Alaris Health Recognizes National Stress Awareness Month

april is national stress awareness monthJersey City, NJ, April 28, 2017 – Since 1992, The Health Resource Network (HRN) has recognized April as National Stress Awareness Month, a time when health professionals across the industry aim to increase public awareness about stress causes and resolutions.

Whether brought on by work, family, anxiety, finances or other factors, stress affects everyone in varying ways. Stress not only affects the mind, but overall health as well. Prolonged or chronic stress can lead to serious medical conditions such as heart disease and stroke. stressThat’s why learning stress triggers and adopting effective techniques to manage stress is so important for maintaining overall well-being.

Stress triggers can come in various forms, but the most common are increased heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels. If a stressful situation cannot be changed, you can manage its effects by adopting healthy stress-relievers, such as:

  • Recognizing when things are out of your control and letting go or delegating
  • Avoiding getting anxious about situations you cannot change
  • Refocusing on something that makes you feel calm and in control
  • Setting realistic goals to help achieve your vision
  • Practicing healthy living and wellness

Additionally, there are many activities that can help relieve stress, including:

  • Reading a book
  • Exercising
  • Meditating
  • Doing yoga
  • Spending quality time with family/friends

To learn more about Stress Awareness Month, visit www.stressawarenessmonth.com. And to learn more about recognizing and relieving stress, visit www.foh.psc.gov/calendar/stress.


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health Recognizes National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

National Parkinson’s Awareness MonthJersey City, NJ, April 19, 2017 – April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and Alaris Health aims to promote awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and recognize all of its neurologists who care for people with the disease.

Parkinson’s disease, also known as PD, is a neurodegenerative brain disorder in which the brain over time stops producing dopamine, an important neurotransmitter. The lack of dopamine causes a person with PD to slowly lose the ability to regulate his or her movements, body and emotions. In most people, it usually progresses slowly and can take years for symptoms to develop.

Although the disease itself isn’t fatal, there are many complications that can result from it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assessed such complications as the 14th cause of death in the United States.

Though there is currently no cure for the disease, neurologists are crucial to working with people with Parkinson’s disease to help treat and manage their symptoms to provide them with the highest quality of life possible. Each year, neurologists caring for people with PD save approximately 4,600 lives in the U.S. That number could rise to 7,000 lives saved with better access to care.

To learn more about the National Parkinson Foundation and National Parkinson’s Awareness Month or find out how you can help promote awareness, visit http://www.pdf.org/. And include the hashtags #Together4PD and #EndParkinsons on social media to join the conversations and fight against Parkinson’s.

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health Celebrates National Occupational Therapy Month

OT month 3Jersey City, NJ, April 7, 2017 – April is the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) National Occupational Therapy Month, organized by the fund to promote awareness of occupational therapy, and Alaris Health is honoring the occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students in practice, education, research and science who dedicate their lives to this important work.

Helping to improve peoples’ lives is at the heart of everything that our Alaris Health Member Centers do, and occupational therapy is a critical part of that. Occupational therapists develop strategies, solutions and modifications that are customized to each individual’s unique habits, behaviors and lifestyles to empower them to live their lives to the fullest and thrive in their environments. The goal is to improve an individual’s overall health as well as prevent or help them live better with an injury, illness or disability.

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Occupation therapy is deeply rooted in science, data, experience and best practices and looks at the big picture, taking into account individuals’ psychological, emotional and physical factors and their environment to:

  • Reach goals
  • Maintain the highest level possible of function
  • Focus on what matters most to them
  • Sustain or rebuild their independence
  • Engage in daily activities that the have or want to do.

Occupational Therapist Doctor Neil Dave said, “One of the best feelings as an occupational therapist is helping people get back to what they love to do. Working for Alaris Health has given me the support and structure to make this happen”.

Alaris Health is grateful for and appreciative of all of its occupational therapists for their dedication and hard work. For more information about the American Occupational Therapy Association and National Occupational Therapy Month, visit www.aota.org.  To learn more about the fund to promote awareness of occupational therapy, visit www.promoteot.org.

