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Girl Scout Troop Performs Christmas Spectacular

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On the afternoon of December 17, 2010, the residents of HHH of Westchester were provided with a special treat to kick off the holiday season.  Several members of Girl Scout Troop 1745 of Yonkers paid a visit to our Valhalla campus and put on a performance that dazzled our room full of residents.

After a brief opening ceremony led by the scouts with the help of their families, the group serenaded our residents with a holiday themed concert.  The scouts sang ...

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2010 Alzheimer’s Workshops a Huge Success

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In June, 2010, Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester held the first of its Family & Friends’ Workshop Series, “Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and How it Affects the Entire Family.”  Maria Scaros-Mercado, Director of Therapeutic Activities and Trish Benninger, Director of Social Services, held the workshop on four consecutive Tuesdays.  Each session helped attendees understand different aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

“We’re holding these workshops to help families cope with this devastating illness,” Maria explained a few hours before one of the sessions.  “This ...

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Medicare and Medicaid: Know Your Rights

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With over 100,000 New York State residents currently living in nursing homes, it is no surprise that many residents have spouses that still live in the community.  Many years ago, to cover the costs of this care, some couples found they were forced to lower their assets to poverty levels in order to qualify for Medicaid.  This would leave the spouse who remained at home with little or no resources to spend on even the simplest daily living expenses.

In 1989, ...

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Creative Arts Therapy Honored

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As last spring drew to a close it marked the conclusion of the tenure of our Creative Arts Therapy interns from local colleges such as New York University, Pratt Institute, the College of New Rochelle and C.W. Post.  Hebrew Hospital Home would like to take a moment to thank all of the interns who worked hand-in-hand with us for so many months, learning and caring for our residents as if they were family.

We’d like to recognize one of our Art ...

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A Strive for Excellence in the Nursing Department

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Even with so many residents to care for, Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester is dedicated to bringing the same top-notch level of treatment to everyone.  Director of Nursing Mary Lynch is frank when it comes to the quality of care provided in the skilled nursing facility.

“We have the best wound care in the county,” Mary says confidently, “and it takes a lot of time and effort to get it that way, but we do it.”  Mary preaches constant continued education ...

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Monthly Birthday Bashes

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Every four or five weeks, we take the time to celebrate the birthdays of all our residents born in each month.  The highlight of 2010 came in July, when we celebrated milestone birthdays with some of our oldest residents.

On Monday, July 19, two members of our family celebrated their birthdays along with other residents and our staff.  Balloons decorated the 1-North recreation room that day, as Mary celebrated her 98th birthday and James enjoyed his 102nd.

Asked the secret to living ...

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Outdoor BBQ’s Still a Favorite

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On certain warm, sunny days this past summer, if some of the units of our skilled nursing facility look a little empty around lunchtime, look no further than the outdoor patios.  For years, the return of summer has meant the revival of a long standing tradition: outdoor barbeques.

“These days are some of my personal favorites,” says Anne Marie Getlik, Dietary Clinician at Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester.  Surrounded by pans and pans of hot dogs and hamburgers, not to mention ...

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HHHW Rehab Therapy has No Substitute

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When Lucille Madden fell and pulled her hamstring earlier this year, she wondered how her life would change.  “I’d never felt so much pain,” Lucille said while in the midst of a rehabilitation therapy stay at Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester.  “I was in the hospital for three days, and this was the first time I had hurt myself like that.”

Lucille’s home has steps leading to her front door, and since she lives alone she worried that her injury would ...

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Creative Arts Therapy

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A distinct aspect of the care offered at Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester includes specific therapeutic activities, specially designed to help our residents maintain their independence.  At HHH, we recognize that as a community, the elderly have a variety of needs, more so than patients in other age groups.  Part of our treatment is designed to make sure an individual has a number of opportunities to engage in these activities, which often go far beyond traditional care.

Therapeutic Activities or Therapeutic ...

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Quality is Our Hallmark

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An important part of the care we offer at Hebrew Hospital Home focuses on rehabilitation and keeping people in their communities for as long as possible.  We also treat those who require round the clock skilled care, so as to maintain their optimal quality of life in a safe and supportive environment.  Whether a patient is admitted into the rehabilitation unit, the skilled nursing facility, or the Alzheimer’s Unit, our commitment is clear.  We promise to treat each individual with ...

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