Monthly Archives: December 2014

Last Minute Questions

It’s hard to believe that a whole year has gone by.  2014 is down to its final day.  This has been a great year for many, and especially for us at Harmony Adult Day Care.  We opened our doors back in May 2014 and we did not know what to expect.  All we know is that we anticipated success, and thrive towards it every day.   We opened with the purpose of providing the residents of the community with a place where they can enjoy themselves doing a number of activities in a safe and monitored environment.  This upcoming year we will continue to provide this service to our community.

I’m aware that you may have some questions, and concerns regarding Harmony.  In this blog we attempt to put your mind at ease to help you make a step towards Social Adult Day Care in 2015.  Here are some of the frequently asked questions that we have been asked this year:

  • What are the benefits of joining Harmony Social Adult Day Care?

Joining a social adult day care has a dual benefit.  The first benefit is for the participant.  One thing we are aware of is that staying independent is key for the geriatric community.  Many fear to become useless or dependent towards the latter years of life.  Social Senior  day care service helps you not only stay active but independent simultaneously.  At Harmony we offer a number of activities to help with that.  The second benefit is for the care taker.  We are conscious that the responsibilities of a care taker are many.  These responsibilities at times make it hard for the care taker to handle personal business, or just enjoy some leisure time for themselves. Harmony serves as a respite for those care takers that just need some time to do anything.  We will take care of the loved one in a safe and vibrant environment.

  • What is there to do at Harmony at 154th?

A better question would be what isn’t there to do.  We offer any form of entertainment that you may fancy.  If you like to move around we offer daily exercise customized to your physical abilities, but with the purpose of exercising stiff or contracted extremities.  We offer zumba, tai chi, karate, and stretching techniques for exercise. We also offer a computer room in which we can show you how to do basic things on a computer.  We have a library where you can read up on your favorite gossip, or maybe just catch up reading your favorite book.  We have group discussions and book clubs as well.  If you just like to play we have a pool table, chess, bingo, card games, checkers, and wii sports.  We have musical entertainment as well from pre-recorded music to live music.  We offer dancing and karaoke as entertainment as well, and so much more.  You would have to see it for yourself.  You can schedule a visit by calling 718-585-5440.  The possibilities are endless here at Harmony at 154th.

  • What are the requirements to be part of Harmony at 154th?

Like all social adult day cares having Medicaid tied to a managed long term care program (MLTC program) is required to be part of Harmony Social Adult Day Care.  A MLTC gives the Medicaid member access to services such as social adult day , but it also gives access to persons that need to be institutionalized in a nursing home or some type of skilled nursing facility.  A MLTC also gives you access to home health care services (home attendant).  This means that everyone who wants to be part of Harmony at 154th must have home care in place already, or have a need for some type of homecare.  This has proven to be a huge discouragement for many people this year.  Why do I need a home attendant to be part of a center that promotes independence? My answer to that is: change your focal point on the concept of home care.  The reason many people opt for home care instead of institutionalization is because they want to remain independent.  There is a widespread misconception on home care service.  The home attendant is provided for you to keep your independence by being an extra hand at home.  The key word is home.  I have never met one person in my many years of working with the geriatric population that has told me that they enjoy being in a nursing home over their own home.  Let’s look at homecare in a different light, and see that this service is beneficial and essential to the continuum of the recipient’s independence, and plus you get to play pool, and enjoy delicious, and nutritious meals at no out of pocket cost to you.

  • What if I don’t want a home attendant; is there a way to still be part of the center?

Yes there is, but because of state regulations it cannot be through Medicaid.  We offer great and affordable pricing for you to be part of the center.  If you pay privately you will have access to all of our services and get transported door to door by our personal driver.  Private pay gives you access to Harmony at 154th street without the home attendant.  Call us at 718-585-5440 for more information.

  • I don’t have Medicaid, but I do have Medicare can I use Medicare to join?

Unfortunately we do not work with Medicare, but we can help you apply for Medicaid if you haven’t already, or you can take the private pay rates which are affordable.  Please visit us at 367 East 154th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 to take a tour of the place and get a free day pass.  We can discuss the steps necessary to join us here at Harmony at 154th Street.

Now that we are entering 2015 make it your resolution to stay active and healthy.  Harmony at 154th Street can help you achieve that. Call us today!

At Harmony Social Adult Day Home Care in NY, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to limitations, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com.

Sweet Christmas

Sweet Christmas!

The holidays are many people’s favorite time of the year.  Andy Williams thought so when he sang “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  It can also be a hectic time for many with all the shopping, and cooking.  If you’re anything like me; you do your shopping on the 24th; shame on us.  It’s hard to sometimes figure out what to get certain people in our lives too.  Many of us just opt out of the stress and get gift cards for everyone.  One thing that we all have in common (well at least most of us) is that we all love snickerdoodle cookies, sugar cookies, and ginger bread man cookies.  Many people get careless and go all out eating sweets, and other foods that aren’t good if you have diabetes.

Diabetes doesn’t magically disappear during the holidays.  It never takes a vacation or a break.  There are many ways to control it although.  There are also many other alternatives to conventional foods to make them diabetes friendly.  In this blog we want to share some of our favorite diabetes friendly desserts that you can make this year that are still very delicious.

PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

The perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter gives these brownies a rich taste for only about 150 calories per serving.

 APPLE SPICE CAKE

This is the perfect warm comfort dessert. A dollop of whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon finish off the look.