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Scientists prove that you can eat your way to a sharper mind with six key foods

NEW JERSEY, March 27, 2017 – The link between diet and heart health is well known. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests what we eat can also have a direct influence on that most complex and delicate organ in the human body – the brain.

The field of research has garnered such weight that it even has a name: neuro-nutrition.

As the centre of the nervous system, the brain houses structures that control almost every bodily function. And, incredibly, there is now proof that consuming certain foods can change our moods and help us think faster, and that a healthy diet in mid-life can also slash the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The link between diet and heart health is well known. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests what we eat can also have a direct influence on that most complex and delicate organ in the human body – the brain

What’s more, the sooner we start ‘eating smart’, the better.

New findings show that more nutrients than previously thought can cross the protective blood- brain barrier. Many more increase blood flow to the brain, speeding delivery of the fuel it needs for peak performance.

Most interestingly, despite chemists’ shelves heaving with expensive supplements that claim to be able to work wonders on mental agility, many studies suggest that quite ordinary foods have just as good if not more of an effect.

Just as the right diet plays a vital part in protecting the brain from decline, the wrong one can damage it. As many as 67 studies show that obesity blunts thinking in the young, while diabetes, often linked to overeating, doubles the risk of dementia, a devastating disease that already affects 850,000 Britons, with that number set to soar to a million in the next six years.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips believes in ‘eating sensibly and cutting out bread, pasta, crisps, cakes, sweets and biscuits’

Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips believes in ‘eating sensibly and cutting out bread, pasta, crisps, cakes, sweets and biscuits’

It is a message that former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips is keen to get across. She knows only too well the agony of dementia, having witnessed her ‘independent, intelligent’ father succumb to the disease. ‘It was so difficult to see his

mind slowly slipping away,’ said the 72-year-old, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Phillips believes in ‘eating sensibly and cutting out bread, pasta, crisps, cakes, sweets and biscuits’.

She added: ‘I want an active brain, one that’s working as strongly as my heart.’

Of course, diet is not the only factor because genetics, exercise, stress and other lifestyle factors also play a part.

But building modest amounts of the following six foods – as recommended by leading medical experts – into your diet really can help you eat your way to a sharper memory, and lower the risk of cognitive decline in later years. Here we show you how…


1. OLIVE OIL: FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING

Olive oil is associated with a healthier heart and a sharper brain that is quick to sort through tricky problems

Olive oil is associated with a healthier heart and a sharper brain that is quick to sort through tricky problems

WHAT: Olive oil is typically about ten to 15 per cent saturated fat and has a similar amount of polyunsaturated fat. However, it is more than two-thirds monounsaturated fatty acids, associated with a healthier heart and a sharper brain that is quick to sort through tricky problems.

THE PROOF: Researchers followed almost 450 men and women, average age 67, who ate a low-fat diet or a Mediterranean-style diet, including nuts and a litre of extra virgin olive oil a week, for four years. At the beginning and end of the trial period, participants were tested for signs of cognitive decline – assessed for short-term or working memory, attention span, and problem-solving (governed by the frontal cortex of the brain, brown in our diagram). The study, published in May, found that people on the low-fat control diet had a significant drop in brain function scores, while those on the Mediterranean diet experienced improved scores. Olive oil also contains compounds called polyphenols, which some studies indicate might protect against internal processes that lead to dementia.

DAILY DOSE: Three tablespoons a day of extra-virgin olive oil. Cooking with olive oil below the smoke point – 215C – does not destroy its health benefits, according to experts.

