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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 .

Wii want to play

Let me take you back to the late 1940’s and 1950’s for a moment.  This is a beautiful era that even people born in a later era can appreciate.   Modern culture still has a fascination with the fads, crazes and pop sensations from the age when the whole family sat down for dinner every night and a car with fins could get you a date. But there was more to the 1950s than sock hops and drive-ins; some of the trends and social movements that came out of that decade, such as the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the widespread adoption of TV, continue to shape our lives today. Rock music captivated the younger set, although their elders disapproved. Elvis Presley entered the living room through the Ed Sullivan variety show, which was broadcast in black and white. RCA first broadcast color television in June, 1951, but it was not yet available to the masses. “I Love Lucy,” “Leave It to Beaver,” and “The Twilight Zone” are examples of popular shows at the time. Children celebrated their birthdays with parties at skating rinks. Hula Hoops, Barbie dolls and electric train sets are representative toys of the 1950s. All ages enjoyed dancing and dancing lessons.

Many people took their entire families to drive-in movie theaters. Favorite films of the era included “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant”. Musicals such as “South Pacific” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” were also hits. James Dean and Marilyn Monroe are iconic stars of the 50s. Children preferred the matinee westerns shown at local theaters starring Gene Autry or Roy Rogers. Much of the fun of the 1950s was family oriented and centered around the children of the post-war baby boom.  The point is people have always had different ways of entertaining themselves. Now in 2015; forms of entertainment have changed.  Although the concept remains the same;  the way to achieve “being entertained” has really changed.  With technological advancements and breakthroughs; people have found new ways to stay active and interactive.  One of those ways is through a video game consul known as the Nintendo Wii. Senior citizens and children can agree that Nintendo Wii is just a whole lot of fun.

Our participants really enjoy playing wii bowling on our wall size big screen.  Along with wii bowling we also have wii golf, wii tennis, and other enjoyable games that make time fly by.  The Nintendo Wii requires you to use your body as the controller for the game.  You’re not just sitting in one spot staring at a screen.  Instead, you are the player in the game.  This not only provides entertainment, but it also provides and promotes better blood circulation, and overall health.  It is really easy to play. Many people are turned off to learning new things because they fear that it will be too difficult, but our staff here at Harmony at 154th street will walk you through the simple process.  We know that once you get the hang of it you’re not going to stop playing.

Harmony at 154th Street has your best health in mind.  If you suffer from stiffness, or from depression let us help.  Our center has provided many people with better living.  We believe that you will enjoy your time here so much that we offer everyone a free one day pass to come and enjoy themselves playing wii, doing arts and crafts, listening to live music, playing pool and other great and interactive activities that will start you off to better health from day one.  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 poor circulation, 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

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Pool Shark Attack

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Good Day Everyone! We have made it yet through another week.  Since our last blog a lot has been happening at Harmony at 154th. The fun just keeps on happening here.  For the next few minutes please indulge me as I focus on one of the many activities we have here at Harmony at 154th.  Personally it’s one of my favorite things to do here, and that is billiards.  As soon as you enter our dual floor state of the art facility there it is; our pool table.  We didn’t coincidentally place our pool table at the mere entrance of our main hall for no reason.  We know how much people love to play pool.  Quite honestly playing pool is my favorite thing to do here (although I get my behind kicked by the many pool sharks at our facility) it makes me wish that I was eligible to become a participant myself, so that I can play every day and become a pool shark myself. I like to think that I’m a shark in the making.

Well, we are calling all pool sharks to come to Harmony and show us what they’re made of.  In the past we’ve had pool tournaments and we’ve seen some of the biggest sharks I’ve ever seen.  We are still looking for the proverbial Steven Spielberg Jaws of the pool world.  Is it you?! Well it can be, but if you find yourself to be more of a guppy (like me) here are a few tips to help you get to shark status.

1. Work on Your Form

Proper form is one of the many important parts of pool that many novice players overlook. One of the most important things that you need to focus on is keeping your neck straight, for example. Keeping your neck straight will give you the proper amount of perspective that you need to be able to visualize exactly where the ball is going to go before you strike it.

You’ll also want to secure your bridge hand, which will help you execute a wider array of shots with maximum efficiency. Finally, you’ll want to keep your backswing smooth and slow to help yourself stay coordinated while taking shots.

2. Learn From Your Mistakes

One of the most important things that a person can do in life is learn from his or her mistakes. This advice goes for all aspects of life, from your personal life to your professional life and even to the world of pool. If you consistently miss the same type of shot or freeze up in the same situation, take the time to stop and think about what is happening.

If you always approach a shot from the wrong angle, identify your weak points and learn how to turn them into positive attributes. Doing so will help make sure you’re ready for any event that is likely to happen and you won’t make these same types of mistakes again.

3. Always Stay Relaxed

Staying as comfortable as possible is one of the key parts to success in many different forms of life.

When you start to get uncomfortable and begin to stress out, you are more likely to make quick decisions just to get yourself out of a certain type of situation.

If you don’t leave yourself the proper amount of time to think things through before you move forward with your actions, you are much more likely to make a mistake.

The same is true in pool. Always make sure that you’re staying as calm as possible and that you’re giving yourself the appropriate amount of time necessary to make the best possible strategic decisions.

4. Look at the Entire Table

Adult Day Care Activities Bronx, One of the most important things that you can do in pool is walk around the entire table and strategize before you make your shot. Playing pool on a professional level is a lot like playing chess. You shouldn’t just be thinking about the move you want to make.

You need to be thinking about the next three moves that you’ll make, as well as the moves your opponent will make, before you move forward. Taking a look at the entire table will allow you to do that, because you’ll be able to see the ramifications from the shot you’re thinking of making.

5. Don’t Get Fancy

When you watch pool professionals play on television, you are likely to see people making “trick shots” and doing other types of flashy moves to get attention while they’re winning. Keep in mind that in the world of professional pool, these types of actions are exceedingly rare. When you start trying to make “trick shots” is when you start slipping up and making mistakes.

The people on television are only making these types of moves because they’re on television and they know that millions of people could be watching. You’re not on television, so relax and take your time.

6. Never Forget Your Opponent

One of the most interesting aspects of the game of pool is how a decision that you make directly influences the decision your opponent has to make. The game is much more focused on strategy than a lot of people realize. Right before you take a shot, always stop to think about what your opponent will be forced to do next.

Even if you sink a ball, for example, you could be setting them up for an even better shot. Likewise, it may be better to pass up on that easy shot if you can block your opponent’s next move in the process.

7. Practice makes perfect

Though it should go without saying, the idea that you can’t play pool like a professional without a great deal of practice bears repeating.

Practice makes perfect in nearly all aspects of life, but it is especially true when it comes to the world of professional sports.

When you watch a professional play pool, you aren’t watching someone who is picking up a cue for the first time.

You aren’t watching someone who plays casually with friends a few times a month. You’re watching someone who has practiced for hundreds of hours before they ever set foot near that professional table.

Good news is; you have a place to practice here at Harmony at 154th so what are you waiting for find your inner shark today! We provide free door to door transportation, and $1 breakfasts and lunches.  What are you waiting for call us today 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

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.