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The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Introduces iPad Program for All Residents


For guests at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, staying in touch with loved ones — and those around them charged with their care and recovery – just got a whole lot easier.

As part of a rising trend of bringing technology to nursing facilities, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland has started issuing iPads to all guests who want and can use them. In addition to featuring standard apps like news, social networking and Netflix movies, each tablet comes loaded with a concierge app to make the place feel more like a hotel and less like a rehabilitation facility.

"We've started to see more 40- and 50-year-olds with knee and hip issues, heart failure and stroke – who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization,” explained Gary March, assistant administrator, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland. “This younger clientele wants to be connected during their time with us and feel comfortable – just like they do at home.

“Through our new iPad program, guests have the freedom to surf the web, watch their favorite show or a new movie, or use Facetime to talk, smile and laugh with friends and family,” said March. “With a touch of their finger, they can also use our app to request coffee, tea, soda, juice or water or an afternoon snack be brought directly to their room. From the comfort of their own rooms, guests can also select their own breakfast, lunch and dinner choices for the week; request television/phone assistance; adjust their room’s temperature; make repairs to their bed or wheelchair; ask maintenance for help fixing something that’s not working properly in their room; view upcoming facility events; order transportation to an appointment; and, email staff with any questions that they might have.”

“This program has been a tremendous success at our other facilities in Chittenango, Pawling, Queens, Rome and River Valley,” added Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO, The Grand Healthcare System. “Tablets not only offer a link to the outside world, but also provide a world of therapeutic opportunities in the nursing home setting by sharpening patients’ minds and fine motors skills.”

“I play gin rummy, and listen to music, and because of the iPad I have not had a panic attack since I started using it,” noted Deb Hyde, a guest at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland. “This is the longest I’ve gone without having a panic attack or bout of anxiety in nearly seven years. It has greatly reduced my dependency on medications.”

The ipad program is part of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland’s rebranding initiative begun last year by the facility’s new owners, Queens-based The Grand Healthcare System. Since acquiring the facility last November, the company has also made comprehensive staffing upgrades and invested more than $1 million in renovations to the building’s lobby, common areas, dining room, recreation area, as well as constructed a 2,000-square-foot rehabilitation room with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

For more information about The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, please call (518) 861-5141 or visit thegrandhealthcare.com/guilderland.

Pawling Nursing Home Hosts Easter for Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie


April 14th 2017, Pawling, NY – 34 children and teenagers celebrated Easter with a pancake breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14th. The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling, located at 9 Reservoir Road in Pawling, NY, invited the Children’s Home for the Easter holiday to spend time with residents and enjoy a Homestyle Easter.

The children that were in attendance, who currently reside at The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, were greeted by the Easter Bunny at their arrival. After enjoying a pancake breakfast, served from The Grand kitchen, the children gathered for story time by The Pawling Library and participated in a friendly Easter egg hunt. The Grand Staff handed out Easter baskets to each of the visiting children with prizes and candy for them to take home.

“Helping those in need is what the holidays are all about,” said Yosef Spierer, Administrator of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling. “We are happy to be able to host a breakfast and make this Easter special for those who are unable to spend the day with their families.”

For more information about the Grand Healthcare System, visit www.TheGrandHealthcare.com

Source: The Harlem Valley News

Pawling Nursing Home Hosts Easter for Children's Home of Poughkeepsie


PAWLING – 34 children and teenagers celebrated Easter with a pancake breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14th. The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling, located at 9 Reservoir Road in Pawling, NY, invited the Children’s Home for the Easter holiday to spend time with residents and enjoy a Homestyle Easter.

The children that were in attendance, who currently reside at The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, were greeted by the Easter Bunny at their arrival. After enjoying a pancake breakfast, served from The Grand kitchen, the children gathered for story time by The Pawling Library and participated in a friendly Easter egg hunt. The Grand Staff handed out Easter baskets to each of the visiting children with prizes and candy for them to take home.

“Helping those in need is what the holidays are all about,” said Yosef Spierer,Administrator of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling. “We are happy to be able to host a breakfast and make this Easter special for those who are unable to spend the day with their families.”

For more information about the Grand Healthcare System, visit www.TheGrandHealthcare.com

Source: HVNN.com

Celebrating 100


Fairmount woman celebrates 100th birthday

Dora Devoe, who spent much of her life in Fairmount and is currently a resident at Heritage Health Care Center in Utica, celebrated her 100th birthday Friday afternoon surrounded by family, friends and other well-wishers. Family, who made the short drive from her native Syracuse, celebrated with cake, flowers, family photos, a stuffed brown bear.

Sarah Bormann, director of constituent and support services for Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, also read a special proclamation. Devoe was born in Syracuse and raised her family in the nearby hamlet of Fairmount, with her husband, Willis Austin, who passed away at the age of 30. She supported her family by working as a cleaning lady at a local rectory. Devoe later served as a reading volunteer at her local BOCES. She was much loved by her students who affectionately called her “Grandma.” She credits her long life to remaining active and enjoys attending live entertainment, movie nights, and taking part in seasonal dances.

Source: Eagle News Online

Seniors compete for Queens art competition


Last Thursday, seniors from various local community centers competed in a Senior Art Show at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens.

Seniors from Kew Gardens Community Center, Rego Park Senior Center, Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills and The Samuel Field Y gathered at the nursing and rehabilitation facility for the final judging of their works of art.

The Grand turned into an art gallery for the day. Department heads from local hospitals such as St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, North Shore LIJ, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, and Flushing Hospital Medical Center volunteered their time to participate in the judgement of the paintings.

While many paintings were included in the final round of competition, judges had a tough time choosing the top talent. Eventually, the judges chose three honorable mentions, as well as a third, second, and first place winner of the contest. Each painter left The Grand competition with a certificate of appreciation and a gift bag.

The first prize winner, a senior from The Samuel Field Y, took home a gift card which will allow the facility to spend more on art supplies.

“Everyone's a winner here at The Grand,” said Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System. “We are excited to have been able to host this art show and glad that the local seniors of the Queens community were able to use their talents for a healthy and fun activity.”

Source: Queens Ledger