2. CITRUS FRUIT: FOR PERCEPTIVE ABILITY

Take your pick from oranges, grapefruit and easy-peelers because citrus fruits are our richest source of brain-protective flavanones

Take your pick from oranges, grapefruit and easy-peelers because citrus fruits are our richest source of brain-protective flavanones

WHAT: Take your pick from oranges, grapefruit and easy-peelers because citrus fruits are our richest source of brain-protective flavanones. These chemicals have been shown to help protect the areas of the brain involved in perception and recognition (the parietal lobe, shown in pink on our diagram) and protect against dementia.

THE PROOF: Citrus has the highest antioxidant activity of any fruit. ‘Antioxidants work by limiting oxidative damage, which is core to the development of dementia,’ says Matthew Prima, research fellow at the Centre for Global Mental Health, King’s College, London. Citrus may also fend off brain injury: a study by the University of East Anglia in Norwich showed that women who tucked into oranges or grapefruit reduced their risk of stroke by 19 per cent.

DAILY DOSE: Add an extra serving of citrus to your five a day – that’s one orange, half a grapefruit, or two small clementines or satsumas. But don’t think that you can get away with a slug of fruit juice as that can often be high in sugar, increasing diabetes risk. ‘Our advice would be to eat more citrus fruit as opposed to products made from it,’ says Aedin Cassidy, Professor of Nutrition at the University of East Anglia.

3. NUTS: FOR FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION

at a glanceWHAT: Nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, and some types are high in omega-3 fats and Vitamin E, all of which have been shown to have beneficial effects on brain health.

THE PROOF: The study showing that olive oil as part of a Mediterranean diet improved mental performance found an even greater effect in those who ate a portion of nuts every day. One large study suggested the compounds in nuts stimulate production of a brain-protective protein. And there may be another benefit: researchers found 30g of nuts a day cut the risk of stroke by almost half. A 30-year study of more than 15,000 women found that those who ate nuts five times a week had better recall and more focus (governed by the temporal lobe, blue in our diagram) than those who avoided them.

DAILY DOSE: Try a mix of 15g walnuts and 7.5g each of almonds and hazelnuts, which have been used in trials to improve cognition and brain health. For those worried about calories, studies have shown those who eat nuts on a daily basis are a lower weight than those who do not. However, don’t think of them as a panacea. Nutrition researcher Dr Emilio Ros of the Hospital Clinico in Barcelona says: ‘Consider making nuts part of a diet that limits saturated fats.’

Nuts have been shown to have beneficial effects on brain health as they can be rich in monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fats and Vitamin E

Nuts have been shown to have beneficial effects on brain health as they can be rich in monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fats and Vitamin E

4. FISH: FOR A HIGHER IQ

All seafood contains omega-3 fatty acids, iodine and Vitamin D, all compounds linked to brain health

All seafood contains omega-3 fatty acids, iodine and Vitamin D, all compounds linked to brain health

WHAT: Salmon isn’t the only healthy fish. All seafood contains omega-3 fatty acids, iodine and Vitamin D, all compounds linked to brain health. And now, research has shown those who eat any fish regularly actually have bigger brains.

THE PROOF: This study found that fish-lovers had a memory centre, found in the temporal lobe (blue in our diagram) in the middle of the brain, that was 14 per cent larger than in those who rarely ate fish. There was no link with oily fish. Pregnant and nursing mothers who get sufficient omega-3 have children with higher IQs and, at the other end of the age range, high levels in the diet are thought to almost halve the risk of dementia. Fish is the food richest in Vitamin D, says Professor Tom Sanders, head of nutritional sciences at King’s College, London. Low levels are linked to an increased risk of dementia.

DAILY DOSE: ‘Eating at least one portion of fish a week can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by ten years,’ claims Professor John Stein, adviser to the Institute for Food, Brain and Behaviour. Most of us are able to eat up to four portions a week, one of which should be oily, except for women of childbearing age, who are advised to stick to two because fish can contain pollutants.

