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Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular Sunday at The Grand


For many families, Halloween can be tricky because many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. 

In an effort to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome will host its second annual Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. at 801 N. James St. 

The event, featuring non-food treats for kids with food allergies, costume contest and Trick-or-Treating, is held in partnership with the Teal Pumpkin Project, a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids

“Food allergies are a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, and a growing public health issue,” The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome Activities Director Leigh Nicholas said, noting that one in 13 children has an allergy to peanuts, nuts, and soy, or has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and need to stay away from gluten and wheat.

“For these children, even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction.

“By placing a teal pumpkin in front of our facility and offering non-food treats such as yo-yo’s, teal-colored frisbees and other toys as an alternative to candy, we can show children with severe allergies that The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome is a safe place to trick-or-treat without the dangers,” she added.

The haunted afternoon will feature a costume contest with prizes by age group. Youngsters can also trick or treat throughout the facility.  

“For the residents of nursing facilities, children are always a welcome addition to the day,” said The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome Administrator Kristen Spohr-Fulmer. “Halloween provides an opportunity for them to interact with young children and bring back memories of their childhood. It also takes them back to the days when their own children were the kids dressing up.”

For more information, call 718-640-8388, or visit thegrandhealthcare.com/rome

Source: http://romesentinel.com/rome/trick-or-treat-spooktacular-sunday-at-the-grand/QBqqjw!ayKZV4usMavUTkl5049w/

For kids with food allergies, teal pumpkins a safe sign for treats


Doorbells will be ringing Oct. 31 and costumed children everywhere will want to know if you have either a trick or treat in store for them. If you have a child who lives with life-threatening food allergies, then you know a treat can be hard to come by. There is an organization called FARE working hard to fix that. 

FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), which formed in 2012, is committed to advocating and providing hope for the nearly 15 million Americans living with food allergies. Almost two children in every U.S. classroom are affected, so its mission is crucial. In response, the group is promoting inclusion for children with food allergies through important endeavors such as the “Teal Pumpkin Project.” ­To participate, simply paint a pumpkin teal with poster paint you purchased from a nearby hobby store and put the pumpkin in front of your door on Halloween. This signifies that you offer non-food items for trick-or-treating. Think trinkets, such as markers, coins, noisemakers, bouncy balls or playing cards. 

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What a difference a few years of awareness makes because the Teal Pumpkin Project is coming to Dutchess County in a big way. This Saturday, Oct. 28, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling is partnering with the Teal Pumpkin Project to host the second annual “Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 9 Reservoir Road, Pawling. There will be a teal pumpkin out front and children who live with food allergies will be able to safely trick-or-treat throughout the facility. Some of the fun items will include yo-yos and teal-colored Frisbees. The Spooktacular also features a costume contest with prizes by age group.  For more information, call 1-718-640-8388, or visit thegrandhealthcare.com/pawling

You can locate FARE at foodallergy.org for the latest news and information. We even have a local chapter called Hudson Valley Food Allergy Support Group. Find them on Facebook @HudsonValleyFoodAllergySupportGroup. 

Contact Ann Byrne at annelizabethbyrne@gmail.com

Source: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2017/10/23/allergies-teal-pumpkins/792029001/

The Saratogian Senior Olympics Pickup


Jim Connolly of Saratoga Springs, center, new administrator at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Guilderland and former CEO of Ellis Medicine, stands with a couple of his facility’s team members during The Grand Healthcare System’s second annual Senior Olympics held Sept. 27 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Guilderland. The daylong event saw more than 60 seniors from New York state nursing facilities operated by The Grand Healthcare System in Queens, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Guilderland, Chittenango, Utica and Rome take part in basketball, table bowling, horseshoes, Frisbee, cornhole, golf putting and other sports and activities. Following the day’s competition, a medal ceremony was held, with trophies were awarded to the winner of each event, as well as the overall winner.

Source: http://www.saratogian.com/social-affairs/20171006/snapshot-lending-a-helping-hand

Snapshot: Lending a helping hand


Jim Connolly of Saratoga Springs, center, new administrator at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Guilderland and former CEO of Ellis Medicine, stands with a couple of his facility’s team members during The Grand Healthcare System’s second annual Senior Olympics held Sept. 27 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Guilderland. The daylong event saw more than 60 seniors from New York state nursing facilities operated by The Grand Healthcare System in Queens, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Guilderland, Chittenango, Utica and Rome take part in basketball, table bowling, horseshoes, Frisbee, cornhole, golf putting and other sports and activities. Following the day’s competition, a medal ceremony was held, with trophies were awarded to the winner of each event, as well as the overall winner.

Source: http://www.troyrecord.com/social-affairs/20171006/snapshot-lending-a-helping-hand