps to manage pain, re-educate muscles, increase circulation and help to manage muscles spasms.    

For more information about these services, please contact Alaris Health at Belgrove at (973) 844-4800. To reach any of our Member Health Centers, please call (855) 7-ALARIS.

Free Senior Stretch and Flex Exercise Program at Alaris Health at Kearny Helps Participants to Stay Strong and Prevent Injuries

Rose Mattamunda of Kearny walks a half hour each day and is careful to eat a diet that is rich in healthy foods. Since last year, she has also had another way to stay healthy: the Senior Stretch and Flex Program at Alaris Health at Kearny, an exercise program designed to help participants stay strong and healthy.   

“I think the program is very good exercise and also helpful for health purposes. It is a great way to prevent injury by being strong and flexible,” says Ms. Mattamunda.   

From lifting small dumbbells and stretching elastic bands to movement exercises and exercise balls, this free weekly senior exercise program helps older adults to remain limber to prevent future injuries. The exercises are specially designed for seniors, adding strength without strain.  The instructor, MaryLee Highton-Engroff, therapy instructor and trainer, specializes in senior fitness that includes exercise for those with knee and hip replacement, arthritis, osteoporosis, and lower back pain.   

“Keeping fit is important during all stages of life, and stretching offers a number of benefits to seniors. Stretching keeps muscles toned and flexible and increases range of motion and flexibility in the joints and muscles. pokies online Exercise is also a stress reducer and helps relieve tight and tense muscles. The seniors benefit greatly from this program,” says Ms. Highton-Engroff.   

Every Wednesday from 2:15 to 3:00 pm. seniors can be found enjoying the therapeutic and social benefits of the exercise class.

“At Alaris Health at Kearny, we believe in not only providing the best possible care for our patients and residents, but also in giving back to the community of which we are a part.  Our focus is on both recovery and preventative care, and this exercise program provides the opportunity to grow in strength, flexibility and good health,”  Pat Celecki, Administrator of Alaris Health at Kearny, which offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents.” 

For more information on the program, please call Alaris Health at Kearny at (201) 955-7067.

Alaris Health at Essex Chooses Employee Beatrice Andrews to Highlight for National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18

For Beatrice Andrews, Quality Assurance (QA) Staffing Coordinator at Alaris Health at Essex, caring for older people began with taking care of a grandmother who she loved. Now, Ms. Andrews cares for patients each day, treating them as if they were her own family member and making sure their every need is met. From making sure the patients’ medical supplies are in order, helping to properly staff the building, and implementing quality systems to make improvements throughout the facility, Beatrice is always trying to enhance the quality of lives of her patients.

“I love working here. I enjoy every aspect of it, from taking care of patients and meeting their needs to assisting the team to do the best job possible each day. And for the past 20 years it has been a pleasure to interact with the patients and help them with their needs,” says Ms. Andrews.   

This dedication to patients has made Ms. Andrews well regarded by the staff. In honor of National Nursing Home Week, May 12-16, Alaris Health at Essex has chosen to highlight Ms. Andrews as an exemplary employee. The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967 as a week-long observance celebrating the positive impact nursing homes can have on the lives of people. Each Alaris Member Health Center is participating in this celebration and has chosen an employee to highlight.  

“Beatrice is a long time team member. She is the type of employee who never says no to any task.  She is always willing to help and truly takes pride in her work.  Beatrice is consistently the first one here and the last to leave.  She shops for residents on her own time and sometimes with her own money. Beatrice will go the extra mile to satisfy and make a resident happy.  She is a true meaning of an exemplary employee,” says Maurice Duran, Administrator for Alaris Health at Essex.   

The theme of this year’s National Nursing Home Week is “Team Care: Everyone Pitches in.”  The theme recognizes residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the value of care planning where everyone “pitches in” for optimal outcomes.   

“Alaris Health celebrates our employees for improving and enhancing the lives of our patients,” says Avery Eisenreich, President of Alaris Health.   

Alaris Health at Essex is a well appointed facility, located in Irvington, New Jersey, that offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike. Please call (973) 371-7878 for more information.

Alaris Health at St. Mary’s Chooses Employee Jean Gachette to Highlight for National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18

The patients at Alaris Health at St. Mary’s have many favorites among the meals prepared by Jean Gachette, lead cook. From baked chicken, roast beef and fried fish to cake and banana cream pie, Mr. Gachette is determined to make everybody happy at his table.   

“I run my kitchen like I would run my own restaurant. I take requests for special dishes that patients have enjoyed over the course of their lives and try to find the recipes wherever I can.  Everything is possible for me to make, and I do, if it will bring them happiness,” he says.   

This dedication to patients has made Mr. Gachette well regarded by the staff. In honor of National Nursing Home Week, May 12-16, Alaris Health at St. Mary’s has chosen to highlight Mr. Gachette as an exemplary employee. The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967 as a week-long observance celebrating the positive impact nursing homes can have on the lives of people. Each Alaris Member Health Center is participating in this celebration and has chosen an employee to highlight.   