5. CHOCOLATE: FOR ACCURATE THINKING

Chocolate can revive a failing brain, according to one recent study, which found that two cups of hot chocolate a day improved thinking skills in people with impaired blood flow by more than eight per cent

Chocolate can revive a failing brain, according to one recent study, which found that two cups of hot chocolate a day improved thinking skills in people with impaired blood flow by more than eight per cent

WHAT: Good news! A food most of us crave is good for our brains – the compounds responsible, catechins, are found in cocoa solids. The only downside is that this means the expensive, dark type rather than cheap milk chocolate will have a beneficial effect.

THE PROOF: Chocolate can revive a failing brain, according to one recent study, which found that two cups of hot chocolate a day improved thinking skills in people with impaired blood flow by more than eight per cent (the cerebellum, purple in our diagram, governs some of these functions). It may even help recovery from stroke, according to animal studies.

Catechins help to lower blood pressure and may shield nerve cells from damage, too. Chocolate also contains caffeine, which keeps us alert, plus chemicals that boost our mood.

DAILY DOSE: The highest nutritional value is in unrefined chocolate, ‘Ideally, your chocolate or cocoa should be consumed raw,’ says Beatrice Golomb, Associate Professor at the University of California.

The good news is that the ‘chocolate-is-good-for-us’ message has been around for a while now, leading to supermarket shelves heaving with brands that specialise in high-quality chocolate with 70 per cent plus cocoa solids.

6. BERRIES: FOR MEMORY AND VISION

Blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and black and red grapes contain compounds called anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, which have an effect on the blood vessels

Blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and black and red grapes contain compounds called anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, which have an effect on the blood vessels

WHAT: Blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, and black and red grapes contain compounds called anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, which have an effect on the blood vessels.

THE PROOF: Research shows that consuming blueberries can immediately improve learning by increasing blood flow to the part of the brain that deals with concentration, memory and attention to detail. When Professor Jeremy Spencer, of Reading University, gave teenagers a blueberry smoothie to drink, they showed an 11 per cent improvement in cognitive test scores. Those given a banana smoothie showed no improvement. ‘For maximum effect, eat berries four hours before doing a complex task,’ says Prof Spencer. Other research suggests they may help vision (controlled by the occipital lobe, green in our diagram).

DAILY DOSE: Eat a serving of berries – that’s two handfuls of blueberries, raspberries or blackcurrants, one handful of blackberries or grapes, seven strawberries or 14 cherries – most days. Heat is known to reduce amounts of beneficial compounds in fruit and vegetables, so most experts agree you should avoid cooking them. Remember, fruit is naturally high in sugar so eating more than the recommended dose could have a detrimental effect.


WINE… COFFEE… STEAK… THE TASTY SURPRISES IN A NEURO-NUTRITIOUS DIET

A Mediterranean-style diet – based largely on vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, cereal grains, olive oil and fish – is consistently shown in studies to protect both the brain and heart. So what else is good to eat, alongside the six foods? You might be surprised by just what’s recommended…

Made from the flavonoid-rich black grape, red wine is believed to stave off age-related memory loss when drunk in moderation

Made from the flavonoid-rich black grape, red wine is believed to stave off age-related memory loss when drunk in moderation

Red wine – and champagne

Made from the flavonoid-rich black grape, red wine is believed to stave off age-related memory loss when drunk in moderation (over-indulging does the opposite).

A recent review of more than 2,000 middle-aged people found that those who drank one-and-a-half glasses of red wine stayed sharpest.

Or, if you prefer something more exotic, sip champagne.

Diet and brain function expert Professor Jeremy Spencer, of Reading University, advocates two to three glasses a week to fight cognitive decline.

A variety of veg

Although fruit is the richest source of flavonoids, vegetables contain them too. The best sources are onions, broccoli, kale, celery, leeks, peppers and tomatoes plus purple vegetables, such as aubergines, that are rich in potent anthocyanins. Add avocados, full of the healthy fats also found in olive oil.

