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Harmony@154 Mission

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Our MISSION is to Harmony strives to enhance the quality of life, well-being and independence of individuals through socialization and therapeutic activities in a supportive group environment. We are bringing the communities together to improve the quality of life for older adults; by reducing social isolation, and increasing social and community engagement by providing vital assistance to the older person with cognitive and/or physical impairment.

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”~William Wordsworth~

Nothing is more fulfilling than putting a smile on someone face first thing in the morning and receiving one in return. Sharing laughs and views on current events without judging who’s right or wrong. Always providing an ear to listen too, a hand to help and joy to share is what always motivates us to keep improving ourselves.

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 Health Issues, 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

Stay Active, Healthy and Socialize

Physical activity is vital at any age, but as you grow older, changes set in that make exercise even more crucial. Conditions that typically develop with aging can be delayed when you stay active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that physical activity can even extend life expectancy. Although you should consult your doctor before starting any type of exercise regiment; there are things that you can do daily to keep yourself active mentally and physically. Here are a few

  1. Enjoy your retirement
  2. a) Start planning when you are still working. Think of activities, which you enjoy but had no time to do. For example, plan on how to rehabilitate your neglected garden.
    b) Take up hobbies, which are less strenuous like reading and which may have money-making possibilities like sewing, growing flowers, raising animals, cooking, and tutoring.
    c) Join social activities, which you can start in your active years and continue after you have retired.
  3. Enjoy an active social life

To stay healthy older persons should live life to the fullest – socialize because:

  1. a) An active social life will keep your system going. It presents physical and mental challenges to keep you lively,
    b) Humans are social beings, so stay tuned to the social life around you,
    c) Get in contact with other older persons of your community and organize groups with similar interest.
  2. Try to make your meals attractive

A balance nutritious diet helps maintain good health, fight infection, and prevent diseases. Three reasons why older persons should continue to balance their diet by eating lots of vegetables, fruits and low-fat meat or fish are;
a) Absorption in the gut becomes less attractive for some nutrients,
b) The immune system gets weaker and so needs more support through nutritious foods,
c) Chewing food may become more difficult, so older people need appropriate food for their bodily needs.

Meals can also be made attractive for older persons by;

  1. a) Finding food stores or markets where you can buy fresh vegetables, fruits, and low-fat meats or fish.
    b) Being careful with storing food especially if you do not have a refrigerator. Eat leftovers from meals on the same day.
    c) Making your meals something to look forward to everyday and take time to prepare them.
    d) Finding new ways of combining food you like with new products you have heard of, Experimenting in your cooking.
    e) Using food with lots of fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and cereals to help prevent constipation.
  2. Stay mobile- Go out and enjoy life!

If you are a resident of New York City; specifically in The Bronx; you not only have a place to enjoy your retirement, but you can enjoy yourself socializing with others while having nutritious meals and staying mobile.  Sounds great right?! We think so! The name of this wonderland of socialization is Harmony@154 Social Adult Day Care. Come out and enjoy yourself; our treat! Our center is loaded with the latest in technology and activities. We provide cognitive and comprehensive activities to keep you active.  There’s something for every enthusiast at Harmony at 154, so come by and visit us.

A lot of people are turned off by the “Day Care” part.  We don’t blame you.  After all day care is for children right?! It is place where children spend a few hours playing with their friends while they wait for mom or dad to pick them up and take them home.  Well we look at it this way… An adult day care is a place to spend time with some of your friends while you play dominoes, pool, perhaps a game of poker. It is a place where you can watch your favorite sports teams on our big screen televisions while you relax on our comfortable reclining chairs.  We are not trying to strip you of your independence; on the contrary we are trying to enhance it.

Lastly I want to say that Harmony at 154 isn’t only beneficial for the participant but for the care taker.  It provides the care taker respite from the duties they have to perform on a daily basis.  During this period of time the care taker has time to address personal errands resting assuredly that their loved one is being provided with the maximum in care.

