Jewish Home provides healthcare services and assistance for elders. Recognizing each person as a unique individual, our care supports independence and respects human dignity.
With more than 160 years of experience as a not-for-profit elder care system, Jewish Home continues to serve New Yorkers – one person at a time.
Jewish Home has long been an innovator in providing services to elders and in working to increase understanding of the aging experience and models of service for elders and their families. We are happy to provide journalists with a wealth of information on a range of topics about our aging population and the services and care that we deliver.
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Jewish Home’s Innovative Uses of Technology
Trustee Linda Spitzer and her husband Jerry recently hosted a gathering of Jewish Home Trustees, donors and friends for an evening’s presentation and discussion on the topic of Technology.
Speakers included Bridget Gallagher, Senior Vice President of the Community Services Division, and Roger Logan, Director of Brand Management and New Media, who described the many innovative uses of technology at Jewish Home to enhance the quality of care and enrich the quality of life of the elders we serve.
Among items discussed – and demonstrated – were various “telemedicine” devices that allow our clients to remain living independently at home while having their health monitored daily by health care professionals and Nintendo’s Wii, whose use in our Adult Day Care Centers has increased clients’ physical and emotional self-confidence. Additional technological advances enable residents in our nursing homes to enjoy live satellite-broadcast programs from the 92nd Street Y, and to send and retrieve email, exchange photos and videos, and surf the Internet, via our Computer Connections Program.
Click the links below to read about some Jewish Home Technology initiatives.
Trustee Randolph Guggenheimer, Jr. and his wife Jane (right) recently hosted an evening’s presentation and discussion on the topic of Palliative Care. Jewish Home Trustees and their guests attended the gathering at the Guggenheimers’ home.
We were proud to highlight the pioneering partnership in Palliative Care between The Mount Sinai Medical Center and Jewish Home as we provide care to individuals and families making end-of-life decisions, ensuring that the patient’s quality of life is always of the utmost importance.
Both Mount Sinai’s Dr. Diane Meier and Jewish Home’s Dr. Eileen Chichin (below) engaged the group in a substantive conversation on the issues surrounding end-of-life care.
Dr. Chichin is Co-Director of the Center on Ethics at Jewish Home, and has a faculty appointment in geriatrics at Mount Sinai. Dr. Meier has been a faculty member in the Department of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine since 1983 and is currently the Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics and chief of the Division of Geriatrics for the Department of Medicine.
We are grateful to the Guggenheimers for their gracious hospitality and to Drs. Meier and Chichin, as well as Mount Sinai’s Dr. Betty Lim and resident family member Karen Oestreicher for an outstanding discussion.
Live broadcasts of lectures held at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y are available to residents, families, friends, and members of the community thanks to the generous support of Joan Jacobson of New York, a long-time supporter of the Jewish Home.
These broadcasts are made possible by The Joan Jacobson 92nd Street Y Satellite Program Fund, elders in Manhattan and the Bronx can experience intellectually and culturally stimulating programs without having to leave the campuses.
The series has brought presentations from notables including Alan Alda, Katie Couric, Garrison Keillor, Norman Lear (pictured at left) and Eli Weisel. The interactive lecture series is broadcast live via satellite. Audience members can have their questions personally answered by the speakers. At the Bronx Division and Kittay House, lectures are also broadcast on Jewish Home’s closed-circuit television station, Channel 40. Residents and visitors can enjoy the programs on in-room televisions and in common areas.
The programs are free and open to family, friends, and the community.
Jewish Home’s Manhattan Division held a recognition luncheon for our volunteers, who in 2007 donated a total of 78,000 hours to the residents living and engaged in rehabilitation at the nursing home and rehabilitation center on 106th Street.
Volunteer Pearl Treasure was specially recognized for her contribution of 6026 hours in 2007.
More than 300 volunteers – men and women of all ages – contributed their time and talents in a wide variety of ways including visiting residents, transporting them to activities and appointments, providing musical and other forms of entertainment, meeting their spiritual needs, and serving as ombudsmen and with Hospice care.
Administrator Judy Nicholson thanked the volunteers for their extraordinary and heartfelt dedication to the residents.
Espi Garcia, Director of Volunteers and Joy Haas, Director of Community Relations, hosted the event. All the volunteers in attendance went home with gifts, including a hemp shopping bag in recognition of Jewish Home’s commitment to environmental responsibility.
Learn more about becoming a volunteer at Jewish Home!
To celebrate Black History Month, the duo Nucleus, brought to us by the Glenn Miller agency, performed for residents at Sarah Neuman in Westchester. Audience members were excited to sing along their favorite tunes! This was indeed a very interactive and fun performance.
The concert took place on Sunday, February 3rd in Tisch Auditorium and was attended by residents as well as family members.
A Comedy Night program at Jewish Home’s Kittay House Senior Residence was featured in March 14th edition of The Jewish Week.
Programs of this kind are typical of life at Kittay House.
Click to read the story in The Jewish Week
The comedy night was part of a month long series of programs dedicated to celebrations of joy and the Purim holiday.
Sandra Becote, a member of the Manhattan Division Adult Day Healthcare Program, was awarded third prize in the Haym Salomon Arts Award, for her photograph Sun Kissed Journey.
In a reception at the Guggenheim Museum, Ms Becote received her award and was inducted as a Fellow in the Haym Salomon Division of the Arts.
Also attending were Susan Glickman, Chair of the Jewish Home Community Services Board, Sonia Stetkiewych, Jewish Home Community Liaison and Antoinette Mentor, Director of the Adult Day Healthcare Program.
Ms Becote thanked the Jewish Home and the Adult Day Healthcare Program for giving her the opportunity to be recognized as an artist and to call herself a photographer.
Jewish Home’s Professional Education Center hosted its first conference of the Fall/Winter Conference Series: “Elder Falls Prevention and Research” on Tuesday, September 25, 2009 at the Bronx Campus. The presenters shared their falls prevention expertise to help home healthcare and long term care facilities offer fall prevention programs to elders. Falls and fall-related injuries are a national and state health priority. Sharing knowledge is a valuable tool in preventing injuries from falls.
Healthcare administrators, physical/occupation therapists, physicians and nurses from the NY metro area joined us, along with those who traveled down from Albany and Boston to participate.
We were honored to have distinguished presenter Dorothy Baker, Ph.D., RNCS, member of the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention and Yale University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics as our keynote.
The Bronx Jewish Home Falls Committee – led by Glenn Stewart, MS, OTR/L, Associate Director of Occupational Therapy, Bronx Division – shared their research and assessment, tracking, and benchmarking techniques. The members of the Bronx Falls Committee – Benjamin Kropsky, MD, Medical Director; Renee Hofman, MS, R.Ph, Director of Pharmacy Services and Naomi Cohen, PT, MPH, Assistant Director, Physical Therapy – discussed physical, medical, and pharmacological risk factors.
For more information on this program or on upcoming professional health education programming, please call 212-870-4783.