Experts say that a portion of red meat, which can include steak, once a week is beneficial

Experts say that a portion of red meat, which can include steak, once a week is beneficial

Pasture-fed meat

Meat from grazing cattle and sheep contains less saturated fat and more omega-3s than animals raised on commercial feed. Experts say that a portion of red meat, which can include steak, once a week is beneficial. More than this, though, should be avoided as the high iron content is linked to a risk of bowel cancer.

Coffee and tea

Coffee not only makes us more alert, it is also linked to a reduced risk of depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, says Prof Spencer. Tea, especially green tea, contains flavonoids that improve attention and short-term memory and may also help ward off dementia.

Wholegrains

These provide a steady supply of glucose to the brain without the sugar rush and crashing lows that high GI (glycaemic index) foods like refined carbs can cause. Wholegrains also contain brain-friendly nutrients such as omega-3s and polyphenols, says dietician Sarah Baker, senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, who runs website thedietroom.com.

Coffee not only makes us more alert, it is also linked to a reduced risk of depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Coffee not only makes us more alert, it is also linked to a reduced risk of depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

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Written by: Linda Grey

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health Spotlight on Helene Swank: Overcoming Ovarian Cancer

(Helene after completing the Rock the Ridge 50-mile race in New Paltz, NY in April of 2016)

(Helene after completing the Rock the Ridge 50-mile race in New Paltz, NY in April of 2016)

Jersey City, NJ, March 20, 2016 – Helene Swank, regional marketing manager at Alaris Health for Essex County and Rahway, is a fitness enthusiast. In 2008, she ran her first half marathon at age 42 and caught the running bug. She went on to run 44 more half marathons, four marathons, two ultramarathons and many more fun run races, even scaling a couple mountains over the years.

That all came to an abrupt halt last August when she had trouble breathing and pain in her chest during a normal run. The pain became so unbearable, she rushed to the emergency room, and tests revealed that she had blood clots in her lungs and left leg. When she was readmitted three weeks later, doctors found cysts on her ovaries. She went to Saint Barnabas Medical Center to have the cysts removed, a fairly common procedure for women, but doctors then discovered that she had stage one ovarian cancer and cancer in her uterus.

She and her friends and family were stunned by the diagnosis. While others were celebrating the new year, Helene began six rounds of chemotherapy last December. “There’s no way to prepare for the loss of physical self and prepare for the medical issues that chemo treatments cause. I had to have a port put in my chest where the chemo would be administered and didn’t adapt to it well at all. I couldn’t imagine living my life with this button thing in my chest.”

Through her struggles, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) has provided Helene the support and information she needed, inspiring her to become a volunteer to help other women suffering with the disease. “She has been and continues to be an amazing volunteer for our organization. Her story is one of strength and determination,” said NOCC New Jersey Chapter Manager Nicole Lewis.

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(Helene Swank)

Little by little, Helene has gotten back into a routine, first walking two to four miles at a time, then adding in spin classes. She is extremely excited to participate in the NOCC’s Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer in Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Saturday, May 6. “I believe women need to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer, where they can get help and how they can help others suffering from the disease,” she said.

Helene is counting down the days to her last chemo treatment on March 31st and will be surrounded by family and friends to celebrate. When asked how she has been able to maintain such incredible determination and strength, she said, “I have incredible friends and family, a compassionate husband who is right by my side and colleagues who’ve made working with this just like a normal day.”

Most recently, Helene found out that she was accepted to run in the New York Marathon this November. “I can see the finish line. The same determination I needed to get through all of my races, I now use to get through this. I’ve been given a second chance, and it’s not going to be without purpose.”

To learn more about the NOCC and Tri-State Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, visit their website at ovarian.org. And to learn more about the New York Marathon, visit tcsnycmarathon.org.

 

 


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Multiple Alaris Health Member Centers Get Top Rating In Both Bergen and Passaic County

Medicare released its latest evaluations of local nursing homes. Photo Credit: MedlinePlus Facebook

Medicare released its latest evaluations of local nursing homes. Photo Credit: MedlinePlus Facebook

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — Sixteen of 32 nursing homes in Bergen County — and eight of 20 in Passaic — got a top five-star rating, a new nursing home report says.