Loretta Fleming(Participant): “I love being at Harmony,Keisha,Carmen are beautiful people,they keep us laughing and entertained,Gina speaks to us every morning as we come in,I feel welcomed each day that I go in.”!!! Love the trips!!!!

Do not conform to your age or limitations.Take advantage of everything life has to offer.  Life is a gift with endless opportunities.  You can get more information on Harmony at 154 by visiting our website at www.harmonysocialadultdaycare.com or by calling us at 718-585-5440.

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 inactivity, 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 .

Bookworms welcomed

Does anyone remember Levar Burton? He was the host of a famous PBS show that aired on June 6, 1983 called The Reading Rainbow.   On this show; Levar Burton; took you into brief synopses of different books to create interest in reading.  The show included animations to induce even more interest in the books he was showcasing.  Before there was computers, internet, cell phones, and video game consuls; there was reading.  Many people enjoy reading still.  Reading has many advantages.  It increases vocabulary, focus, and imagination.  It also improves problem solving, and it can ward off dementia and delirium. For the next few paragraphs I will attempt to do what Levar Burton did on Reading Rainbow, and give you a brief synopses of three books which are fan favorites here at Harmony Social Adult Day Care.

Honeymoon by James Patterson

The honeymoon is over–now the murders can begin. America’s #1 thriller writer returns with his sexiest, scariest novel ever. Hotter than The Beach House and scarier than Kiss the Girls, James Patterson’s explosive new thriller introduces a bride who is beautiful, talented, devoted–and deadly.

When a young investment banker dies of baffling causes, FBI agent John O’Hara immediately suspects the only witness, the banker’s alluring and mysterious fiancee

Nora Sinclair is a beautiful decorator who expects the best, and will do anything to get it. Agent O’Hara keeps closing in, but the stronger his case, the less he knows whether he’s pursuing justice or his own fatal obsession.

In a novel so compelling it reads like a collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, James Patterson unveils surprise after surprise that will keep readers guessing until the last deadly kiss.

When the wind blows by James Patterson

Frannie O’Neill is a young and talented veterinarian living in Colorado. Plagued by the mysterious murder of her husband, David, a local doctor, Frannie throws herself into her work. It is not long before another bizarre murder occurs and Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, arrives on her doorstep.

Late one night, near the woods of her animal hospital, Frannie stumbles upon a strange, astonishing phenomenon that will change the course of her life forever….

Her name is Max.

With breathtaking energy, eleven-year-old Max leads Frannie and Kit to uncover one of the most diabolical and inhuman plots of modern science. When the Wind Blows is as unique a story as has ever been told, filled with suspense and passion. This is by far James Patterson’s best book to date.

Catcher in the rye JD Salinger

This is one of the most remarkable books published in years. It is the story of sixteen year old Holden Caulfield, who wants desperately to find himself, but who goes underground in New York for forty eight hours when he is overwhelmed by the perplexing circumstances of his life. Read the first page and you will not be able to stop until you have completed this wild and magic adventure with him.

Besides these fantastic reads we have a library full of Spanish and English literature for your reading pleasure.  Why don’t you just stop by and see for yourself? We want to know what your favorite book is, and who your favorite author is.  Join our book club and explore new books together here at Harmony at 154th.  Besides books we offer wide range of activities for you to enjoy. We also offer free breakfast and lunch to all of our participants.  Call us today to schedule your free visit to Harmony at 154th.  Transportation is free.  718-585-5440.

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 health issues, 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

Bookworm

Bloom into a social butterfly

Happy Spring everyone!  I know that many of you are happy to see the winter and all its snow leave.  Now that you have survived winter in NYC; we have spring to look forward to.  Spring; of course notorious for runny noses, and itchy eyes for some; also comes with nature’s full display of beauty.  The flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, and the birds are chirping.

