Healthcare Professionals

Making the most of your visit

  • Visiting a family member in a nursing home can be very emotional
    • Feelings of loss
    • Feelings of fear that grandkids will see changes – medical or
      behavioral – in the resident
    • Feelings of sadness or anger by the resident
  • Making conversation can be difficult since the resident is no longer involved in the family’s day to day lives
  • The purpose of this program is to create parameters and provide guidance for successful, meaningful visits and to encourage family visits.
  • We want to encourage family visits and help make them more comfortable, enjoyable and memorable for families and residents
  • Keep in Mind – structure your questions and conversations around positive topics
  • Questions that could result in negative feelings include:
    • How are you feeling?
    • How is the food?
    • How are the nurses treating you?
    • Instead, ask:
      • What are some interesting programs that you have attended?
      • Tell me about some friends that you have met here.
  • Sports is a universal language that spans generations.
  • We developed a New York Yankees exhibit that highlights memorabilia of the team, as well as a press and sniff component so visitors can enjoy the scents of baseball – from popcorn and hotdogs to fresh cut grass and beer!
  • This exhibit is a great conversation sparker and can be replicated easily in collaboration with local teams
  • Similarly, we have an interactive New York Giants exhibit housed within our rehab gym that features memorabilia and images
  • If a resident has young grandchildren, you can be sure they want to be on the move.
  • We installed a children’s play area that features soft foam climbing structures for toddlers
  • Located within a lounge area, resident, adult children and grandchildren can all spend time together and enjoy this space
  • Throughout the Hebrew Home, there are exhibits, works of art and outdoor sculptures that are great conversation starters.
  • Visitors can look at these sights with their family members as an opportunity to share their interests in art
  • Live pets are an incredible way to bring smiles to faces and put people at ease
  • In the main public spaces of the Hebrew Home, we have a huge fish tank filled with exotic fish, a bird cage with adorable birds, and pet therapy dogs that often stroll the common hallways with staff members.
  • A visit with the pets is an ideal way to spend quality time together and to reminisce about family pets
  • We also welcome families to bring their own pets for visits – with simple guidelines to ensure they are safe and appropriate to be on campus

Hope Program

  • The HOPE program began in 1992 for at-risk special education students from the Bronx.
  • HOPE is an an acronym for Healthcare Offers Permanent Employment
  • The concept is to give Special Education students exposure to the Health Care System by providing vocational training and job readiness
  • It is conducted in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and is the first of its kind in the United States
  • HOPE students have one hour of academics each day, which could include:
    • Math
    • Money management
    • Current events
  • HOPE students learn business skills in Healthcare in eleven different areas of work, including:
    • Material Management
    • Engineering
    • Data Processing
    • Housekeeping
    • Food Services
    • Religious Services
  • The HOPE program also extends to the Foster Grandparents program, an intergenerational initiative where students and Hebrew Home residents interact with one another to form long-term relationships with positive academic outcomes.
    • Residents serve as mentors and provide additional socialization while improving reading levels and providing emotional support



  • With so much loss as we age, we believe that intimacy and companionship, as long as consensual, should be encouraged and embraced
  • In 1995, the Hebrew Home created the first sexual expression policy in long-term care so that consenting residents would have the freedom they are entitled to pursue relationships with other residents
  • G-Date is a voluntary resident program managed by the Social Services department
  • Social Services team members ask residents if they would like to participate, and if yes, helps them to complete a simple form
  • Questions on the form include:
    • Are you looking for an exclusive relationship or more causal?
    • What is your idea of a romantic evening?
  • On a regular basis, the Social Services team gets together and discusses G-Date participants, reviewing likes and dislikes from the form to identify residents with similar interests
  • Once residents are matched, they receive a certificate saying they have a G-Date on a specific date/time.
  • Dates take place at our River Café.
  • The Hebrew Home treats for the G-Date – usually coffee and cookies at the Cafe
  • Social Services assists residents by:
    • Notifying residents about the G-Date
    • Selecting a special outfit for the resident to wear on the G-Date
    • Scheduling a beauty salon appointment prior to the G-Date if needed
    • Scheduling transport if needed
    • Following up after the G-Date to see if there is interest in a second date
    • If not interested, the Social Worker will ask resident if he/she would like to meet a different resident on a future date

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