Three in Bergen County – in Park Ridge, Paramus and New Milford – were deemed below average with two stars.

Meanwhile, in Passaic County, one in Passaic scored lowest with one star while two in Wayne earned only two.

Medicare’s quarterly Nursing Home Compare ratings for late 2016 were highlighted in the 2017 New Jersey Nursing Home Profile .

The annual profile assessment was released Wednesday by the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA).

Overall, the report showed almost 60 percent of state’s 358 nursing homes got four- or five-star ratings.

That’s up from 50 percent last year.

According to the profile, nursing homes contributed $5.6 billion to the state economy in 2015.

The annual report draws on multiple public data sources, including Medicare’s ratings, according to the NJHA.

According to Nursing Home Compare, here are the worst and best homes in both counties:

WORST IN BERGEN

  • Atrium Post Acute Care of Park Ridge (two stars)
  • Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus (two stars)
  • Woodcrest Health Care Center, New Milford (two stars)

BEST IN BERGEN

  • Alaris Health at Rochelle Park (five stars)
  • Alaris Health at the Chateau, Rochelle Park (five stars)
  • Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Emerson (five stars)
  • Bergen County Health Care Center, Rockleigh (five stars)
  • Buckingham at Norwood (five stars)
  • Care One at Cresskill (five stars)
  • Care One at Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus (five stars)
  • Care One at Valley, Westwood (five stars)
  • Christian Health Care Center, Wyckoff (five stars)
  • Dellridge Health and Rehabilitation Center, Paramus (five stars)
  • Emerson Health Care Center, Emerson (five stars)
  • Jewish Home at Rockleigh (five stars)
  • Oakland Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Oakland (five stars)
  • Prospect Heights CC, Hackensack (five stars)
  • Regent Care Center, Hackensack (five stars)
  • Van Dyk Manor of Ridgewood (five stars)

WORST IN PASSAIC

  • Hamilton Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Passaic (one star)
  • Llanfair House Care and Rehabilitation Center, Wayne (two stars)
  • Oak Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Wayne (two stars)

BEST IN PASSAIC

  • Alaris Health at Passaic County, Paterson (five stars)
  • Atrium Post Acute Care of Wayneview, Wayne (five stars)
  • Barnert Subacute Rehabilitation Center, Paterson (five stars)
  • Chestnut Hill Convalescent Center, Passaic (five stars)
  • Doctors Subacute Care, Paterson (five stars)
  • Holy Name Friary, Ringwood (five stars)
  • Milford Manor, West Milford (five stars)
  • St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly, Totowa (five stars)

FOR RATINGS ON ALL NURSING HOMES IN BOTH COUNTIES, CLICK HERE.

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Written by: Lorraine Ash

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health Member Centers Gear Up for National Nutrition and National Kidney Month

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Jersey City, NJ, March 3, 2017 – March is both National Nutrition Month and National Kidney Month, and Alaris Health Member Centers are taking the opportunity to host nutritional and kidney health education as well as activity-based events throughout the month.

eat right logoEven small shifts in food choices can add up over time. Here are a few small changes that can yield big health benefits, one forkful at a time:

  1. Add color to your diet. Making at least half of each meal brightly colored fruits and vegetables adds essential vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet.
  2. Make half of the grains you eat whole grains. Ingredients like whole wheat, brown rice, oats and quinoa are healthier than refined-grain foods.
  3. Drink more water. Swapping water for sugary drinks can cut calories, maintain healthy organ function, fight fatigue, improve skin and much more.
  4. Cook more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
  5. Find activities that you enjoy and do them for at least 30 minutes each day.
  6. Watch portion sizes. Consult nutrition labels for serving sizes and ask for a to-go box when dining out to take half home.

national kidney foundation logoProper nutrition and daily activity also help keep your kidneys healthy. The kidneys are sometimes forgotten but incredibly important. They are the body’s workhorses, filtering waste and performing vital functions such as controlling blood pressure, producing red blood cell production and much more.