The winter wasn’t all bad though.  Over the winter Harmony at 154th has grown in numbers.  More people have visited our center, and have made the decision themselves to become a participant here at Harmony.  This place is undeniably a happy place to be.  We have seen a few of our participants come in with depression problems, and have now made a complete turnaround.  We have seen many of our participants bloom into social butterflies.  You can do the same! You may be filling a void in your life that perhaps hinders you from stepping out and live the life you want to live.  We strongly believe that Harmony at 154th is the answer.  Here you will meet people just like you who are already living life to the fullest.

We offer something for everyone.  This past week we celebrated our Spring Fling Party here at Harmony at 154thpersonal home care bronx. The outcome was amazing.  Many people went home with awesome bingo prizes, and other gifts.  There was dancing and singing involved, and of course delicious food which everyone enjoyed.  To top it off; we all had some cake as a treat, because what’s a party without cake.  We have many different activities coming up which I will be mentioning in future blogs.

For now you can take advantage of the everyday services we offer at Harmony at 154th.  We are located at 367 East 154th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 and we’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5pm.  We offer $1 breakfasts and lunches to all our visitors, and free door to door transportation to and from our center, so call us today at 718-585-5440 and visit our website www.harmonyadultdaycare.com for a full listing of all the services we offer.  This spring bloom into the best you, and live life to the fullest.

At Harmony Social Adult Day Care Bronx, 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 reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com

All walks of life

I hope that as you read this your year has kicked off to a great one for all of you.  I have a good feeling that this year is going to be a great year for the city of New York.  I’m happy to call myself a New Yorker who has served this city and state to the best of my ability.  I have held many jobs and positions in my 29 years of life from porter to paramedic; from musician to marketer.  All these things have taught me something about life.  Life continues to be a learning experience no matter how old you are.  At our center Harmony at 154th; we have all kind of people that have come from all walks of life, but have one thing in common.

One of our participants is an ex judge.  You would think that she would be this serious person who just sits in our center and doesn’t talk to anyone.  She is quite the opposite.  You should hear her sing karaoke, and dance merengue.  She is the life of the party, and is a very approachable person.  We have a woman that comes to our center who is a great grandmother.  She has well over 30 grand children and 40 great grand children.  She grew up in the Dominican Republic where she raised her children all by herself from an early age, because her husband died at an early age.  She tells stories of how hard it was to raise 13 kids by herself.  Her story is truly inspiring.  She is a woman of much wisdom, but also one of the funniest participants we have. Harmony social adult day care at 154th has a participant who was a civil rights activist back in the times of apartheid.  She marched down Washington DC and was a demonstrator against racism and segregation. She now carries her leadership qualities into Harmony at 154th by being one of the first participants we ever had.  She didn’t need a full center to see why Harmony at 154th is the place to be.  She is personally one of my favorite participants to be around. She may be 65 but has the energy of a 30 year old.   At Harmony at 154th we also have an ex lawyer who is still very much with it.  He is a great conversationalist, and has many interesting stories to share.  This is a person who has overcome many things in his life, and shares these experiences with everyone at Harmony  home care in ny .  Finally we have a participant who is a survival of domestic abuse and cancer.  She’s an inspiration to everyone battling with household problems or an illness.  She is also one of the most outgoing persons at Harmony at 154th.  She has not allowed her past determine who she is now.

What do all these people have in common?  The answer is Harmony at 154th. They all made the choice to make Harmony at 154th the place where they will maintain or even improve their independence and vitality.  Harmony at 154th is more than just pool tables, and exercise, free breakfast and lunch, and bingo.  Harmony at 154th offers something more valuable than money.  We offer health; mental and physical well-being.  Our program keeps you away from inactivity which can lead to institutionalization in a nursing home or other skilled nursing facilities.  No matter where you came from, or what your story is; there’s a place for you at Harmony adult day care bronx at 154th.  Join a group of people that have said yes to increased independence, and better health.  Join a remarkable group of people who are just like you.  Call us 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 illness, 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

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.

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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