“Jean understands the need of our patients and does not hesitate to go beyond his duties and responsibilities to make them satisfied and ensure that they have a great experience in the facility. We are pleased to choose Jean to recognize during Nursing Home Week,” says Roy Santos, Administrator of Alaris Health at St. Mary’s.   

The theme of this year’s National Nursing Home Week is “Team Care: Everyone Pitches in.”  The theme recognizes residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the value of care planning where everyone “pitches in” for optimal outcomes.   

“Alaris Health celebrates our employees for improving and enhancing the lives of our patients,” says Avery Eisenreich, President of Alaris Health.   

Alaris Health at St. Mary’s is a well appointed facility, located in Orange, New Jersey, that offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike. Please call (973) 266-3001 for more information.

 

Alaris Health at Boulevard East Chooses Employee Anna Chbini to Highlight for National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18

While running a successful Moroccan restaurant in Montclair, N.J., Anna Chbini was searching for a more fulfilling career that would make her happy to go to work as well as provide an opportunity for her to give back to the community. Anna went back to school, made a career change, and now has found that fulfillment as a Quality Assurance Certified Nurses Aide at Alaris Health at Boulevard East.  

“Just like my old job where I tried to make customers happy, I work here each day to make our residents feel happy and safe.  I feel very proud about the warm environment at our facility and I want to come to work every day so that I can positively impact the lives of others. This feels like where I want to be, helping to provide the best care I can,” says Ms. Chbini, who hopes to complete her training as an RN and speaks four languages fluently.   

This dedication to patients has made Ms. Chbini well regarded by the staff. In honor of National Nursing Home Week, May 12-16, Alaris Health at Jersey City has chosen to highlight Ms. Chbini as an exemplary employee. The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967 as a week-long observance celebrating the positive impact nursing homes can have on the lives of people. Each Alaris Member Health Center is participating in this celebration and has chosen an employee to highlight.   

“Anna decided to pursue a nursing career path as she always wants to help others.  She was hired as a nurses aide and was promoted within a month to QCNA. She has an exceptional work attitude and remains very positive, even when her job becomes hectic and demanding. We are proud to feature her during Nursing Home Week,” says Rob Smolin, Administrator of Alaris Health at Boulevard East.   

The theme of this year’s National Nursing Home Week is “Team Care: Everyone Pitches in.”  The theme recognizes residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the value of care planning where everyone “pitches in” for optimal outcomes.   

“Alaris Health celebrates our employees for improving and enhancing the lives of our patients,” says Avery Eisenreich, President of Alaris Health.   

Alaris Health at Boulevard East is a well appointed facility, located in Guttenberg, New Jersey, that offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike. Please call (201) 868-3600 for more information.

 

Alaris Health at Jersey City Chooses Employee Carolyn Williams to Highlight for National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18

For Carolyn Williams, clean, neatly folded, fresh laundry has been a way to show concern for the patients at Alaris Health at Jersey City.  Each day she cleans their personal laundry, using a bit of bleach to make the whites whiter or just the right dryer cycle to smooth out the wrinkles. All of the clothes are carefully folded or hung in closets, a labor of love for a woman who believes that appearance is still integral to helping a person feel his or her best.

“I do my best to make them feel at home and I clean their clothes like I clean my own. You have to put yourself in their place; I treat them like my family.  I visit with them when I put their clothes away and we talk.  When I have to go away on vacation they say, ‘Don’t go!’ It makes me happy to make their clothes look so nice and to get to know them,” says Ms. Williams.

This dedication to patients has made Ms. Williams well regarded by the staff. In honor of National Nursing Home Week, May 12-16, Alaris Health at Jersey City has chosen to highlight Ms. Williams as an exemplary employee. The American Health Care Association established National Nursing Home Week in 1967 as a week-long observance celebrating the positive impact nursing homes can have on the lives of people. Each Alaris Member Health Center is participating in this celebration and has chosen an employee to highlight.

“Carolyn Williams is an outstanding employee.  She has been with our facility for 33 years in the Laundry department.  Carolyn takes great pride in making sure our residents’ clothing is cared for with special attention and returned to them in a timely manner.  She will go out of her way to help anyone in need, even if the issue is not laundry-related.  She loves her job and all our residents and is well respected within the facility,” says Renee Verrier, Administrator at Alaris Health at Jersey City.

The theme of this year’s National Nursing Home Week is “Team Care: Everyone Pitches in.”  The theme recognizes residents and patients in long term and post-acute care settings, the dedicated staff who care for them, and the value of care planning where everyone “pitches in” for optimal outcomes.

“Alaris Health celebrates our employees for improving and enhancing the lives of our patients,” says Avery Eisenreich, President of Alaris Health.

 

Alaris Health at Jersey City well appointed facility, located in Jersey City, New Jersey, that offers a warm, supportive and uplifting environment for post-hospitalization short-term rehabilitation patients and long-term residents alike. Please call (201) 451-9000 for more information.