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Beat the Heat

 

I woke up this morning and looked at the weather and noticed that it was only 7am and it was already 81 degrees with a high of 95 today.  This is when I realized that days of being in the pool all day were approaching fast.  Unfortunately it is only Tuesday and I have to go into work.  This means that I have to leave the comfort of my wonderful bed and the comfort of my AC to get up and get ready to go.  I don’t know which one is harder waking up early or dealing with the heat.  The combination of both is just a lethal concoction to make anyone just stay home in front of a fan or in an air conditioned room.  Luckily, I work at Harmony Social Adult Day Care where the AC is always at a good comfortable level.

The great cooling system accompanied by our cold refreshing beverages makes Harmony at 154th the place to be during the summer.  Many New Yorkers go away for the summer, and that’s always fun, but a good number of people stay here in New York for many reasons.  One of the most common reasons is budget.  For some people it is just not in their budgets to take a trip down to Jamaica, or Florida.  I’m one of those people that stay here for the summer, but I find fun things to do.  Here at Harmony it feels like a mini vacation.  Well not for me because I’m working, but for our participants it is.  Makes me wish I could enroll here sometimes to just enjoy myself here.  If I were a participant here I would get me a nice cold glass of iced tea or lemonade, head up to the relax room with the recliners and just watch movies, but that’s just me.  You can do almost everything here.  You name it and we most likely have it.

Unfortunately many elderly people suffer heat strokes due to poor ventilation and cooling in their homes.  Some of the sign and symptoms of heat stroke include:  High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher is the main sign of heatstroke, Altered mental state or behavior, Alteration in sweating, Nausea and vomiting, Flushed skin, Rapid breathing, Racing heart rate, and Headache.  All these signs and symptoms are more common in the elderly population, because they take longer to adapt to sudden climate changes.  While you’re here at Harmony you don’t have to worry about suffering any heat related illnesses.  Your comfort and health is our number 1 priority.

Call us today and set up a one day pass with us and see it for yourself.  We provide free transportation with AC as well.  You’ll be covered while you’re in our 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 heat related illnesses, 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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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

What are you afraid of?

There is no doubt that October is many people’s favorite month.  After a hot summer; the cool crisp air is a big relief for many. This is jean jacket/light sweater weather.  Many people love October for the walks in the park as they fall in love with the color changing foliage.  Other people love October for the fashion that comes along with autumn. Many like this season because it is pumpkin pie season! I must admit October is my favorite month.  It’s heaven on earth. It’s around this time we start seeing the department stores selling Halloween costumes and decorations. People begin stocking up on candy for the trick-or-treaters. This time is fun for many people. But since we are on the topic of Halloween; I ask you the reader; what are you afraid of?  While many are afraid of the dark, spiders, and snakes; others are more afraid of being alone.  Honestly isolation isn’t some fictitious thing such as Frankenstein. It is a real occurrence that many times leads to depression.  You may be one of those people that feel alone and hopeless.  You or someone you know may be confined to their homes without any human interaction; let alone physical or mental stimulation. Luckily, there is a way out.

Harmony at 154th Social Adult Day Care located at 367 East 154th Street, Bronx, NY, 10455 is that way out.  We are a center that provides everything that you need.  We offer a number of activities here to keep you happy and healthy mentally and physically.  If you like music we offer musical entertainment, and sing-alongs.  Are you a movie enthusiast? Come watch your favorite movies on any of our 8 big screen televisions with surround sound.  You will never be bored at Harmony at 154th. We have bingo, chess, card games, and checker games. Come shoot some pool with us in our main hall. We keep you active by providing daily exercise through zumba sessions, tai-chi, and self defense classes. We offer art and computer classes here as well.  You’ll never be hungry while you’re at Harmony at 154th because we offer a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks on a daily basis. If you don’t feel like doing anything on any given day just come and relax in our relax room, or sit down in our library and read your favorite book.  There is so much more to do here. This is just some of our activities.

Yet even with all these exciting things many people are scared to join a social adult day care. Many people think that joining a center would mean the loss of independence, but this is an erroneous concept.  As a matter of fact our program is here to keep you independent for as long as possible. Others are afraid that joining this program will take away other services that they have such as medications, doctor’s appointments and etc.  Enrolling in a social adult day care will not strip you of any services you are already receiving.  Social Adult Day Care is an ancillary service that you can benefit from.  I’ve also heard people say that they are afraid to join because they receive home care, and they don’t want to lose their home attendant.  Enrolling in a social adult day care does not take away your home attendant.  Having home care is actually required to be a part of a social adult day care.  Finally I have heard people say “I love the idea of your center but I don’t want a home attendant.”  We understand we can’t force any service upon you which is why we offer affordable pricing to be part of Harmony at 154th.  Look at it as a club you have to pay to be a part of.  If you don’t have a home attendant, but feel like you need one; we help you with obtaining one. So I ask you once more; what are you afraid of? Join us today!

This past Saturday September 27, 2014, Harmony at 154th celebrated their Grand Opening, and quite honestly the support from the community was tremendous! Our center was full with people having a good time.  We ran out of food at one point and had to order more.  This for us was a good thing, because it means that our expectations were exceeded. After visiting our center there was no denying that Harmony at 154th was the place to be.  We had music, dancing, food, zumba, and vendors providing the community with giveaways and information on their services. The best thing of it all is that Harmony at 154th was filled with laughter, family, and good energy. On behalf of the Harmony Social Adult Day Care staff we would like to thank everyone who made this grand opening truly grand!  We invite you all to Harmony where every day is a celebration!

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 general 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.