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE IN GINGERSNAP CRUST

Who says that pumpkin season has to end in November.  Indulge yourself with a slice of this decadent pumpkin cheesecake, and serve it at your next family gathering.  This is a dessert that is sure to impress.

GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIES

Without a doubt this is a holiday favorite.  At only 73 calories per serving; you can enjoy these decadent sweet ginger men.

Many people stay away from sweets altogether.  Sweets are a part of life.  Nothing is truly bad if eaten in moderation.  Just because these are diabetic friendly treats it does not mean that you should overdue it.  Know your limits! At Harmony Social Adult Day Care Bronx, we love sweets! Allow us to take care of your family with diabetes.  Our staff is trained to remind your loved ones to take their insulin, and other medications.  Our staff will monitor the food that your loved one consumes, so that blood glucose levels remain at a healthy level.  Call us today and make this Christmas a sweet one! Come and learn how to make any of these treats and more during our baking demonstrations at Harmony Social Adult Day Care.

 At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to diabetes, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-741-5956. Or you can visit our website at www.1st-care.org or www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

Caroling in perfect Harmony

In my 30 years of life I have only gone caroling once for the holidays.  I was maybe 11 or 12 when my church group decided to go door to door singing Christmas classics. We started by visiting people we knew and worked our way to the homes of strangers.  There are two things I remember about that day one I was cold and two I was embarrassed.  After all I was obliged to participate.  All my friends were going and I didn’t want them to look at me like a Debbie downer.  Caroling is something that is no longer seen; at least not in the metropolis known as New York City.  The truth is that the times are bad and going door to door isn’t advised.  Back in the 90’s we were with a large group of people under much supervision.

Caroling began back in the 19th century, and its original intent was not confined to Christmas songs alone.  Caroling involved a group of people going door to door at anytime of the year to sing to the residents of that town.  In spite of being frozen and a little embarrassed on the day that I went; I was overtaken by two things, and that was the joy that we evidently brought to the families we visited and that we all sang in perfect Harmony although we weren’t all singers.

At our center Harmony Social Adult Day Care Bronx, we are keeping this tradition alive by singing along to your favorite Christmas songs.  One of the many things we do here at Harmony is sing-alongs/karaoke.  I can honestly say that sing alongs and karaoke is one of our participant’s favorites.  Studies prove that singing aloud naturally changes your mood by making you happier.  Try it! Next time you’re feeling down or if you’re upset.  Personally it has worked for me.  Harmony at 154th street’s goal is to keep you happy and healthy.  We are sure that singing along to one of your favorite songs will drastically improve your mood.  Staying home, enclosed within 4 walls is not going to make anything better.  Come to Harmony and socialize with people that are just like you.  Just like my friends, and me we weren’t all singers, but we all sang in perfect harmony on that night.  Our participants are from different walks of life but when we come together it’s perfect.  Harmony at 154th is proud to say that we are more than just another center… We are your family away from home.  Whether you’re a singer or not; there is an activity for anything you fancy to drastically change your outlook on life.

Join us today, and be part of a growing community that refuses to succumb to inactivity, lethargy, depression, and hopelessness.  Be part of a community that holds on to independence, longevity, laughter, and good times.  That community is Harmony Social Adult Day Care.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to home confinement, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-741-5956. Or you can visit our website at www.1st-care.org or www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

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Deck the halls with boughs of Harmony

Everyone’s favorite season is right around the corner.  A season packed with incandescent lights, sugar cookies, warm peppermint lattes, Christmas trees, and of course gifts! Who doesn’t love Christmas?! Christmas is more than just material goods, but more importantly it’s a time for family to come together and enjoy quality time with each other.  During this time people all over the world fly, drive, or take other forms of transportation to see their families.  Family should be the most important thing in our lives.  Unfortunately there are many people that don’t have anyone to share this season with.  There are many reasons for this. Both the family member lives too far and the resources to travel are not available; or sadly to say; many family members are neglected and forgotten about.  Luckily we’re here to deck the halls with boughs of Harmony.

We here at Harmony at 154th street celebrate all major holidays including Christmas.  We are your family away from family.  This past thanksgiving we had a pot luck dinner with some of our participants.  Needless to say the food was superb! Honestly my thanksgiving at Harmony was better than my own at home.  View the pictures below.  A few of our participants came to me personally and thanked me and Harmony for putting together this lunch the day after Thanksgiving because they themselves did not have family to spend thanksgiving with this year.  These testimonials have warmed our hearts, because we honestly go above and beyond to treat all of our participants like nothing less than family.

We love our participants because we know how different and unique they all are.  Here at Harmony at 154th all these characters from all walks of life come together in perfect Harmony.  Those without family nearby have found a family with us.  At the same time those with a loving caring family have entrusted our staff with the care of their loved ones. This is beneficial for the participant and for the care provider. It is beneficial for the participant, because they will enjoy a day full of activities that serve the purpose of stimulating the mind and body.  These activities include daily exercise, musical entertainment, bingo, chess, pool, and so much more.  We also provide warm nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch. This is beneficial for the care provider as well because while the loved one is at the center they can attend to other responsibilities, or just enjoy some respite from daily care responsibilities.

Join us this holiday season, and be part of more than just a center… be part of our family.  You can schedule your visit with us by calling 718-585-5440.  We are here Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm.  Call today!

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to depression, please feel free to reachThanks2 Thanks3Thanks4Thanks5Thanks6 Thanks7 Thanks8