An estimated 26 million Americans have kidney disease, and many don’t even know they have it. Here are five simple ways to take care of your precious kidneys:

  1. Get screened! Your doctor can test your kidneys with a simple blood or urine test. You can even get screened for free; visit kidney.org/keephealthy for more information.
  2. Decrease using over-the-counter pain medications. “NSAIDs” (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be hard on the kidneys.
  3. Cut back on processed foods, which can have high doses of sodium, nitrates and phosphates.
  4. Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes per day.
  5. Keep high blood pressure and blood sugar levels in check. High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease.

For a full list of past and upcoming Alaris Health Member Center events, visit www.alarishealth.com/events. To learn more about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month, visit www.eatright.org/resources/national-nutrition-month. And to learn more about the National Kidney Foundation’s National Kidney Month, visit http://www.kidney.org/content/national-kidney-month.

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health Member Centers Celebrate American Heart Month

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Jersey City, NJ, February 21, 2017 – Come February when valentines, roses and hearts are on many people’s minds, hearts are also top of mind for Alaris Health Member Centers, because February is American Heart Month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. and accounts for one in every four deaths. That’s why Member Centers across New Jersey are participating in fun and informative events to increase heart health awareness, like hosting a senior heart health educational series, live jazz show and heart-friendly dark chocolate cake bake-off (tip: dark chocolate in moderation has shown to have positive effects on the heart!).

Member Centers of Alaris Health have also joined together to sponsor a private event on Thursday, February 23rd, in memory of Colin Williams, a beloved employee and friend who lost his life to this disease in June of 2016. All items donated to the Heart to Heart Reception and Fundraiser event will be auctioned off and all proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association in Colin’s memory.

Heart disease is often preventable, and these small lifestyle changes can have a huge positive impact on improving and maintaining overall heart health:

  1. Talk about heart health with your doctor.
  2. Exercise daily to maintain a health weight.
  3. Practice healthy eating habits.
  4. Quit smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke.

For a full list of past and upcoming Alaris Health Member Center events, visit www.alarishealth.com/events (for a list of past events please go here). And to learn more about heart health and American Heart Month, sponsored by the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org.

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About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health Member Centers Celebrate First Annual Toys for Tots Drive

(An Alaris Health Member Center Toys for Tots drop-off location.)

(An Alaris Health Member Center Toys for Tots drop-off location.)

Jersey City, NJ, December 16, 2016 – For many families, Christmas is a time to be joyful and celebrate, but the gift-giving season can also be a stressful time financially. Many of Alaris Health Member Center families have experienced hardship and struggled to afford gifts for their kids to make the holidays brighter.

As such, Alaris Health is excited to announce its first annual participation with the nationwide United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Each Alaris Health Member Center serves as a drop-off location for both Alaris Health team members and community members to donate new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to local children to bring them and their families much needed joy.

All of the toys donated this year will be tallied at the end of the drive, and a new goal will be set for 2017. Registered nurse (RN) Giovanna Balena said about the toy drive, “Every child deserves to open something special on Christmas morning. Knowing we are helping a child smile warms our hearts. Toys for Tots serves families in many of our Member Center communities, so joining forces with the cause is a natural fit.”

As a thank you, each person who makes a donation has the chance to win a daily prize. Simply take a selfie with the Alaris banner at the drop-off location and post it to social media, including #T4TiCareAlaris.

The last day to drop off your new, unwrapped gift donations to any Alaris Health Member Center is Sunday, December 18. For a list of drop-off locations, visit http://alarishealth.com/find-a-location/. Alternatively, you can support the national Toys for Tots Program by visiting the website at www.toysfortots.org.

Update: To view pictures from our Toys for Tots Drive please click here!


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health at Rochelle Park – December 2016 Newsletter

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