SOMERS, N.Y. - If you visit the Somers Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center on Route 100, it will soon become evident that the facility has been completely revitalized and re-energized.
Somers Manor has undergone several changes since Christine Maher was appointed administrator of the facility in January 2015. Under Maher’s leadership, the facility has seen the expansion and redesign of its post-acute care program and the construction of a new rehabilitation suite.
Up next is the redesign of the Manor’s secure Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Program and space, known as the Tate Unit. The redesign will improve staff proficiencies, modify physical plant space and identify Alzheimer’s/dementia experts to care for residents. The project is already underway and should be completed this year. Somers Manor has partnered with Engaging Alzheimer’s LLC to implement dementia care education with Kerry C. Mills, a certified dementia care specialist.
Mills, MPA, earned recognition for pioneering an Alzheimer’s healthcare organization. Her goal is to change the perception of dementia in the eye of the public. She has first-hand knowledge of many success stories and knows that education and empathy training can combat the despair and anguish of families and loved ones. As founder and president of Engaging Alzheimer’s LLC, she has had many opportunities to share her expertise and vision in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China. She co-authored, “I Care – A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia,” and most recently authored, “Serving Residents with Dementia: Transformative Care Strategies for Assisted Living Providers.”
Mills is a regular guest on local radio stations and has appeared on PBS’ “The News Hour” with host Paul Solman, as well as CBS television with Dr. Max Gomez.
“Working with the team at Somers Manor has been nothing short of a wonderful experience,” Mills said. “As a dementia coach, my job is to bring the tools to the team, insert a foundation and cheer them on. The team then adds their ideas, experience and personality to create a program that would be desirous by all. The team is kind, caring and anxious to improve the quality of life of their residents.”
She said that while this program is predominantly targeted for the Tate Unit, it will be of benefit house-wide.
“This redesign has all the benefits so as to keep the residents safe, give families peace of mind and provide staff the tools to embrace empathy throughout the care continuum,” she said. “As I always say, the only constant in dementia care is change. The program redesign is infectious within Somers Manor and Tate Unit is becoming the showcase in long-term care.”
In addition to the Alzheimer’s/dementia redesign, the year was off to a great start when Somers Manor was awarded preferred provider status for rehabilitation and post-acute care for another large Westchester hospital-based system, Westchester Medical Center Health Network. This alliance makes Somers Manor the provider of choice for three large area hospital systems, including Northern Westchester Hospital and Putnam Hospital Center.
Somers Manor has a dedicated rehabilitation services center, which totals over 5,000 square feet of space, with technologically advanced equipment. The rehabilitation center is conveniently located adjacent to two post-acute rehabilitation units with 67 private rooms. The center is divided between physical and occupational therapy to better serve the plan of care of its residents. Rehabilitation services are offered seven days a week.
The speech and language pathology space, at 400 square feet, is located in a discrete area to optimize the care and assessment of speech and swallowing therapy needs. Additionally, there is a common area between the center and the rehabilitation units for ambulation and mobility training, which is almost 1,000 square feet. Somers Manor residents receive therapy in an optimal location and spacious area, with the best equipment and expertise to achieve their rehabilitation and discharge goals.
As a result of the passion and the programmatic changes, Somers Manor has never been busier as customer satisfaction soars and clinical outcomes are achieved.
For more information about the services and offerings of Somers Manor, the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group, Free Education Series or to participate in this year’s Wine and Food Festival fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, contact Francesca Piacentino, director of marketing, at 914-373-6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to somersmanor.com